James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

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James Cathcart, author of Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity and project director at Appelbaum Associates, presented the Harrison Lecture on Fri., April 8.

Cathcart was born in Colombia, S.C. He was trained as an architect at the University of Florida and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. For over 25 years, he has worked on museum and exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York. Cathcart’s own practice focuses on architectural investigations that explore the parallels between the social, political, cultural and tectonic structures. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is a founding member of the icebergproject.org collaborative. His book Gravity (Pamphlet Architecture #23) was published By Princeton Press. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture

March 24th, 2016 Comments Off on Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture


Jason Steiner, associate principal and digital design director at Mithun Inc., presented the second Harrison Lecture this spring for the 2015-2016 series.

Steiner discussed his firm and their Sustainability Treehouse.

Blending artistic vision with analytic expertise, Steiner leads Mithun’s visual design team in integrating digital modeling, performance analysis and visualization into the design process. With advanced degrees in environmental design and architecture, he assists clients in visually understanding and articulating their goals through the medium of graphic communication. By employing technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Jason creates compelling representations that bring value to clients by inspiring community consensus and excitement, garnering municipal approval and investor support; and bringing to light challenges and opportunities related to site analysis, sustainable building strategies, and concept development.

A reception, hosted by Tau Sigma Delta, was held following the lecture in the Giles Gallery, which is currently displaying work by Mithun.

Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

March 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

The annual National Organization of Minority Students (NOMAS) symposium was held on March 4.


As part of the events, students debated on analog vs. digital advantages for architecture.


Following the debate, Virginia San Fratello delivered the Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

San Fratello is an architect, artist and educator. She is a partner at Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, Calif. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in the city of New York. Her research focuses on the convergence of digital, ecological and creative material explorations. The research is applied through the design and fabrication of innovative buildings and their components, furniture elements and site specific installations that often look at inherent material resources and have embedded political consequences. Rael San Fratello was the recipient of the Emerging Voices Award, Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for their Hydro Wall concept, a finalist in the WPA 2.0 design competition and winner of the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rail competition. Their work has been published in Architect, Metropolis Magazine, L’Arca, DOMUS, the NY Times, Interior Design Magazine and MARK Magazine among others.

Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

August 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

julio_web2The first lecture for the fall 2015 Harrison Lecture Series will be presented by architect Julio Bermudez on Fri., Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

The annual lecture series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison, Ph.D., FAIA, FCSI.

Julio Bermudez joined the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Architecture and Planning in fall 2010 to direct the cultural studies and sacred space graduate concentration program. He holds a master’s in architecture and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching architectural design, theory and representation for nearly 30 years.

Bermudez’s teaching and research are focused in architectural phenomenology; the development of voluntary architectural simplicity (VAS); and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. He has lectured, led symposia and published articles in these areas nationally and internationally. Current projects include a fMRI study of architecturally induced contemplative states, the analysis of a massive survey on profound phenomenologies of place and work on a manuscript on the architectural extraordinary. His edited volume “Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space” was published by CUA Press in January 2015, whereas his second, co-edited, book “Architecture, Culture and Spirituality” (Ashgate) is scheduled for release in October 2015.

Prior to this work, Bermudez’s efforts unfolded around two areas: (1) the pedagogic investigation of design process and digital media, and (2) the application of architectural concepts and methods to the interdisciplinary design of data environments. The result of this work included the analog-digital design method and theory (influencing many teachers and researchers worldwide), a successful information visualization research across multiple domains (attracting nearly $5M in funding), three patents, and a very extensive number of lectures, workshops, and publications both in the U.S. and abroad.

Bermudez has received several national and international recognitions including the 1998 AIA Education Honors Award, the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, the 2005 Arturo Montagu Creative Career Prize bestowed by SiGraDi (Latin American organization), the 2006 ACADIA Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 Sasada Award for his sustained and significant international record of scholarship and service (conferred by CAADRIA, Asia). Bermudez co-founded the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality in 2007 and has continued to be one of its leaders since then.

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