Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Seattle, WA, US


Church and Retreat Center: A New Procession

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.

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Status: School Project
Location: University of Portland expansion, Portland, OR