GLENDALE — The Armenian American Museum unveiled its conceptual design at the Glendale City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 8. The Project Development Committee presented the developments of the first phase of the master planning process and shared the concept design for the new museum.
“The concept for the museum is rooted in creating a place of inspiration and hope for the community” stated the Museum Project Development Committee Chairman Berdj Karapetian. “We have submitted all of the requirements to the City of Glendale in our exclusive negotiating agreement and are now ready to proceed to securing the ground lease agreement, further developing our master plan, and organizing fundraising initiatives that will enable us to bring this project into fruition.”
The Armenian American Museum concept, designed by Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, will include exhibitions space, resource center, a performing arts theater and classrooms. The museum building will be surrounded by an outdoor plaza and peace garden on the City owned property next to the Glendale Civic Auditorium. The 1.7 acre property on the corner of Verdugo Road and Mountain Street will also serve as the location for a memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
The Museum’s vision is a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity while speaking out against prejudice.
Glendale City Mayor Ara Najarian applauded the work of the museum team following the design presentation by stating, “Just one year ago this was a dream for our community and I feel very excited to see things come to this level. I know there will be some milestones ahead but have no doubt that you will work diligently to create a wonderful design plan that will put Glendale on the map nationwide.”
Councilwoman Paula Devine relayed her support by highlighting the cross-cultural and educational component of the museum and invited selected architects Aram Alajajian and Sako Marcoosi to share their inspiration for the design.