Suzanne, Founder of Sharing Sacred Spaces, is a retired architect and a consultant on liturgical design, who worked at many prominent firms in the Chicago area including Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Loebl, Schlossman, and Hackll, in addition to operating as a sole practitioner.
In 1999, Suzanne opened the Upper Room, an interfaith prayer space in Chicago’s financial district. Stunned by the events of 9/11, she decided to address the need for religious literacy by opening Sacred Space International to educate the public about the world’s religions through the nonverbal and universal medium of architecture.
In 2010, in a collaborative effort with the Parliament of the World's Religions, Suzanne launched the first Sharing Sacred Spaces pilot program in Chicago. The success of the program exanded the Sharing Sacred Spaces to multiple cities nationally and internationally.
Suzanne is currently the Parliament of the World's Religions Sacred Space Ambassador, and devotes her talents and wisdom to running Sharing Sacred Spaces, focusing on interfaith community-building, consulting, and presenting on religious architecture.
Suzanne holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2015, Suzanne was the Fetullah Gulen award recipient by the Chicago-based Niagara Foundation for the use of religious architecture for the pursuit of world peace.