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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 and sacred grounds, 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 spiritual and aesthetic values.

The Commission on Church Architecture’s Goals

  • Provide 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 congregational life needs of the Episcopal Church.
  • Offer advice regarding the meeting of state, local code/ordinance, energy, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements relating to the construction process.
  • Assess that reasonable funds are included for contingencies, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.
  • Assess that volunteer labor and involvement are reasonably projected, costs identified, and risks managed.

Frequently Asked Questions about Building Projects, Facility Repairs, and Maintenance


The Rev. Dr. Dennis Tierney, Diocesan Property Manager
Tel: 206.325.4200 x3510