University of Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis is a Franciscan college located in Ft Wayne, Indiana. Our commission was to design and locate a new chapel so that the architecture and planning fused with the existing buildings and topography. We placed the new chapel based on Romanesque models in the heart of the campus along the central lake so that it would be visible from all parts of the campus, a reminder that Christ is the center of their life as well.

Using sacred geometry, the 300-seat chapel expresses a monumental and ordered center for the university. Access is from a portico facing the campus lake, and also from either transept. The Greek cross form fused with the octagon, and circular apse and entry recall the strength and continuity of Catholic architecture.