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.


  • Conover Award

    Rabbi David Stern has been selected as the 2017 awardee of the Elbert M. Conover Award! Learn more about Rabbi Stern, his work in the community, and his leadership in the renovation of Temple Emanu-El.



  • In N. American contemporary sacred art, we are seeing 2016 - 2018 trends in the following areas: 1) Naturalism/Enviornmentalism - a return to raw organic and natural materials - particularly in ad hoc ...

  • I'm seeing increasing evidence for a new, more nuanced  attitudes to architectures of the past, especially among younger architects and congregants. I wrote an article on these themes in the May/June 2017 ...

  • ​ We believe that Worship venue design will continue to trend toward supporting immersive worship experiences that are often dependent on relatively sophisticated Audio and Video systems. There will ...

  • Hello, IFRAA! I'd like to gather some thoughts on any worship design trends which might impact and inform our designs for the coming year. Have you spotted any interesting trends in your region? Thanks ...

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