HGA’s Brit Erenler Wins International Religious Art & Architecture Honor Award

Landscape designer Brit Erenler of HGA has won a 2018 Faith & Form/Interfaith Design Religious Art & Architecture Honor Award (Unbuilt Work) for Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Designed independent of HGA in collaboration with her husband, designer Emre Erenler, and artist Timothy Cleary, for an international competition sponsored by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission, the landscape Memorial honors the 20 children and six educators killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting December 14, 2012.

Located adjacent to the school near the town center, the Memorial projects a sense of “hope, peace, and love,” Erenler said. The design includes a path that weaves through wildflower meadows past 26 pillars, each etched with the name of an individual victim in his or her own handwriting. The path leads to a Memorial Terrace, which overlooks a pond with a flock of 26 sculpted Sandhill Cranes and a grassy community space with a Beech tree that shades “sacred soil” containing incinerated tributes left at the school.

The Annual Religious Art & Architecture awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form Magazine and Interfaith Design (ID), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program honors the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces.

The award jurors included the Reverend W. Joseph Mann, clergy and jury chair; Kathleen Lane, architect; Christine Reinhard, liturgical designer; Margaret Adams Parker, artist; and Stephen C. Pickard, architect.

An exhibition of the award-winning projects will be displayed at the 2019 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 6 – 8, 2019.

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