Jury Chair Roy Decker and Awards Committee Chair Scott Knudson






Macris, Hendricks & Glascock, P.A. (MHG)

2020 Design Awards Winners Gallery


Jury Chair Roy Decker, FAIA, Principal, Duvall Decker Architects in Mississippi along with AIAPV Awards Committee Chair Scott Knudson, AIA, recognized 12 award-winning projects at this year's virtual 2020 AIAPV Design + Leadership Awards on Thursday, October 15. You can view an online gallery of all entries in the 2020 Design Awards competition and access the full recording of the virtual awards celebration on this web page. Congratulations to the 2020 award recipients! 

Click the image of each winning project below to see full project descriptions and photos.

gold AWARD
Recognizing “Best in Show” – Residential

AWARD  GOLD ─ Residential Architecture
PROJECT  House . Pool . Garden
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  Lila Fendrick Landscape Architects
CONTRACTOR  Zantzinger, Inc. / Richard Zantzinger
PHOTOGRAPHER  Anice Hoachlander/Hoachlander Davis; Julia Heine 

This urban house was designed by setbacks, as the long thin footprint occupies every legal inch of the site.

The pool parallels the house, which opens up almost entirely to this single side. Inside, pulling the second floor back from the garden facade allows full height window walls, while terraces and porches connect the house and garden along its entire length.

Neither the house nor the garden or pool would make sense without the others.  As plantings mature, the house will visually claim the entire site, making a virtue out of a zoning necessity. 

A very refined design. Both interior and exterior extremely well-conceived and executed. The design is layered from the street to the pool through the house. The colors are muted, natural light flows into the interior re-coloring the living spaces in what we imagine would be an enlivening home, changing in character with the time of day, weather and the season. The linear plan organization of the house creates a strong and well-connected series of interior spaces. The superb interior detailing and constant introduction of natural light separates this project from the others.

The house and garden are beautifully integrated. The richness of the building’s section is supported by the thoughtful, well-crafted detailing which is consistent throughout the interior.

The interior spaces really are exceptional. The understated material and color palette are a beautiful underscore to the integral character of the simple but impactful architectural moves.

Sensible site planning helped maximize the potential of a restrictive lot. The interiors play with volume and daylighting in a skillful way. It’s clear the architects and builders of this project maintained a dialogue which allowed a level of craft to be held through the construction process.

gold AWARD
Recognizing “Best in Show” – Non-Residential

AWARD  GOLD ─ Commercial Architecture
PROJECT  4747 Bethesda Avenue
LOCATION  Bethesda, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Shalom Baranes Associates
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT ARCHITECTURE TEAM: Design Architect: Shalom Baranes Associates (base building; rooftop and select amenity planning, spaces, and selections); Interior Design Consultant: ZGF Architects (ground level lobby; fitness center; elevators); Interior Design Consultant: Partners By Design (atrium); Architects of Record: MGMA
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Design Principal: Robert Sponseller, FAIA; Senior Designer: Laura Croce, LEED AP; Tim Daniel, AIA, LEED AP; David Kaplan, AIA; Tim Harkin, RA; Elppa Zhou
PHOTOGRAPHER  RON BLUNT Architectural Photography 

4747 Bethesda Avenue stimulates the public realm and creates an iconic image for JBG SMITH’s new national headquarters. Located along a zoning fault line in a district undergoing dramatic change, this project mediates the neighborhood’s scale and height transitions while demonstrating how design can establish a sense of place. The building design features three interlocking volumes of varying scales that address the transitional character of the neighborhood. The primary material is an anodized steel facade in a statuary bronze patina. Outdoor spaces for tenants take advantage of the stepped volumes. 

Modern architecture is sometimes conceived from a distance. Shape and organization and missing detail. When one approaches a modern building like this, the experience is sometimes thinned, the tell tail details are then too often caulk joints. Not so with 4747 Bethesda Avenue. This project is an essay on how to make a modern building that gets richer and richer as you get closer. The building is skillfully shaped and alive in its appeal to its neighbor buildings, the sun, clouds and sky. Conceiving of a shape and skin with detail that is alive and illusive ensures presence in our experience.

The sensitive nature of the placement of the new tower with respect to the existing structure is well done in both the exterior scale and interior spatial connections.

This was a wonderful project. The exquisite detailing of the façade adds depth and texture with a precision that’s not commonly seen on buildings of this scale. The skillful incorporation of the existing building was well crafted, consistent in language yet clearly distinguishable from the addition.

