By Michael Aushenker
Glendale’s Armenian American Museum could become the signature project for local firm Alajajian-Marcoosi Architects Inc.
The proposed cultural facility’s futuristic design may become to Glendale what Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall has become to Los Angeles: a visual landmark anchoring its downtown in the imagination of people internationally. The state has contributed a $4 million grant toward establishing the institution, with the remainder of its $30 million price tag to be gleaned from private donors.
Partners Aram Alajajian and Sako Marcoosi, who run Alajajian-Marcoosi Architects on Arden Street in downtown Glendale, have committed many hours to the project. With Phase I approved by the Glendale City Council on April 17, the architecture studio will begin work on Phase II in mid-June.