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


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