Format and Themes

The goal of the International Symposium on the Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting was to explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework.

More specifically, this general objective was pursued in paper-project-presentation sessions responding to the themes described below. As always in ACS symposia, optional meditation were offered each morning and there was free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.



Other compelling papers that related to the symposium focus but fell outside of these themes were concidered and some accepted for presentation/e-publication.

Special Events

Two special event took place. One was a keynote lecture by McGill Architecture Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez. The second was a Sacred Space Tour of Toronto buildings, gardens, and urban settings.

Membership Meeting & Closing Session

The ACS Membership Meeting on Sunday morning was a business meeting that provided a place for members to discuss the organization’s next steps. The second part of the morning was devoted to summarize and reflect on the conversations, findings, and questions revealed during the symposium.