February 21, 2019 – March 30, 2019

Sounding Sacred


In contemporary architectural practice, absent of any overarching religious dogmas, what constitutes ‘sacred’ space? Given the diverse images of sparsity, intimacy, introspection, and communal ritual that the term ‘sacred’ conjures, can architects effectively design spaces of universal reverence? Is the notion of sacred architecture intuitive? Is it learned? Must it be considered from an aural, as well as visual perspective? By analyzing the acoustical characteristics of religious vernacular typologies, we hope to better understand ways in which aural practices shaped their design and can inform architects envisioning future spaces of reverence.