Mario Botta at Regis College

Press Release – Mario Botta at Regis College March 3 and 4, 2011

Regis College is pleased to announce that the Swiss architect Mario Botta will deliver the inaugural Peter Larisey Lecture entitled “Mario Botta. Architect and Memory” at Regis College in St Joseph Chapel at 100 Wellesley Street W., Toronto on Thursday, March 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 pm. A reception will follow. On Friday, March 4th, 10:00 am to noon, Architect Botta will conduct a seminar entitled “Mario Botta. Sacred Architecture” for architectural students and others interested in the dimensions of sacred space. Admission is free. Seating at both events is limited. Pre-registration is required. The presentations will be in French with simultaneous translation in English


To pre-register for the Thursday lecture (7:30 pm) please click here.

To pre-register for the Friday seminar (10:00 am to noon), please click here. 

If you experience difficulties pre-registering or wish to cancel your registration, please email, or call 416-922-5474 x238.

Both the lecture and the seminar are presented free of charge.

The Peter Larisey Lecture series are presented through the benefaction of Mr. Peter Warrian.

About the Lecture: “Mario Botta. Architect and Memory”

Architecture and memory is an indissoluble couple as the transformations brought about by architecture become parts of the human landscape. The importance of light and the primary geometrical shapes constitute the distinctive marks of Architect Botta’s research. His work comprises all building typologies, from the single-family houses to schools, banks, administration buildings, libraries, museums and sacred buildings. Botta's lecture will range from the sacred buildings such as the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Evry (France), the Church San Giovanni Battista in Mogno (Switzerland), the Cymbalista Synagogue in Tel Aviv, the recent Church of Santo Volto in Turin (Italy); to the cultural buildings for example the municipal library in Dortmund (Germany) and the worldwide famous MoMA museum in San Francisco (USA), MART museum in Rovereto (Italy), Leeum museum in Seoul (South Korea) and the newly-inaugurated Bechtler museum in Charlotte (USA); to the office buildings for the Tata Consultancy Services in India and the Kyobo Tower in Seoul (South Korea). He will also present the wineries Petra (Italy) and Château Faugères (France) to conclude with the spa Tschuggen Berg Oase in Arosa (Switzerland) and the Agorà centre on Je Ju Island (South Korea).

About the Seminar: “Mario Botta. Sacred Architecture”

Sacred Architecture “gives shape to silence, to the “unsaid”, it invites to meditation; it is a space full of symbolic meanings which evoke conditions beyond the “finite”. Despite the different interpretations, the church still remains the place of memory.”

About Peter Larisey

Peter Larisey, S.J. is a Canadian Jesuit priest and art historian know for writing and curating in the area of religion and art. Larisey comes from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He attended St. Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia College of Art, Halifax, then studied philosophy at the University of Montreal and theology at Regis College, Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in the history of modern art from Columbia University, New York, where his doctoral thesis was on the landscape painting of Lawren Stewart Harris. Larisey authored “Light for a Cold Land: Lawren Harris’s Work and Life – An Interpretation,” which was short listed for The Governor General's Literary Award for Non-fiction (English) in 1993. At present he is on the faculty of Regis College, in the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto.

About Regis College

Regis College is the Jesuit College at the University of Toronto and one of the founding members of the Toronto School of Theology. The college offers post-baccalaureate and graduate programs in theology each year to about 260 students from over thirty countries. Known for its integration of academic research, spirituality and action for justice, the college was founded in 1930 and moved recently to the corner of Queen’s Park Crescent East and Wellesley Street West. For additional information, see

For more information contact:

Gordon Rixon, S.J.
Dean, Regis College
416-922-5474 x225
100 Wellesely Street West
Toronto ON M5S 2Z5

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