Few challenges in architecture are as demanding as designing religious or spiritual spaces.  These projects share the functional challenges of most projects, yet include the expectation of a spiritual experience.  Sacred spaces, such as churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, monasteries and retreats, seek to take us out of ourselves, make us part of something greater, refresh the congregation in its belief and its faith, and connect us to each other and to something beyond all of us.  For architects, the task of evoking the divine through structures and shapes is a difficult one.  Join us as architects experienced in the design of religious architecture share their experiences.


Joe McCall, FAIA, Oglesby Greene
Methodists, Muslims, and Modernity
Explore case studies of use, integration, and separation of modern and traditional liturgical form and function.

Tom Greenwood, AIA, Beck Group
How the future of American church design might just be found in South Korea.

David Shanks, AIA, Shanks Architects
Small is the New Big
What will faith-based communities need after the era of the mega church?

Andrew Bennett, AIA, BOKA Powell
Master Plan for St. Rita Catholic Community
More than ten years ago, St. Rita Catholic Community embarked on an ambitious strategic planning effort to position the Parish for future growth. A robust facilities master plan led to a major capital campaign to facilitate renovation and construction of new meeting space, classrooms, and administrative offices. The result is a reorientation of the campus and an elevation of its identity along Harvest Hill Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

Moderator: Keith Crouch, AIA, Baptist General Convention of Texas