Building Type Basics for Places of Worship
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Complete with descriptive illustrations, this useful resource offers essential information, guidelines, and cautionary advice on building projects for churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and spaces for religious education.
  • Covers issues such as consensus-based decision making, site selection, renovation, and code compliance.
  • Gain insight into working closely with parishioners during the decision making process, incorporating iconography, and the emotional impact of space.

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NICHOLAS W. ROBERTS, AIA, a senior associate at Leo A Daly, leads the firm’s Los Angeles office religious building group. He managed the executive architecture and engineering team for the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, designed by Rafael Moneo. His portfolio includes parish churches and religious education buildings for several denominations. Roberts is a member of the faculty at Woodbury University and a frequent speaker at architectural conferences.

STEPHEN A. KLIMENT, FAIA (Series Founder and Editor), is an architectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was chief editor of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.


Preface (S. Kliment).


1. The Significance and Qualities of Worship Spaces.

2. Project Team and Process.

3. Unique Design Concerns.

4. Site Selection and Planning.

5. Public Agency Approval.

6. Sustainable Design (F. Cousins and M. Murosky).

7. Structural Systems (B. Gibbons, et al.).

8. Mechanical Systems (F. Cousins and M. Murosky).

9. Electrical and Communications Systems (S. Done and J. Phillips).

10. Special Equipment.

11. Materials.

12. Acoustic and Audiovisual Considerations (D. Paoletti and S. Milsom).

13. Lightning Design (F. Krahe and P. Butler).

14. Furniture, Fixtures, and Artwork.

15. Wayfinding, Graphics, and Signage.

16. Historic Renovation.

17. International Challenges.

18. Operation and Maintenance.

19. Key Cost Factors.

20. Sources of Finance.


Bibliography and References.