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January 27, 2020
Charles River Associates Washington, D.C. Offices
Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
Charles River Associates Washington, D.C. Office interior design
photograph © Jasper Sanidad
Charles River Associates Washington, D.C. Office
The Washington, D.C., design adapted the standards and space metrics that Elkus Manfredi had established through the firm wide workplace consulting process prior to designing the Boston office.

Nov 12, 2019 & Sep 19 & 18, 2019
Designing Visitor Screening Centers at Historic Monuments and Landmarks

The Washington Monument, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is welcoming visitors back this Thursday, September 19 after having been closed since 2016 for elevator repairs and the construction of a new visitor screening center designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners.

The 555-foot-tall structure’s screening center replaces the temporary structure put there after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new glass-and-steel facility offers full ballistic and blast protection and includes queuing space for 18-20 visitors at a time, screening equipment, an accessible restroom for National Park Service and U.S. Park Police staff and a security office. More than one million tourists are expected to be screened there this year.

The center – much like the newly-opened Statue of Liberty screening facility designed by architecture firm FXCollaborative on Liberty Island in New York City which sees more than four-million visitors per year – is part of a new wave of security structures being built at U.S. historic monuments and landmarks.

Providing enhanced security protocols while complimenting and not distracting from the overall visitor experience, and people flow, at historic sites, buildings and museums remains a challenge for the architects designing these solutions.

Washington Monument Visitor Screening Facility

Sep 3, 2019
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, GW University

Sep 13, 2018
Rock Creek House Washington, D.C.

May 7, 2018
Coach House
Design: Gardner Architects LLC
Coach House in Washington DC
photograph : John Cole
Coach House in Washington, D.C.
Coachhouse comprises a two-story brick building that was originally constructed as a garage between 1907 and 1911. It was historically associated with the adjacent mansion built in 1905, the rear of which is visible in the context photos. Coachhouse is situated on an alley and a major avenue – Florida Avenue – with a courtyard between the building and the street.

Apple Retail Store, Carnegie Library
Design: Foster + Partners Architects
Apple Retail Store at Carnegie Library of Washington D.C. | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects
Carnegie Library Apple Store Building
The project will rehabilitate and modernize the Carnegie Library building to become a retail and education facility. The building will be leased jointly by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (HSW) which will continue to operate its research library, exhibit galleries, and administrative offices there, and a retail tenant which will operate a retail, events, and educational facility in the building.

Apr 28, 2017
Ontario Residence, Washington, D.C.
Design: David Jameson Architects
Ontario Residence, Washington, D.C. | www.e-architect.co.uk
photo : Paul Warchol
Ontario Residence, Washington, D.C.
In the late 1800’s, Washington DC developers built groups of row dwellings in typically full block increments. Among the longer streets of L’Enfant’s Plan, anomaly lots would emerge at the confluence of competing row dwelling developments. Often these lots would be left as interstitial space and utilized for community gardens.

Nov 16, 2016
Gallaudet University International Design Competition Winner
Design: Hall McKnight, architects
Gallaudet University design  by Hall McKnight architects
image © Gallaudet University / Malcolm Reading Consultants/ Hall McKnight
Gallaudet University International Design Competition
The winning design for Gallaudet University, an internationally-recognised centre for Deaf Culture, offers a new global model for bridging the hearing and deaf worlds. This is the first phase in a 1.2 m square foot development project between Gallaudet and The JBG Companies to regenerate university-owned land along 6th Street, adjacent to its historic campus.

Sep 24, 2016
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Design: Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group
National Museum of African American History & Culture
image courtesy Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group

National Museum of African American History and Culture Building

Mar 1, 2016
Student Center at Georgetown University
Design: ikon.5 architects
Student Center Georgetown University
image from architect
Student Center at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. It is a leading US academic and research institution.

Feb 1, 2016
’The Weight of Sacrifice’ Memorial Design
Design: Joseph Weishaar with sculptor Sabin Howard
image from architect
The Weight of Sacrifice Memorial in Washington, D.C.
WWI Centennial Commission Selects “The Weight of Sacrifice” for Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Jan 8, 2016
Washington Redskins New American Football Stadium
Design: BIG architects
Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
photograph courtesy Wikipedia Commons ; Author: MSGT KEN HAMMOND ; Date: 1988
Washington Redskins New American Football Stadium

Nov 4, 2015
2050 M Street
2050 M Street in Washington DC

Oct 24, 2013
St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion – G8WAY DCWard 8, Congress Heights Neighborhood, District of Columbia
Design: Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners
St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion Washington DC
photo from architects
St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Washington, DC: On October 23rd, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, DC government officials, community leaders and the members of the design and construction team celebrated the opening of St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion. The G8WAY DC is located at the center of the District of Columbia’s Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8. The building is the first step of the implementation of the city’s master plan vision to transform the 180-acre Saint Elizabeths East campus into a mixed-use development. It will serve as a location for retail and food vendors as well as community and cultural events.

