Brigitte Shim: Congregation Bet Ha'am Synagogue in South Portland, Maine

From the 2021-2022 Online Speaker Series: On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture. Other events in this series.


Saturday, February 5 at 3pm EST

Brigitte Shim

Brigitte Shim is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and has previously held positions at Yale and Harvard, among others. Shim, along with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe, formed the architectural design practice Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 1994. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for architecture as well as an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, among many other professional accolades. Recent works include the Wong Dai Sin Temple in Markham, Ontario and the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Shim is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA), and an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA).


Vanessa Avery

Lecturer at Yale Divinity School and Executive Director of the Sharing Sacred Spaces organization.

Michael Benedikt

ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin

David Leatherbarrow

Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.


Michael J. Crosbie

Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and his currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 75 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects.

2021-2022 Online Speaker Series

On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture

This series explores how the material medium of architecture facilitates transcendent experiences. Each event features a virtual talk and visual presentation by a distinguished working architect, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael J. Crosbie. Sponsored by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.
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