Client: Temple Beth Sholom
Project Size: 55,000 SF
Budget: $12,000,000

2016 AIA|OC Merit Award Winner - The Campus Revitalization Project supports TBS’s mission to be the center of Jewish life, learning and connections. The design focuses on creating a sense of home for both the congregation and larger community with spaces that encourage connections and collaboration, energizing and drawing together this multi-generational congregation. 

During Phase 1, Berliner supported fund raising efforts by creating a visual story through renderings and donor presentation materials. Following the reorganization of the campus and renovation of sacred spaces, the project will continue into phase two, which includes the school renovation/ modernization and an activity center renovation.


Client: Kehillat Israel Synagogue
Project Size: 20,000 SF
Budget: $15,000,000

Richard Berliner served as the project architect for this 20,000-SF, new construction project. The design created a space that provides a warm and uplifting experience for the community. The scope included a sanctuary that was built with stadium seating to accommodate 300 and an adjacent chapel that accommodates 75. These spaces are connected via a lobby to the social hall that was designed to accommodate up to 200. The scope also included a library, courtyard, early childhood center, administrative offices, and underground parking.

Recognizing that most people arrive by car, the sequences of spaces from the parking garage into the sanctuary were planned to create a welcoming experience. Natural light floods the sanctuary, entry lobby, and chapel, and the use of wood and stone throughout creates a warm and inviting ambiance. The social hall and adjacent courtyard were designed with flexibility in mind, to allow for a variety of synagogue and community activities to be hosted.