Mar 13, 2013
Smithsonian Institution Master Plan
Design: BIG
Smithsonian Institution Building facade
photo from architects
Smithsonian Institution Master Plan
BIG leading a Core Design Team including Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, further supported by Atelier Ten, GHT Limited, Wiles Mensch, Weidlinger Associates, VJ Associates, Protection Engineering Group and FDS Design Studio is today officially announced as the winning team to rethink the historic Smithsonian campus, world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

Dec 3, 2012
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC, USA
Krueck & Sexton
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue Building
photo © Anice Hoachlander
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue
This building renovation integrated performance, design excellence and execution to repair the failing façade of a high-profile building only steps away from the White House.

Aug 15, 2012
Washington Union Station building redevelopment into Iconic Transportation Hub
Washington Union Station building
image courtesy of Amtrak
Washington Union Station Building
Amtrak recently released a master plan, developed with HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff, to revitalize Washington Union Station. The plan envisions a vibrant intermodal center with increased capacity and renewed commercial activity. It was developed in collaboration with developer Akridge and several regional transportation agencies. Designed by Daniel Burnham, Union Station opened in 1907 as one of the world’s preeminent passenger rail facilities. A national landmark, the station provides the first impression of the city for many visitors and is one of the country’s busiest multimodal transportation hubs.

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May 5, 2012
National Mall Design Competition for Union Square
Davis Brody Bond / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Union Square Washington DC
image Courtesy of GGN, © Methanoia
Union Square National Mall Washington DC
Seattle-based landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and New York-based architects Davis Brody Bond are selected as winners of the National Mall Design Competition for Union Square. The design competition, organized by the Trust for the National Mall, was a three-stage process through which a jury of eight esteemed professionals selected a design team for each of the three re-design sites of the National Mall.

Dec 2011
National Mall Design Competition
National Mall Design Competition : Shortlisted architects + designers
Ten design teams have come another step closer to redesigning a portion of the National Mall.
The National Mall Design Contest announced the finalists of stage two. Each team, made up of architecture and landscape architecture firms, advance to the next level, during which they will design their concepts for one of three areas on the Mall. The spots up for renovation are: Union Square, the area just south of the Capitol that includes the Reflecting Pool and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial; the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument and Constitution Gardens, between the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Apr 7, 2011
Washington Convention Center, CityCenter DC
Foster + Partners
Washington Convention Center
image : Foster + Partners
Washington Convention Center

Washington DC Architecture

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Washington DC Buildings, USA. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed Washington DC buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the state. The focus is on contemporary buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Major Washington DC Building Designs, alphabetical:

1100 and 1150 First Street
Krueck & Sexton with Gensler
1100 First Street
photo : Krueck+Sexton
1100 First Street office building

Eisenhower Memorial Design
Frank Gehry, architect
Eisenhower Memorial
image from architects
Eisenhower Memorial

Embassy of The Czech Republic
Your Building Here
Czech Republic Embassy Washington DC
image from architect
Czech Republic Embassy

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group
National Museum of African American History and Culture
image courtesy Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group
National Museum of African American History and Culture : Designs

Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC
Polshek Partnership with Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Newseum Washington DC
picture : Eric Taylor © EricTaylorPhoto.com
Newseum Washington DC

Smithsonian Museum Redevelopment – Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Foster + Partners
Smithsonian Institute
photo : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Smithsonian Institute

Swiss Embassy, Washington DC
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Swiss Embassy Washington DC
photo © Andy Ryans from Steven Holl Architects
Washington DC building

United States Capitol, Capitol Hill
Architects: Thornton; Hallet; Latrobe; Bulfinch
United States Capitol
Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England
The Capitol Washington DC

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
photo © Maxwell MacKenzie
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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British Embassy

Edwin Lutyens

Corcoran Gallery & School of Art

Gehry Partners

German Embassy

Egon Eiermann

Holocaust Museum

Ralph Applebaum

House renovation, Eastern Market
David Jameson Architect Inc

Smithsonian Institution, Patent Office Building

Eric Owen Moss

United States Institute of Peace Headquarters

Moshe Safdie Architects

United States Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court
Model by Timothy Richards, Bath, England

US Institute of Peace, The Mall

Moshe Safdie

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Maya Lin

Arab Cultural Center Washington DC
Arab Cultural Center Washington DC
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Arab Cultural Center : Architecture Competition

Washington DC building – Swiss Embassy : RIBA International Award 2007

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