B.Arch. Wins Religious Art and Architecture Design Award

Chapel of Longing
A rendering of Chapel of Longing by Justin Wadge (B.Arch. '15).
Chapel of Longing
The interior sanctuary of Wadge's chapel.
Chapel of Longing
A rendering showing the West Village corner site Wadge proposed for his project.
A rendering of Chapel of Longing by Justin Wadge (B.Arch. '15). The interior sanctuary of Wadge's chapel. A rendering showing the West Village corner site Wadge proposed for his project.
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January 26, 2016

Chapel of Longing, a project by Justin Wadge (B.Arch. '15), received the award for best student work in the annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards. Cosponsored by Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture, the annual awards honor the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces. Winners were announced in December.

Initially created for the fall 2014 AAP NYC design studio titled A Village Chapel NYC, Chapel of Longing proposes a meditation space in Manhattan's West Village that evolves over time. Constructed of rough-cut oak lumber that is meant to rot away and layers of reclaimed aggregate concrete, "The Chapel of Longing is a stage for the forces of nature and embraces the effects of time," according to Wadge. "It collects decades of transformations and brings them to the present human experience. It is the space unto which we project ourselves." Visiting Critic Thomas Phifer led the Village Chapel NYC design studio.

Wadge's project was chosen from among 17 entries received in the student work category, and appeared with the other winners in the December issue of Faith & Form.

By Rebecca Bowes