Liturgical Arts Featured as St. John's Nears Completion

September 30, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

New photos from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee show more important elements of the nearly completed historic preservation and renovations project. The memorial wall in the renovated Graham Lounge features a magnificent commissioned painting by local artist, Ron Ybedra. Ron was recently featured in the Tallahassee Magazine. Read More

Memorial / Artists / Stained Glass

Garth Renovations Make Progress

July 08, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Work on the Garth is moving forward at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin. The project will preserve and expand the outdoor gathering and prayer space.  This beloved facility has been at the heart of the Good Shepherd campus since the 1940’s. A columbarium was added in the 1980’s which will be expanded with the current renovations. Read More

Sacred Landscapes

I-Act's Daily Dose of Hope Features Ben Heimsath's Virtual Travel Sketching

June 16, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Interfaith Action of Central Texas (I-Act) has been sending out a Daily Dose of Hope message in response to the Covid quarrantine.   Ben Heimsath contributed his reflections in today's post.  Ben describes how he's found a new way of travel sketching, in spite of our social isolation. Here's a link to Ben's Daily Dose of Hope. Read More

Artists

AMEN Food Pantry Nears Completion

June 09, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

A new home for the AMEN Food Pantry in La Grange, Texas is nearing completion. The conversion of an industrial building will provide over 3,000 s.f. of space for food shopping and storage. A front reception and office area will serve the needs of staff, volunteers, and clients. Read More

Virtual Groundbreaking for St. James' Episcopal

May 04, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

The groundbreaking ceremony is a wonderful tradition that marks a critical moment in the life of a project. After many months of planning and preparation communities celebrate the moment when they actually start “moving dirt,” as the saying goes. Today, St. James’ Episcopal Church, La Grange, Texas celebrated with a unique ceremony - a virtual groundbreaking. Read More

Church Renovations & Additions / Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Church Architecture

All Faith Chapel Studio and a Virtual Final Review

April 29, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Not long ago, I gave a kick-off presentation at the Texas A&M University School of Architecture. Professor Anat Geva’s students, working in teams of three, were to design an all-faith worship space in a sacred landscape of their choosing. I blogged about the studio in March and planned to return for the final evaluations sometime in April. Read More

Design Process / Chapels / Presentations

Congregations Adapting to Coronavirus Are Making News

April 05, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

This Saturday, the front page of the Austin American Statesman featured the latest from area congregations adapting to coronavirus constraints. A companion video was produced for the Statesman’s YouTube channel. Today, National Public Radio featured religious leaders discussing their observations on how things have changed for their communities. Read More

Religious / Austin Churches

Coronavirus Update

March 16, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

In response to the coronavirus, as a cautionary measure, Heimsath Architects will have all personnel working from home until further notice. Read More

Presentatons

All Faith Studio Starts with Quest for the Sacred

March 10, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Students in the architecture program at Texas A&M University worked with Ben Heimsath to kick off their latest studio assignment: the design of an all faith chapel.  Professor Anat Geva’s design studio, working in teams, will design their chapel in a sacred location of their choosing. To kick off this innovative inquiry, Ben began with an exercise focused on spaces that the students considered to ... Read More

Design Retreat Workshop for Calvary School

March 03, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Calvary Episcopal School in Bastrop, Texas took a critical step forward in planning for its new location. Representatives of the school and the Calvary Episcopal Church assembled for a full-day Design Retreat Workshop at the Colony Amenity Center. Facilitated by Ben Heimsath, Kathryn Coffey, Eric MacInerney, and Li Tong, the Heimsath Architects team conducted a series of exercises to facilitate ... Read More

Schools / Master Planning