The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

WHAT: Architecture Lecture: "1:1 (architectural analog)"

WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies
Koubek Auditorium
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


David Guthrie, principal at FluidG and assistant professor at Rice School of Architecture in Houston, will give the second of five talks of CUA's Summer 2008 Architecture Lecture Series, which is titled "On Making: Investigating the Act of Making as Design Knowledge."

Guthrie's lecture will focus on three primary projects: "Four Chairs," "Cube" and "11 Mandolins." These projects, the first representing his work and the other two representing student work from courses he's taught, embody the evolution of his ideas on architecture.

"The intent of this work is to close the gap between conceptual speculation and material reality, to put aside rhetoric and lay the cards on the table," Guthrie says about the projects he will discuss in the lecture. "None of these objects are models or fragments. Full-scale and autonomous, the objects produced through these exercise embody the concepts that shape them. They are it, the thing itself. The hope is to leave nothing but the physical reality of the object. Then the reading of the object can be based on its factual presence, not wishful rhetoric. What emerges from this process is not a construction method, but a set of principles."

The lecture is free and open to the public and offers AIA Continuing Education learning units. For more information, contact Luis Boza, director of the School of Architecture and Planning's Summer Institute, at 202-319-6861 or

SPONSORS: CUA's School of Architecture and Planning

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.