Stephen Pickard, principal at Dallas/Ft. Worth/Austin-based GFF Architects
“Sustainable design is beginning to emerge as a priority for many congregations,” says Stephen C. Pickard, principal at Dallas/Ft. Worth/Austin-based GFF Architects., noting that “Church campuses are beginning to promote walkability, environmental sustainability and mixed-use options that dovetail and integrate church campuses with the surrounding community.”
Nicole L. Thompson, president of Minneapolis-based Station 19 Architects Inc.
"Start on the road to a great partnership with a designer by talking to other churches that have recently completed projects about what went well and what didn’t – and talk to their designers," says Nicole L. Thompson, president of Minneapolis-based Station 19 Architects Inc.
David Strickland, principal over the Worship Design Studio at Marietta, GA-based CDH Partners
"I would encourage churches to find designers and builders who share a passion for God’s church, who are willing to listen to their vision, and who understand the impact of design decisions on ministry,” says David Strickland, principal over the Worship Design Studio at Marietta, GA-based CDH Partners.
Aubrey Garrison, founding principal of Birmingham, AL-based LIVE Design Group
"Be sure to seek a team environment that puts the creative freedom back in your hands, welcomes you and your church team to be an active part of the design process, and one that never settles on assumed solutions or past concepts,” says Aubrey Garrison, founding principal of Birmingham, AL-based LIVE Design Group.
Jeff Crocker, principal of Gainesville, GA-based Brewster & Crocker Architects
“Be open and honest with your architect about everything - your programming, your attendance and growth numbers, and your budgets – and don’t try to hide stuff because you don’t fully trust them,” says Crocker, adding, “if you don’t trust them, then you shouldn’t have hired them.”