Richard Vosko, Catholic priest and liturgical design consultant, (yes he runs his own private business) whose motto is, "God's house is our house" is responsible for much of the liturgical design changes that cropped up in the spirit of Vatican II. Even though he is not an architect, his list of "accomplishments" include a recent first place award from the Catholic Press Association of the US and Canada.
Some of his larger designs include the renovations of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester; (there was much uproar over the stripping of the altar and the removing of the pews, and the desacralizing of the Cathedral).
Here is a photo of the sanctuary of Sacred Heart Cathedral before the new design. Notice the pews and a beautiful statue of the Sacred Heart in its centre.
After the renovations: a barren sanctuary, devoid of all its former beauty, and chairs to replace the pews, with the old altar now hosting chairs for the choir so they can be front and centre, in the position of importance that was once reserved for God.
San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, built in 1738, was also redesigned at the hands of Father Vosko.
Here is a photo before the renovations. It is a beautiful Cathedral, clearly not in need of any modern design concepts.
Here the altar is stripped of its former beauty. The smaller photo shows rows of benches facing each other in the sancturay, which appears to be positioned so that the choir can entertain the congregation.
Below is a 1980 photo of the high altar of St James Cathedral in Seattle, another casualty of the spirit of Vatican II cathedral rapist father Richard Vosko.
On Easter Monday, April 8, 1994, work began to significantly renovate the Cathedral so that the high altar was replaced to change the focus of the Mass by moving the altar to the center of the church, once again changing the sacredness of the altar where heaven meets earth in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to a casual, people centred worship space.
Another Cathedral, well known as a liturgical monstrosity that barely needs naming is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, which was also one of Father Richard Vosko's larger projects.Father Vosco equates the architecture of the Catholic church with the simplicity of a home. His book is even titled, "God's House is our House - reimagining the environment for worship." The book could have just as easily been called "Horizontal Worship - or How to remove the focus from God and place it on each other."
And it shows in the wrecktovations he is responsible for.