Architectural Design Studio (ADS) is one of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministries that focuses on worshipping God through architecture and interior design. We are currently located at University of Nations (UofN) Kona, Hawaii, and we plan on extending our design ministry to the 1,500 YWAM bases all over the world.
Architecture is about telling stories. Architecture is not about buildings, structures, environmental responsiveness, and/or aesthetic "isms". It's the narrative of who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading through the language of our bodies. Architecture is the poetry of space; it is how we know ourselves, others and the world around us on the scale of our senses.
Our mission here at YWAM is "To Know God and To Make Him Known." It is easy to forget that knowing occurs on the scale of the body not just the mind. It is the body's memory of space and place that informs and frames much of how we think and what we know. The perceptions of our senses are the subtle narratives that attend all our experiences.
At the Architectural Design Studio (ADS) in Kona we believe that knowing God and making him known provides us as architects with the commission to create spaces that value people, bring hope and literally, save lives. Architecture is a form of theology in which we make known the goodness, generosity and kindness of Jesus. It's not just about meeting the utilitarian need. Beauty is not an option but a fundamental human need. The innovation of architectural solutions that value people, their dreams, their needs and their culture is how we will create beauty in the world we live in. We want to find a way to discover an architectural language for the people, complexity and beauty of the gospel and not in a didactic and patronizing way but in a manner that pushes arhitecture to its expressive and innovative limits. A commitment to loving Jesus will result in aesthetic, tectonic, and material innovation. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible. We seek to expand the definition and reach of the architect in the 21st Century.