Episcopal school's chapel, alum win architecture award

September 25, 2009

The design for All Saints Chapel at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio has won an architectural award for its designers.

Chris Carson, a TMI alumnus who graduated in 1951, was the lead architect for the chapel, which was dedicated September 7. Carson is a principal architect and co-chairman of the board for Ford, Powell and Carson Architects and Planners Inc.

The chapel design received an award in the category of Religious Architecture/New Facilities in the 2009 Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program, cosponsored by Faith and Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

"The addition of All Saints Chapel to the TMI campus is a most elegant symbol and summary of our mission and purpose," said TMI Headmaster James A. Freeman. "The simple beauty of the architecture is nothing less than a bold theological statement directing our vision upward to the source of our being while drawing us together into a community of spiritual intimacy."

TMI Chaplain Chris Mitchell said that "there is something deeply symbolic about the natural light streaming in through the high windows beneath the chapel's 'floating' roof."

Full-page photos of All Saints Chapel will be published in the Winter 2009 awards issue of Faith and Form. An exhibition of the award-winning projects will be displayed at the AIA's 2010 National Convention, and the awards will be presented at a banquet, June 9 in Miami. Meanwhile, more photos of the chapel are available here on the architects' website.

"We are thrilled with this honor and recognition of our work on such a special sacred space," said Carson. "It is an important achievement for our firm -- and especially rewarding this year as we celebrate our 70th anniversary."

Carson's other projects include the Tobin Library at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas, and the Fort Worth Zoo Gallery. The firm has won more than 150 local, state and national design awards in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.

Founded in 1893, TMI is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with an optional junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and boarding programs. TMI is an official school of the Diocese of West Texas.

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