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Professor Duncan Stroik

 

Ecclesiastical Architect/ Notre Dame Professor/Editor Sacred Architecture

Duncan Stroik’s architectural practice grows out of a commitment to the principles of classical architecture and urbanism. Stroik’s education and career have closely paralleled the evolution of the international classical movement, and over the past decade his work has been instrumental in the new renaissance of sacred architecture.

Stroik received his architectural education from the University of Virginia and Yale University. In 1990 Stroik was invited to help form and implement a new curriculum in classical architecture at the University of Notre Dame. View moreStroik’s design work and essays on architecture have been featured widely in print, and his work has been featured on television. He also lectures widely on the principles of traditional architecture and Catholic church design.

Stroik’s involvement in the new renaissance of sacred architecture has led to the formation of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the journal Sacred Architecture, of which he is editor. He is considered to be one of the foremost educators and practitioners in sacred architecture today. It is Stroik’s belief that a revival of sacred architecture is central to any true renaissance of architecture and civil society.

Msgr. Paul Burkard

  

Vice Postulator for the cause of canonization of Msgr. Nelson Baker

Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Basilica

President, Baker Victory Services and Institutions

Lackawanna, New York

It is, first and foremost, as any church is, a place of God’s dwelling with us. But it is also more than that. It is a National Shrine to Our Lady of Victory and it is the final resting place of our holy founder, Venerable Nelson Baker.

As such, it is the spiritual home of over 3,000 families from the City of Lackawanna and the wider Western New York community.

And, it is a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 30,000 visitors each year, who are drawn here by a desire to be close to Father Baker or to revel in the majesty of the Basilica itself.

Many parishioners and visitors tell me they find that the Shrine provides them with an extraordinary sense of peace.

 

 Beverly Foit-Albert

 

Beverly Foit-Albert, RA, Ph.D. is founder and President of Foit-Albert Associates.

Her forty years of experience as a professional and educator have changed the landscape of her community. From championing the saving of American treasures like the HH Richardson Psychiatric Center complex to identifying innovative solutions to age-old problems like the National design award-winning Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center.

Associate Professor / Board Member School of Architecture and Planning / UB Foundation, Inc. Years at UB: 1968-2004

A real community leader involved in Buffalo's revitalization, Beverly "Bonnie" Foit-Albert taught in UB's School of Architecture and Planning for 25 years. Foit-Albert began her affiliation with UB in 1969 when she taught at Millard Fillmore College in UB's first architecture program. Later, an integral part of the School of Architecture and Planning, Foit-Albert headed the school's historic preservation department. She is currently is a member of the University at Buffalo Foundation Board of Directors. She is also active on the Foundation's Executive Committee. A Buffalo native, Foit-Albert graduated from Cornell University and the University of Buffalo receiving her Ph.D from California's Saybrook Institute

REBECCA BARRETT

Former Trustee for Western Reserve Architectural Historians Cleveland, Ohio

Authored "Building in the Styles of Their Time: Fugman, Cramer and Uhlrich"

A thesis by Rebecca Barrett

"The impetus for this project was an unusual promotional book by an obscure local architectural firm. Greater Cleveland Architecture by Godfrey Fugman and C. Frank Cramer presented a unique glimpse into the nearly forgotten firm. Its meticulously photographed, pristine images of buildings in their intended environment provided crucial visual primary source material for my work. Investigating the firm of Cramer and Fugman (1887-1896) naturally led to its successor firm of Fugman and Uhlrich (1899-1903). This research was compiled chronologically in a catalogue of works containing over 100 buildings by the firms. After biographic details and information about the state of the profession and the firms, discussion of the structures in the text was done in terms of building type. While not of national repute, the architects were, nonetheless, very talented men who worked in the nationally popular styles during the Golden Era of Cleveland. Innovative in design, technology and use of material, active in the continuing development of their profession, they were important architects for Cleveland at turn of the 20th century."

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