The Catholic University of America

Jan. 25, 2008

CUA Architecture Lectures to Explore Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will present "An Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage" as its Spring 2008 Architecture Lecture Series.

Speakers in the lecture series will explore Irish design in the city of Dublin, County Mayo and in the United States. In March, the series will feature a symposium commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Hoban, the Irish-born architect best known for designing the White House.

Talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Feb. 4, "Dialogue vs. Manifesto: Eileen Gray vs. Le Corbusier"
Speaker: Caroline Constant, professor of architecture, University of Michigan

Monday, Feb. 11, "Architecture and the Celtic Tiger - the work of McCullough Mulvin Architects"
Speakers: McCullough Mulvin Architects, Dublin, Ireland

Thursday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., "James Hoban, Architect of the White House: A Symposium"
Speakers: William Bushong, historian, the White House Historical Association; C.M. Harris, editor of the Papers of William Thornton; Margaret McAleer, archivist, Library of Congress; Daniel Reiff, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Fredonia State University, N.Y.; Pamela Scott, independent scholar and author; and William Seale, author of "The President's House" and editor of "White House History."
Location: Stephen Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
This program is presented by the White House Historical Association in partnership with the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. To register, go to

Monday, March 31, "Tir Saile and the Spirit of Place: Emerging Land Sculpture and Architecture in the Landscapes of Mayo"
Speaker: Travis Price, adjunct professor, architecture; and Peter Hynes, architect, Mayo County Council, Ireland

Monday, April 14, "Ruthless Optimism"
Speaker: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles

The lectures are free and offer AIA continuing education learning units. For more information, contact Adnan Morshed, assistant professor of architecture and planning, at 202-319-5188.

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


The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Students utilize the nation's capital as an architecture laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is awarded after four years of study, and the Bachelor of Architecture first professional degree is earned after one additional year. Foreign study experiences are offered as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.