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Religious Art & Architecture Design Awards Program

By Brian D. McLaren AIA posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM


The Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form Magazine and Interfaith Design (ID), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. 


Entries are welcomed and encouraged from architects, landscape architects, designers, artists, students, and consultants.

Submission details

The program offers five primary categories and a student category for awards:

  • Religious Architecture
  • Liturgical/Interior Design
  • Sacred Landscape 
  • Religious Arts 
  • Unbuilt Work 
  • Student Work 
More details >


Please note this Awards Program submission process and website are run by Faith & Form. All questions should be directed to

Past Recipients


Religious Architecture – New Facilities

(Honor) Bahá’í Temple of South America, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Santiago, Chile

(Honor) Rural Chapel, Midland Architecture, Lafferty, Ohio

(Honor) The SAJ: Urban Chapel of St Ignatius, Cherrez y Cantera, Pamplona, Spain

Phap Vu Buddhist Temple, Phap Vu Buddhist Cultural Centre of Florida, Process Architecture, Orlando, Florida

St. John Paul II Newman Center, BVH Architecture, Omaha, Nebraska

Saint Mary’s Student Chapel, Saint Mary’s College High School, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, Albany, California

Shoraku-ji, Toru Kashihara Architects, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Snyder Sanctuary, Lynn University, Newman Architects, Boca Raton, Florida

Temple Israel, Finegold Alexander Architects, Omaha, Nebraska

The Pavilion at Grace Episcopal Church, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Providence, Rhode Island

Religious Architecture – Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose

B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Synagogue, Finegold Alexander Architects, Deerfield, Illinois

Religious Architecture - Renovation/Restoration

(Honor) All Saints Episcopal Church, Bauer Latoza Studio, Ltd., Chicago

Christ Cathedral Arboretum and Tower of Hope, LPA, Inc., Garden Grove, California

Hasshoden Columbarium, Ryusenji Temple, Yukio Asari/Love Architecture Inc., Saitama, Japan

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Law Architects, Deepdene, Victoria, Australia

Unbuilt Work

(Honor) Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial, Brit and Emre Erenler, Sandy Hook, Connecticut

Saints Peter and Paul Chapel, Danze Blood Architects, Austin, Texas

Golden Mean Spiral Hanging Sculpture, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Presentations Gallery, Chicago

Liturgical/Interior Design

Holy Cross Abbey Church Renovation, DESIGN CONCEPTS, Berryville, Virginia

The Tent of Meeting, Centro de Espiritualidad San Ignacio, Cherrez y Cantera, Salamanca, Spain

Prayer Space, DeBartolo Architects, Gilbert, Arizona

San Dieguito United Methodist Church, domusstudio architecture, Encinitas, California

Serenity Room, UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, La Jolla, California

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, GROTH Design Group, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Religious Arts – Visual Arts

(Honor) New Clairvaux Abbey Windows, Elizabeth Devereaux, Devereaux Architectural Glass, Vina, California

Grace Church Columbarium, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York

Our Lady of the Angels Conventual Church, Scott Parsons, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Peace Yad, Ellen Pulner Hunt, AIA, Austin, Texas

Rood Screen, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, Jackson & Ryan Architects, Houston

Student Work

(Honor) Fishers of Men & Manannán Mac Lir, Travis Price Architects with The Catholic University of America, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

Building as Prayer: Campus Sukkah, University of Hartford, Department of Architecture Students, West Hartford, Connecticut

Centre of Contemplation, Kamila Harunowicz, Lubuskie District, Poland

A Silent Space, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mountains of Arakan, Cheuk Wai Lam, Philadelphia

The Channel of Faith, Damian Louis Collins and Daniel Sadowniczyk, Tanaf, Senegal, Africa

View the 2018 recipients of the Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards >


Religious Architecture – New Facilities

(Honor) Calcagnini Contemplative Center, Dynerman Architects, PC

(Honor) RLJ Chapel, Ricardo Yslas Gamez Arquitectos

(Honor) Stella Maris Chapel, Alejandro Beautell, Arquitecto

(Honor) Vajrasana Buddhist Retreat Centre, Walters & Cohen Architects

Liberty United Methodist Church, Dake Wells Architecture

Park Plaza Synagogue, Epstein - Principal Designer Andrew Metter

Tegami-Dokoro, Shoji Oshio + UA architects

Religious Architecture – Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, L.E.FT Architects

