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Build a Loveable Catholic Church

A beautiful sacred place that will inspire, evangelize, and endure for generations.

 
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Why can't we build loveable Catholic churches like we used to?

​The short answer is...


We can! 


In fact, we can build better today than we use to. Using timeless building principles we can make them last for generations.  Additionally, through the use of cutting-edge technologies, our Catholic churches can be filled with artwork, sculptures, icons, and stained-glass windows. Likewise, our ceilings can be beautifully crafted works of art just as they have been for centuries. More importantly, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.


All we need is to regain our shared Imagination. One that sees God present in all of Creation and in human beings - a mode of being in the world rooted in the reality of the Incarnation. The Catholic Imagination forms the sacramental system whereby material things and human beings are channels and sources of God's grace. All of Creation is good and God is present everywhere.

 
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A Loveable Catholic Church must Appeal to the Catholic Imagination

To do so, it must be:

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Beautiful

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Frugal

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Cultural

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Durable

 

What happens when a Catholic church does not Appeal to the Catholic Imagination?

It is highly likely that it will be renovated, re-renovated or, even worse, demolished and end up in a landfill.


For example, within less than one generation, one of our client parishes had to go through a major re-renovation to make their sanctuary more appealing to the Catholic Imagination.

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Before

Not being attentive to the Catholic Imagination, the choir loft was placed on top of the tabernacle.

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After

Our design relocated the choir loft, drastically improved the acoustics, lifted the ceiling to the heavens, and added an iconically filled apse around the Tabernacle. All of this helped to signify the real presence in the Holy Eucharist and inspire the Catholic imagination.

 
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How do we Build Loveable Catholic Churches?

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1. We Imagine Together

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2. We Envision Together

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3. We Build Together

 

We Imagine Together

IIDP™ 

Immediate Interactive Design Process

"A Radically Different Approach"


Baker Architects, we take a "radically" different approach to "think better" with our clients. In fact, the client gets involved in the actual design, all in real-time.


Watch this short demonstration of the IIPD:

 
 

Our IIDP™ approach closes the traditional architect-client feedback loop. No more: meet, make changes, wait weeks for updates, meet again, make changes, wait again, meet again.


The traditional design method typically ends up with a couple of floor plan drawings and a rendering or two and limited progress. 


We know we can do better!


Instead, we work interactively with you and the key players on a virtual 3D model of the church. We make changes together and see their outcomes immediately so that decisions can be made on the spot. This immediacy helps everyone become aware of the changes that were made and, more importantly, why they were made. 

We host IIDP™ sessions either live and in-person sitting down with the client and building committee or stream them through Zoom meetings. Anyone from anywhere can participate.


This process:

● saves hundreds of hours
● provides immediate feedback on design decisions and changes
● involves the client far more in the design process
● updates drawings in minutes rather than weeks
● updates costs and quantity take-offs in minutes not days or weeks
● walks you through the building immediately
● stops you from having to wait weeks for an animation

● keeps the project progressing


The continuity that is afforded via the IIDP process can dramatically reduce problems, avoid scheduling issues, reduce costs, increase quality, and improve communication.

 
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We Envision Together

We are Catholic Church Architects


It's who we are.
It's all we do.


At Baker Architects we do not just design a "space to worship in," we craft sacred dwelling places where we can encounter God.


​● From fonts, to churches, to basilicas and cathedrals, no project is too small or too big


● Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Catholic sacred architecture


● Over 25 years building loveable Catholic churches


● In-house artisans and artists


We are architects, artisans, and builders who care about all the details that make up a sacred place. Every soul should give glory to God in a beautiful, loveable, and sacred place.

 

We Build Together

Building Loveable Catholic Churches for 25 Years

 
 
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What is the "Catholic Imagination"?

The Catholic Imagination is how Catholics view Creation and God's interaction with it; this centralizes around how Christ interacts with man. The Incarnation forms the bedrock of the Catholic worldview and underlies Christianity.


Over the past 25 years, our firm has worked solely for the Catholic Church. Through this experience and Dr. Baker's Ph.D. dissertation research, we have developed a set of principles that every Catholic church must have for it to be loved and endured; a Catholic church must follow the Incarnational Principal: The word became flesh, and dwelt among us. - John 1:14


From the Greek translation there are three terms that we can use to understand what the incarnation has to do with sacred architecture:


Logos  ●  Sarx  ●  Eskēnōsen

Word  ●  Flesh ●  Dwell with us


Therefore, the Incarnational Principle speaks to the use of a material reality that can communicate and mediate the spiritual world, thereby allowing us to know God more perfectly. This allows for a Catholic church to be sacramental. The Incarnation of the Son forms the bedrock that underlies the Catholic worldview of the relationship between God and man. Grace penetrates nature; Creation is good.

 

Logos

Order, word, eternal, structure, stability, logic, light

Integritas

Sarx

Flesh, radiance, color, texture, matter, complexity, mystery, ornament

Claritas

Eskēnōsen

To dwell with us, figure, personhood, cultural heritage, proportionality

Consonantia

 
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Additional Services we Offer for Building Loveable Catholic Churches

 
 

Get in Touch

Ready to build a beautiful Catholic church? Contact us today.

3540 State Highway 52, Unit H32, Erie, CO 80516, USA

303-358-1108

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