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Phillip Markwood Architects, Inc.

Religious Design Projects Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Congregation Beth Tikvah The Proctor Center Chapel St. John Lutheran Church St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Worthington Christian Church Fellowship Christian Church Mariemont Community Church Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Riverside United Methodist Church Bexley United Methodist Church


Christ Church Cathedral

PMA completed interior improvements and additions to the 90,000 sf complex in downtown Cincinnati. Major improvements were made in the sanctuary, fellowship areas, admin spaces, building circulation, and memorial garden.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your creativity in bringing together our several disparate structures in an architectural harmony was ingenious.â&#x20AC;&#x153; - H. Curt Bobel, parishioner


The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

This is a time when notions of church and religious experience are changing. This addition and renovation project is a response by an established church determined to remain relevant in the 21st century. We provided a change that respects the history and character of the existing facility.


The addition improves gathering, education, administration and contemporary worship. Existing spaces enhance flexibility for traditional worship, social interaction, and education for youth and pre-school.


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Light has the power to express transcedence, mystery, and the presence of God. Banners and obtrusive pendant fixtures were stripped from the nave and side aisles in order to fill the entire space with controlled light. In the Chancel, indirect light above the new wood canopy glows from an unseen source. On the nave walls, candles give character to special events. Light emphasizes the liturgy, symbolizes the resurrection, and expresses the glory of the Lord.


Congregation Beth Tikvah

The PMA Master Plan expanded the facilities for worship, gathering, meeting and included outdoor play and expanded parking. The addition included a sanctuary, social hall, kitchen, administration, and classrooms with Jewish Community Center Facilities for daycare.


Working with the design committee, PMA developed a congregational consensus around a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctuary in the Gardenâ&#x20AC;? spatial concept. A contextual integration design facilitated a smooth design review process.


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

The existing sanctuary was expanded and renovated throughout. The existing stained glass windows were carefully removed and reinstalled to accommodate the expansion. The HVAC and lighting systems were replaced. The new addition consisting of a drop-off canopy, gathering space and cafe was constructed. Approximately 1,700 square feet of space was added and renovated.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the very beginning, your expertise in listening, reflections, and offering suggestions germane to our Vision and MIssion was extremely useful and inspiring.â&#x20AC;? -Rod Rice, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church


The Proctor Center Chapel

This 180 seat chapel is the centerpiece of the camp and conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Although construction of a conference center, dining and lodging facilities provide major improvements, the design of a new 10 acre lake and this small house of worship transforms the farm-like camp into a setting with poignant spiritual importance.


St. John Lutheran Church

In this renovation and addition project, the building expansion designed by PMA are provided in a seamless manner where connections are direct and functions distinct. The new worship center is respectfully distant from the historic space, though easily accessible.


The addition also included an administration wing, 4 adult classrooms, a meeting room, 2 youth assembly spaces, a cafe, resource room, and a commons. The existing gym and family life center was renovated into a multi-purpose room.


The design of the sanctuary elevates the importance of baptism and the sense of community so important to the congregation.


St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church

An addition and remodeling of an existing home was completed to accomodate a memorial garden, administration facilities, and a chapel. The blending of the entrance, fellowship area, and worship hall provided flexibility and unique multi-use.


PMA transformed the aesthetic from that of a modern sanctuary to a warm, inviting worship space. The use of natural materials in the wood floors, ceiling, and chancel furnishings became emblematic of this goal.


“The new space and all the light that its’ design permits have surprised and delighted all of us.” - Reverend Vicki Smith


Worthington Christian Church

Over a ten year period, PMA designed and constructed several phased expansions for this congregation in order to effectively accept growth and change. Besides renovations to the existing building, a 1500 seat sanctuary, narthex, fellowship hall, classrooms, and support facilities were added.


The addition also included an administration wing, 4 adult classrooms, a meeting room, 2 youth assembly spaces, a cafe, resource room, and a commons. The existing gym/family life center was renovated into a multi-purpose room.


Fellowship Christian Church Renovation

The interior design of this project included finishing an existing warehouse space and updating the main lobby and gathering space. PMA created a fresh and energetic look that better aligned with the branding and culture of the congregation.


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The interior expansion included new classrooms, a gym, a secondary entrance, and support space for the extra-curricular activities.


Mariemont Community Church

Renovations of a historic chapel improved worship and support facilities including cooling, lighting, and audio/vidual components. The stone tile roof and stained glass were repaired and enhanced.


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A former Community Center was repurposed as an effective efficient church including preschool, youth, worship, and access for all by a new elevator.


Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

The PMA master plan provided a new sanctuary, narthex, and classrooms and renogated the existing building. The chancel furnishings, including the cross, font, ambo, and processional cross were custom designed.


Riverside United Methodist Church

The PMA master plan included an addition and renovations to the sanctuary, narthex, fellowship hall, classrooms, daycare, and admin spaces.


Separate buildings were joined together by a new multipurpose narthex space. The former gym was converted to contemporary worship and family life uses.


Bexley United Methodist Church

The modifications designed for this facility included a Family Life Center addition as well as interior renovations in the administrative wing, childcare area, and original sanctuary. PMA created a seamless connection between old and new through materiality and carefully organized space planning.


Religious Design Portfolio  

Religious design projects created by Phillip Markwood Architects

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