Featured Articles Archive

For every issue we publish, Faith & Form features one article here on our website. As each new issue is distributed, our home page is updated with the latest featured article. Previously posted articles will remain on the website and will be accessible from this page. Our online article archive goes back to 2006.

Equivalent Experience: Keys to truly accessible worship spaces

Barrier-free environments have been a staple of architects and interior designers since the passage of the American with Disabilities Act in 1990. However, in a majority of church projects the focus has primarily been to provide the minimal accommodation for … [continue]

‘PLAYING IN THE DIRT’ : The Inclusive Icons of a Self-Taught Artist

For two millennia icons have encouraged vibrant soul transformation through image and prayer. The Orthodox Church used this method of image and prayer as a teaching tool for the community while illustrating their doctrine. It is said that the first icon … [continue]

Is Your House of Worship Welcoming?

How do houses of worship across all faiths create welcome and hospitality? While the following perspective comes from a Christian—Catholic and Protestant—point of view, the principles are applicable to Jewish temples and synagogues and Muslim mosques, not to … [continue]

Bringing East and West Together

Throughout my professional career, my design perspective has been influenced by my early grounding in Eastern cultures. As such, the design for the Wat Nawamintararachutis (in short “Wat Nawamin” or “NMR Meditation Center ”) - a new $60 million Thai Buddhist … [continue]

Accessibility as Empowerment

“For my house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7 In 2000, when the Reform Jewish synagogue Bet Shalom in Minnetonka, Minnesota, began considering plans for a new building, they made a far-sighted decision. Jackie Hirsh – a longtime … [continue]

Gendered Mosque Spaces

Tammy Gaber

With renewed and continual efforts to ensure, regulate, and legislate accessibility in all architectural spaces there remains the curious matter of gendered spaces in contemporary mosques. A gendered space is the clear demarcation and limitation of each … [continue]

Practice as Ministry: The Inclusive, Religious Architecture of Stanley, Love-Stanley

The practice of William J. Stanley, FAIA, and Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, has been one of inclusiveness, hospitality, and connection to the community. This is especially true of their work with faith communities, which is how their practice started more than 35 … [continue]

2014 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

2014 Jury

Nothing impressed the 2014 awards jury (which met last July to review 134 submissions) as much as the sheer diversity of the submissions across the categories, and the overall high quality of the work. The outstanding excellence of projects put forward for … [continue]

MEDITATIONS: “A Low Condition”

In the end, the interlocking corridors, repeating doorways, proliferating walls and fields of columns created an antithetical affect. At once envisioned as a site of dynamism, the plenitude of options created paralysis. It was uncommon to look up at the … [continue]

The Sacred in the Secular City:
A Conversation With Harvey Cox

Harvey Cox. Photo by Michael J. Crosbie.

No one book has done more to influence the concept of and the conversation about the presence of the sacred in our cities than The Secular City by Harvey Cox, published in 1965. That same year, Cox arrived as a professor at the Harvard Divinity School, helping … [continue]