17 April 2017

Caitlin Watson to Speak at Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum’s International Symposium

Caitlin Watson, an architectural designer at KHA and the author of research about the intention of light within early modern era Catholic architecture, has been invited to present a paper at the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum 9th Annual International Symposium at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, to be held May 14-18, 2017.

Caitlin’s paper, “Sensing the Sacred: Architecture and Truth in the Work of Père Marie-Alain Couturier,” questions the role of architecture as a spiritual practice by reframing the pioneering twentieth-century Dominican Friar’s writing on sacred art through the lens of the built works he helped to commission for the Catholic Church in France during the 1940s and 1950s. Caitlin examines three recurring themes in Couturier’s writing and their implications for architectural practice as manifest in his collaborative works—sacredness of place at Maurice Novarina’s church in Assy, purity of form at Le Corbusier’s chapel in Ronchamp, and the primacy of experience at Henri Matisse’s chapel in Vence. Through this, she aims to distill a way of approaching architecture, as set forward by Father Couturier, that could inform contemporary practice.

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is an international organization that provides a forum for scholarship, research, education, practice, design, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment.

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Henri Matisse Chapel in Vence, France
Stained glass by Henri Matisse in Vence Chapel, France

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