ikon.5 architects was in Philadelphia this week to pick up a Faith & Form Award for the Expansion to the Unitarian Church in Summit, located in Summit, New Jersey. The project was one of 33 across the globe selected for the prestigious honor which recognizes excellence in ecclesiastical design and is jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture and Faith & Form magazine.

Architect Joe Tattoni, FAIA picks up a Faith & Form Award for ikon.5 architects

The winning projects and design teams were celebrated at a gala ceremony held at the Philadelphia Racket Club. Michael Crosbie, FAIA, editor of Faith &Form, was on hand to present the awards to the winners. Of the Summit project the jury said, “The interior is an unexpected delight. There is a wonderful sense of discovery in this space with good natural light.”

Currently in design, the project adds a new sanctuary and fellowship hall adjacent to an historic church. Inspired by connections to nature, the expansion is conceived as a clearing in the wilderness beneath an ephemeral sky for gathering and worship.

“We are grateful and honored to receive this prestigious award”, said Tattoni. “We hope it will help the church with its fundraising efforts.”

Cut away view into Sanctuary from the Contemplation Gardens.

About ikon.5 architects

Formed in 2003 and located in Princeton, NJ, ikon.5 architects is a broad-based practice in architecture, planning, landscape and interior design with a portfolio of projects serving higher education, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions and business global business corporations. Practicing nationally, the firm has been recognized with over 75 international, national and state design awards for creative solutions that contribute to the enrichment of the built environment. In 2014, Architect magazine, the professional journal of the American Institute of Architects, named ikon.5 the “6th Best Design Firm” in the United States.

About the Faith & Form Awards

The Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects. The Awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. The program offers three primary categories for awards: Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, and Religious Arts.


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