Clever and innovative manipulation of the half column transforming it through subtractive form and dynamic material finish to construct an active and engaging building element.

A simple detail helps create a surface articulation which modifies what could have been a typical glass office building, into a building that changes and tracks the different lighting conditions throughout the day. Simple massing helps scale the building to its context, while a maintaining a human scale at the street level. Overall, a well-done field building which contributes to the urban fabric.

HONOR award

AWARD  HONOR ─ Residential Architecture
PROJECT  A Virginia Farm House
LOCATION  Virginia
ARCHITECT  Muse Architects
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Stephen Muse, FAIA, Principal; Kuk-Ja Kim, AIA, LEED® AP, Senior Associate
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  Grounded, LLC / Anna Boeschenstein PLA, ASLA
CONTRACTOR  Ace Contracting, Inc. / Geoff Pitts
PHOTOGRAPHER  Erik Kvalsvik 

This project is a renovation of and addition to an existing farm house, and new Guest Cottage, Garage and Pool. The 40 acre farm belongs to a family who has visited the house on weekends and summers for many years. They desired a home that would provide space for all three generations to visit.

Programmatic requirements for the existing farm house included a new kitchen, mudroom, rear porch and master bedroom suite. The Guest Cottage was designed for accessibility, one story living, and privacy.

On this rural site, the structures were organized to create defined exterior spaces, as well as interior spaces. The new and renovated buildings were arranged to open themselves toward the surrounding mountains. 

A very thoughtful and skillfully designed project. The respect for the original farmhouse shows with a careful sympathetic addition, the guest house finds its own voice, yet stays in the family. The siting, in the open, finds an urban sensibility amongst the collection of figures that binds experience in a kind of ensemble.

Aside from the superb material and massing choices, the exterior interconnection of the new buildings to the existing creates spaces that are nearly urban in nature—spaces that we want to experience.

A wonderful addition and transformation project. The project is successful at multiple levels, beginning with the site planning. Each axis is well considered, the spaces between the buildings are as thoughtfully composed as the buildings themselves.

honor AWARD

AWARD  HONOR ─ Commercial Architecture
PROJECT  DC Water Headquarters
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT Associate Architects/Associate Structural Designers: Leuterio Thomas, LLC
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  SmithGroup - Architecture, Lighting Design, MEP & Fire Protection Engineering:  Sven Shockey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Design Principal; Dayton Schroeter, AIA, Project Designer; Don Posson, PE, LEED AP, CCP, CPD, GGP, NCEES, Engineering Principal; Tom Faucette, PE – Electrical, LEED AP, Electrical Engineering Principal; Jacob Pohlman, Electrical Engineer; David Varner, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal in Charge; Kevin Ricart, PE, Mechanical Engineer; David Fersh; Architectural Team; and Ishtiaq Chughtai, Plumbing Engineer
OWNER/CLIENT  DC Water and Sewer Authority
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  OEHME van Sweden | OvS / Lisa Delplace
CONTRACTOR  Skanska USA Building Inc. / Dale Kopnitsky
PHOTOGRAPHER  Alan Karchmer; Emily Hagopian 

The new LEED Platinum headquarters for DC Water, the sewer and water utility, demonstrates that modern civic architecture can be both beautiful and functional in its pursuit of sustainability. The project—on the Anacostia River in Southwest, Washington, D.C.—reimagines an entirely paved, urban location and an operational water and sewage treatment facility, while returning the landscape to a functioning ecosystem. The project features an innovative wastewater thermal recovery system, used here for the first time in a U.S. office building. The project is an educational showcase for the utility and illustrates its proactive approach in addressing its environmental footprint.

A very comprehensive and complex project that tries to do it all. Perhaps design excellence is not about appearance, taste style or metrics but maybe about a larger idea about comprehensive performance.

The jury appreciated the comprehensive sustainability and design presentation of this design. It’s clear that the design team was balancing all aspects of the project and program.

