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Joint Lecture Series - Thomas Barrie, AIA

Joint Lecture Series - Thomas Barrie, AIA

When: October 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Allred Gallery, Kamphoefner Hall Room G10
2221 Katherine Stinson Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina  27607
United States
Contact: 919-463-0333

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Thomas Barrie AIA will give a talk on his recent book House and Home: Cultural Contexts, Ontological Roles (Routledge, 2017). Following the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.


The book is about the meaning and significance of home throughout history and in our daily lives. It presents numerous cultural and ontological roles of domesticity, including how it has been represented in scripture, literature, art, and philosophy. The book presents how the search for home in an unpredictable world led people to create myths about the origins of architecture, houses for their gods, and house tombs for eternal life. Turning to more recent topics, it discusses how writers often used simple huts as a means to address the essentials of existence, modernist architects envisioned the capacity of house and home to improve society, and the suburban house was positioned as a superior setting for culture and family. Throughout, the book challenges predominant definitions of domesticity, and critically examines house and home to illustrate the perennial role and capacity of architecture to articulate the human condition, position it more meaningfully in the world, and assist in our collective homecoming.


Thomas Barrie, AIA is a Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University where he served as School Director from 2002 – 2007. Professor Barrie’s scholarship focuses on the symbolism, ritual use, and cultural significance of architecture. His publications include The Sacred In-Between: The Mediating Roles of Architecture (Routledge, 2010), Spiritual Path, Sacred Place: Myth Ritual and Meaning in Architecture (Shambhala, 1996), and Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality (Barrie, Bermudez, Tabb, Ashegate, 2015). He has contributed book chapters, published numerous articles, edited academic journal theme issues, and lectured extensively in his subject areas. Professor Barrie is the co-founder of the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum, and director of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Initiative 



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