Purpose and Passion in Practice

CAVAD Architecture Symposium 2024

CBU Architecture Symposium

Purpose and Passion in Practice
“Igniting the Fire”

CBU Architecture Symposium
March 1 – 2, 2024
Riverside, California

All Events will be held:*
Adams Building – RM 113
3739 Adams Street, Riverside CA

*Event will also be broadcast to registered remote participants


Program Statement:

We are reminded that our job is not our purpose. But our job – our calling – can be a huge part of the way we live out our purpose to proclaim the Gospel and build the Kingdom of God. But just like it looks different to lead a church in Beijing vs Paris vs Dallas, living out our calling as architects can look very different for each of us in our specific contexts. Some of us will work in arenas where our faith must be lived and not openly spoken. Some of us will get the opportunity to shape our work around clearly Christian values and principles. Some of us will work as architects on explicitly missional efforts around the world. God’s will for us is to use whatever opportunity He gives us to do His work. CBU Architecture’s Spring symposium on Purpose and Passion in Practice will bring together a variety of guests who have lived out their purpose in all of these ways and more, revealing the potential for eternal value in whatever path one may find themselves on, now and in the future.

Join us as we embark on a journey filled with authentic discussions, enlightening presentations, and networking-resource growing opportunities with a wide range of practitioners, academics, and alumni focused on purpose and passion in practice!


Steering Committee

Professor Keelan Kaiser, FAIA
Professor Mark Roberson, AIA
Professor Aaron Greene, AIA

Invited Speakers

John Hudson (100 Fold)
Esther Cho Liu (LSW Architects)
Craig Atkinson (Carrier Johnson + CULTURE / SoCal NOMA)
Andrew Goodwin (Andrew Goodwin Designs)
Mark Roberson (CBU)
Jameica Demercado (HMC Architects)
Ashley Gordon (Pasadena City College)
Gerald Portea (HPI Architects)
Jacob Slagill (CBU)

Symposium Schedule

MARCH 1 – MARCH 2, 2024

All Events will be held:*
Adams Building – RM 113
3739 Adams Street, Riverside CA

*Event will also be broadcast to registered remote participants

Friday March 1, 2024

9:00am            Opening and Welcome

9:15am            Opening Keynote: “The Gift of Fire: Creativity, Passion, and Purpose”

John Hudson, 100 Fold

10:30am          Break / Network

10:45am          Session 1 – “Life, Work, and Faith in Practice”

Esther Cho Liu, LSW Architects

12-1pm           Faculty and Guest luncheon hosted in room ARCH 218

1:15pm           Session 2 – “Ignite your Path: Emerging Professionals and Entrepreneurship”

Andrew Goodwin, Andrew Goodwin Designs

2:30pm           Break / Networking

2:45pm           Session 3 – “Are you on Fire?: How Fire Can Deform, Define, and Refine us in Practice”

John Hudson, 100 Fold

4:45pm           Family Dinner

Saturday March 2, 2024

8:00am            Prayer Breakfast in Support of Local Firms – ARCH 218

9:00am            Session 4 – “Practice, Academia, and Relationship”

Dean Mark Roberson, California Baptist University

10:00am          Session 5 – Alumni Panel Discussion: “Where we are now: Our Proximity to the Fire”

Jameica Demercado, HMC Architects
Ashley Gordon, Pasadena City College
Gerald Portea, HPI Architects
Jacob Slagill, California Baptist University

11:15am         Break / Networking

11:30am         Session 6 – “Leading the Community and the Practice”

Craig Atkinson, SoCAL NOMA

1:00pm           Closing Comments

Symposium Attendance

Contact Leslie Velazquez at lvelazquez@calbaptist.edu and Aaron Green at agreen@calbaptist.edu to register intent to attend.

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

Past Symposia

2022 – Transcendence, Imagination, and a Secular Age

October 21 – October 22, 2022
Riverside, California

Over the course of 400 – 500 years, Western civilization has moved from a culture where it was virtually impossible to not believe in God, to a culture where many find the idea of believing in God difficult to fully embrace. As Charles Taylor describes in his work, A Secular Age, the decline in religious participation by larger numbers of non-believers is not the defining marker of our ‘secular’ age. Rather, Taylor argues that our current age is defined by a fundamental shift in the plausibility structures and social imaginaries that support belief. Whereas sixteenth-century imaginaries understood the world as both immanent and transcendent with a porous boundary, the contemporary world operates from a closed immanent frame leaving individuals with un-situated lingering notions of the transcendent. The fundamental result is that individuals are now simultaneously pressured by belief and unbelief. Those who are disconnected from religious faith are ‘haunted’ by the transcendent, fearing something may have been lost, and those who have faith often believe while doubting.

The 2022 CBU Architecture symposia explores the role of architecture in responding to our ‘secular age’ as described by Taylor. Papers or presentations may include, but are not limited to, architectural, urbanistic, interior, theological, missiological, liturgical, sociological, and community development considerations of:

The Role of Beauty in a Secular Age
Architectural Witness and Faith
Transcendence in the Ordinary
Architecture and Imagination
Transcendence in Sacred Architecture
Architecture’ Role in Social Imaginaries
Emerging Trajectories in Church Architecture
Architecture Within an Immanent Frame

2018 – Contemplating Warehouses and Worship

October 19-20, 2018
Riverside, California

The 2018 CBU Architecture Symposium addressed and assessed the contemporary situation of church design practice including:

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

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota