Books by ACSF Members


Ardalan, Nader and Laleh Bakhtiar. Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture. Kazi Publications, 2001.



Barrie, Thomas and Julio Bermudez and Philip Tabb. Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality. Routledge, 2016.

Barrie, Thomas. House and Home: Cultural Context, Ontological Roles. Routledge, 2017.

Barrie, Thomas. The Sacred In-Between: The Mediating Roles of Architecture. Routledge, 2013.

Barrie, Thomas. Spiritual Path, Sacred Place. Myth, Ritual and Meaning in Architecture. Shambhala, 1996.

Bermudez, Julio. Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space. The Catholic University of America press, 2015.

Benedikt, Michael. God is the Good We Do. Theology of Theopraxy. Bottino Books, 2007.

Benedikt, Michael. For an Architecture of Reality. Lumen Books, 1992.

Benedikt, Michael. Deconstructing the Kimbell: An Essay on Meaning and Architecture

SITES, 1992.

Bormida, Eliana. Arquitectura del Paisaje. Lariviere, 2013.

Bender, Tom. Building with the Breath of Life. Fire River Press, 2000.

Bender, Tom. Silence, Song, and Shadows. Fire River Press, 2000.

Britton, Karla. Ed. Constructing the Ineffable: Contemporary Sacred Architecture. Yale University Press, 2011.

Britton, Karla. Christ the Light: The Making of a 21st Century Cathedral. Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2012.

Baek, Jin. Nothing: Tadao Ando’s Christian Sacred Space. Routledge, 2009.

Bergman, Sigurd. Eschatology as Imaging the End. Faith Between Hope and Despair.  Routledge, 2018.

Bergmann, Sigurd. Arts, Religion, and The Environment. Brill | Rodopi, 2018.

Bergmann, Sigurd. In the Beginning is the Icon: A Liberative Theology of Images, Visual Arts and Culture. Routledge, 2016.

Bergmann, Sigurd. Religion, Space, and The Environment. Transaction Publishers, 2014.

Bergmann, Sigurd. Theology in Built Environments. Exploring Religon, Architecture, and Design. Transaction Publishers, 2011.


Crosbie, Michael. Architecture for the Gods. Watson-Guptill, 2000.

Crosbie, Michael J. Seeking the Sacred in Contemporary Religious Architecture . The Kent State University Press, 2010.

Crosbie, Michael J. Pelli: Life in Architecture. Images Publishing Dist. 2019.

Crosbie, Michael J. and Steve Rosenthal. Architecture Counts. John Willey & Sons, 1993.

Crosbie, Michael J. Multi-Family Housing: The Art of Sharing. Images Publishing Dist, 2006.

Crosbie, Michael J., Buzz Yudell and John Rubble. The Future of Place: Moore Ruble Yudell. ORO Editions, 2011.


Crowe, Norman. Nature and the Idea of a Man-Made World . The MIT Press, 1997.

Crowe, Norman and Laseau, Paul. Visual Notes for Architects and Designers.  Wiley, 2006.

Campo Baeza, Alberto. The Built Idea. Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2015.

Campo Baeza, Alberto. Principia Architectonica. Editorial Nobuko, 2014.

Campo Baeza, Alberto and Jauze Colette. Campo Baeza. Rockport Pub, 1997.

Coates, Gary J.Erik Asmussen, Architect.  Byggförlaget, 1997.

Coates, Gary J. Ed., Resettling America: Energy, Ecology and Community.  Brick House Publishing Co., 1974.

Coates, Gary J. Ed. Alternative Learning Environments. Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross, Inc. 1974.

Cox, Harvey. How to Read the Bible. HarperOne, 2016.

Cox, Harvey. The Market as God. Harvard University Press, 2016.

Cox, Harvey. The Future of Faith. HarperOne, 2009.

Cox, Harvey.  The Secular City. Princeton University Press, 2013.

Cranz, Galen. Ethnography for Designers. Routledge, 2016.

Cranz, Galen. The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design. WW Norton & Company, 2000.





Geva, Anat. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form and Building Technology. Routledge, 2011.

Geva, Anat. Modernism and American Mid 20th Century Sacred Architecture. Routledge, 2018.

Ghirardo, Diane. Italy: Modern Architectures in History. Reaktion Books, 2013.

Ghirardo, Diane. Aldo Rossi and the Spirit of Architecture. Yale University, 2019.

Ghirardo, Diane. Architecture After Modernism. Thames and Hudson, 1997.


Handa, Rumiko. Allure of the Incomplete, Imperfect, and Impermanent: Designing and Appreciating Architecture as Nature. Routledge, 2015.

Handa, Rumiko. Conjuring the Real: The role of Architecture in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Fiction. University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

Karsten Harries (many publications, see this link)

Harries, Karsten. Art Matters: A Critical Commentary on Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”  Springer, 2009.

Harries, Karsten. Between Nihilism and Faith De Gruyter, 2010.

Harries, Karsten.  The Ethical Function of Architecture . The MIT Press, 1998.

Harries, Karsten. Infinity and Perspective.The MIT Press, 2002.


Iliescu, Sanda. The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethics in Architecture and Art. University of Virginia Press, 2009.


Jacks, Ben. A House and Its Atmosphere . Culicidae Architectural Press, 2017.

Joy, Rick. Studio Joy Works, Hudson, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2018.

Joy, Rick. Rick Joy: Desert Works. Hudson, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.

Jones, Susan. Mass Timber: Design and Research. ORO Editions, 2018.

Jones, Lindsay. The Hermeneutics of Sacred Architecture Experience, Interpretation, Comparison. Volume One Monumental Occasions Reflections on the Eventfulness of Religious Architecture.  Centre for the Study of World Religions, 2000.

