Duncan Stroik
Dec 31, 2007

Duncan Stroik

Duncan Stroik

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Duncan Stroik

Duncan G. Stroik, a practicing architect, author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, is one of the foremost church architects in the English-speaking world and the acknowledged leader of a growing movement to return classical ideas of beauty and harmony to sacred architecture.

His built work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in Santa Paula, California, and the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Professor Stroik is also the author of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal — reviewed in AB February 2013.

 He is editor of the biannual journal Sacred Architecture, which he established in 1998. Online: sacredarchitecture.org.

He established his architecture firm, Duncan G. Stroik Architect, LLC, in 1993. Online: stroik.com.

Professor Stroik’s most recent contribution to the Adoremus Bulletin is “The Altar as the Center of the Church,” published in two parts in March and April 2012.


Articles by Duncan Stroik:

The Roots of Modernist Church Architecture, October 1997

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity chapel, May 2004

Catechismus in Lapidem, How can we make our churches true "Catechisms in Stone"?, May 2009

The Altar as the Center of the Church, Principles of Design, Part I, March 2012

The Altar as the Center of the Church, Part II (Conclusion), April 2012

The History of Sacred Art and Its Evolution…. and why it should be included in seminary education, March 2013

Articles mentioning or including his work:

Adoremus Holds Liturgy Conference, December 1997-January 1998

New Church Architecture Journal Launched at Notre Dame by David Aaron Murray, February 1999

So, You’re on the Parish Building Committee?, An architect’s list of useful resources on church architecture, by Denis McNamara, February 1999

EACW re-do "seriously flawed", says expert, by David Aaron Murray, November 1999

Sacred Space: Rediscovering the Tradition, Reviewed by Denis McNamara, August 2000

Church Architecture and "Full and Active Participation", Does the architectural style of our churches influence the way we worship?, by Thomas Gordon Smith, April 2004

The Wisdom of Hindsight, The Restoration of Catholic Church Architecture, by Michael Rose, November 2004

Beauty as Expanded Reason: The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, by Father Noah Waldman, September 2008

Consecration of Thomas Aquinas College Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, A Triumph of Sacred Architecture — A Church That Teaches, April 2009

Cardinal Pell Keynotes Liturgy Conference in Ireland, August 2009

A Living Presence… Symposium on the Development of Catholic Church Architecture, by Michael Patrick, June 2010

Sacred Architecture: Encountering the Beauty and Mystery of God, by Cardinal Justin Rigali, March 2011

History, Harmony, Beauty Blend in Recovery of Sacred Heritage, The Renovation of Saint Joseph Cathedral, September 2011

Realizing the Vision, A church that looks Catholic inside and out, by Father Peter P. Dobrowski, November 2011

News stories:

Re-conquering Sacred Space, July/August 1999

Vosko lectures at Notre Dame, April 2000

Third Reconquering Sacred Space conference, November 2000

Cardinal Arinze to Address St. Louis Liturgy Conference, March 2005

FCS Convention: Sacrosanctum Concilium and the Reform of the Liturgy, July/August 2006

New Shrine of the Sacred Heart for Saint Louis Cathedral Basilica, April 2007

Liturgy Conference in Ireland, April 2009

TAC President Dies in Car Accident, May 2009

Sacred Architecture Symposium at CUA, April 2010

Journal on Church Architecture, June 2010

Liturgical Institute’s Church Architecture Workshop, October 2012

Stroik: The Church Building as a Sacred Place, February 2013

Appreciation for Benedict XVI, April 2013


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