This Is The Best Religious Architecture Of 2015

What makes a space sacred?

Sacred space is hard to define, but it's something many of us have experienced in our lives. The challenge for designers and architects is to find ways of evoking the divine through structures and shapes.

Every year for the past 30 years, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture have honored outstanding religious architecture and design through their annual awards program. This year's winners were selected by a panel of five independent judges, and they demonstrate the diverse and creative ways in which human beings experience and depict the sacred.

View the 16 winners of the 2015 Faith & Form/IFRAA Religious Art and Architecture Award below:

St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, New Orleans
Jeff Goldberg/Esto
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon New Home, Bend, Oregon
Lara Swimmer
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Hacker
Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio
Mark Menjivar
(Religious Architecture, Restoration)
Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners, Inc.
The Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Blind Dog
(Religious Architecture, Restoration)
Finegold Alexander Architects
Immanuel Chapel, Alexandria, Virginia
Peter Aaron/OTTO
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
The Light of Christ’s Salvation Church, Taichung, Taiwan
Wei-Ming Ruan, Te-Fan Wang
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
AMBi. Studio / Wei-Li Liao Architect
Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel, Seattle
Andrew Pogue
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Hennebery Eddy Architects
St. Pius Chapel and Prayer Garden, New Orleans
Will Crocker Photography
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
St. Edward Catholic Church, Keizer, Oregon
George King
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
DiLoreto Architecture
Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, West Jordan, Utah
Dana Sohm
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Sparano + Mooney Architecture
RockPointe Church, Flower Mound, Texas
Charles Davis Smith
(Religious Architecture, New Facilities)
Oglesby Greene Architects
St. Vincent de Paul Church, Albany, New York
Michael F. Joyce
(Religious Architecture, Renovation)
Richard S. Vosko, Hon. AIA
Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, Canada
Michael Elkan
(Religious Architecture, Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose)
Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
New Orleans East Hospital Chapel, New Orleans
Mark Bienvenu
(Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design)
Manning Architects/Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, A Joint Venture
St. Monica Catholic Church, Dallas
DVDesign
(Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design)
Fisher Heck Architects
Fiedler Atrium, Dallas
Nick McWhirter
(Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design)
GFF Architects

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