Architectural Watercolor Prompts Questions During Tour of Spain

August 11, 2013 by: Clovis Heimsath

What draws American architects to Europe, generation after generation? This question came to mind as we were leaving Madrid for Chicago, a long flight home after travel in Spain and Portugal. Maryann and I celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary with a tour around the coast of Spain and France.  We’ve been able to see much of Europe over many trips, but this was our first visit to Granada, ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Architects and Construction / Master Plan / Presentatons

Architectural 3D Design - My Personal Perspective

January 16, 2013 by: Clovis Heimsath

A half century ago I was an expert at drawing 3D images with a T-square and triangle.  Architects drew on large sheets of vellum or mylar with sharp pencil leads and precise technical pens.  The process of laying out a 3-D drawing started by locating the horizon line.  We worked from a 2D plan and would then project from the elevations by manually taking each line to the proper vanishing point. ... Read More

Design Process / Master Plan / Presentatons / Promotion

Sacred Place is Home For The Arts

August 31, 2012 by: Clovis Heimsath

In the early 1970s our firm had just completed an innovative branch library in a developing area of Northwest Houston. It was an instant community success and shortly thereafter the pastor of a local church, Glen Wilkerson met with me to share his vision for a new kind of church ministry.  He wanted to create a sacred place that would also be a home for the arts.  Cypress Creek Christian Church ... Read More

Holy Place / Worship Space / Church Design & Construction / Artists / Design Process / Master Plan

The Church and Development - What's Missing Here?

May 11, 2012 by: Clovis Heimsath

After the 2nd World War, many cities in Europe were rebuilt as New Towns.  These developments were based on many of the principals of the Garden City Movement, promoted by Ebenezer Howard.  These New Towns became an important precedent for American suburbs, though most often without the encumbrances of the European regulatory environment.  But we missed one thing the Europeans got right.  The ... Read More

Holy Place / Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Design & Construction / Design Process / Master Plan

What is a Narthex?

March 15, 2012 by: Clovis Heimsath

 What is a Narthex?  Why is it so important in church design?  The Narthex is the entry space for worship.  It is a space where all the worshippers gather together before and after service.  The Catholic Bishops define the term in their publication, Built of Living Stones:  “The narthex is a place of welcome—a threshold space between the congregation's space and the outside environment. In the ... Read More

Holy Place / Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Design & Construction / Design Process / Site Development