February 2017 Webinar – Designing Worship Spaces: The Advantages of a Central-plan Model

The Roman Catholic liturgical renewal, made manifest by Vatican II over 50 years ago, continues to generate a diversity of worship space designs. When the renewal was first underway most church worship spaces embraced an approach that sought to move the altar into closer contact with the assembly. However, over the past few years we have seen the return of older pre-Vatican II processional-plan models where the altar is being removed farther from the assembly. This webinar will explore the theological, liturgical, and physiological influences that each of these approaches has on a Faith Community.

For 40 years, Robert Habiger’s design methodology has advocated for the placement of the altar in the midst of the assembly. He has taken this approach because he believes it best exemplifies what the Church is requesting by their liturgical documents. Sometimes referred as a post-Vatican II central-plan, it is actually an ancient model in use since the fourth century to facilitate a faith communities desire to gather, pray and celebrate together. The presentation will explore three critical design themes – mystery, encounter, and environment. Not limited to a central-plan model, these three design themes also benefit the design of any worship space.

About the presenter: Robert Habiger specializes in the design of religious facilities and has provided liturgical design consulting services since 1991. His education background includes certification from the Institute of Liturgical Consulting by Catholic Theological Union – Chicago and a Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. A registered architect since 1975, his projects are known for their participatory design process and inspiring design resolutions. A commitment to dominant rituals and environmental psychology are central to his liturgical design approach. Robert is a long-standing member of ACLS, currently serving as Treasurer. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is married, the Father of six children and a Grandfather of five.

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