A beautiful Catholic church must evoke:
A Sense of Reverence
A Sense of Timelessness
A Sense of Transcendence
Churches Designed without a Catholic Sensibility
Within less than 20 years, the church had to go through a major remodel just to get it right, that is, more Catholic.
Before: the architect placed the choir loft on top of the tabernacle
After: Our design relocated the choir loft and added an apse with iconography. This design move helped to signify the real presence of the eucharist.
How do we get you there?
Over the past 25 years, our firm has worked solely for the Catholic Church. Through this experience and Dr. Baker's PhD Dissertation research, we have developed a set of principles that every Catholic church must have in order for it to be loved and endured; a Catholic church must follow the Incarnational Principal.
“The word became flesh, and dwelt among us.” - John1:14
Why can't we build churches like we used to?
The short answer is,
In fact, we can build better today than we use to.
Using timeless building principles and cutting-edge technologies our Catholic churches can be filled with artwork, sculpture, and stained glass windows. Our ceilings can be beautifully crafted like they have been for centuries. Furthermore, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.
We do not just design buildings, we craft sacred churches. Dwelling places where we can encounter God.
We are architects, artisans, and buildings who care about all the details that make up a sacred place. Everyone should worship God in a beautiful and sacred place.
If a church is not loveable, it will not endure
Beauty is certainly an aspect of what makes Catholic churches loveable. However, there a several other crucial aspects that make a Catholic church one that will be loved, cherished, and will endure.
Let us show you how we do it.
How it Works
Timeless Building Principles, cutting-edge technologies
At Baker Architects we are reimagining how architecture is designed, procured, produced, and delivered.
Over the years, we have found that many clients struggle with the traditional design practice of architectural firms. Through the traditional meet, wait-to-meet, present design process, they experience design delays, input not being included, not having a thorough understanding of the design, etc., etc., etc.
Good news: there is another way!!!
Over the past twenty-five years of serving the Catholic Church, we have developed a proven method for streamlining and efficiently guiding you through the design of your church.
This unique process involves a 10-week IIDP process for working with clients. This Immediate Interactive Design Process involves weekly design sessions where we sit with you and your building committee, either in-person or through a zoom conference call, and immediately change and alter the design model while discussing the project with you. An immediate record of all design decisions is recorded in the model and all input is interactively added as we meet and design.
You see the design process immediately changed via your input.
Your feedback is immediately put into the 3D model and you can experience the design updates interactively while we meet. Likewise, at the end of the meeting, we produce and share an interactive 3D model of the current design so you can virtually walk=thru the design in 3D, take measurements, make notes, and experience all of your decision right away. This tool allows you to know for certain if the modifications were the right ones.
In addition to the interactive 3D model, you receive an immediately relevant set of documentation of the design at that point of the process.
We assure you, by going through the 10-week IIDP method, you will be significantly further along in a mutually agreed-upon design than you would with many months of the current traditional design approach of the architectural industry.
No weekly delays or forgotten notes
Immediate documentation of the design at any point along the design process
Instant updates to cost estimates and quantity take-offs
Make informed decisions and reduce risk
Significantly more efficient process
Increased overall transparency
Increased transparency on the project design
If you are interested, we can set up a 30-minute Zoom meeting with you to demonstrate the IIDP process. The effectiveness of this approach is immediately demonstrated. Many clients have asked us why haven't other firms done this? We respond, they are not rethinking how architecture can and needs to be done in the 21st century. You will immediately see the power of this process. You will understand how we've Reimagined the process of design and agree that there is no reason for NOT doing it this way. This supports our goal: