Our Design Philosophy
The architecture firm Liturgical Environs, PC, with projects across the United States, is rooted in the time-honored building traditions of the Catholic faith. From this source, we seek fresh responses to the needs and challenges of today’s society, our modern condition, and the concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Through understanding how the Church has built in the past, and by understanding her language of liturgy and building, we work to ensure that your present investment in building resources will have lasting value and continuing relevance.
Steven Schloeder, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, is a registered Architect in the State of Arizona, the State of California, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a widely published author and popular lecturer. He holds a professional degree in architecture (B. Arch – Arizona State University 1984), as well as advanced research degrees in architecture (M. Arch – University of Bath 1989) and theology (Ph.D. – Graduate Theological Union 2003). Having served as Senior Project Designer and Project Architect for several national architectural firms, and in project management for an international firm in London, England, Dr. Schloeder brings both depth and breadth of experience to bear on his projects.
By combining his broad-based architectural experiences with specialized advanced studies in liturgical theology and art history, Dr. Schloeder brings a level of understanding of the problems of contemporary Catholic church design that is unexcelled. His numerous writings, such as his widely acclaimed book Architecture in Communion (San Francisco: Ignatius Press 1998) and articles in Catholic World Report, Crisis, Faith and Form and The Intercollegiate Review have helped to reframe the dialogue between contemporary Catholicism and modern architecture.
His architectural projects have been favorably reviewed in Church Building (UK), St. Anthony Messenger, Traditional Building, and Faith and Form.
Dr. Schloeder is also the founding director of the Institute for Studies in Sacred Architecture (www.issarch.org) a new initiative to promote the scholarly study of sacred architectural traditions and their contemporary implications and expressions in an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and interfaith forum.
Introduction to Liturgical Environs, PC
For more information about our services, projects and qualifications, please download our Introduction to Liturgical Environs package.
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