Bellevue First Congregational Church, atelierjones, llc

Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue Chapel, FXFOWLE

Redeemer Presbyterian, archimania

SGI New England Buddhist Center, Touloukian Touloukian Inc

Religious Architecture - Renovation

Redemption Arcadia, DeBartolo Architects

Westport Presbyterian Church, BNIM

Religious Architecture – Unbuilt Work

(Honor) Charden Chapel Pavilion, archimania

Cathedral of our Lady of the Assumption, Moto Designshop

Liturgical/Interior Design

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Architecture Research Office

The Sheridan Center, Jackson & Ryan Architects

Religious Arts - Ceremonial Objects

Chai Spice Box, Ellen Hunt, AIA

Religious Arts – Liturgical Furnishings

Woodwork Restoration, Duke University Chapel, The Century Guild

Religious Arts – Visual Arts

"Pieta", Salvatore LaRosa

Sacred Landscape

Cathedral Campus, Strada Architecture, LLC

Eid Prayer Ground, Allies and Morrison

Student Work

Funeral Home, Edyta Paula Konstantynowicz

Sacred Space of a Modern Man, Joanna Wierzbicka

The Mhuysqa Offering, Travis Price Architects with The Catholic University of America

View the 2017 recipients of the Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards >


Religious Architecture – New Facilities

(Honor) Jumaa Mosque, John McAslan + Partners

(Honor) Chapel of St. Ignatius, John Ronan Architects

Chapel of the Good Shepard · Alojzij Šuštar Primary School, Robert Dolinar

Totihue Chapel, Gonzalo Mardones Arquitectos

Al Warqa'a Mosque, ibda design

Chinmaya Mission Austin, Miró Rivera Architects

The Joyful Church, The Beck Group

St. Francis Chapel, Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects

Religious Architecture - Restoration

(Honor) St. Patrick's Cathedral, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects

Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue, FXFOWLE

Religious Architecture - Renovation

St. Cecilia Church, Donham & Sweeney Architects

Religious Architecture – Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose

Temple Israel of Hollywood, Koning Eizenberg Architecture

Liturgical/Interior Design

(Honor) Palm Beach Synagogue, Arthur Chabon Architect

Knock Basilica Interior Design, Wejchert Architects

Temple Adath Israel, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kericho, John McAslan + Partners

Religious Architecture – Unbuilt Work

Basilica de N.Senora de la Merced, Eleftherios Piskitzis, Architect

Student Work

(Honor) Cathedral of St. Thomas, Ranjit John Korah

"City of Spirits", Rafaela Paes

"Pop-Up Places of Worship", Lucas Boyd and Chad Greenlee

"The Chapel of St. Adalbert", Filip Strzelecki

"The Procession of the Souls", Travis Price Architects with The Catholic University of America

Sacred Landscape

8-Shaped Passage, Shoji Oshio + UA architects

Religious Arts – Visual Arts

(Honor) "Mary as Prophet" · Virginia Theological Seminary, Margaret Adams Parker

(Honor) "Mysteries of the Rosary" · Our Lady of Loreto, Scott Parsons

Religious Arts – Liturgical Furnishings

Baptismal Font · St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Dekker / Perich / Sabatini

Pipe Organ · St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd.

Torah Ark, Bema, and Screen · Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Studio Bondy Architecture

View the 2016 recipients of the Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards >


Religious Architecture – New Facilities

(Honor) St. Katharine Drexel Chapel · Xavier University of Louisana, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

(Honor) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon New Home, Hacker

Immanuel Chapel · Virginia Theological Seminary, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The Light of Christ’s Salvation Church, AMBi Studio / Wei-Li Liao Architect

Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel · Seattle Preparatory School, Hennebery Eddy Architects

St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

St. Edward Catholic Church, DiLoreto Architecture

Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Sparano + Mooney Architecture

