International Institute for Culture


March 19, 2016    7:00 PM       
Join us for this, the third of a series of lectures for 2016, entitled "In the Beauty of Holiness: Art, Architecture, and the Transcendent"

Steven Schloeder

Building the City of God Here on Earth
Drawing from his own work and scholarship, which seeks to recover the human person within the human family as the touchstone for architecture, urbanism, and art, Dr. Schloeder will invite us to consider whether there is a broader way to think of "church architecture" than the way we might usually conceptualize it. Whereas we may often think of "church architecture" as merely the building of parish churches, the parish itself should be considered as an urban expression facilitating various relationships, functions, forms, and spaces, and which reaches out to the larger secular community in service. As a case study, Dr. Schloeder will present the newly dedicated church of Our Lady of Grace in Maricopa Arizona, and show how a parish church can become a leaven for social and economic development, informed by the tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine, and directed toward the person in relationship with appeals to beauty, livability, sustainability, and civic order.

Following the lecture, there will be a light reception with an opportunity to greet the speaker. 

About Steven Schloeder
Steven Schloeder, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, is a registered Architect in the State of Arizona and the State of California, and a widely published author and popular lecturer. He holds a professional degree in architecture (B. Arch - Arizona State University 1984), as well as advanced research degrees in architecture (M. Arch - University of Bath 1989) and theology (Ph.D. - Graduate Theological Union 2003). Having served as Senior Project Designer and Project Architect for several national architectural firms, and in project management for an international firm in London, England, Dr. Schloeder brings both depth and breadth of experience to bear on his projects.
image By combining his broad-based architectural experiences with specialized advanced studies in liturgical theology and art history, Dr. Schloeder brings a level of understanding of the problems of contemporary Catholic church design that is unexcelled. His numerous writings, such as his widely acclaimed book Architecture in Communion (San Francisco: Ignatius Press 1998) and articles in Catholic World Report, Crisis, Faith and Form and The Intercollegiate Review have helped to reframe the dialogue between contemporary Catholicism and modern architecture. 
His architectural projects have been favorably reviewed in Church Building (UK), St. Anthony Messenger, Traditional Building, and Faith and Form
Dr. Schloeder is also the founding director of the Institute for Studies in Sacred Architecture (, a new initiative to promote the scholarly study of sacred architectural traditions and their contemporary implications and expressions in an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and interfaith forum.
For more information on Dr. Schloeder's work, please visit his website.
Adult: $25/each
Student: $15/each

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