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Spiritual Spaces
This gallery of images begins with the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Addition and Renovation by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. Originally designed in 1890, the church was in need of enhancements to better serve its evolving and diverse congregation. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

This gallery of images begins with the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Addition and Renovation by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. Originally designed in 1890, the church was in need of enhancements to better serve its evolving and diverse congregation. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

This gallery of images begins with the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Addition and Renovation by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. Originally designed in 1890, the church was in need of enhancements to better serve its evolving and diverse congregation. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

The new design for Shadyside Presbyterian Church established connectivity between formerly disparate spaces by inserting new public gathering and circulation spaces. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

The new design for Shadyside Presbyterian Church established connectivity between formerly disparate spaces by inserting new public gathering and circulation spaces. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

The new design for Shadyside Presbyterian Church established connectivity between formerly disparate spaces by inserting new public gathering and circulation spaces. Photography: Thorney Lieberman.

St. Thomas A’Becket East Wall, by Astorino, won an AIA Pittsburgh Award of Excellence in Architectural Detail. The church is designed in part to reinforce and emphasize the shared celebration of the Catholic mass and the sacrament of Communion, in particular via a drape-like “east wall” behind the Altar, designed to echo the uplifting folds of the Priest’s vestments during the sacrament. Photography: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

St. Thomas A’Becket East Wall, by Astorino, won an AIA Pittsburgh Award of Excellence in Architectural Detail. The church is designed in part to reinforce and emphasize the shared celebration of the Catholic mass and the sacrament of Communion, in particular via a drape-like “east wall” behind the Altar, designed to echo the uplifting folds of the Priest’s vestments during the sacrament. Photography: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

St. Thomas A’Becket East Wall, by Astorino, won an AIA Pittsburgh Award of Excellence in Architectural Detail. The church is designed in part to reinforce and emphasize the shared celebration of the Catholic mass and the sacrament of Communion, in particular via a drape-like “east wall” behind the Altar, designed to echo the uplifting folds of the Priest’s vestments during the sacrament. Photography: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish by Brenenborg Brown Group. The parish needed a new space for worship and parish hall, and overall renovations of the existing buildings. The final design was able to incorporate historic elements of older churches, give new life to the stained glass, statues, and furniture, and create a welcoming center for the community.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish by Brenenborg Brown Group. The parish needed a new space for worship and parish hall, and overall renovations of the existing buildings. The final design was able to incorporate historic elements of older churches, give new life to the stained glass, statues, and furniture, and create a welcoming center for the community.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish by Brenenborg Brown Group. The parish needed a new space for worship and parish hall, and overall renovations of the existing buildings. The final design was able to incorporate historic elements of older churches, give new life to the stained glass, statues, and furniture, and create a welcoming center for the community.

Sts. John and Paul Church by Desmone & Associates. This church, for the newest and fastest growing Catholic parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, challenged the architect to design a grand space that balanced adequate seating and traditional design features with a welcoming and, most importantly, spiritual space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John and Paul Church by Desmone & Associates. This church, for the newest and fastest growing Catholic parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, challenged the architect to design a grand space that balanced adequate seating and traditional design features with a welcoming and, most importantly, spiritual space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John and Paul Church by Desmone & Associates. This church, for the newest and fastest growing Catholic parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, challenged the architect to design a grand space that balanced adequate seating and traditional design features with a welcoming and, most importantly, spiritual space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Waynesburg University Roberts Chapel by VEBH Architects. For Waynesburg University, the Roberts Chapel is more than just a building – it is a visible icon for the University’s mission to provide a Christian-based education for students. The building embraces 21st century function while seamlessly fitting in to the historic campus and larger community of Wayensburg. Photography: Laskody Photography / VEBH Architects, P.C.

Waynesburg University Roberts Chapel by VEBH Architects. For Waynesburg University, the Roberts Chapel is more than just a building – it is a visible icon for the University’s mission to provide a Christian-based education for students. The building embraces 21st century function while seamlessly fitting in to the historic campus and larger community of Wayensburg. Photography: Laskody Photography / VEBH Architects, P.C.

