The American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas) has awarded the University of Dallas Church of the Incarnation the 2014 AIA Dallas Twenty-Five Year Award. Given annually to a work of enduring post-war architecture that is at least 25 years old, the award is the highest recognition for design bestowed by AIA Dallas.

UDallas Church of the Incarnation“We are pleased to recognize the University of Dallas’ Church of the Incarnation by AIA Fellows (FAIA) Jane Landry and Duane Landry for its enduring design and its contributions to improving the built environment of the greater Dallas area,” said Dennis Stacy, FAIA, chair of the AIA Dallas 25 Year Award Committee.

The Church of the Incarnation joins a prestigious list of past award recipients including the Texas Instruments Semi-Conductor Building, Temple Emanu-El, NorthPark Center, Republic Bank Tower and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Jane Landry, an acclaimed local architect and one of the founders of Landry and Landry, Architects and Planners, was the principal architect for the building, which recalls Medieval and Romanesque architectural traditions while remaining rooted in the 20th century. The Church of the Incarnation was dedicated on March 24, 1985. 

University of Dallas art faculty were heavily involved in the building’s design. Emeritus Professor of Art Lyle Novinski served as liturgical consultant and designed the baptismal font and altar. Emeritus Professor of Art Heri Bert Bartscht sculpted the stations of the cross and the statue of Michael the Archangel in the narthex. The university’s church serves as the primary place of worship for UD students, faculty and staff.

The university will be recognized by AIA Dallas on Thursday, April 2, during CELEBRATE ARCHITECTURE, a special awards event open to the public.

AIA Dallas, the seventh largest chapter of The American Institute of Architects, empowers architects to excel and impact their practice, profession and community. AIA Dallas has a membership base of more than 2,000 members and 300 architectural firms. More information about AIA Dallas can be found at www.aiadallas.org.

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly seven million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit www.udallas.edu.

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