For immediate release

12 April, 2021

Contact: Thomas Barrie FAIA

Webinars: The Critical Conversations Project

Presented by the Architecture Culture and Spirituality Forum 

May 6 and 27, 2021

The Architecture, Culture and Spirituality will host roundtable discussion webinars on May 6 and 27 as part of their Critical Conversations Project. 

The Critical Conversations Project is a series of thematic roundtable discussions conducted by the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum in cooperation with the Center of Theological Inquiry. The goal is to broaden considerations of leading-edge issues of the built environment through incorporating spiritual perspectives. A multidisciplinary group of experts from architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, public interest design, material culture, theology, religious studies, psychology, anthropology, history, and environmental health will discuss how the culturalethicalenvironmental, or transcendent aspects of the built environment can address contemporary challenges of globalization, urbanization, economic disparity, climate change, migratory pressures, political and religious radicalization, and disruptive technologies. The May webinars are the first of a series of conversations that will run through 2022.

Webinar 1: Thursday May 6, 12.00 – 1.30 EST (New York)

Cultural Consciousness and Transcendent Human Habitats

Moderator: Julio Bermudez, Ph.D., DPACSA


  • Sigurd Bergmann, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Ph.D.

Associate Professor by Special Appointment, Hamilton College

  • Nader Ardalan

President, Ardalan Associates

  • Kevin Ladd, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology of Religion Lab, Department of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend
  • Alberto Perez Gomez, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, School of Architecture, McGill University

  • Suchi Reddy

Principal: Reddymade, NYC

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Webinar 2: Thursday May 27, 12.00 – 1.30 EST (New York)

Justice & Participation and Environmental Adaptation and Ecotechnology

Moderator: Thomas Barrie, FAIA DPACSA


  • Thomas Beaudoin, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion, Fordham University

  • Bryan Bell
  • Associate Professor, School of Architecture, North Carolina State University, Director of Design Corps
  • Karla Britton, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Art History, Dine College
  • Roberto Chiotti, FRAIC

Founding Partner, Larkin Architect Limited

  • Thomas Fisher, DPACSA

Professor and Director of the Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota.

  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA

Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk

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Learn more about the Critical Conversations Project here.

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