Waynesburg University Roberts Chapel by VEBH Architects. For Waynesburg University, the Roberts Chapel is more than just a building – it is a visible icon for the University’s mission to provide a Christian-based education for students. The building embraces 21st century function while seamlessly fitting in to the historic campus and larger community of Wayensburg. Photography: Laskody Photography / VEBH Architects, P.C.

St. Paul Cathedral by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. This addition – to accommodate a new vestibule and ADA access – is in the French Gothic style, matching the architecture of the existing building while allowing ease of access to the first floor and to the ground floor adjacent to the building. Photography: David Aschkenas.

St. Paul Cathedral by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. This addition – to accommodate a new vestibule and ADA access – is in the French Gothic style, matching the architecture of the existing building while allowing ease of access to the first floor and to the ground floor adjacent to the building. Photography: David Aschkenas.

St. Paul Cathedral by Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners. This addition – to accommodate a new vestibule and ADA access – is in the French Gothic style, matching the architecture of the existing building while allowing ease of access to the first floor and to the ground floor adjacent to the building. Photography: David Aschkenas.

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, by RSH Architects. A well established congregation in Somerset that outgrew its historic location, the church decided to build new on a greenfield site outside of town. The congregation expressed a clear directive that the building “look like a church”, and design elements were inspired by the rustic rural and natural setting of the Laurel Highlands. Photography: Blackman & Bell Photography.

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, by RSH Architects. A well established congregation in Somerset that outgrew its historic location, the church decided to build new on a greenfield site outside of town. The congregation expressed a clear directive that the building “look like a church”, and design elements were inspired by the rustic rural and natural setting of the Laurel Highlands. Photography: Blackman & Bell Photography.

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, by RSH Architects. A well established congregation in Somerset that outgrew its historic location, the church decided to build new on a greenfield site outside of town. The congregation expressed a clear directive that the building “look like a church”, and design elements were inspired by the rustic rural and natural setting of the Laurel Highlands. Photography: Blackman & Bell Photography.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel, by Desmone & Associates. The Chapel, dedicated to the Holy Lady of Guadalupe, became a study in the creation of intimate spaces. It relies on the quality of different light sources to suggest the presence of things beyond the immediate. A single, indirect, and natural light source in this area of the building became paramount and drove much of the design process. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel, by Desmone & Associates. The Chapel, dedicated to the Holy Lady of Guadalupe, became a study in the creation of intimate spaces. It relies on the quality of different light sources to suggest the presence of things beyond the immediate. A single, indirect, and natural light source in this area of the building became paramount and drove much of the design process. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel, by Desmone & Associates. The Chapel, dedicated to the Holy Lady of Guadalupe, became a study in the creation of intimate spaces. It relies on the quality of different light sources to suggest the presence of things beyond the immediate. A single, indirect, and natural light source in this area of the building became paramount and drove much of the design process. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel (continued). Additional themes of depth, darkness, lightness, procession, and axis in combination with the interpretive uses of artificial lighting also begin to communicate the spirituality of the space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel (continued). Additional themes of depth, darkness, lightness, procession, and axis in combination with the interpretive uses of artificial lighting also begin to communicate the spirituality of the space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Sts. John & Paul Church Grotto Chapel (continued). Additional themes of depth, darkness, lightness, procession, and axis in combination with the interpretive uses of artificial lighting also begin to communicate the spirituality of the space. Photography: Massery Photography, Inc.

Diocese of Wheeling Chapel, by Strada LLC. This small chapel was re-envisioned through a change in orientation, creating a more intimate and focused worship space. Photography: David Aschkenas.

Diocese of Wheeling Chapel, by Strada LLC. This small chapel was re-envisioned through a change in orientation, creating a more intimate and focused worship space. Photography: David Aschkenas.

Diocese of Wheeling Chapel, by Strada LLC. This small chapel was re-envisioned through a change in orientation, creating a more intimate and focused worship space. Photography: David Aschkenas.

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