My Research

My area of expertise is the trans-disciplinary study and comparison of architecture, ritual, phenomenological, and theological aspects in sacred space. Since 1985, my academic focus has been the interaction of worship with sacred space, in order to strengthen the dialogue between contemporary life, culture, rites, and Christian worship.

The aim of my research is to deepen the understanding of sacred space as a challenge in the context of both sacred theology and architecture.

Regarding my education, at the doctoral level my thesis: The Ambo: A Liturgical Space for the Proclamation of the Word of God. It discusses the genius loci of the Word of God in the Liturgy of the Word in terms of its historical, theological, phenomenological and dramaturgical dimensions.

At the master level, I hold a degree in architecture and visual arts from the University of Buenos Aires, and a degree in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College. In the latter’s thesis: Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: A Study of the Place of Reconciliation for the New Rite, I focus on the space for Reconciliation. The purpose of the thesis was to examine the space in which the sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated, based on the liturgical renewal of Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents.

At the Faculty of Theology, Universidad Católica Argentina, my work involved looking at religious symbolism in modern culture, primarily in film. I did several projects in this field including: Death in Contemporary Films; Blue-White-Red through Faith-Hope-Love (the trilogy of Krzysztof Kieslowski); and Søren Kierkegaard and Babette’s Feast. More recently, I have studied the trilogy of Denys Arcand, and Brokeback Mountain and the breaking down of myths.

My professional experience involves ten years of teaching in distinctly different academic environments. In Argentina, I taught philosophy, theology, and architecture at the Faculty of Architecture.

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