Architecture and Society

Spiritual Places

Neviges pilgrimage cathedral, Gottfried Böhm
Neviges pilgrimage cathedral, Gottfried Böhm architect. Photo ©Yuri Palmin


  • to reveal the essence, methodology and variety of architectural conversions and reconversions, today and in the past
  • to develop a table for interpreting the meaning of a building for all religions.
  • to understand past as well as future possibilities for architecture, religion and the human spiritual condition.


The recognition of the problem of conversion and reconversion can throw light on the similarities and differences in various religious traditions, on their intrinsic and extrinsic values, on what divides and unites them.



Activities including conferences and seminary publications, 2 monographs, experimental student projects, competitive projects, workshops and exhibitions concentrate on the conversions and reconversions of religious objects from both monotheistic and polytheistic religions.


Jerzy Uscinowicz - Poland

Jerzy Uścinowicz studied architecture and obtained a Doctorate with distinction, at the Faculty for Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology.


He is professor at the Bialystok University of Technology and Head of the Division of Architecture of Local Cultures in the Faculty of Architecture of the Bialystok University of Technology and Chairman of the Regional Council of Conservation in Podlaskie region in Poland.


He is the architect or co-author of over 80 architecture designs, most of which are public edifices. He designed 35 sacral buildings and complexes and participated in over 25 national and international architectural competitions.  He was awarded 12 prizes and distinctions and is the author of over 120 scientific publications.


Member of the:

Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 2004,
Polish Accreditation Committee,
Presidium of the Association of Polish Architects SARP,
Care of Monuments of the Sacred Art Committee of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church,
Polish Institute of World Art Studies


He was awarded the Prince Ostrogsky Prize in 2000, the St. Marie Magdalene Prize in 2010, and the prestigious St. Brother Albert Price in 2005 for his outstanding contributions to science and sacred art.