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Who We Are

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ACSF) is the only organization of its type dedicated to addressing the spiritual dimensions of the built environment. 

We believe that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues. ACSF scholarly activities focus on the capacity of the built environment to bridge cultural and religious differences, raise human consciousness, access lost knowledge, educate people, address environmental and cultural sustainability, advance social justice, and improve health and well-being. Since its founding in 2007, ACSF has hosted scholarly conferences and symposia, provided on-line resources for leading edge scholarship, and produced and disseminated peer-reviewed publications in its subject areas. An archive of ACSF symposia and publications is available here.

ACSF is a multidisciplinary, multi-faith, and international community of scholars, educators, and practitioners. Our global membership represents over fifty countries and includes design professionals, scholars, researchers, and educators from a wide range of faith traditions, and disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, interior architecture and design, the visual and performing arts, comparative religion, environmental psychology, phenomenology, sacred space, social work, anthropology, philosophy, sustainability, religious studies, historical and cultural preservation, theology, neuroscience, and more. The list of our members is available here.