Stained glass came of age in cathedrals that began rising across Europe in the 12th century. Since Gothic times, the definition of place of worship has broadened considerably. Here you’ll see examples ranging from formal Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Buddhist churches, temples and synagogues to a chapel in an Irish castle in Texas to a maximum security prison chapel. As diverse as these projects may be, every one of them share LIGHT as the perfect symbol for spiritual growth and enlightenment.
The windows in this chapel are the same welded steel security frames used throughout the prison. That’s a lot of six by nine inch openings. What can you do?Read more
The flowing clear waters in First Baptist Church’s logo are seen as cool, refreshing spiritual waters cascading down between borders with wisps of traditional Gothic tracery.Read more
When I became aware of this project, lighting possibilities were limited to front lighting from below the cross. This was my primary concern as I grappled with the design.Read more
Two east-facing windows had been covered to spare parishioners from direct sun. The Altar area was dark and dismal. No more! The beauty of stained glass now diffuses direct sun and brightens worship.Read more
As often happens meditation chapels in healthcare facilities are often relegated to interior areas lacking windows. This was the case even in scenic Kauai. Subtly backlighting these “windows” by reflecting ambient light back out through mirror adds an expansive sense of spatial flow.Read more