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Design beyond time

Modern churches are welcoming, engaging and highly functional, no matter what year a structure came into being. Renovations routinely feature transitional design—a meshing of modern and traditional elements that speak to everyone and every decade in a community.

In “Top Church Design Trends in 2018” in this March Cover Stories edition, Stacy Cox, AIA, president of Studio Four Design in Knoxville, Tenn., notes that transitional design helps churches “reach out to all elements of the community, from local businesses to people needing to connect.”

St. Cecilia’s Parish in Boston, a 2016 Faith & Form award-winner for Context Architecture, is an excellent example of the rewards of transitional design. At once familiar in its longtime downtown setting, the renovated beauty is now more visible and accessible than ever before.


Carol Badaracco Padgett


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