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Church design and construction can be a process that inspires creativity and community.

Bringing people together to plan for growth in a church community is a time for celebration and the process should be fun and collaborative. By way of this case study, we will show that through an integrated design process, which engages stakeholders, contractors, and consultants from the beginning, the vision established at the very start can be realized with fewer challenges and a more enjoyable journey. Kirksey and the Houston’s First Baptist team worked together to facilitate a design process that encompassed the mission of the church and accomplished the goals and vision of the church community, all while maintaining the uplifting, fun, and inspiring spirit of Houston’s First Baptist Church.

4 Learning Objectives:

  1. Collaboration from the Start – bringing the team together
  2. Trust and Teamwork – believing in the project and each other
  3. Fun Integration – always on task but never boring
  4. Communication and Process – seeing the design come to life

About the speakers


Janis Brackett

Janis Brackett
AIA, Vice President at Kirksey Architecture

As Community Team Leader, Janis oversees Kirksey’s Religious, Recreation, Cultural/Civic and Non-Profit projects. She brings more than 20 years of architectural experience and a passion for the collaborative process. Previously serving as the 2014 President of AIA Houston, Janis has been deeply involved with the architecture community through a number of volunteer positions. A longtime advocate of sustainability, she also served as the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green and was on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston. MORE

Jason Swiggart

Jason Swiggart
Houston’s First Baptist Church – Cypress Campus Pastor

Jason served for 8 years in youth ministry before joining the Houston’s First staff in 1995. He has served Houston’s First Baptist as Minister to Married Young Adults and Ministries Pastor. In 2013, he became the Campus Pastor of the Cypress Campus.
Houston’s First Baptist Church is a multisite church encompassing 5 campuses around the Houston area. MORE