Finding Meaning in Sacred Architecture – Lecture by Val Brinkerhoff

Val Brinkerhoff is an associate professor of photography in BYU’s Visual Arts Department, and over the last decade has focused his studies on sacred architecture, particularly of temples.  He’s authored or co-authored a number of books, the three most recent being about finding the meaning of symbolism in sacred architecture.  Yesterday he gave a lecture on this subject at BYU as part of the Kennedy Center Lectures.  A video of the lecture is embedded below (on the website), or can be found at the Kennedy Center website.  It is about an hour long, and provides a fascinating look into the symbolism of temples, ancient and modern.  Thanks Lee!

Click here to watch Val Brinkerhoff’s lecture


  1. Posted September 26, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this! It was very instructive and enlightening.

  2. Posted September 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    The “get mp3″ link on the Kennedy Center website doesn’t seem to be working for me in either IE or Chrome. Does anyone have it, or know how to get it to work?

    Thanks for the heads up Bryce, I’m excited to listen.

  3. Posted September 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    You’re welcome. Thanks to Lee for giving me the heads up. The “get mp3″ link doesn’t work for me either. Might just have to watch the video.

  4. Steve
    Posted October 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Really fantastic stuff. I’m going to share this for sure. It really is a sad thing that symbolism of a sacred nature means almost nothing to most people in our day and age. I always find myself in the temple counting things and comparing what I find with the surroundings. The temple is a building you can ‘read’ wherever you are at, both inside and outside. Like the scriptures, the symbols never change, but as our own understanding changes, the symbols take on new and deeper meanings until we encounter the truth beyond the symbol.

  5. Sheila Woods
    Posted March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Bryce for fixing this so I could view this lecture. Wow! It was great. I just wish he could have gone into more detail. I guess I’ll just have to find the book. Also the book from Keith Steppen that he mentioned. Thanks again, Sheila Woods PD Thanks for your fantastic site

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