Notre Dame architect Duncan Stroik receives Tucker Award for chapel design

by Michael O. Garvey

Duncan Stroik

Duncan Stroik, associate professor in the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, has received a 2010 Tucker Design Award from the Building Stone Institute.

Stroik received the award for his design of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.

According to the jurors who selected Stroik’s design for the award, the chapel is “a magnificent building that successfully blends many sources of architectural vocabulary. The detailing and material selections are amazing, particularly in the meticulous choice and use of stone types.”

The biennial Tucker Awards honor the achievement of “excellence in the use of natural stone in concept design and construction.”

Stroik, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1990, has a portfolio which includes numerous civic, residential and collegiate buildings, but his preference is church design. He serves as director of the Institute for Sacred Architecture, a non-profit organization of architects, clergy, educators and lay people interested in contemporary church architecture, and he edits the institute’s Sacred Architecture Journal.