The Catholic University of America

Jan. 23, 2006

CUA's 2006 Embassy/Architecture Lecture Series Showcases Japan

The 2006 Embassy/Architecture Lecture Series at Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will spotlight the spatial, cultural and historical forces driving Japanese architecture today.

The five-part series, which opens tonight at the Japan Information and Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan, in Northwest Washington, with an invitation-only lecture by prominent Japanese architect Waro Kishi, continues the tradition at the School of Architecture and Planning of showcasing the architecture of different countries. Previous series have featured Austria, Finland and Switzerland.

"The lecture series with its focus this year on Japanese architecture reflects the mission of the School of Architecture and Planning to give its students the broadest possible exposure to the forces that are shaping architecture in the 21st century," said Dean Randall Ott.

Following are details about the upcoming lectures. With the exception of tonight's lecture, all the talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium.

Monday, Feb. 13, "The Gendering and Re-Gendering of Japanese Domestic Space"
Speaker: Jordan Sand, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures at Georgetown University and the author of "House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880-1930"

Monday, March 27, "Architecture from Boundary Space"
Speaker: Hitoshi Abe, principal of Atelier Hitoshi Abe in Sendai, Japan, who has been recognized for his work, which includes Shirasagi Bridge, the Michinoku Folklore Museum and Reihoku Community Hall

Monday, April 3, "Architecture of Intensity"
Speaker: Satoshi Okada, who received the 2000 Best Architecture Award from Yamanashi Prefecture and is widely recognized for homes he's designed throughout Japan

Monday, April 10, "Imagined and Realized: From Recent Works"
Speaker: Fumihiko Maki, 1993 Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient whose work has been widely published and internationally recognized.

For more information about the series, contact the School of Architecture and Planning at 202-319-5188.

MEDIA: To cover the lecture series, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,