Looking at the collective research agenda for historians of church architecture, the church buildings of the second half of the twentieth century need to be a top priority. We are just now reaching a point of sufficient critical distance to enable their reconsideration, and little objective research has so far been done. Furthermore, many of these buildings are threatened due to continuing changes in liturgy, theology, and architectural preferences as well as the often poor quality of the post-war years and suburban expansion.
In 2011 Robert Proctor, Lecturer in History of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, undertook what is, to my knowledge, the most significant project to address these issues in the English-speaking world. Funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK, the project aimed to document and explore examples of Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955-1975. The churches of this time period reflect significant cultural developments including the post-war reconstruction, with its less optimistic version of modernism, and the implementation of liturgical reform.