Design excellence, sustainable design, resiliency, and community impact were the metrics used to score projects during deliberations and this project achieved high marks in all three. We were particularly impressed that the design team was able to elevate a project typology that’s sometimes forgotten, a critical piece of infrastructure shrouded by a complex layering of office and communal spaces capped by a roof deck which acts as an extension of the waterfront below.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Residential Architecture
PROJECT  City-House Renovation
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECT  Donald Lococo Architects
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture

Historic District of Kalorama, a three-story brick city home is renovated and added to. A dark conservatory form is added continuously along the back of the house solving circulation issues and adding space for a breakfast room. The addition references conservatories designed during the time, the distinction between the original historic home and the new contrasting addition is clear. The upper landing of the main stairway was changed to winders. The benefit of which purchases enough rise to allow circulation below the winders allowing access and view to the back gardens. Informal kitchen, family and breakfast were opened up to address modern living, the parenthesis of the original rooms was left clearly defined. Brick walls are also added to the front act as a base on the front. 

This home renovation and addition is an excellent example of understanding the context of the host building and building upon it to create a project that is greater than the sum of the parts. The design draws on the center hall three-part plan organization to complete the addition of the breakfast dinning and formal dining areas. The exterior utilizes a dark classical language to delineate these rooms as pavilion forms and give the addition a unique expression, separate from the Georgian brick home.

There were a number of really thoughtful and elegant projects which transformed historic structures. The care and precision the architects used in crafting the plan elevated this project beyond the others. The result appears as if it’s always been there.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Woodlawn Museum at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
LOCATION  Sandy Spring, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Miche Booz Architect
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT Howard Revis Design Services / Tracy Revis, Elizabeth Eubank
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Miche Booz, AIA; Joe Harris; Catherine Stratton Treadway
OWNER/CLIENT  M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks
CONTRACTOR  Garcete Construction / Salvador Alvarado

This project rehabilitates a three-story stone bank barn from 1832, and an adjacent 1897 carriage house, as a museum and visitor center at the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.  A small breezeway addition to the carriage house provides accessible restrooms.

The design challenges were 1) to link these historic buildings in a natural and accessible manner on a challenging multi-use site, and 2) to stabilize the historic agricultural building and make it safe for visitors and the multi-media museum exhibits. The result is a project which fully utilizes the historic site and buildings and provides a unique educational resource. 

A lovingly thoughtful preservation and adaptive reuse of the original barn and carriage house. Historic preservation is important to our culture because it helps tell our story. The interventions for the modern functions and interpretive exhibits were equally respectful but maybe could have been slightly more clearly grounded in our time/technology and economy and offered a second note to the story.

We appreciated the care and sensitivity taken within the original barn building. The intervention felt at once modern and historically appropriate. The decision to locate some program into the adjacent carriage house was a smart move which allowed the barn to take top billing. Detailing and execution at the carriage house was less refined than the barn—the jury was eager to know more about how this component related to the overall development of the site.

The architect was really successful in maintaining the historic character of the main building while expressing the importance of the its history through careful and reserved interventions. The restoration and new integrated exhibits feel very seamless and reverent to the original building and its significance.

A very thoughtful preservation project which creates a proper setting for a history that needs to be remembered. The key to the success of this project was the thoughtful dispersion of the program between the Stone Barn and the Carriage House. The architect’s foresight of the implications of placing the appropriate program in the appropriate building allowed for a sensitive restoration project. I was most impressed by the restraint and simple interventions breathing life back into the original barn; allowing the inherent integrity of the original structure to show through.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Multi-Family Architecture
PROJECT  The George
LOCATION  Wheaton, Maryland
ARCHITECT  Bonstra | Haresign Architects
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  David Haresign, FAIA; Rob McClennan, AIA; John Edwards, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Brian Forehand, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; Victoria Kulbick, Assoc. AIA; Anne Kummer
OWNER/CLIENT  Lowe Enterprises
CONTRACTOR  Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
PHOTOGRAPHER  Anice Hoachlander 

An existing five-story, mid-1960’s office building, had reached the end of its useful life.  The building width, ideal for residential use, and located in a transit-rich district, made it a perfect candidate to adaptive residential use and a model TOD development.  The existing structure allowed a seven-floor addition. The LEED certified design incorporates 80% of the original brick façades, paired with a carefully selected palette of new materials, and knits old and new into an integrated composition.  A strong vertical tower at the northwest corner highlights the entry, with residential lobby and leasing office providing an active, lit, ’18-hour’ presence to the street. 

Reusing existing buildings is one of the most sustainable acts owners and architects can make to support a healthier environment. This project is an extreme example of reuse and transformation. The architects capitalized on all that was existing and transformed the site/building into a great place to live.

