Church, retreat center and University urban masterplan was independently researched and designed in my BArch final design studio.
Historically, churches have had a dominate presence in the city, the nave being the jewel of the building. Today in many cases they have become sprawling buildings within a sprawling landscape. Much of the change in building form can be attributed to churches’ increase in architectural program. Today churches welcome members by providing a variety of activities along with the service. In order to accommodate for this increase in program and still maintain the architectural integrity of the church, I developed a new procession. I separated the functions of the contemporary church into two buildings: a church and retreat center. The church is used for mass while the retreat center is used for lectures, events, and other community activities. I celebrated the journey to and in between the buildings as it enhances their design.
Status: School Project
Location: University of Portland expansion, Portland, OR