Architecture and Art for the Liturgy



The Pontificio Istituto Liturgico (PIL) in Rome, in collaboration with Ufficio Nazionale per i Beni Ecclesiastici e l’Edilizia di Culto (of the CEI), is creating its first Summer Course in “Architecture and Art for the Liturgy”. The main objective is to provide insights into the core subjects of architecture, art, liturgy and music as an introduction to the two-year Masters programmes organized by the PIL during the normal academic year. As well, this Summer Course allows a useful basic introductory training for those, who, for whatever reason, cannot follow the full Masters.
The goal is not (and could not be) to teach “how to make” an architectural or artistic composition, or music for worship, as the compositional choices stem from the unique talent of each professional. Attention is focused instead on fully understanding “what is” a church, or how you structure symbolically and functionally a sacred building. Consequently, participants become aware that architecture, art and music are placed at the service of the liturgy, and not vice versa; in this sense the “for” in the title becomes all the more emblematic.
This international course will be held in English.


The Course is mainly addressed to designers (architects, engineers, artists) and historians, but all degree, Religion teacher and religious who show a real interest in these core Christian themes, are welcome to apply to the Summer Course 2018.


The programme will be intensive, running for five days from Monday 18 to Friday 22 June 2018.
Daily lessons will be held from 10,00-12,30 and 15,30-18,00 at the:
Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo (5 Piazza Cavalieri di Malta, Rome)
tel. 0039.06.5791410 mail:
This timing makes up ten lessons and 30 hours of study. Full attendance is obligatory.


Further information and clarification can be had from the Director of the Summer Course, Architect Gabriele Orlando, via email: