Visioneering Studios – Best Church Architect Award
Visioneering Studios was honored once again this year at the annual Worship Facilities Expo (WFX) conference held in Atlanta November 3-5, by winning multiple Solomon Awards including Best Church Architect for the third year in a row. Visioneering Studios also won awards for Best Overall Church Project for First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, CA, Best Church Design (Renovation Project, 800-2000+ Seats) for First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, CA, and Best Church Design (New Project, 1-800 Seats) for The Church at LifePark in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The WFX conference is a great event for churches who are looking for information on design and construction projects, and for churches searching for the latest in audio, video, and lighting gear. I’d encourage anyone involved in church building or tech ministries to attend. In 2011 the WFX conference will be held in Dallas and we are looking forward to being there again next year.
Being called the Best Church Architect could be considered by some to be a dubious honor because “church architects” haven’t had the best reputation for design excellence over the last several decades, and Andy Stanley has even stated that “dead church architects” are at least partly responsible for the irrelevance of Christianity to the unchurched. This non-spectacular recent history of church design was one of the main reasons Visioneering Studios was launched…to bring creativity and cultural relevance to church design, and to design Christ-centered communities that celebrate the uniqueness of each church as well as its regional and site specific context. Over the last decade there has been a revolution among church designers and Visioneering Studios is proud to have been a part of that and we are therefore honored to have been named Best Church Architect again this year.
In addition to winning the Solomon Award for Best Church Architect three years in a row (2008, 2009, and 2010), Visioneering Studios has also won Best Overall Church Project three out of the last four years (2007, 2009, and 2010). Following up on wins in 2007 (Most Innovative Church Facility and Best Overall Church project for Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, CA) and 2008 (Best Church Architect for Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI), Visioneering swept the Solomon Awards in 2009. We took home awards for: Best Overall Church Project and Best Church Design (2,001+ seats) for Mariners Church in Irvine, CA; Best Church Architect and Best Church Design (801-2,000 seats) for Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC; and Best Church Design (301-800 seats) for Northside Christian Church in Spring, TX.
What do you think about the current state of church design today? I’d be interested to hear comments on what you are seeing in your area. If your church desires to impact your community through sites and facilities that engage the public in a culturally relevant way and you are having a hard time finding an architect that “gets you,” give us a call at Visioneering Studios and see if we are the right ministry partner for your project.