2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

Volume 46, Issue 4 :: Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D.

  • Honor: Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos
    • Religious Architecture » New Facilities » Honor
    • Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos
    • Saint George Church and Parish Center » Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
  • Honor: Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, PC
    • Religious Architecture » Renovation » Honor
    • Acheson Doyle Partners Architects, PC
    • Church of St. Brigid - St. Emeric » New York, New York
  • Honor: Marion Blackwell Architect
    • Religious Architecture » Renovation » Honor
    • Marlon Blackwell Architect
    • Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church » Springdale, Arkansas
  • Honor: Adam Bresnick architects
    • Religious Architecture » Restoration » Honor
    • Adam Bresnick architects
    • Restoration and Adaptation of a 16th-Century Chapel » Guadalajara, Spain
  • Honor: Gabriel Guy
    • Religious Architecture » Student Work » Honor
    • Gabriel Guy
    • Oneiric Hut » Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Merit: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    • Religious Architecture » New Facilities » Merit
    • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    • Colombiere Jesuit Community Residence and Chapel » Baltimore, Maryland
  • Merit: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd.
    • Religious Architecture » New Facilities » Merit
    • Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co., Ltd.
    • Sayama Lakeside Cemetery Community Hall » Saitama, Japan
  • Merit: Brian Healy Architects
    • Religious Architecture » New Facilities » Merit
    • Brian Healy Architects
    • Children’s Chapel and Education Center » Korean Church of Boston » Brookline, Mass.
  • Merit: Kikuma Watanabe
    • Religious Architecture » New Facilities » Merit
    • Kikuma Watanabe
    • Shrine in an Air Pocket in the City » Ryuto-Ohashi, Chuo, Niigata, Niigata, Japan
  • Merit: atelierjones, llc
    • Religious Architecture » Renovation » Merit
    • atelierjones, llc
    • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Renovation » Seattle, Washington
  • Merit: Ford, Powell & Carson, Architects & Planners, Inc.
    • Religious Architecture » Restoration » Merit
    • Ford, Powell & Carson, Architects & Planners, Inc.
    • Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña » San Antonio, Texas
  • Merit: Muñoz & Company/Steven Land Tillotson, AIA
    • Religious Architecture » Restoration » Merit
    • Muñoz & Company/Steven Land Tillotson, AIA
    • La Lomita Chapel » Mission, Texas
  • Merit: Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
    • Religious Architecture » Restoration » Merit
    • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
    • Westwood Lutheran Church Sanctuary Restoration » St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Merit: Integrated Studio
    • Religious Architecture » Liturgical/Interior Design » Merit
    • Integrated Studio
    • Chapel of St. Monica » Des Moines, Iowa
  • Merit: Duncan G. Stroik Architect, LLC
    • Religious Architecture » Liturgical/Interior Design » Merit
    • Duncan G. Stroik Architect, LLC
    • The Cathedral of Saint Paul Organ Case » Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Merit: Salvatore V. LaRosa
    • Religious Arts » Liturgical Furnishings » Merit
    • Salvatore V. LaRosa
    • Pyx Tabernacle » Brooklyn, New York
  • Merit: Erling Hope
    • Religious Arts » Visual Arts » Merit
    • Erling Hope
    • “Meronymy / Sukkah 2012” » Temple Adas Israel » Sag Harbor, New York
  • Merit: One World Architecture
    • Sacred Landscape » Merit
    • One World Architecture
    • Terrace and Gardens Restoration » Baha’i House of Worship » Wilmette, Illinois
  • Merit: MZ Architects
    • Religious Architecture » Unbuilt Work » Merit
    • MZ Architects
    • Meditation House » Jebaa, Lebanon

This year’s awards program seems to verify trends seen in previous years, trends that appear to still be registering the reverberations of the downtown in the construction industry, which is yet climbing out of its slump. The trend over the past year has been an uptick in the number of projects submitted in the renovation and restoration categories. This year, 23 projects were submitted in these categories, attesting to the stamina of this kind of work. It appears that many congregations are choosing to renovate or restore existing facilities rather than build anew. Even in the category of new facilities, many projects were new construction connected to existing buildings. This might be a long-term trend in working for religious clients. It has been reported that donations to religious groups have dropped in recent years while charitable donations to non-religious organizations have grown. Studies have cited declining membership in organized religion as part of the reason; such shortfalls appear to be having an impact on more religious groups opting for renovating existing facilities rather than building new ones.

This year’s awards jury noted that the stronger projects in the submissions were in the remodeling and restoration categories. The jury was particularly impressed with the number of older buildings that had been rescued from complete destruction. Several projects, and a number of award winners, were facilities that had closed or been abandoned. This bodes well for the existing religious building stock.

The 2013 Religious Art and Architecture Awards Jury

The 2013 Religious Art and Architecture Awards Jury, left to right: Frank Harmon (architect); Terry Byrd Eason (liturgical designer); Joan Soranno (architect); Rev. W. Joseph Mann (clergy and jury chair); Fr. John Giuliani (artist).

When asked what new trends stood out among this year’s submissions, the jurors were unanimous in their appreciation for simple, modest projects executed with an impressive level of skill and attention to detail. For example, a former welding shop that was no more than a sheet-metal building was transformed into a Greek Orthodox church with a strong modernist vocabulary. The jurors remarked on the encouraging number of projects that made the most out of slim budgets. Tiny existing houses of worship built of local, indigenous materials were revived as “a gesture of faith,” as one juror described it. Several projects were at the scale of rural churches, providing new environments for long-standing congregations. There was a dearth of “big box” churches submitted, which might reflect recent declines in that genre, as well as the low priority in these buildings regarding quality design.

The number of entrants in the religious arts categories was not robust, with the “ceremonial objects” category drawing no entries. Nonetheless, the jurors were impressed with the number of religious arts entries that addressed such challenging issues as death and transfiguration. This work, noted one juror, “struggles to deal with cosmic realities,” including scientific questions such as life on this planet and perhaps on other worlds. “It was good to see such work,” a juror commented. Stylistically, the jury noted that Modernism seems to be alive and well, with an emphasis on contemporary materials, light, and attention to functional demands of religious spaces.

The jury’s advice to future awards program entrants is to show more context in submissions, including a project’s immediate surroundings and the setting of art installations. And with the increased number of renovation and restoration projects, the jury stressed the need for more information on existing conditions, the “before” aspects of a project.

The 2014 awards program opens for submissions (at faithandformawards.com) on April 1, 2014.

Comments

  1. Is it possibile to view the Winnipeg religious art objects?

  2. Great and important captions, but they block the pictures most of the time.

  3. Gemma Rivera says:

    Is there a way to minimize the captions so we can see the full pictures? Or is this supposed to be just a peek at the winning architecture so we must purchase the magazine?

  4. Captions greatly distract, and would cause me to avoid this publication, sorry .

  5. agree with todd. you are doing disservice to the art you are trying to praise.

  6. there is a big white blocked out section of pictures w/ typed in name, location, etc. Completely blocks pictures !!!

  7. Were there any student projects awarded honors or merits?

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