Aram Alajajian

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Aram Alajajian, born in Yerevan, Armenia, graduated from the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute Department of Architecture in 1977 and began his career as an Architect at the Yerevan Project Institute with Chief Architect, Jim Torosian’s office. 

In 1979, Mr. Alajajian moved to the United States to pursue his profession in Architecture.  In May of 1980, Aram Alajajian began work as an Assistant Architect at Ralph M. Parsons Company in Pasadena, California where he was involved in several projects such as the design of dormitories for the Alaskan Pipeline and Housing for Abbu-Dabby.

Mr. Alajajian’s career as an Architect took a dramatic turn in 1981 when he joined a number of world famous architects and firms who design a very important project, the “California Plaza” and Museum of Contemporary Arts in Downtown, Los Angeles.  For the next few years, Mr. Alajajian worked closely with internationally known architects; Arthur Erikson of Canada, Arata Isozaki of Japan, and Cesar Pelli of Gruen Associates in West Los Angeles.  While with Gruen Associates, Mr. Alajajian collaborated in a number of important projects; The Montebello Town Center in Montebello, Marriott Hotel in Century City, Koreatown Plaza in Los Angeles, and the Master Planning of University of California, San Diego.

In 2001, the Representative of

 

the Vatican in the United States, Cardinal Martino, awarded Mr. Alajajian with a Medal of John Paul II for the award winning design of St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church in Glendale, California.In 1986, along with Sako Marcoosi, Mr. Alajajian established Alajajian.Marcoosi Architects Inc. (AMA INC.) in Glendale, California. Since the outset of the company, Mr. Alajajian has served as the President of the firm.