School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America
Ongoing Research & Scholarship
This research looks at transformative experiences of the architecturally extraordinary. Methods include empirical testing, surveys, well documented case-studies, existing literature, and direct architectural experiences. By seeking to understand the profound aesthetics of built environments, Achitecture Live casts light into (a) an area little known and probed of human experience, (b) what is ‘ordinary’ or 'normal' in our daily situational engagement of architecture, and thus (c) how to improve our appreciation, respect, design and planning of constructed and natural environments. This investigation covers a wide range of areas, including phenomenology, neuroscience, psychology, comparative religion, and more.
|Investigating & Teaching VAS
VAS is a disciplined, spirited, and committed study of one possible architectural response to the major challenges confronting us individually, socially, and globally. VAS seeks the minimal, the fundamentally uncomplicated, the direct and the conscious in order to voluntarily and critically resist the forces of today’s unconscious materialism, empty consumerism, unnecessary complexity, pollution, and life in the fast lane. VAS research develops pedagogies, theories, knowledge and skills to support architectural methods, technologies, ethics, and vocabulary that support such agenda.
|Scholarship and Teaching
Study of how the built (physical, material) and socio-cultural (behavioral, immaterial) environments meet in the context of religion and spirituality. Pedagogic and curricular works are included in this investigation -- refer to CUArch Sacred Space and Cultural Studies graduate concentration.
This effort consists of co-leading an international and interdisciplinary community of scholars, practiioners, researchers, and teachers in the communication and developmen of knowledge addressing the interactions between sacred space and culture in relation to architecture understood in its widest meaning. ACS now has over 400 members from 48 countries, publishes blind-peer reviewed work, and meets once a year in a international symposium.
|Transcending Architecture Course
Testing of meta-cognitive, affective, and representational methods enabling a phenomenological realization of architecture, self, and beyond.