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“Where did it all go wrong?” asks alumnus architect Erik Bootsma (’01), in a recent lecture before Chicago’s Catholic Arts Guild, “Turning the Tide of the 20th Century: Restoring Beauty in Sacred Architecture.” (See video, above.)

By “it,” Mr. Bootsma means sacred architecture, which underwent radical changes over the course of the 20th century. Looking at the philosophical underpinnings of those changes, he charts a course for sacred architecture’s renewal in the years ahead.

The owner of Erik Bootsma Design, Mr. Bootsma received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is a board member of the National Civic Art Society and of the Mid-Atlantic/Washington Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.