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The AIA Interfaith Design (ID) Knowledge Community encourages and supports excellence in the design of worship spaces and their accoutrements. Interfaith Design 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. Join us!

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Congratulations to our 2019 Conover awardee, A. Robert Jaeger, President of Partners for Sacred Places! 

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Detroit Landmarks Video

By Jason P. Haskins AIA posted 09-23-2020 22:27


I was sent this video – it’s a short watch at just shy of six minutes, but it’s a beautiful expression of some of the religious architecture in Detroit, Michigan by a local dentist and his family. As written in The Oakland Press, “Huszti’s five-minute short “Detroit Landmarks: Inspiration” is a love letter to the architecture of various houses of worship in his area. The soaring views of these beautiful places of spiritual comfort has become a symbol of hope and inspiration during the pandemic.”

Hope you enjoyed seeing this! Have you seen any other examples of creative expression coming out of the recent months that connect to religious architecture and people’s experience with it, whether another video, a moving essay, or something else?

Buildings Featured:

St John Armenian Church
Southfield, Michigan
Suren Pilafian, FAIA, and Edouard Utudjian, 1966-1968

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Southfield, Michigan
Percival Goodman, 1962

Temple Beth El
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Minoru Yamasaki, 1973

Basilica of Ste Anne de Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
Albert E French, 1886-1887

Kirk in the Hills
Bloomfield, Michigan
Wirt Roland, George D Mason, 1951