Author and architect Philip Bess delivered a fascinating lecture on “New Urbanism” to over 100 young conservative professionals and students on August 4 at the District Chophouse in Washington, D.C.

Bess, a Professor of Architecture and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, examined the philosophical foundations of architecture, relating Aristotelian and Thomistic natural law principles to traditional urban design.

The lecture was co-sponsored by Conservatism on Tap, a group of young, conservative professionals in the D.C. area, and the Cincinnatus League, a student group at Christendom College that seeks to provide a forum for discussion of conservative ideas and principles.