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April Webinar – Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Space for Single- & Multi-Faith Users

Please register for “Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Spaces for Single- and Multi-Faith Users”, on Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM EDT.

There are many times when a prayer or worship space must be designed to be flexible. It may be to allow for seasonal rearrangements of the space or it could be a multi-purpose space that must be completely reconfigured for a different use. There are also spaces that are used by more than one faith and need to accommodate the various rituals of those faiths in a comfortable environment that supports those rituals.

Interfaith chapel

Come join the members of the ACLS Communications Committee for a presentation of four case studies related to this topic. The case studies will range from spaces designed to predominantly serve Catholic liturgies to those designed to serve a wide variety of faith traditions. The presentations will be followed by a live panel discussion with the presenters and the attendees.

About the presenters:

Marilyn A. Morgan is the chair of the ACLS Communications Committee and has served as President and Vice President of ACLS in the past. A graduate of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, she has been a practicing Liturgical Design Consultant since 1996.

Paul Barribeau is a registered architect with the WI firm of Groth Design Group, Inc. In his work, Paul’s goal is to involve as many parish members as possible according to their individual capacity, while being respectful of parish traditions, the budget, and the identified programmatic needs.

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. directs the Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a non-profit firm based at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He brings a professional background in Architectural Design and Liturgy to assist congregations plan for the future.

James Hundt, RA is the president of Foresight Architects in Schenectady, NY. His firm, which specializes in religious architecture, has worked with almost 100 different congregations of various faiths throughout the eastern United States. Jim is also a Past President of ACLS.

Please register using the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/380895398607727874

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

March Webinar – Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings

Buildings for traditional religious gathering and time-honored worship practice require a balance of highly-valued acoustical qualities such as reverberance for liturgical music, ensemble for choral singing, responsiveness for congregational participation, and clarity for intelligible speech. Geometry, dimensions, proportions, cubic volume and boundary materials are critical elements of acoustical success. Many old European worship buildings are admired for their particularly fine blending of these criteria, and often cited as benchmarks for how buildings in the United States should look and sound. Although many heritage US worship buildings look like their European precedents in terms of layout, shape and size, a critical design element was modified, upsetting the acoustical balance. Boundary materials became lighter and thinner, making construction easier, faster and less expensive.

Acoustical upgrade of these existing buildings in the context of historic preservation/restoration brings additional design complexity, requiring equal measures of compromise from owner, users, acoustician, architect and engineers. The acoustician’s dilemma becomes “what we see may not be what we hear,” as acquired acoustical expectations are upended by actual conditions. This paper will describe these differences and explore approaches to acoustical enhancement within limitations of the buildings themselves plus further constraints of contemporary preservation practice.

Dan Clayton

About the presenter: Dan Clayton has more than thirty-five years of experience in architectural acoustics, audio design, pipe organs, theatre and music, and is principal consultant for Clayton Acoustics Group. His firm has undertaken more than 400 projects, the majority for churches and synagogues. His design philosophy and practice are acoustics-centered and engineering-based, adhering to the theory that “acoustics is architecture.” Dan is a member of the ASA, AES & NCAC, and has chaired technical sessions on pipe organ acoustics for ASA meetings.

Please register for “Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings” on Mar 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4452647539571379457

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.