Don MahoneyPrinciple Architect & President of BGW Architects
Don has one of the most extensive backgrounds in worship and performing arts architecture, designing prominent facilities all across the U.S. throughout his 37-year career. He leads a team that has completed more than 900 ministry project designs across 47 U.S. states and 3 foreign countries. Don has been recognized with a number of awards for innovative and creative church design, including multiple WFX Solomon Awards, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Arts & Architecture Award, Ministry Today Magazine’s Most Innovative Churches, and multiple American School & University Design Awards. Don specializes in helping ministries to cast their vision during the very earliest stages of the project through creative master planning and preliminary design concepts. He earned his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Utah in 1982 and formerly served as President of the American Institute of Architects for the State of Utah. BGW Architects is an employee-owned company that has designed more than 900 ministry-based projects across 47 U.S. states and 3 foreign countries. Through a unique approach developed exclusively for ministry-based organizations, BGW seeks to revolutionize the process and significantly reduce both upfront building costs and long term maintenance and operation expenses. In addition to its industry-leading design services, BGW is also aligned with a nationwide network of faith-based contractors that are leaders in church construction in their markets, as well as other strategic partners in the areas of funding, strategic planning, pastoral coaching, building supplies and so much more.