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Overview of the design principles followed in building the Bahá'í temples, and the intricacies and considerations involved in their design, using Canada as a case study. (Link to document, offsite).
Thesis for School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, posted with CC permission at

A Singular Room:
An Exploration of Bahá'í Houses of Worship

by Sama Shodjai

Abstract: Architecture has long served to translate spiritual teachings to the built environment. The Baháʼí Faith, the most recent world region, teaches the oneness of God, of religion, and of humanity. Over the past century or so, the Baháʼí community has been exploring how to express these teachings through the architecture of its places of worship, called Baháʼí Houses of Worship. Between 1912 and 2016, eight continental Houses of Worship were constructed worldwide. A new phase of development is now under way focusing on Houses of Worship at the local and national levels. Designing at the national level presents a unique challenge for the Baháʼí community, as there are limited existing examples to draw from. Within the defined spatial parameters of a Baháʼí House of Worship lies the challenge of designing a singular room that is deemed sacred to all—regardless of race, gender, age, or religious background—while also embodying cultural elements that tie the temple to its particular site and the diverse population that it seeks to welcome. This project aims to explore the intricacies and considerations involved in the design of a national House of Worship, using Canada as a case study. (from
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