The lecture by 2016 Walton Critic Prem Chandavarkar entitled

"The Work of CnT Architects : Balancing Autonomy and Life"

will take place on Wednesday 12 October from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Embassy of India (2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008). The evening will start with a reception with Indian food and follow with architect Chandavarkar lecture.

Space is limited and due to normal Embassy security/protocol reasons, people are asked to register to guarantee a seat.

PROCESS: In order to RSVP/Register, please send an email to Julio Bermudez ( indicating your full name and affiliation (if you are asking to bring a companion, do the same plus add his/her email. Expect to receive an email from the Embassy of India inviting you to the event to which you will have to respond affirmatively in order to be in the final RSVP list. Please, be just a bit earlier than 6:30pm and bring a government-issued photo ID.

This event is sponsored by the Embassy of India, the American Institute of Architects DC, and CUA School of Architecture & Planning.


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Walton Critic Program Information

Architect Claudio Silvestrin is based in London and Milan and the author of an internationally recognized oeuvre that covers not only architecture but also a wide range of design scales and interests. His works are distinguished by being austere but not extreme, contemporary yet timeless, calming but not ascetic, strong but not intimidating, elegant but not ostentatious, simple but not soulless. His aim is to raise human awareness of an evolution which is not merely technological and material, but which fundamentally encompasses emotion and spirit, man and nature, and has beauty at its compass. He pursues this conviction with a thought process based on depth, integrity, clarity of mind, inventiveness and concern for details.  Claudio Silvestrin’s thoughts on today’s challenges as well as his work have been featured in four books, many professional magazines and journals, exhibitions, as well as other media outlets. While he has visited and done work in America, he has rarely lectured or taught in the US. This gives our school and program a special opportunity to learn from a remarkable individual and professional. For more on architect Claudio Silvestrin:, follow this link

During his residence at CUA School of Architecture and Planning, architect Silvestrin will direct at three-week long design studio centered in the intersection between culture and spirituality. As the 2013 Walton Critic, he will participate in the life of the school through guest talks, reviews, and spontaneous meeting with students and faculty. His main public (and free) lecture will be

Can Architecture uplift our spirit and prevent the weight of materialism from crushing us
Wednesday 11 Sept at 6:00PM (at the School of Architecture, CUA campus

In addition, the Embassy of Italy and CUArch will host “Claudio Silvestrin: Works and Inspirations ”, to take place on Thursday 17 October in the evening at the Embassy. This event, part of a special program celebrating Italian culture and design, is included in the 2013 AIA-DC architectural week. For details, go here

Claudio Silvestrin’s residence is made possible in part by the Clarence Walton Fund for Catholic Architecture. Past Walton Critics include architects Antoine Predock (2009), Craig Hartman (2010), Juhani Pallasmaa (2011) and Alberto Campo Baeza (2012.


Julio Bermudez, director, Associate Professor