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.

What are the TOP 5?

Le Corbusier’s chapel Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp

The results are in, and we have the winners! Or at least we have some idea of what the most popular works or sacred art and architecture are. A few months ago, in preparation of the journal’s 50th anniversary issue, we invited our followers to vote on their … [continue]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

50 Years of History “Faith & Form, journal of The Guild for Religious Architecture, represents the collaborative efforts of architects, clergy, artists, craftsmen – of all faiths – to develop a forum wherein the inter-relationships of theology, … [continue]

A God’s-Eye-View of Sacred Space

Wayfarers Chapel; Rancho Palos Verdes, California; Lloyd Wright.

Photographer Thomas R. Schiff got interested in panoramic photography about 25 years ago, and has produced amazing images of architecture, documented through books and exhibits. His first impulse was to capture iconic works of architecture throughout the U.S. … [continue]

The Role of Religious Art Over 50 Years: An Assessment

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the Dominican fathers Marie-Alain Couturier and Pie-Raymond Régamey embarked on a pioneering work to eradicate from sacred art – signifying nothing more than simply the preponderance of “art in churches” – all that … [continue]

An Architecture of Pardon and Consolation

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hiawatha, Iowa (2010)

Embodying the meaning of Pope Francis’s recent “Year of Mercy” in the language of brick and mortar. At the outset of 2016, as part of a comprehensive plan to revive and reform the Church for which he serves as universal leader, Pope Francis declared the Roman … [continue]


New wing to the left balances against walls of the original church and new sanctuary constructed within them.

For more than a century, the stonewalls of the Westport Presbyterian Church loomed large over Westport Road, the main thoroughfare in one of Kansas City, Missouri’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. The crenelated parapets and rough-cut stone of the … [continue]

Reverence and Reconstruction

‘Original 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY’

How a relatively undistinguished building in Brooklyn, New York, has become an oft-copied symbol for a rapidly growing Jewish movement around the world. Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. Begun 250 years ago in Russia as a … [continue]

A House for the People of God

St. Thomas More Church

Vatican II ushered in a liturgical renewal that was unprecedented in inviting “lay and ordained worshipers to occupy a unified space symbolic of their own unity in Christ.”1 This understanding set in motion post-Vatican II church designs that heralded a … [continue]

Becoming Luc Freymanc: @Jesus.Drawings


Luc Freymanc has produced more than 2,000 drawings and paintings in stylistically unique examinations of Jesus and the crucifix, offered to the world through Instagram @jesus.drawings. In a basement studio in a town outside of Philadelphia, this artist … [continue]

A Synagogue as ‘Extension of the Soul’

In the spring of 2007, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), the world’s largest LGBTQ+ synagogue, received an offer from a developer to root its new home in the base of one of New York’s residential towers. When my firm, Architecture Research Office, … [continue]