Professor Julio Bermudez directs the Cultural Studies and Sacred Space graduate concentration program. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching architectural design, communication, and theory for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Bermudez’s interests focus in the relationship between architecture, culture, and spirituality through the lens of phenomenology and neuroscience. He has lectured, led symposia, and published articles in these areas nationally and internationally. Current projects include the neurophenomenological study of the cognitive-aesthetic impact of sacred vs. secular architecture as well as work on a book manuscript on the architectural extraordinary. He has published two books: "Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space (CUA Press, February 2015) and "Architecture, Culture and Spirituality" (Ashgate, UK, November 2015, co-edited with Thomas Barrie and Phillip Tabb).

Bermudez has received several national and international recognitions including the 1998 AIA Education Honors Award, the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, the 2005 Arturo Montagu Creative Career Prize bestowed by SiGraDi (Latin American organization), the 2006 ACADIA Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 Sasada Award for his sustained and significant international record of scholarship and service (conferred by CAADRIA, Asia). In 2007, Dr. Bermudez co-founded the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, a 600 members (from 52 countries) organization, that he serves as its president since 2015.