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.


Capturing the Quiet Life and Spirit of a Storefront Church Please click the images below to view the photographs in their entirety. On a Sunday in July 2012, I attended a church service in the front room of a small storefront in North Carolina. I was told … [continue]

A Meeting of Light and Craft

Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse

Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse When the Chestnut Hill Friends of Chestnut Hills, Pennsylvania, first came to us in 2006 with the notion of building a new meetinghouse, we jumped at the chance. After all, most architects would welcome the opportunity to … [continue]

Beyond the Menorah

Ner Tamid in the Suburban Temple Kol Am

The Ner Tamid as the Second Source of Light in Jewish Sacred Space The imagery surrounding Chanukah, the Jewish feast of rededication and the festival of lights, is quite well known: the miraculous story of a single day’s worth of oil burning for eight … [continue]

Ando’s Cross

The Church of the Light

The Christian Symbol Between Representation and Expression in Tadao Ando’s Churches One of the most influential architects today, the Japanese autodidact Tadao Ando, creates “complex works of extreme simplicity that are rooted in and yet transcend their … [continue]

Interfaith Art for Interfaith Chapels

Wilderness Journey Triptych

Fused-glass art image by the author for her Wilderness Journey Triptych. The subjects of the triptych images, 3 by 4 feet, are of the Pillar of Cloud and the Pillar of Fire that the ancestors of Jews, Christians, and Muslims followed across the Sinai … [continue]

Numen Lumen

Face of Numen Lumen as it faces the academic village of the campus.

Pushing the multifaith model forward The new Numen Lumen Pavilion at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, responds comprehensively to a relatively new demand on the architecture of religious experience: to serve multiple faiths collectively. Since … [continue]

Complementing a Master

Northeast elevation

Addition to and renovation of Louis Kahn’s Temple Beth-el When I was asked a few years ago to design an addition to, and renovate Louis Kahn’s only built synagogue, Temple Beth-el of northern Westchester in Chappaqua, New York, I approached the project … [continue]

Architecture as Art and Frame for Art

The apses of the church incorporate the sculpture by Guliano Vangi.

Mario Botta’s Church in Seriate The relationship between architecture and art in houses of worship can be addressed through two approaches. The building itself or parts of it can become sacred art, where art develops as an organic part of the structure … [continue]

2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

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 … [continue]

Integrated Project Delivery for Worship Spaces

Brunelleschi’s dome dominates the city of Florence.

 “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” Psalm 127:1 In the summer of 1418 the Opera del Duomo, (Office of the Works of the Cathedral) announced a competition to design and build the final component of Santa Maria del Fiori, … [continue]