Joan Soranno: Lakewood Cemetery Mausoleum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Photo credit: Paul Crosbie Photography

Joan Soranno

Joan Soranno is an award-winning architect specializing in cultural, religious and higher education projects. She runs a small in-house design studio at HGA in Minneapolis that serves as an incubator for innovative design, producing aesthetically-driven and technically challenging work. Past projects include the entry pavilion for Walker Art Center; five musician cottages for the renowned Marlboro Music Festival; Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, which received the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture and the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence; and Bigelow Chapel for the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, which received the 2006 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Karla Britton

Professor of Art History, Dinè College

Thomas Fisher

Professor, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

Frances Halsband

Founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects and has held several academic positions including at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley.

Jay M. Price

Professor of History, Director of the Local and Community History Program, and Chair of the Department of History at Wichita State University.


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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