Places of worship have long stood as emblems of artistic, spiritual, and architectural expression. The AIA Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture sponsors the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, which recognizes architects for their contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts.  

The award is named in memory of Rev. Dr. Edward S. Frey, who inspired architects to foster spiritual values in design and served as the Executive Director of the Commission on Church Architecture for the Lutheran Church of America.

The Edward S. Frey Award is open to architect members of the AIA who have demonstrated a passion for and dedication to quality worship and sacred spaces, fostered spiritual values, and promoted a cross-denominational community focused on religious arts and architecture. These members may have built several well-designed churches, temples, mosques or other structures, for example.

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