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Urban Context Lab: Sacred Sites

In the spring of 2022, faculty and students from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture partnered with Bricks and Mortals for an Urban Context Laboratory, a graduate architecture seminar. The class worked with five religious institutions to develop innovative solutions for their properties. This report documents their research and recommendations for St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church, The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the City of New York, St. Martin’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hudson Yards Synagogue, and the Park Slope United Methodist Church. 

The report includes an analysis of each institution, looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, historical context, current use of the space, key challenges, intervention goals and proposals for new ways to use the space.  

You can download the resource here

Thank you to the following project partners, students and faculty for your work: 


Brandon Bruscato, Margaret Gaby, Jeffrey Graziano, Seyed Shervin Hashemi,

Jialun Hu, Brandon Lockfoot, Max Sopher, Martin Vargas, Adhithi Venkatesh,

Andrejs Zarins


Meta Brunzema, R.A., LEED A.P. , graduate assistant Jeffrey Graziano


Bricks & Mortals

Kate Toth, Kevin Ritter


St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Rev. K. Karpen, Brent Ness

Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the City of New York

Sepideh Behzadpour, Luke Bolton, Diane Pratt

St. Martin’s and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Patrick J. Williams, Japhet Aryiku, Lindsay Brooks, Jill Davis, Stovette Williams

Hudson Yards Synagogue

Rabbi Jason Herman

Park Slope United Methodist Church

Rev. Melissa Hinnen, Lance Carlile, John Hall, Lisa Watson, Laura Wolf-Powers

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