The Catholic University of America


Stanley I. Hallet


Former Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, Stanley Ira Hallet, FAIA, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at CUA where he teaches undergraduate and graduate studios and seminars exploring the historic and contemporary relationships between culture, urban design, landscape and architecture. Given his early experiences in Tunisia as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1964-66) and in Afghanistan as a Fulbright-Hayes Lecturer at the University of Kabul (1972), his studio work and lectures often explore issues of landscape, urban fabric and sacred space. Recently he was Studio Head in Rome, Italy and currently acts as Graduate Studio Head, School of Architecture and Planning in Paris, France.

Based upon research and his personal experience as a cameraman, he has offered seminars and studios addressing the relationship of cinema and architecture in Schools of Architecture in the United States, Puerto Rico, France and Italy and has produced several documentary films with his wife, Judith Dwan Hallet, an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker.

He has lectured widely on these subjects in both the United States and Europe and his observations have appeared in major international and national journals of architecture such as A2(Qatar), Architectural Record, Architecture Plus, Faith and Form, The Journal of Architectural Education, Ekistics, Mimar, The Afghan Journal (Austria), The Architect’s Journal (London), Ottagono (Italy) and IBLA, the Revue de l’institute des belles lettres arabe-CNRS. His book, The Traditional Architecture of Afghanistan, was co-authored with Rafi Samizay and published by Garland Press, The Mosques of Djerba (French and English texts) and Évolution d’un habitat : le monde berbère du Sud tunisien (French) by Blurb. He is presently working on a fourth book titled Architecture and the Moving Image. A descriptive publication of studio work exploring the same subject was exhibited at the Palazzo d’Aumale in Terrasini, Sicily.

Recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to both architecture and architectural education, his work has been distinguished with 12 AIA design awards. He received a 25-year design award given by the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the Quad Project. More recently, his own house, a 1998 recipient of a Washingtonian/DC AIA Chapter design award, was published in the Italian Journal Il Projetto and the American Journal Residential Architect. A finalist in the international competition for the DC Metro Canopy Competition, his proposal was reviewed in Cityscape by architectural critic, Benjamin Forgey of the Washington Post.

Graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1964 and a Master of Architecture in 1967, he taught for over fifteen years at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and 25 years at The Catholic University of America. He has participated on numerous architectural juries in the academy as well as in the profession, both in the United States, Italy, France and Israel.