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.

Style as Substance

The chapel as it faces the college lawn.

What does the Thomas Aquinas College chapel mean? Traditional buildings, ones that follow traditional patterns of assembly and organization and are made from traditional materials, even ones that are extremely well designed and constructed, are rarely … [continue]

Emerging From The Meltdown

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What congregations and architects should keep in mind in a recovering economy At almost no other time in recent history have houses of worship faced so many monumental challenges in balancing budgets and envisioning transformation: in the way they operate, … [continue]

Design From Dialogue

Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center at Wellesley College [royalslider id="4" class="alignright"]The renovation of Houghton Chapel and Multifaith Center at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a project profoundly rooted in dialogue: between … [continue]

Amazing Grace

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New Research into “Extraordinary Architectural Experiences” Reveals the Central Role of Sacred Places Most of our knowledge of the relation of architecture to spirituality addresses the “objective” conditions of sacred buildings: their material, spatial, … [continue]

Light and Shadow

Civic Space, Sacred Space, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light [royalslider id="5"]Click center of photo to enlarge; click left and right edges to advance If each work of architecture must bridge past, present, and future – and all of the particular social … [continue]

Spiritual Sparks

The Hispanic Aesthetic in Religious Art and Architecture [royalslider id="6"]Click center of photo to enlarge; click left and right edges to advanceThe U.S. is currently the fifth largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Many residents of New Mexico and … [continue]

Kabbalah and Architecture

Kabbalah, the mystical aspect of Judaism, dates back to the Middle Ages. It means tradition in Hebrew: what is received, and was ignored with the rise of a more rational Rabbinic Judaism in the 19th century. It is theosophy, a theory of the elaborate structure … [continue]

The Architecture of Eco-Theology

In 1998, the Passionist Community of Canada decided to provide a new legacy for St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, a Roman Catholic parish in Toronto, Canada, that it has served for more than 53 years. In November of 2006, this legacy was realized with the … [continue]

Houses for Worship: Emerging Trends

What factors give architectural and artistic shape to church buildings in the U.S.: tradition, style, response to current events? Do they have anything to do with religion at all? Identifying emerging trends in architecture for worship is not an easy task. The … [continue]

Art Chapels of the Plains

Six small “art chapels” sit on a spit of green space in the middle of a shopping mall’s parking lot in Fargo, North Dakota. Small signs stuck into the ground let shoppers know that the structures and the art inside them belong in this unlikely location. In … [continue]