ICAA Lecture:
The Civic Hall & New Town of Cayalá, Guatemala

Tuesday, October 29
6 p.m.
ICAA Members $20; Public $25   Buy tickets

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On the outermost edge of Guatemala City lies Cayalá —Mayan for “paradise.” It is the first town in this Central American country entirely devoted to the tenets of New Urbanism. Cayalá is the creation of Léon Krier, the inaugural recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame, and the city’s plan and its buildings’ design pay homage to the area’s Mayan and Spanish Colonial influences.

University of Notre Dame associate professor and architect Richard Economakis—who designed the Athenaeum, a colonnaded civic building that currently anchors Cayalá‘s city center and which earned a 2013 Palladio Award for excellence in traditional design—gives this lecture on the town’s development, architecture, and how its more than 25 architects exemplified classicism while manifesting a deliberate continuation of the restrained vernacular specific to Central America.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Ticket includes Museum general admission.


This program is presented in partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Chicago-Midwest Chapter. For more information, please visit ClassicistChicago.org.

About the Speaker

Richard Economakis joined the faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame in 1996. He has edited numerous books, including monographs on the work of architects Léon Krier and Quinlan Terry and the books Building Classical and Acropolis Restoration. In 2003 he received the University of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Teaching Award, and he was named Educator of the Year in 2002 by the School of Architecture’s Student Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Professor Economakis is principal of Masten Economakis Architectural Design Consultants, currently involved in the design of a 30-acre commercial development and houses in the U.S. and Europe.


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