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On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture Series

11/06 Saturday | 3pm

This series explores how the material medium of architecture facilitates transcendent experiences. Each event features a virtual talk and visual presentation by a distinguished working architect, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael J. Crosbie. Sponsored by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.

This series explores how the material medium of architecture facilitates transcendent experiences. Each event features a virtual talk and visual presentation by a distinguished working architect, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael J. Crosbie.

Sponsored by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.

Saturday, October 2nd, 3-4:30 PM ET- Joan Soranno on Lakewood Cemetery Mausoleum
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Architect Joan Soranno will present her award-winning design of the Lakewood Cemetery Mausoleum in Minneapolis, MN, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists for this event include Frances HalsbandThomas FisherKarla Britton, and Jay M. Price, moderated by Michael J. Crosbie.

Joan Soranno is an award-winning architect specializing in cultural, religious and higher education projects. She runs a small in-house design studio at HGA in Minneapolis that serves as an incubator for innovative design, producing aesthetically-driven and technically challenging work. Past projects include the entry pavilion for Walker Art Center; five musician cottages for the renowned Marlboro Music Festival; Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, which received the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture and the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence; and Bigelow Chapel for the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, which received the 2006 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
MODERATOR: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and his currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 75 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.
Karla Britton is a Professor of Art History at Diné College.
Jay M. Price is Professor of History, Director of the Local and Community History Program, and Chair of the Department of History at Wichita State University.
Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects and has held several academic positions including at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley.
Thomas Fisher is professor, director of the Minnesota Design Center, and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

 

 

Saturday, November 6th, 3 PM ET- Siamak Hariri: Baha’i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile
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Siamak Hariri is a founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects, a 130 person practice based in Toronto. His portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized buildings has won over 60 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award. Recent projects include the Bahá’i Temple of South America, the Tom Patterson Theatre for the Stratford Festival, the Science, Research and Innovation Facility at the University of Windsor, and the Nicol Building at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.
MODERATOR: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and his currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 75 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.
Roberto Chiotti: Principal of Larkin Architect Limited, an award-winning firm specializing in the design of Sustainable Sacred Space
Phillip Tabb: Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University.
Susan Jones: Founder of alterlierjones llc and Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington
Hossein Amanat: Designer of the World Administrative Center of the Baha’i Faith in Haifa, Israel and of the Shahyad Freedom Monument in Tehran, Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, 3 PM ET- Brigitte Shim: Congregation Bet Ha’am Synagogue in South Portland, Maine

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Brigitte Shim is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and has previously held positions at Yale and Harvard, among others. Shim, along with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe, formed the architectural design practice Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 1994. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for architecture as well as an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, among many other professional accolades. Recent works include the Wong Dai Sin Temple in Markham, Ontario and the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Shim is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA), and an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA).
MODERATOR: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and his currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 75 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.
David Leatherbarrow is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Michael Benedikt is a ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin
Vanessa Avery is a lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Executive Director of the Sharing Sacred Spaces organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 3rd, 2022, 3 PM ET – Nader Ardalan: Shams-i-Tabrizi Mausoleum in Khoy, Iran
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Nader Ardalan is an Architect with a long and distinguished international career in the fields of Planning, Architecture and Historic Preservation. His work and research reflects his particular concern for cultural and ecological aspects of architecture. He has previously held positions at Harvard, MIT, Yale and Tehran University and is the co-author, with Lahli Bakhtiar, of the book, “The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture.” He serves on the Board of Directors for the Arts, Culture, and Spirituality Forum.
MODERATOR: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and his currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 75 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.
Tammy Gaber is an Assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada.
Alberto Perez-Gomez is a Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University.
Maryam Eskandari is the Founder of MIIM Designs and has taught at Harvard University, Boston Architectural College, and California State Polytechnic University Pomona.
Bruce Lawrence is a Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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