RockPointe Church, Oglesby Greene Architects

Religious Architecture – Restoration

(Honor) The Memorial Church · Harvard University, Finegold Alexander Architects

(Honor) Mission San Juan Capistrano, Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners Inc.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Richard S. Vosko, Hon. AIA

Religious Architecture – Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose

Congregation Beth Israel, Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

Liturgical/Interior Design

New Orleans East Hospital Chapel, Manning Architects/Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, A Joint Venture

St. Monica Catholic Church, Fisher Heck Architects

Fiedler Atrium · Fiedler United Methodist Church, GFF Architects

Religious Architecture – Unbuilt Work

(Honor) Guaimaca Mission Retreat, Paul Lukez Architecture

St. Thomas Church Extension, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Expansion to the Unitarian Church in Summit, ikon.5 architects

Diocesan Minor Seminary, Michael G. Imber Architect

Bellevue First Congregational Church, atelierjones llc

Student Work

(Honor) New Synagogue in Łódź, Jolanta Muszczak

The Crossing, Travis Price Architects with The Catholic University of America

Maypole: Field of Remains, Dimitra Theochari and Nicole Vance

The Chapel of Longing · West Village, Justin Wadge

Sacred Landscape

Saint Michael and All Angels Columbarium, Max Levy, FAIA

Incarnation Chapel · Incarnation Center, Duo Dickinson, Architect

Religious Arts – Ceremonial Objects

(Honor) St. Gregory the Great Vessels, Vincent Hawley

Religious Arts – Visual Arts

“Josh in Prayer” · St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eóin Burke and Jim Dessicino

“Christ Hymn” Chapel Window · Cistercian Preparatory School, William Frank/Emil Frei & Associates

St. Michael’s Mosaic · St. Michael Parish, Scott Parsons

Mary Queen of Peace, atelierjones llc

Religious Arts – Liturgical Furnishings

Congregation Solel Reading Table, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

View the 2015 recipients of the Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards >


Religious Architecture – New Facilities

(Honor) St. Ignatius Chapel at the Georgetown University, Dynerman Architects, PC

(Honor) KAPSARC Community Mosque, HOK

(Honor) Boa Nova Church, Roseta Vaz Monteiro Arquitectos

St. Gregory’s Church, Pellitteri & Associati Studio

Temple Judea, Herman Coliver Locus Architecture

Lincoln Square Synagogue, CetraRuddy Architecture

Our Lady of Mercy Chapel » Salve Regina University, Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP

Prayer space in the “Floating School”, Kochi University of Technology

Proyecto Clamor de Paz, Paul Lukez Architecture

Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

Watermark Community Church, OMNIPLAN Architects

Religious Architecture – Restoration

(Honor) Church of St. Gregory the Great, Northeast Collaborative Architects

West Side Presbyterian Church, Newman Architects, PC

Religious Architecture – Renovation

(Honor) First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, domusstudio architecture

Christ Church Cambridge, Frank Shirley Architects

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Houser Walker Architecture, LLC

St. Thomas More Catholic Church, JNW Studios Architecture • Interior Design

St. James Cathedral Centre, architectsAlliance

Liturgical/Interior Design

Campbell Hall Center for Spiritual Practice, wheelerMADE / Daniel Wheeler

North Presbyterian Church, SILO AR+D

Quiet Room » Duke Cancer Center, Duda|Paine Architects

Westchester Reform Temple, ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers

Student Work

Hartford Islamic Center, Anthony Papa

“Nectorium/Nectarium”, Jeanie Fan and Dimitra Theochari

“Tale of the Tongs”, Travis Price Architects / Catholic University of America / Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design Inc.

Sacred Landscape

Columbarium » Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Merriman Holt Architects

Religious Arts – Ceremonial Objects

“Festive Red” » Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Linda Witte Henke

Ark Curtain » Adas Israel Congregation, Laurie Gross Studios

Religious Arts – Visual Arts

“Gloria Dei” » Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Scott Parsons

Heavenly Jerusalem Windows » Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish, Scott Parsons

“Lux Gloria” » Cathedral of the Holy Family, Sarah Hall, RCA

Religious Arts – Liturgical Furnishings

Paschal Candleholder, Cathedral of Bari, Italy, Albano Poli

View the 2014 recipients of the Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards >