Christ Sun of Justice, Benson, VT
Architect: Graham Carey
The AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Knowledge Community encourages and supports excellence in the design of worship spaces and their accoutrements. The IFRAA Knowledge Community is an association of professionals whose primary interest is religious facilities in a broad array of traditions. We value an interfaith forum for the exchange of ideas relating to religion, art, and architecture.
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Call for AIA Contract Documents Case Studies
The AIA Contract Documents team is gathering case studies from current customers and our industry colleagues on how AIA Contract Documents were used in the successful completion of a design and construction project. AIA Contract Documents Case Study Initiative
Doing More with Less: An Invitation to Contribute to
Faith and Form Magazine
The dire economy has created new challenges for faith communities who wish to pursue their mission through places of worship. Faith & Form is planning a special issue that will focus on how architects, artists, designers, building committees, clergy, and others are finding creative ways to do more with less when it comes to designing and building new facilities or renovating old ones. This is an open invitation to let Faith & Form know about a project you've completed, or are working on, or a commission, where you are finding creative ways to do more with less. Faith & Form will profile the best ideas in this special issue. Please feel free to contact Faith & Form editor Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., AIA by January 2010.
The Search for Symbolism in Religious Architecture
Richard S. Vosko discusses how every work of architecture is symbolic. Whether it is a bank, state capitol, school, home or mosque, every building serves more than a utilitarian function. Built environments are references to something beyond themselves. They are reflections of the culture they serve. In fact, over time they help to shape that culture. Consider the role of hospitals in the culture of health care or universities in the culture of higher education. Read complete article.
The official publication of the AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Knowledge Community. Read the Fall 2009 issue on The Search for a New Symbolism in Religious Art and Architecture.
Faith & Form
AIA IFRAA members are encouraged to subscribe to this independent quarterly journal, which focuses one issue per year on the winners of the IFRAA/Faith & Form Awards for Religious Art and Architecture.
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IFRAA at AIA Convention
Design for a New Decade
June 10-12, 2010
Join AIA in Miami | Attend Virtually
Tour: Sacred Buildings and Spaces of the Miami Metropolitan Area
$225, Event # WE031 | 5.5 LU Hours
Future Trends Panel and 2009 Faith and Form/IFRAA International Religious Art and Architecture Awards Reception
Wednesday, 6:00PM- 8:00PM
$40, Event # EV006
Other Upcoming Events
The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: Artist's Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat
July 5-11, 2010 | St. Meinrad, IN
Ancient Sites of Celtic Sacred Space: From Druids to Monks
Sacred Space International
September 12-23, 2010
Gathering: UCC Architects’ Fellowship
October 15-17, 2010 | Denver
IFRAA/AIA Minnesota Conference
November 2-5, 2010 | Minneapolis
More information to come.
Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX)
November 3-4, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Christians of the Visual Arts: Tour of France
Nice through Paris | TBA, 2010
For more information email or call
Edward Knippers at 703-527-5934.
Also see the AIA Events Calendar
Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards Program
The annual awards program honors the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. Submissions due June 18, 2010. Award Archive.
Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award
This award recognizes non-architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture.
Edward S. Frey Award
This award recognizes AIA architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture.
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Interview with Craig Hartman, FAIA
Architect for the Cathedral of Christ the Light. Transcript
Acoustics and Design
Dawn Schuette, AIA, an experienced acoustic designer, discusses how to involve designers in the design process to ensure a successful aural project element. She also discusses how the field has evolved, current works and how architects benefit from working with professionals in the field.