The jury noted the excellent organization of the exterior massing and articulation that gives this project a modern presence.

We loved how this project incorporated the original office building into the composition of the new building in such a thoughtful way. The owner and architect should be commended for working within the constraints of the existing structure. The language of the original building sets an agenda for new construction in a way that doesn’t imitate. The subtle layering of new elements references and reinterprets the original in a fresh and modern way.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Small Projects
PROJECT  Backyard Retreat
LOCATION  Washington, District of Columbia
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Matthew McDonald, AIA; Jennifer Verbeke, AIA
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  Ley LTD. / Simon Ley
PHOTOGRAPHER  Erik Kvalsvik 

Located in the Cleveland Park Historic District in Washington DC, this detached garage was an underutilized storage shed and eyesore.  This adaptive reuse created a much‐needed ancillary space for respite and mindfulness that is separate from the existing home. The new space became a serene retreat that serves as a home yoga studio, office and an area of rest. 

The new retreat space features reclaimed wood, skylights and a new folding glass doorway, which provides as seamless integration with the yard behind.

An oasis, hidden in plain sight, now serves the family in a way that the garage never did.

Sometimes it’s what we don’t do that’s important. This project stays close to its original make up, respects and even brings some detailing forward but also re-orients the garage into a new use for a new time. The closing of the front with expected doors, the new opening to the rear, re-orients its use and character with a straightforward ease. The compact detailing and exposure of the original structure shows a sensibility that has a fuller appreciation of time. The new storage/bed-loft seams simpler and louder in the space than I think it could have been. I was not sure if it was the species of wood or its shape/flush detailing, but it was not as strong as the fold down table which archived many things at once (multiple function, transforming of the space and revealing with surprise the full story of the projects story).

The jury loved this modest transformation of a historic but undersized garage. The challenging times we now face have given new importance to projects which bring new life to underutilized spaces like this. The careful negotiation of historic regulations is to be applauded; the new carriage house doors are more than just decorative. We loved how this historically appropriate feature cleverly hides a small storage space and effectively disguises the new functions accessed from the other side.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Writer's Center
LOCATION  Bethesda, Maryland
ARCHITECT  McInturff Architects
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Mark McInturff FAIA; Colleen Gove Healey AIA; Julia Heine; Jeffrey McInturff
OWNER/CLIENT  The Writer's Center
CONTRACTOR  Added Dimensions / Alan Kanner

This 1960s midcentury modern building, now the nonprofit Writer's Center, was originally the Bethesda Youth Center, designed by Keyes Lethbridge & Condon.

A two-phase renovation brings the building up to current standards for users, including full accessibility.

Phase One reorganized the lower level; largely uninhabitable spaces were recaptured, and offices, classrooms and restrooms were reconfigured, brightened, and rejuvenated.

Phase Two updated the front of both the house and the building.  A porch / ramp / stair assembly was layered onto the facade, playing off the original structure in a lighter vocabulary.

Within, a new lift and the redesign of entry, reception and offices completes the renewal. 

A beautiful transformation of an existing building into a modern civic place. The interiors are well thought out and crafted, reinforcing the transformation. The incorporation of daylighting through all of the interior maintains the late modern feel of the existing building.

Really nice upgrade to a beautiful mid-century structure. We appreciated the humble interior interventions, and the restraint the design team used in exterior alterations.


AWARD  MERIT ─ Residential Architecture
PROJECT  Rambler Redux
LOCATION  Chevy Chase, Maryland
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  John A McGraw, AIA, Principal; JM Humbert, AIA, Project Architect
OWNER/CLIENT  Confidential
CONTRACTOR  WWK Construction / Will Pinto

This re-conceived rambler for a family of 4, drawn to the neighborhood’s wooded lots has been reconfigured within its original footprint to meet contemporary living needs. A new second floor, covered and uncovered courts, and a lower terrace overcome the original layout’s small, dark spaces and the added wood clad and glass boxes bring natural light deep into the home. In order to take advantage of an existing but dank basement space and a narrow rear yard, a lower terrace was created to allow full utilization of the lower spaces. The new house remains within the previous footprint, completely transformed into an open, airy, and contemporary home. 

This project is an amazing redo of the typical suburban ranch house into a well thought out home. The transformation of the existing home that likely had no interior daylighting or presence is now complete. The dining room light monitor is a simple yet effective form to allow natural light in and provide views to the exterior. The refinement of exterior massing, detailing and material coding, while simple are an example for architectural restraint.

