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CUA to Host Architect Antoine Predock as First Annual Walton Family Distinguished Critic in Design and Catholic Stewardship

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3


The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America will host Antoine Predock, 2006 recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal, for a two-day workshop as CUA's First Annual Walton Family Distinguished Critic in Design and Catholic Stewardship. The highest honor conferred by AIA on an architect, the medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

During the workshop, titled "Examining Sacred Space in the 21st Century," Predock will work with the students in the graduate Sacred Space and Digital Technologies joint studio, give a lecture and lead reviews and discussions of student design.

The workshop events are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 2
    10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Predock will review students' studio work. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies
    5:50 p.m.
    Predock will deliver a lecture titled "Carving." Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium.

  • Friday, April 3
    1 to 4 p.m., Crough Center, Miller Exhibit Room
    Students will display work based on an assignment from Predock related to the exploration of sacred spaces. Predock will lead a discussion about the work.

Predock is principal of Antoine Predock Architect PC, based in Albuquerque, N.M. Predock's U.S. projects include the La Luz community in Albuquerque, the Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and the San Diego Padres' Petco Park, whose design reinvents the concept of a ballpark as a garden rather than solely a sports complex. His international work includes the National Palace Museum Southern Branch in Southern Taiwan and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, both of which are currently in design phases.

All the events are free. Predock's lecture is open to the public. The other events are only open to the university community. For more information, contact Andreea Mihalache, visiting critic, at 202-319-6141 or

SPONSOR: The Walton Family (Thomas Walton, B.S. Arch. 1974, M.Arch. 1976, is a former CUA architecture faculty member whose expertise is Catholic architecture. His father, the late Clarence C. Walton, served as Catholic University's first lay president from 1969 to 1978.)

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