The Catholic University of America

Jan. 30, 2009

CUA Partners with Netherlands Embassy for Architecture Lecture Series

Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will present "The Dutch Element at HH400: Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Voyage to the Americas" as its Spring 2009 Architecture Lecture Series.

The series is jointly sponsored by the architecture and planning school and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. The series is designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's founding of the city of New Amsterdam and to introduce the recent trends in Dutch architecture, art and planning to the design community in the greater Washington area.

The spring 2009 lectures on Dutch architecture is the latest in a sequence of series sponsored by the school that have focused on international themes in collaboration with a foreign embassy. These series have served to highlight the contributions of a specific country to the advancement of architecture and visual culture, with an emphasis on both historical development and contemporary design.

Talks are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Lectures are typically an hour long, followed by a half-hour Q-and-A session.

Monday, Feb. 2, "Recent Works"
Speaker: Nathalie de Vries, principal architect and founder of the architecture, urbanism and landscape design practice MVRDV, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Monday, Feb. 16, "Dutch Horizons"
Speaker: Edzo Bindels, director of West 8, an international urban design and landscape architecture firm based in Rotterdam

Monday, Feb. 23, "The Radical Picturesque"
Speaker: Lars Spuybroek, principal of NOX, Rotterdam

Monday, March 16, "Recent Works"
Speaker: Jurgen Bey, Studio Makkink and Bey, Rotterdam
Note: This lecture will take place at the residence of the Dutch ambassador and will be by invitation only. Media interested in covering it should contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

The lectures are free and offer AIA continuing education learning units. For more information, contact Adnan Morshed, assistant professor of architecture and planning, at 202-319-6185.

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 a laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is awarded after four years of study, as is an undergraduate joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering. The school offers several graduate programs: an accredited Master of Architecture first professional degree, a post-professional Master of Science in Architectural Studies, a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design.