An impressive new complex for the St. Sarkis Armenian Orthodox Church in Carrollton, Texas, opened last year. The facility was designed by David Hotson Architect, a practice based in New York.
Hotson’s office came to work on the project through Stepan Terzyan, an Armenian architect who had worked for him on projects in New York and Armenia. (Pre-2008, Hotson’s practice had a location in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital.) Terzyan’s family, with sponsorship from Hotson, immigrated from Armenia to Texas, where they joined a local Armenian church which was worshipping in a converted residence. Seeking a permanent home, the congregation began work on a new-construction complex. Terzyan worked with the effort’s lead donor and philanthropist Elie Akilian on early stages before subsequently inviting Hotson to head the design team.
The church’s site, in a suburb north of Dallas, spans 5 acres. In addition to the church itself, the campus includes an athletic building, a community center, a courtyard, and an event hall (with seating for up to 400 people), all designed by Hotson’s office, working with Terzyan in the role of project architect.