Over the past number of years the traditional role of the Architect when dealing with Church clients has disappeared. Unfortunately, in many cases what has replaced it has not been beneficial to either the church or the lending institute they are working with. This shift in roles has led to the architect becoming less involved, only a draftsman for the church, being paid for preparing drawings, but turning control of the project over to a General Contractor, Construction Manager, Design Build Firm or even the Trustees.
I have heard of and have been called into consult for many cases where the Church has been left flailing after an architect has come in and designed a facility far greater than any amount of money that church could ever raise, or hope to borrow. These churches sit there with great quantities of Continue Reading