The ACSF leadership team comprises a President, Chair, and a Board of Directors, who lead ACSF programs, publications, and membership services, and plan for its future. The ACSF Strategic Plan is available here.


Julio Bermudez

Julio Bermudez directs the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies program at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. His scholarship focuses on architectural phenomenology in relationship to culture and spirituality. He has published two books: “Transcending Architecture” (CUA Press 2015) and “Architecture, Culture and Spirituality” (Routledge 2015).


Thomas Barrie

Thomas Barrie, AIA, DPACSA, is Professor ofArchitecture at North Carolina State University, where he served as SchoolDirector from 2002 – 2007. He is the author of House andHome: Cultural Contexts, Ontological Roles (Routledge,2017), The Sacred In-Between: The Mediating Roles of Architecture (Routledge,2010), and Spiritual Path, Sacred Place: Myth Ritual andMeaning in Architecture (Shambhala, 1996), and co-editorof Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality (Barrie,Bermudez, Tabb, Routledge, 2015). At NC State he directs the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Community Initiative.

Nader Ardalan

As President of Ardalan Associates, he is a recognized expert in the field of Environmentally Sustainable and Culturally Relevant Design and Planning. He holds BA from Carnegie-Mellon University and MArch, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he served as Senior Research Associate.

Karla Britton

Karla Cavarra Britton has taught at the Yale School of Architecture since 2003 as a Lecturer in Architecture. An historian of architecture and urbanism, she has taught at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; the Yale-in-London Program; and at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico and at the architecture program in Paris of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her books include the monograph Auguste Perret (Phaidon, in English and French, 2001); and the interdisciplinary Constructing the Ineffable: Contemporary Sacred Architecture (Yale School of Architecture, 2010).

Prem Chandavarkar prem@CNT.CO.IN

Prem Chandavarkar is the Managing Partner of CnT Architects: an architectural practice based in Bangalore, India, with a historical legacy across generations that dates back to being the city’s first architectural firm. Prem is a former Executive Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore and an academic advisor and guest faculty at some of the top architecture colleges in India. He holds degrees from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India and at the University of Oregon.

Michael Crosbie

Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, is Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford, as well as the former Associate Dean and former architecture department chair. He is the editor-in-chief of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the author of more than 20 books on architecture, and has edited and contributed to approximately 20 others.

Tammy Gaber

Tammy Gaber is one of the Founding Faculty at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario where she teaches Design Studio in the M.Arch graduate program and Sacred Places in the B.A.S undergraduate program, and serves on review committees for graduate work at the University of Waterloo, Hartford University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Tammy has also taught design studios and cultural history courses at the American University in Cairo, the British University in Egypt, Misr International University and the University of Waterloo. She regularly publishes articles in journals and conferences as well as book chapters.

Suzanne Bott

Dr. Suzanne Bott is a geographer, urban planner, and conservation specialist, and a research associate at the Arizona State Museum. Her interests involve cultivating and promoting meaning in the environment for well-being and preserving natural and cultural structures and landscapes of meaning. She is an advisor to UNESCO through the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and has worked internationally on postwar reconstruction and places of reconciliation and healing.

Roberto Chiotti

Roberto Chiotti is a Toronto architect and founding partner of Larkin Architect Limited, an award-winning firm specializing in the design of Sacred Space. In addition to obtaining his professional architectural degree in 1978,Roberto completed his Master of Theological Studies degree from University ofSt. Michael’s College, University of Toronto in 1998, with a specialty inTheology and Ecology granted by the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology andEcology at St. Michael’s. His firm’s widely published St. Gabriel’s Church is the first worship space in Canada to achieve LEED® Gold Certification and is the recipient of an internationalAIA/IFRAA Merit Award and the 2007 City of Toronto Green Design Award. Roberto has been invited to write and speak extensively on the topics of Sustainable Design, Sacred Space, and the Cosmological Response to the Ecological Crisis as it relates to Architecture and Education at Universities, Colleges, religious conferences, architecture conferences, and professional organizations in Canada and the United States.

The ACSF Board of Directors maintains the following Standing Committees

Chair: Prem Chandavarkar

Chair: Michael Crosbie, FAIA

Awards and Recognitions 
Chair: Michael Crosbie, FAIA

Chair: Tammy Gaber

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