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Williamson Receives Frey Award

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. 


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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Art & Architecture Intertwined

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."

How to Choose a Glass Artist

by Elizabeth Devereaux, AIA

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Complete the series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3



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