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507 | Seeking a Spiritual City
507 | Seeking a Spiritual City
Saturday, November 4 | 3 - 4 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Buchanan Chapel at the Gratz Center
126 E Chestnut St | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Architect Julio Bermudez asks you to expand your definition of a sacred space beyond mosques, cathedrals, and other religious sanctuaries. Cities, he argues, can be designed to elicit contemplation and empathy, concern for the environment, or even a reduction in violence. To explore and define the potential of “spiritual urbanism,” Bermudez studies the intersection of architecture and neuroscience, and modern life and religious practice, making a passionate case for the creation of urban environments that foster spiritual and civic development.

This program is generously underwritten by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


Julio Bermudez directs the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies program at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. His scholarship focuses on architectural phenomenology in relationship to culture and spirituality. Dr. Bermudez has widely lectured, led symposia, and published in this area, including Transcending Architecture and Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality. His current research uses neuroscience to study contemplative built environments. Bermudez is the president of the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, an international organization that he co-founded in 2007.

  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Lecture on Architecture
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.