Core Faculty (in alphabetical order)
Julio Bermudez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and director of the SSCS concentration. Bermudez holds a Master's in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. His expertise cover architectural phenomenology, voluntary architectural simplicity (VAS), and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. Current projects include a fMRI study of architecturally induced contemplative states, the analysis of a survey on profound phenomenologies of place, and a book manuscript on the architectural extraordinary. His two edited books 'Transcending Architecture' (CUA Press) and 'Architecture, Culture and Spirituality' (with Tom Barrie and Phillip Tabb, Ashgate) were published in 2015. He co-founded the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality in 2007.
Michael Gick, AIA
Principal and founder of Morgan Gick McBeath & Associates, Michael Gick is a Faculty Associate teaching a theory course on sacred architecture (Design of Religious Space). As an architect, Mr. Gick has designed churches, synagogues, chapels and sacred spaces throughout the Washington region. With strong references to 5,000 year of history as well as recent examples in Catholic, Protestant and Jewish worship spaces, his course offers students an in depth knowledge of past and contemporary sacred space. Mr. Gick holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Philosophy in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh. Mr. Gick is a member of IFRAA and serves on its advisory board in Virginia.
Stanley Hallet, FAIA
Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America (CUA), Stanley Ira Hallet, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at CUA where he teaches undergraduate and graduate studios and seminars exploring the historic and contemporary relationships between culture and architecture. His expertise extends to the intersections between cinema and architecture. He has lectured widely on these subjects in the U.S. and Europe and his observations have appeared in major international and national journals of architecture. Graduating from the MIT with a B.Arch and a M.Arch., Hallet's professional work has been distinguished with 12 AIA design awards in several states.
Kathleen Lane, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Kathleen Lane is Director of the Spirit of Place Institute. Previously, she was Director of Knowledge Communities at The American Institute of Architects. She has served on the boards of US/ICOMOS, Society of Architectural Historians Latrobe Chapter, and Faith and Form. Kathleen holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.A in American Studies, and graduate certificate in historic preservation from the University of Maryland. She completed an M.Arch with a graduate concentration in Cultural Studies and Sacred Space at The Catholic University of America, and now serves as a lecturer at CUA.
Travis Price, FAIA
As an architect, author, educator, and philosopher Travis Price, FAIA has developed a modern architecture informed by ecology and mythology that restores the spirit of place to modern design. Travis coined the words “passive solar” in 1973 while building his thesis. Price’s vision is grounded on 30 years of practice with AIA award-winning private and public works. He created and leads the Spirit Of Place/Spirit Of Design program that allows CUArch student to design and build projects oversees that have won AIA design awards and the 2010 NCARB prize. Price’s book, The Archaeology of Tomorrow : Architecture and the Spirit of Place won the 2007 independent publishers architecture gold medal. The Mythic Modern: Architectural Expeditions into the Ethnosphere is due Fall of 2011.
Milton Shinberg, AIA, LEED AP
Milton Shingerg is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and has been in practice since 1975. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at CUA since 1978, teaching in all studio levels, including Thesis and developing several other courses, such as his current graduate seminar titled “Beauty and Brains”. His focus is the relationship between cognition, understanding and designing architectural space. His firm, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, has designed over a million square feet of school space, in addition to private residential work in the DC area. The firm has also done projects in other parts of the US and abroad, many receiving AIA awards and other recognition in print, radio, and TV coverage.
Thomas Walton, Ph.D.
Thomas Walton's 25-year career in teaching at CUA School of Architecture and Planning focused on design as an expression of social and cultural values. In 2003, he took a position with the U.S. General Services Administration in its Design Excellence Program, an initiative that has reinvigorated the importance of federal building as a symbol of our open government and democratic values. He is particularly interested in church architecture and sacred space, especially in contemporary society where these realities struggle to illuminate human meaning in a profane world. Walton received his MArch (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) from The Catholic University of America, and for 21 years has been editor of Design Management Review, addressing the importance of design as a business resources.