New faculty member Erik Bootsma, licensed architect, lecturer, and commentator, will teach HUM 260/THEO 290 and THEO 590 Theology of Sacred Architecture, which is scheduled to run in the Fall II term. Classes begin on October 25th.

The course is an introduction to the history, theology, and symbolism of Catholic sacred architecture that focuses on how the development of Catholic sacred architecture and theology has affected the shape, configuration, and use of the Catholic church throughout various architectural styles and eras. It will follow this development from Pagan and Old Testament ideas of sacred architecture throughout the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Counter-Reformation, and Vatican II. The course will give an overview of the various declarations of the Church regarding the construction and symbolism of the church edifice.

Mr. Bootsma holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California. He is a registered architect in the state of Virginia and has been in private practice since 2014 focusing on ecclesiastical architecture.  In the past he had worked for Glave & Holmes Architecture, Milton Grenfell, and Duncan Stroik.

He is also the author of numerous articles on architecture, and his work has appeared in journals and media outlets including First Things, Crisis Magazine, Catholic World Report, Adoremus, and Catholic News Agency. Mr. Bootsma has also lectured on sacred architecture and classical architecture at the Catholic Art Guild, the Hillsdale College Kirby Center, and at conferences at the University of Notre Dame, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and The Catholic University of America.

The cross-listed course can be used to fulfill either Humanities or Theology credits.