My Christian faith plays an important role in my life. Architecture, as part of God’s creation, is subject to the travails of the Fall and must be open to the redemption of the Risen Lord. Those who work to create the built environment therefore ought to seek to be obedient to the call of the Lord and follow him — as servants.
This servanthood is both general and specific. It speaks to the attitude of those who serve as architects, to the type of work we do and the way we do it. It has to do with seeing the big picture and paying attention to the little things.
Some principles for servant architecture include:
• Working for justice for all people
• Designing safe, decent and affordable housing for all people
• Striving to create peace-loving communities
• Accommodating the young, frail, disabled and elderly
• Humility in our response to the materials we use
• Frugality in the use of resources
• Respect and care of the natural environment
• A respect and care for the past — people, institutions, and structures
• A commitment to discipleship