Architectural and liturgical design services shaped to the needs of each parish including: Development with the parish leadership of a collaborative planning process based upon its needs, schedule and budget. Assistance in the iconographic programming, design and/or selection of artist and craftsman for the fabrication of liturgical furnishings. Architectural services encompassing long range master planning, conceptual design, design development, contract documents, historic preservation or adaptive reuse and construction administration.
Preliminary Planning – Develop a process with the parish leadership that will assist in the assessment of the parish physical and spiritual future needs. -Develop committees, Develop Schedules, Clarify tasks, Review parish mission statement, Needs survey for parish committee, Retreats Programming – Review parish requirements through open meetings with advisory groups and parish committees. Determine short-range goals and long-range goals. Space requirements for new or expanded worship space. Design Process – Work with parish in formulation of workshops that relate to worship environment and the space requirements for rites and rituals. The workshops are designed to gain as much participation as possible from community.
Designing and coordinating a process for church building and renovation projects. Developing and presenting parish formation workshops on worship and liturgical space. Participating with and advising the design team as an advocate for the liturgy. Assisting in the hiring of other professionals. Facilitating and coordinating between design team and parish leadership. Providing assistance in use of the building after a project is complete.
The services for congregations vary with the needs of each community. These services guide the congregation through the visioning and dreaming, the design and construction and then assisting in the use of their new worship space. My background combines academic understanding with practical experience in liturgy, architecture, art and design. A long-standing network of colleagues, architects, artist and fabricators allows me to bring a wide spectrum of complementary expertise to any project. Services include: Educational process, liturgical formation and history; religious art and architecture; sacred space; architectural process programming and planning; vision analysis, organizational and strategic planning, liturgical programming, artistic programming; Facilitation, experienced presenter and facilitator who can work with committees to form consensus. Artistic direction and design – liturgical furnishings, collaborative design work with architect and artists and fabricators. Coordinate selection of art and artists; Historic Preservation – Research and Consulting in historic preservation
After working as a liturgical architect and design consultant since 1985, Kenneth J. Griesemer established his own consulting practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 4, 1999, the anniversary of his baptism and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Ken provides professional liturgical design consulting services for multi-cultural worshiping communities and architects around the country including the following: building committee formation, architect and artist selection, catechetical and community input sessions on art, architecture and liturgy, preparation of liturgical and art program documents, collaborative input to the project team throughout the building process, design review and recommendations, design and direction for liturgical furnishings, appointments and assembly seating, training update for liturgical ministers in new and renovated worship space.
Robert Habiger is semi-retired and participates as a Liturgical Design Consultant in projects which promote and exemplify Vatican II principles, excellent design and beauty in a worship environment.
Foresight Architects is an architectural and consulting firm dedicated to the promotion of quality facilities for religious organizations. Often, leaders and members of a congregation need the service of a firm with strong experience in master planning, historic preservation, liturgical consulting and education, fundraising assistance and congregational consensus-building. Our firm can fulfill those needs.
As a result of many years of experience and research, Foresight Architects is in an ideal position to be of service to religious organizations in need of these professional services. We understand the multiple facets of a church’s ministries, congregation, limited financial resources and multi-purpose building needs. Whether it be the preparation of a long range Master Plan, the preservation/adaptive reuse of or addition to an historic church, or the planning and design of a new facility, you will find the same commitment to providing high quality, personalized, needs-based design services.
Our skills and experience serve Communities of Faith throughout North America. We offer a full range of Strategic Planning and Design services from Alpha to Omega including: Needs Assessment; Goal and Requirement Definition; Feasibility Studies; Vision/Concept Development; Community Planning; Building Design; Interior Design; Artifact and Furniture Design; Image and Visual Ethos Development; Graphic and Communications Design/Presentations. Faith Community Environments and Sacred Space typologies include: Temples/Places of Worship; Administrative Units; Educational; Cultural; Recreational; Wellness; Preschool; Eldercare; Facilities and Cemeteries and Mausoleums.
Assist in the formation of the Parish Building/Renovation Committee Facilitate the evaluation of Liturgical Celebrations and Liturgical Space Assist in the Formation of the Professional Team to assist the Parish community Facilitate or Assist the Parish Education/Catechetical Process and the Program Plan/Decision Process with other profesionals Provide Liturgical Formation of the community both during planning and occupancy of a newly built or renovated worship space; formation and training of Liturgical Ministers Assist in selection of liturgical artists
Liturgical consultant who will assist a community throughout the building process journey. From the establishment of committees, to the facilitation of workshops, through interviews with architects and artists, to the rites of blessing, and use of newly built or renovated spaces.
I have also assisted communities that have had to go through the pain of closing and saying farewell to worship spaces.
Assist in the formation of design steering committee Provide process planning retreat for the committee Provide formation process for the design steering committee and parish advisors Assist in the selection of architect and other consultants Collaborate with Parish advisors during programming and design phases Facilitate ongoing parish communication Collaborate with architect and design steering committee throughout process Assist in the selection of artists and crafspeople Provide rituals for leave-taking during building process/prepare blessings and rituals for new or renovated spaces Facilitate the use of the new or renovated space for the celebration of the various rites and sacraments
As an allied member, resource to consult by email or phone concerning liturgical space.
All aspects of Liturgical Design Services
Development of committees to achieve parish involvement and sense of project ownership
Site and building master planning which implements an organized growth module for the construction of buildings in project.
Long Term Committement to the parishes we serve
Union of Liturgical consultancy & architecture to maintain a sense of continuity from Liturgy to design implementation.
Prearchitect study with committee and parish on understanding liturgy and the church both historically and in this place and time to which we are called to be faithful. – Facilitator of a process for consensus building within the committee
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. He has consulted on several projects for the Jesuits during his priestly formation, and brings this experience to UDM LSC which has a proven track-record of assisting community organizations envision new and supportive environments. Programming + Educational + Project Team Development + Presentation Material for Fund Raising + Consulting Services for Architects
Site selection and Project Feasibility, Assistance with Liturgical Formation, Master Planning process involving the entire parish. The process includes Need Analysis, Programming, Liturgical Consultation and Planning Design, Entitlement Processing for government approvals , Architectural Design, Specialty Consultant coordination for Lighting, Acoustics, Landscape, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Interior Design, Liturgical Furnishings Design and Fabrication Administration, Assistance with Liturgical Arts selection. Working with the community to select Artists for their particular needs.