Jones, Lindsay. The Hermeneutics of Sacred Architecture Experience, Interpretation, Comparison. Volume Two Hermeneutical Calisthenics A Morphology of Ritual-Architectural Priorities.  Centre for the Study of World Religions, 2000.


Kahera, Akel, Latif Abdumalik and Craig Anz. Design Criteria for Mosques and Islamic Centers: Art, Architecture and Worship. Architectural Press, 2009.

Kahera, Akel. Deconstructing the American Mosque. University of Texas Press, 2002.

Kavanaugh, Leslie. Earth Sky. Studiokav, 2015.

Kavanaugh, Leslie. The Architectonic of Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Leibniz. Amsterdam University Press, 2007.

Krinke, Rebecca. Contemporary Landscapes of Contemplation. Routledge, 2005.


Ladd, Kevin L and Bernard Spilka. The Psychology of Prayer: A Scientific Approach. Guilford Press, 2012.

Leatherbarrow, David. Topographical Stories: Studies in Landscape and Architecture. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Leatherbarrow, David and Mohsen Mostafavi. On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time. MIT Press, 1993.

Longhi, Andrea. Storie di chiese storie di comunita. Gangemi Editore International Publishing. 2017.à/7590/2

López Arias, Fernando. Espacio Liturgico. Centre de Pastoral Liturgica. 2016.

López Arias, Fernando. Proyectar el espacio sagrado: Que es y como se construye una iglesia. EUNSA, 2018.


Mann, A.T. Sacred Architecture. Vega, 2003.

Mann, A.T. and Lynn Davis. Sacred Landscapes: The Threshold Between Worlds. Sterling, 2010.

Mical, Thomas. Architectural Theory: What Comes After Transparency? Springer, 2019.

Mical, Thomas. Specifying Ambient Worlds: Architecture, Music and Minimalism. Routledge, 2018.

Mical, Thomas and Wouter Van Acker. Architecture and Ugliness: Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture. Bloomsbury visual Arts, 2019.

Mical, Thomas. Doorknob. Bloomsbury Academic. 2017.

Mical, Thomas. Surrealism and Architecture. Routledge, 2004.




Pallasmaa, Juhani. Encounters1 : Architectural Essays. Rakennustieto Publishing, 2013.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. Encounters 2: Architectural Essays. Rakennustieto Publishing, 2013.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture. Wiley, 2009.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. And Sarah Robinson. Mind in Architecture. Neuroscience, Embodiment and the Future of Design.  MIT Press, 2015.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. Eyes of the Skin. Wiley, 2012.

Pérez-Gómez, Alberto. Attunement. Architectural Meaning After the Crisis of Modern Science. MIT press, 2016.

Pérez-Gómez, Alberto. Built upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics. MIT Press, 2006.

Pérez-Gómez, Alberto. Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science. MIT Press, 1983.

Price, Travis and Wade Davis. The Mythic Modern: Architectural Expeditions into the Spirit of Place. ORO editions, 2011.

Price, Travis. Archeology of Tomorrow. Earth Aware, 2006.

Portugali, Nili. The Act of Creation and the Spirit of a Place. Edition Axel Menges, 2006.

Portugali, Nili. A Holistic Approach to Architecture — The Felicja Blumenthal Music Center and Library. Am Oved, 2011.



Robinson, Julia. Institution and Home: Architecture as a Cultural Medium. Techne Press, 2008.

Rios Vizcarra, Gonzalo. Poetica del Mundo Habitado. Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, 2017.


Sabatino, Michelangelo and Rhodri Liscombe. Canada: Modern Architectures in History. Reaktion Books, 2017.

Sabatino, Michelangelo and Greg Bellerby. Eppich House II: The Story of an Arthur Erickson Masterwork. Figure 1 Publishing, 2019.

Sabatino, Michelangelo. Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the vernacular Tradition in Italy. University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Sabatino, Michelangelo and Jean-Francois Lejeune. Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities. Routledge, 2009.

Sabatino, Michelangelo and Ben Nicholson. Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape and Preservation in New Harmony. University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Seamon, David. Life Takes Place. Routledge, 2018.

Seamon, David. A Geography of the Livedworld. Routledge, 2016.

Seamon, David and Anne Buttimer. The Human Experience of Space and Place. Routledge, 2016.

Seamon, David. Goethe’s Way of Science: A Phenomenology of Nature. State University

of New York Press, 1998.

Seamon, David,Ed. Dwelling, Seeing and Designing: Toward a Phenomenological Ecology, State University of New York Press, 1993.

Silvestrin, Claudio. Eye Claudio. Booth-Clibborn. 2002.

Silvestrin, Claudio. The Non-Materiality of the Material. Turin, 2011.

Silvestrin, Claudio. Claudio Silvestrin’s Timeless Italian Style Architecture Design Philosophy. Design Media Publishing Ltd, 2017.


Tabb, Philip. Elemental Architecture. Temperaments of Sustainability. Routledge, 2018.

Tabb, Philip. Serene Urbanism. Routledge, 2018.

Tabb, Philip. The Greening of Architecture. Routledge, 2014.

Winters, Dennis. Landscape, Buddhism and Awakening. Sumeru Press, 2014.



Vosko, Richard. God’s House is Our House: Reimagining the Environment Worship.  Liturgical Press, 2006.

Vosko, Richard. Designing Worship Spaces: The Mystery of a Common Vision. Liturgy Training Publications, 2007.


Winters, Dennis. Searching for the Heart of Sacred Space. Sumeru Press, 2014.