Martin A. De Sapio, AIA
The architectural firm of Martin A. De Sapio, AIA is a full service architectural, planning and interior design firm with specialized expertise in ecclesiastical design. The services that we provide include consultation to congregations in the planning stage, feasibility studies, master plan services and long-term planning, building program and budget analysis, surveys and reports on existing facilities, schematic design and design development, construction documents and construction supervision, and interior design including design of liturgical furnishings. We coordinate the design of specialized liturgical items with artisans in areas such as furniture, baptismal fonts, stained glass, artwork, and pipe and electronic organs. We work directly with qualified consultants in the areas of structural and mechanical engineering, lighting design, sound systems and acoustical design. We pride ourselves on providing professional architectural services which are uniquely tailored to the particular needs and working style of each congregation and building committee.
Our firm takes a total process approach to ecclesiastical design. The issues of ecclesiastical architecture are complex and extremely interactive. We believe that it is imperative to create and maintain strong relationships with all of the persons involved with the project and master all aspects of the work from beginning to end. We feel that a successful project demands a conscientious and talented architect taking responsibility to oversee all aspects of project development and provide a continuity of intent in the best interests of the owner. An extension of this philosophy is our attention to detail both large and small.
Ecclesiastical projects have consistently comprised approximately 80% of our work since the inception of the firm in 1984. We are currently licensed to practice, and have active projects, in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Delaware. We have extensive experience with new church projects and renovations and can provide a portfolio of works upon request. Our in-house facilities include CAD systems with three-D capability and the facility for a wide range of presentation methods such as models and renderings. We have selected our consultants carefully and each has considerable experience with the unique aspects of religious projects, especially in the area of quiet mechanical systems, appropriate lighting systems, and important acoustical considerations for music and the spoken word. In addition to our design talent and experience, the strength of the firm lies in our ability to draw together a complete project team and work for common goals with the church group.