School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America
|Sacred Space & Cultural Studies Studio (graduate level)
Inquiry into the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality
Fall 2016: This studio is co-taught with Indian architect Prem Chandavarkar who is the 2016 Walton Critic. The work is centered on how architecture may advance human vocation and development in everyday life in the context of social and spiritual practice. VAS is the platform to guide the design inquiry
Fall 2015: This studio is co-taught with architectural author, critic and editor Michale J. Crosbie who is the 2015 Walton Critic. The topic is the shifting landscape of spirituality taking place in the U.S. and abroad, and what this means for the future of sacred space. The studio recognizes a VAS viewpoint.
Fall 2014: This studio was co-taught with Argentinian architect Eliana Bórmida who was the 2014 Walton Critic. We studied the relationships between nature and everyday life as foundations of architecture and the transcedent, with particular attention to phenomenology. The inquiry followed a VAS paradigm.
Fall 2013: This studio was co-taught with British-Italian architect Claudio Silvestrin who was the 2013 Walton Critic. The focus was on design processes and methods that advance contemplative, intuitive, and non-egotist ways to question, critique and propose essentialist architectural solutions. The investigations followed a VAS perspective.
Fall 2012: This studio was co-taught with Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza who was the 2012 Walton Critic in Residence at CUA. The topic was on architecture enabling contemplative practices and considered two different building types: a convent and a nature observatory. The investigations followed a VAS viewpoint.
Fall 2011: This studio was co-taught with Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa who was the 2011 Walton Critic in residence at CUA. The focus was on the role of emotions in architecture (and contemporary culture) and used funerary architecture as its vehicle of investigation
Fall 2010: The studio investigated the connections between VAS and Spirituality in light of Thomas Merton's teachings and the inspiration of the beauty and culture of the four-corners area of the United States. Architect Craig Hartman (the 2010 Walton Critic) directed a week long workshop
|Second Year (spring 2017, undergraduate level)
Focusing on the body and the senses as central to the understanding, design, and experience of architecture.
| Design Process & Methods (fall 2016)
Investigation of architectural design methods and processes through comparative analyses, both theoretically and practically.
| Transcending Architecture: How to Design and Experience It (Spring 2017)
Study of the relationships between transcendence and architecture using analytical and phenomenological methods.
|Architectural Theory (Spring 2010)
This class is not a survey course of past and present architectural theories but about learning how to read, think, write, and talk/argue about architecture. It is about the power of rhetoric in creating and receiving architectural meaning and value.
|Experiencing Architecture(fall 2009)
Examination of meta-cognitive, affective, and representational methods enabling a phenomenological realization of architecture, self, and beyond.