Biography

HIGHLIGHTS - PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

A sacred space planner working in North America since 1970.
Over 500 lectures and consultations including 36 consultations for Jewish congregations
Thirty major or keynote addresses at conferences or conventions
Just over 100 building & renovation projects successfully completed
Fifteen Roman Catholic Cathedral projects completed
Frequent invitations to give major speeches on the environment for worship.
Extensive writings on topics pertaining to sacred space.
Past visiting lecturer and mentor: Institute for Liturgical Consultants, Chicago, IL
Adjunct faculty: St. Bernardís School of Theology and Ministry, Albany, NY
Adjunct faculty: Union of Reform Judaism, New York, NY
Visiting lecturer: Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Catholic priest and homilist at Sunday worship, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Albany, NY.

TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales

FORMAL EDUCATION

Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.F.A., Syracuse University
M.A., University of Notre Dame
M.Div., Christ the King Seminary
B.A., St. Bonaventure University
A.A. Mater Christi Seminary

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects
North American Academy of Liturgy - Founding Member
Catholic Academy of Liturgy - Founding Member
Synagogue 3000 - Founding Fellow of Synagogue 2000
Societas Liturgica - An International Society for Liturgical Study and Renewal
Interfaith Forum on Religion Art and Architecture (past & current board member)
Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (past board member)
The Liturgical Conference (past board member)
Society of Art, Religion and Contemporary Culture
Synagogue Studies Institute, Synagogue 3000, Past member of Advisory Group
Architecture, Culture and Spirituality
Presbyterate, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

Interfaith Forum on Religious Art & Architecture, American Institute of Architects, Past Advisory Group Chairperson
Faith & Form magazine, Editorial Board
Faith & Form Board of Directors
Society of Art, Religion and Contemporary Culture, Board Member

PERSONAL HONORS and AWARDS

2013 The Bishop Edwin B. Broderick Award for teaching excellence, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Office of Catechesis, Evangelization and Family Life
2011 Berakah Award. The highest honor given by the interfaith membership of the North American Academy of Liturgy for scholarship and practice. Awarded in San Francisco, CA January 2011.
2007 First Place Award for a book on liturgy, Godís House Is Our House: Re-imagining the Environment for Worship from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada
2005 Elected as an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.
2005 Recipient of the Steffler Award in Design from Christians in the Visual Arts.
2003 Georgetown University Center for Liturgy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liturgical Life of the Church in America, Washington, DC
1994 Elbert Conover Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religion Art and Architecture for contributions to the field of religious architecture.
1983 Distinguished Service Award from Christ the King Seminary for contributions to the field of religious architecture.

 
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