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The 25 - Duncan G. Stroik

Here is one of the 25 individuals who have dedicated their careers to the classical style in myriad and outstanding ways that are serving as models around the globe.

Duncan G. Stroik, architect and professor of architecture, is the premier evangelist of Classical ecclesiastical architecture.

DUNCAN G. STROIK

DUNCAN G. STROIK

His award-winning work encompasses 40 new buildings and 33 renovations in 26 states, including seven cathedrals, 12 parish churches, three chapels for universities or prep schools, and eight projects for monastic communities.

Credited with helping to revive the field of sacred architecture and demonstrating how beautifully it can be done in the 21st century, Stroik has gained recognition not only for restoring a number of cathedrals but also for designing new Classical buildings.

For Christ Chapel in Hillsadale, Michigan, Duncan G. Stroik designed a circular portico. Its 24-foot-tall loadbearing Doric columns support the largest masonry dome built in the last 50 years.

For Christ Chapel in Hillsadale, Michigan, Duncan G. Stroik designed a circular portico. Its 24-foot-tall loadbearing Doric columns support the largest masonry dome built in the last 50 years.

The Christ Chapel in Hillsdale, Michigan can accommodate 1,400 guests and is designed as a place for students to worship and for musical performances.

The Christ Chapel in Hillsdale, Michigan can accommodate 1,400 guests and is designed as a place for students to worship and for musical performances.

“I’m always looking for a challenge, so when experts tell me something our forebears did cannot be done today, I try to do it,” he says. “I believe that our role is to try to make more openings for the talented architects, artists, and craftsmen who create sacred architecture today.”

Stroik, winner of 53 personal and project awards, including six Palladios, 10 Acanthuses, and the 2017 Clem Labine, has been at the forefront of sacred design since 1990, when he became a professor of architecture at Notre Dame.

“When I started, I knew very little about how to design religious buildings,” he says. “No one else did either. So we taught ourselves, traveling and sketching, reading and conversing with historians, and finally building. There are now numerous architects who can design Classical or Gothic churches of a quality close to the past. It is inspiring that at a time that seems to be getting more secular, many Americans are investing in houses of God that speak of faith and transcendence.”

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