Architect as Artist

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“Building St. John Neumann Catholic Church” by Chris Barrett [cover story, March 26, 2009] exhibits a lack of respect for the architect as artist. Nowhere in the otherwise fine article is the name of the architect or his or her firm mentioned although the article lavishes praise on the building design. I doubt you would do the same to a writer, painter, photographer, or other artist whose work you featured. I doubt you would want your own work quoted without credit. The reader gets the impression that the church leaders are the architects. The real architect deserves much of the credit and your paper’s respect.

Philip Royer, Architectural Services Group, Inc., Knoxville

Ed. Note: The architects were HDB/Cram and Ferguson Architects, Boston, Mass.; Ethan Anthony, AIA, president; Kevin Hogan, project manager; Sarah Kinney, design assistant. The mosaic and mural artists were Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wis., who also contributed to the stained glass (with Willet Hauser Studios of Philadelphia, Pa.); and sculptures were by Boston-based Danielle Kremar.

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