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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James F. Williamson, FAIA, is the 2014 recipient of the Edward S. Frey Award. The award is given to an architect and member of the AIA who has demonstrated passion for and dedication to quality worship and sacred spaces, fostered spiritual values, and promoted cross-denominational community focused on religious arts and architecture.
Williamson is a professor of architecture at the University of Memphis. He holds two Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student of Louis I. Kahn. He was later an Associate with Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. During some 30 years of professional practice in his own firm in Memphis, specializing in religious architecture, Williamson received over 30 architectural design awards at the local, regional, and national levels. His projects and articles have been published internationally. In 2005 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his notable contributions in architectural design and education. Williamson is also the author of two novels, The Architect and The Ravine. He is currently working on a book about Louis Kahn, scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2015.
The award will be presented on June 26 during the AIA's National Convention in Chicago, IL.
The annual awards program honors the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. Learn more.
IFRAA members are encouraged to subscribe to Faith & Form, an independent quarterly journal that focuses one issue per year on the winners of the IFRAA/Faith & Form Awards for Religious Art and Architecture.
This award recognizes non-architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture. Learn more.
This award recognizes AIA architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture. Learn more.
American Guild of Judaic Art
Architecture, Culture & Spirituality (ACS)
ArchNet: Islamic Architecture
Artists in Christian Testimony (International)
Arts in Religious and Theological Studies
Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Church Architecture Dept (Baptist General Convention of Texas)
Church Production Magazine
Christians in the Visual Arts
Conference for Catholic Facility Management
Energy Star for Congregations
Episcopal Church Visual Arts
Faith & Form Journal
Foundation for Sacred Arts
Institute for Sacred Architecture
National Association of Church Business Administrators
National Association of Church Facility Managers
National Association for Temple Administration
New Renaissance Arts Movement
North American Academy of Liturgy
Partners for Sacred Places
Sacred Space International
Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture
Stained Glass Association of America
WFX (Worship Facilities Expo)
Worship Facilities Designer
Worship Facilities Magazine
Advisory Group member Elizabeth Devereaux, AIA was published in the Worship Facilities Designer Magazine for her article on best practices in selecting a suitable glass artist for worship facilities. This article is the third in a series of articles called "Art & Architecture Intertwined."
by Elizabeth Devereaux, AIA
Jim Vander Molen AIA and I were interviewed for this article.
It is amazing how a very rich hour-long conversation about our recent experiences with attitudes toward sacred space, generational preferences,...
Thank you Pamela. The art form needs more support from people like yo
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