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.

The Spiritual Union of Architecture and Art

The new Eli center

Integrating art, ornament, and architecture to serve evolving congregations. As designers for various works including Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, New York, MBB Architects has entered into a fruitful collaboration with Amy Reichert Architecture + … [continue]

Becoming A ‘Mindful Architect’

Birla Mandir, Kolkata, India

How a contemplative design process might help us to create spaces of connectivity. Every time I think about my childhood in Kolkata, India, the image that first comes to mind is that of a grand, ornate, white marble temple – the Birla Mandir – that sits … [continue]

Guiding Facility Growth with a Master Plan

Phase II of the master plan

Over time, the purpose and the people that worship facilities were built for evolves, and as a response so too must the facilities. Therefore, ministry leaders should create a facilities master plan process every five to ten years in parallel with their … [continue]

Talking with ‘God’

Morgan Freeman and Julio Bermudez

Exploring the power of sacred architecture in ‘The Story of God with Morgan Freeman’ I am standing under one of the massive bell towers of Chartres Cathedral, an hour outside Paris, steps away from the magnificently carved doorway leading to a blessed … [continue]

An Oasis of Quiet in the City

Santa Maria Assunta Church

The commission from the Archbishopric of Tarragona, Spain for the design and construction of the new Santa Maria Assunta Church and Parish Center required a broad program that included a worship space, a parish center, and a priests’ residence. The program … [continue]

Design for and by Community

Developing participatory processes for the construction of Italian parish complexes. Roman Catholic parishes and their churches, historically ingrained in the urban and rural frame of the Italian context, are now passing through a process of … [continue]

Raising the ‘Tent of Meeting’

The new chapel takes on the presence of a tent-like structure

In September, 2017 I received a text message from Father Cristóbal Jiménez, a young Jesuit priest who is the director of the Centro de Espiritualidad de Salamanca (CES) in Spain. He was in search of ideas to renovate two chapels and suggested we visit. We … [continue]

Creating the Dargah

Overlooking the Rio Grande River Gorge

God is beautiful and He loves beauty. Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad A Dargah is a special place that houses the mortal remains of illuminated souls, also known as saints. These sacred shrines are places of pilgrimage and reflection. In the Islamic tradition … [continue]

Chapel of Contemplation

Entry to the chapel, as it faces the water.

Ten architects representing as many different countries were invited to each design and build a chapel located in a wooded area on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. Together, these chapels formed the Vatican City’s pavilion for the 2018 … [continue]

Renewal of a Manhattan Retreat

The Cross of the Good Shepherd and three suspended columns

Louise Nevelson’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Saint Peter’s Church is a singular treasure by many measures—as a work of art, as part of a private-public partnership, and as a retreat in the heart of Manhattan that is open to all. It was the fruit of a … [continue]