Q: How would you help future clients with similar architectural projects?
DJE: For a future client that is looking at something like this: you have to be very careful when you’re talking about moving buildings, you really need to make sure that your dreams can come true and that they’re financially fit, otherwise the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare. We would start out by looking into the particulars, and even before we get to whether you build from scratch or repurpose an existing building, we need to start by helping the church clarify their dreams and desire, what do they want for the future of the congregation 10-20-50 or even a 100 years from now. What has been so rewarding in my work with many churches is that I become like one of their members. I go to their services to see what it’s all about. I would certainly do the same with a new church client project, even if they’re just meeting under a tree. I go feel out who they are, what their ministry is all about and what their service needs to look like to discover how to really help them.
Q: Are there any fun stories about this chapel that you designed.
DJE: My son was a teacher in Korea for seven years where he met his wife at a Korean Presbyterian church in Korea. She didn’t speak a word of English but that was ok because my son had become very fluent in Korean. They decided to get married and decided to reside here in the US (that was good for me as a granddad). When they were looking for a church that could host their bilingual wedding, I told them I knew just the place, so that building that I designed was the wedding chapel for my son and daughter-in-law.
Q: What could a future client expect if they engaged DJEA on a similar project?
DJE: Any church that approaches us with a similar project we will empower with the right information to make wise decisions. Whether they are purchasing a new building, need to expand, or maybe they’re looking at developing a new plot of land. We can empower them to make wise decisions because buildings are not cheap. You don’t want to make a mistake when stepping into a project like this. You need to design something that’s going to last way beyond everybody that’s involved.