We love a good before and after. This was a big change to a project type we’re all familiar with. There were areas of high detail, where windows meet the sky in ways which bring crispness and depth to the façade. Other areas highlight the tradeoffs made to achieve this type of detailing, pragmatic additions like gutters and conductor boxes detract from the simplicity of the composition. Overall, a very nice project.

Really amazing transformation. Some of this project’s best moments are when it engages the exterior natural environment as a participant to interior space. With two moves—the interior inset to capture an outdoor court and the addition of the light monitor to transmit a volume of sky—daylight and nature animate the modest interior and grant the home exceptional character.

merit AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  New Carrollton Branch Library
LOCATION  New Carrollton, Maryland
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Mark Lapointe, AIA; Alan Reed, FAIA, LEED AP; Andrew Towne, AIA; Mandy Palasik, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Katie Werner Grajewski, AIA
OWNER/CLIENT  Prince George's County Memorial Library System
CONTRACTOR  Tuckman-Barbee Construction Co., Inc.

For over 40 years, the New Carrollton Library has been regarded by patrons as a prominent center for learning and community collaboration. This full interior renovation and addition breathes new life into the two-story Brutalist-style structure creating a welcoming, technology-rich facility that reasserts its place as a community anchor and meets the needs of today’s library patrons. 

A full and impressive transformation. The exterior has become an inviting beacon for this community library. The original plan is a tough one to inhabit, but the architects skillfully remade the structure into a modern library. The family of design decisions complement each other and the original building. The realization of the interiors; furniture and colors seemed, in some cases, not as clearly connected to the character framed by the architecture. Overall, this is a really fine project.

A drastic transformation of a relatively nondescript building. The exterior transformation was the most successful part, the overall presence and impact to the public realm was impressive. The design team overcame the difficult geometry of the original to create a cohesive series of interior spaces. Interior finishes and furnishings in some spaces were a bit distracting, the most successful interior spaces were more reductive in nature.

A dramatic transformation of a tired building. The new entry acts as a welcoming presence for the community while also helping to clarify space for its users; ultimately making the library more accessible. As architects try to help contribute to the climate crisis conversation, we must become advocates for the thoughtful reuse of existing buildings. The alterations made in this project will ensure that this building is an important center for its community into the future.

merit AWARD

AWARD  MERIT ─ Institutional Architecture
PROJECT  Stony Brook Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building + New Bed Tower
LOCATION  Stony Brook, New York
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM  Steve Bower, AIA; Scott Nunemaker, AIA; Tim Meehan; Jeannie Gasper, AIA; Brian Bowser, AIA; Kyra Tallon, AIA
OWNER/CLIENT  Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medicine, State University Construction Fund
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT  Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
CONTRACTOR  E.W. Howell Construction Group; The LiRo Group
PHOTOGRAPHER  Jeff Goldberg 

The Stony Brook Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building and New Bed Tower brings together new and existing facilities. The main façade of the MART is a striking glass curtain wall with a vertical stripe pattern. The new bed tower has a minimalist curtain wall featuring a strong horizontal metal reveal at each level providing contrast to the MART façade. To give the adjoining auditorium a strong identity, its front façade features the Stony Brook logo in a red ceramic frit pattern printed onto the glass surface. The façade serves as signage for the buildings and marks the public entrance. 

The jury was quick to understand that this project, while very complex in nature has an elegant and simple plan organization that reinforces the visitor’s experience. The exterior massing was clear, and the exterior skin is well crafted and detailed.

We especially appreciated the clarity in plan. So often additions to existing health care facilities result in a chaotic sequence of spaces as you navigate between an existing building and later additions. This project has the opposite effect—the new circulation pattern establishes an order that was previously missing.



Roy Decker, FAIA [Jury Chair] – Duvall Decker Architects
Matthew Cadle, AIA – Duvall Decker Architects
Shannon Gathings, Assoc, AIA – Duvall Decker Architects
Michael LeBoeuf, FAIA – Little
Brandon Pace, FAIA – Sanders Pace Architecture LLC

The AIA Potomac Valley Excellence in Design Awards Competition is designed to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement; to honor the architectural team, their clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment; to demonstrate the breadth of services architects provide; and to raise public consciousness of the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence. The awards program recognizes excellence in design and planning. Consequently, the awards program honors the full range of quality work completed or designed by eligible members of the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter.