Posted in news on April 27, 2017 6:41 pm EDT

Beck Group Earns International Architecture Award

The American Institute of Architects recognized international projects in the realm of religious art and architecture at its 2017 conference. Among the projects awarded: The Beck Group's Joyful Church in Pohang, South Korea.

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By Church Designer Staff

Mike Cluff, architect with The Beck Group in Dallas, reports that the firm was honored to receive an award for "New Facilities - Religious Architecture" from the Faith and Form/IFRAA International Awards for Religious Art & Architecture. Beck Group received its award at a ceremony recognizing 2016's winning projects on the evening of Apr. 26, 2017. The award was presented during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference and tradeshow in Orlando.

[Multi-purpose] Joyful Church is a 383,000-square-foot, 2,700-seat worship center.

Joyful Church is a 383,000-square-foot, 2,700-seat worship center. The multi-purpose facility includes an 800-seat chapel, cafeteria, library, fitness facilities, education spaces, and a 350-car underground parking garage.

Awards presenter Faith and Form magazine reports on its website of the 28 award-winning projects, saying, "Reflecting on the entries as a whole, [a] five-member jury was impressed with range of work and the variety of responses to the continuously evolving ideas about how to create sacred environments, for every family of belief in the world. Of the 28 winning projects featured ... 13 (nearly half) were designed or created for sites outside of North America. This is a testament to the continuing global interest in spiritual/sacred places and spaces, even as some organized religions contract. It was encouraging to see a continued growth in submissions to the 'Student Work' category; 22 projects were submitted (up from 17 the previous year) and a large number of winning projects were selected—a total of five—including one Honor Award."

The 2016 Religious Art and Architecture Awards jury included: David Roccosalva (artist); Vernon Mays (architect); Albert Lindeke, FAIA (architect and jury chair); Rev. Kristen Richardson-Frick (clergy); and Julio Bermudez (architect).

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