FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, Michael Franck and Art Lohsen have worked together with a dedicated and talented team of professionals as Franck & Lohsen Architects Inc. creating architecture in the realms of ecclesiastical, residential, university, and urban design.

It has been a source of great joy to have created timeless buildings enjoyed by a wide-range of people — from students to homeowners to worshippers; and fortunate to have wonderful clients who placed their trust and vision in our hands — including the peer recognition of the Arthur Ross Award for our body of work.

This September, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Inc. will transform into two new entities. Michael will assume the helm of residential, hospitality and university commissions with Michael M. Franck Architect LLC. Art will assume the helm of ecclesiastical commissions with Bella Chiesa LLC. and, as always, Michael and Art will continue to work in a collaborative spirit which has been a hallmark of their firm.

We are excited about this next chapter as we continue to create enduring architecture.

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St. Cecilia Convent


As one of the fastest-growing religious communities in the country, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia saw the need to expand their Motherhouse. Prominent within the expansion was a new chapel, serving as the center for their daily prayer and worship.

The new chapel accommodates up to 400, and seating is arranged antiphonally in keeping with the daily worship of the Sisters. The interior architecture is light, airy, and intentionally feminine with the use of arches supported by thin Ionic columns.

New stained glass windows, a half-domed baldacchino, and elaborate sanctuary furnishings all work to make this new space feel timeless.