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Transcending Architecture  is a symposium organized and hosted by our School of Architecture and Planning and supported in part by the Walton Fund for studies of sacred space in architecture. It will take place CROUGH Hall on The Catholic University of America campus..  CUA is located in the north-east of the District of Columbia and easily accessible by car or Metro (red line stop: Brookland-CUA). Despite of being in an urban environment, the CUA campus has a peaceful atmosphere with plenty of space, manicured vegetation and flowers, beautiful old and new buildings, and the remarkable Basilica of the National Shrine, a pilgrimage center for Catholics. The symposium is one of the events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the architecture program at CUA, one of the oldest in the United States. Our School also offers a graduate concentration on sacred space and cultural studies — one of very few programs in the world where students, faculty, and professionals can reflect, learn, research, and profess the deepest spiritual and cultural roots of architecture. Since the symposium lectures and receptions will be held in our comfortable building, attendees will have a chance to witness the School of Architecture and Planning in full activity.  We expect CUA and architecture students to attend this event. Early October is a great time to be in Washington. Foliages are beginning to turn, yet temperatures remain mild: low 70s in the day and 50s at night.  We are not recommending any particular accommodations for out-of-town participants. The DC area has a large and varied supply of hotels, most of them in very reasonable proximity to campus via either Metro or car.