The Australian Catholic University and the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board will host a two-day symposium in February at its Melbourne campus to facilitate conversation about the relationship between liturgy and architecture in church design.

Inspired by the injunction of Vatican Council II that, "... when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the celebration of liturgical services and for the active participation of the faithful", the symposium will be led by a host of speakers, including Australian and International architects, who will consider the effect design has on the function of a church.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SO&M) architects (pictured), will be one of the key focuses and points of reference during the symposium and SO&M Partner Craig Hartman will be on hand to make a keynote.

Among the speakers planned for the three-day program beginning 11 February are a number of architects, including: Andrew Cortese (Grimshaw architects), Richard Falkinger, Peter Gardiner (Peddle Thorp Architects),Craig Hartman (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Andrew Kirkbride (Kirkbride Boyce Architects), Peter Korkolis (Woods Bagot), Sandy Law (Law Architects), Kylie Legge (Place Partners), Peter Quinn (Peter Quinn Architects) and Paul Walsh.

Registration for the event costs between $155 for a Single day student concession to $375 for an adult full program ticket. You can register for the event here:

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