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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!

  • 1.  2023 Faith and Forum Awards

    Posted 05-22-2024 09:23 AM
    Edited by Andrew M. Witek AIA 05-22-2024 09:23 AM

    In the coming weeks, we'll be showcasing the 2023 award winners for the Faith & Form Religious Architecture & Art Awards as we quickly approach the International Religious Art & Architecture Awards Program & Reception for the 2023 award winners as part of AIA24, the AIA Conference on Architecture and Design. Registration for both the conference and the awards program and reception is still open.

    Click on any of the images below for more information on the project.

    Arrupe Hall
    Category: Religious Architecture: New Facilities

    Moto Designshop
    Merion Station, PA

    Jury Comments: The chapel is a remarkable space, and its use of light as incorporated into the space's geometry is poetic. Detailing in the central chandelier is exquisite. This chapel takes its place in the great tradition of campus sacred space as seen on such campuses as MIT.
    US Naval Academy Chapel Dome Rehabilitation
    Category: Award for Religious Architecture: Restoration
    BELL Architects, PC
    Annapolis, MD
    Jury Comments: This project is a great technical feat in the tradition of the original design. The skill level in the construction is very high and appropriate for this historic building. The insertion of a new safety parapet is inspired and fits well with the existing overall design. It also provides accessibility to experience the dome.
    Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue / Reimagining a Historic Synagogue
    Category: Honor Award for Religious Architecture: Renovation
    Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Detroit, MI
    Jury Comments: The use of color in this project is stunning in making it a memorable place-establishing a community within the urban context. It commands a presence on the street through the adaptation of the storefront element. It contributes to a vital pedestrian experience.
    Harvard Divinity School, Swartz Hall
    Category: Religious Architecture: Renovation; Honor Award
    Annum Architects, Inc.
    Cambridge, MA
    Jury Comments: The design insertions are transformative while honoring the existing spaces and architectural vocabulary. Each insertion performs several design duties. The detailing is elegant, welcoming, and spiritual. It excels in its design restraint.

    Andrew Witek (he/him/his), AIA