This program offers CUA architecture students, faculty, and community the very unique chance to meet, discuss, and work in close-proximity with a world-renown architect while addressing issues related to the core mission of CUA. During their visit, the Walton Critic gives a public lecture, co-directs a design studio, interfaces with students and faculty, and participates in reviews and juries. In addition to its enduring impact in the life of the school, this program also brings national and international visibility to CUArch.

This annual experience is sponsored by the Clarence Walton Fund for Catholic Architecture, in honor and remembrance of the late Clarence C. Walton who served as The Catholic University of America's first lay president from 1969 to 1978. The Walton Family also includes his son, Thomas Walton (B.S. Arch. 1974, M.Arch. 1976) who is a former CUA architecture faculty member whose expertise is Catholic architecture.

The Walton critic program, a central part of the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies graduate concentration offered at the CUA School of Architecture and Planning, started in 2008 and has hosted a remarkable list of individuals since then.

For more information, contact Dr. Julio Bermudez, director of the SSCS concentration at

Michael J. Crosbie
Fall 2015