The Commission on Church Architecture was established by the Diocesan Convention in 1927 to provide guidance and direction to congregations proposing to construct new church buildings or facilities, renovate existing buildings, or make modifications to liturgical worship space.

Members of the Commission are drawn from the professional fields of architecture, clergy, construction, engineering, urban planning, liturgical arts, music, and other areas pertinent to the enhancement of the physical facilities in support of the Episcopal Church’s aesthetic and spiritual values.

The Commission on Church Architecture’s Goals

  • Provide experienced guidance to mission and parish congregations on matters related to building and facility design, construction and creation of church facilities which are consistent with the liturgical, educational, and social needs of the Episcopal Church.
  • Offer advice regarding the meeting of state and local code/ordinance requirements relating to health, safety, accessibility, construction processes, etc.
  • Assess that reasonable funds are included for contingencies, fees, and taxes.
  • Assess that volunteer labor and involvement are reasonably projected, costs identified and risks managed.


Rollie Dawson, Committee Chair
Tel: 206-793-0718