Contemplating Warehouses and Worship

CAVAD Architecture Symposium 2018

Architecture Symposium

Image Above: Sandals Church, Riverside CA

Contemplating Warehouses and Worship

CAVAD Architecture Symposium
October 19 – October 20, 2018
Riverside, California

California Baptist University, and the College of Architecture Visual Art and Design, announces its 2018 Architecture Symposium.  The symposium calls together scholars, practitioners, and designers to assess the contemporary situation of church design practice, including but not limited to architectural, theological, missiological, liturgical, and sociological, and community development considerations.


Meetinghouse, Theater, Stadium, and Beyond:  Historical Transformations in Evangelical Church Architecture

Protestant, and particularly evangelical, church architecture has undergone significant processes of change since the Reformation.  Focusing on American examples, this talk will survey three major transformations: the first spatial, the second aesthetic, and the third functional.


Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, a cultural historian of religion in the United States, is the Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Minnesota. Kilde holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Her primary research focus is on religious space and architecture. Among her publications on religious space are When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship (Oxford University Press, 2002); Sacred Power, Sacred Space: An Introduction to Christian Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2008). Both books have been widely reviewed.  Her article “The Park 51/Ground Zero Controversy and Sacred Sites as Contested Space” was published in the online journal Religions in 2011, and her article “Approaching Religious Space: An Overview of Theories, Methods, and Challenges in Religious Studies” appeared in Religion & Theology in 2014.

She is currently editing the Handbook of Religious Space and Place for Oxford University Press, and directing a digital research project, “Houses of Worship in the Twin Cities,” which is mapping the religious landscape of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, between 1849 and 1924, in an effort to examine interactions among religious and ethnic groups in this period of early immigration.

Kilde was a founding member and co-chair of the Space, Place and Religious Meaning program unit of the American Academy of Religion.  She regularly addresses both scholarly and community groups on subjects related to religious diversity and religious space.  She teaches courses on U.S. religious history, religious ritual and sites, theory and method in the study of religions, and women and religion in the U.S.

Call for Papers / Presentations (CLOSED)

California Baptist University department of Architecture invites presentation and paper proposals for its annual design symposium, “Contemplating Warehouses and Worship” to be held October 19-20, 2018 in Riverside, CA. Papers and presentations should seek to address and assess the contemporary situation of church design practice, including but not limited to architectural, theological, missiological, liturgical, and sociological, and community development considerations.

The paper / presentation session topics may include the following, or may be submitted in an open category:

From Church to Warehouse, From Warehouse to Church
Exploring Attractional Church Architecture
Architectural Form Responses to Church Outreach Models
Efficacy of Architectural Evangelism
Sacredness and Evangelical Architecture
Church Architecture in a Secular Culture
Role of Patronage in Church Architecture
Archetypes and Antitypes
Architecture and Great Awakenings
Emerging Evangelical Liturgy
Emerging Trajectories in Church Architecture

Proposals are welcomed from both scholars, working professionals, and students.  Student engagement is encouraged from undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral levels from a variety of disciplines.

Submission Information

Interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts of 500-1000 words with a title, following the Chicago Manual of Style.  Multiple abstracts maybe submitted by an author or authorial team.  Professional presentation proposals are included in the abstract review.

Abstracts will follow a blind peer-review process with at least two scholars considering each submission.  The individual recommendations will be sent and studied by the conference conveners who will make the final determination regarding accepting or rejecting a proposal.  Symposium abstracts will be electronically published prior to the meeting.

Note: Please remove all references to the author from the submission in order to guarantee a strict blind-peer review.  The symposium conveners, upon receiving the submission from the author will provide them with a key number to identify the paper.

Format and Place of Submission

Abstracts should define focus, and summarize its positioned approach or argument.  All proposals should demonstrate engagement with the symposium’s theme, though related subjects will be considered.

Proposals should include a title page including the following:

Title of paper / presentation
Identification of Proposed Paper / Presentation Session Topic
Name, Title, and Organization of individual(s) submitting
Five keywords
Date of Submission

On a subsequent page, proposals should then include:

500-1000 word abstract
Any necessary footnote / bibliographic information

Please send proposals in an attached file in a “.doc” or “.pdf” format.  Send your submission to the co-conveners: Keelan Kaiser ( and Matthew Niermann (


Proposals are due September 1, 2018

Important Dates

The symposium conveners may propose to recommend changes to the abstract to ensure symposia focus and productive discussion.  If the paper / presentation is selected, conveners will communicate acceptance by September 10th.

Symposium Schedule

OCTOBER 19 – OCTOBER 20, 2018

Friday October 19, 2018 – Staples Room, Main Campus

6:00 – 6:30 pm        Registration
6:30 – 8:00 pm        Keynote Lecture, Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde – University of Minnesota
8:30 – 9:30 pm        Opening Reception, Staples Room

Saturday October 20, 2018 – ARCH (3739 Adams St.)

8:30 – 9:00 am         Continental Reception, ARC Building – Crit B
9:00 – 10:15 am       Opening Session, ARCH 114

Keelan Kaiser, AIA, Leed bd+c; California Baptist University
Mel McGowan; Plain Joe Studios
Speculating Worship Architecture Futures

10:30 – 12:00 pm     Break-out Presentations

Mark Roberson, AIA; California Baptist University
Heaping Stones: The Architecture of Meeting God

Jacob Slagill; Graduate Student, California Baptist University
A Purpose Left Unbalanced: A Typological Analysis of Church Architecture

Josh Greene; Graduate Student, California Baptist University
Ecclesiology in Built Form: A Study of Religious Meaning Communicated through Architecture

Michael Lucas, RA; California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Immanence Transcendence and Emptiness: A [Shaking] Minimal, Pastoral, Second Life

12:00 – 1:30 pm      Lunch Break – Campus Venues
1:30 – 4:00 pm        Break-out Presentations

Eric Anderson, AIA; Farmingdale State College
Transformation of Catholic Churches in the early 21st Century – Reestablishing Catholic Vernacular

Dr. Sarah Angne Alfaro; Ball State University
Worship as You Are in the Family Car!

Jason John Paul Haskins, AIA; Locus Iste
Mutual Enrichment of Prescriptive and Descriptive Liturgies in the “Cathedral of All Times”

Dr. Jill Bambury; University of Oregon
The Sacred in the Streets of New Orleans: Spirituality and the African American Church

Caleb Walder, AIA; Calfornia Baptist University
Model or Malfunction? Examining the Suitability of the Warehouse for Worship.

Dr. Matthew Niermann, AIA; Calfornia Baptist University
The Effect of Church Architecture on Belief Structures in Secular America

4:15 – 5:00 pm        Closing Session & Reception

Symposium Registration

Symposium Fee

Symposium Fees are due at the symposium at time of check-in.

Registration Fee: $30

Student Fee: $20

CBU Student Fee: $0

Registration Details

Please register for the symposium here:

CAVAD Architecture Symposium Registration

Travel & Lodging

Symposium will take place on the California Baptist University Campus in Riverside, CA.

Participants are asked to arrange their own lodging if needed.  Suggested local hotels are below:

Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA  92501

Hyatt Place – Riverside
3500 Market Street
Riverside, CA  92501

Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA