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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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Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards Program

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.

Elbert M. Conover Memorial Award

This award recognizes non-architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture.  Learn more.

Edward S. Frey Award

This award recognizes AIA architects for their contributions to the field of religious architecture.  Learn more.

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  • Frey Award Winner: Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA

    The winner of the 2016 AIA IFRAA Edward S. Frey Award has been announced!



  • In addition to the re-purposing of non-church buildings to religious venues we have also been involved in a number of projects where churches constructed in the early to mid twentieth century are being...

  • We have also had a similar experience. In our region there has been more adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial facilities into worship spaces as opposed to the other way around. We have even converted...

  • This might certainly become a growing trend, just as you see many old religious structures in Europe which have been adapted to other uses. I’ve seen much more of this in areas of the Rust...

  • We have found the opposite to happening in a big way. In the last 10 years, we have been involved with renovating a department store, a strip mall, an elementary school, a high school, a vocational...

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