Bates Architects LLC is pleased to announce that both Ben Bates and Jennifer Litchfield have been added as partners in the firm and promoted to the title of Vice President, effective January, 1st 2020. Marty Bates will remain in same role as President.

01/16/2020 | [email protected] 

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The Protocols of Construction: The Written Contract

One local architect refers to the documents generated during every project as “the protocols of construction.” Adhering to and following those protocols minimize the risk of challenges on a project. Often, the protocols reduce disputes.

01/14/2020 | [email protected] 

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University of Maryland, Engineers Without Borders — Mission: Sierra Leone

On Sunday December 8th, a 12-student UMD team, led by Samantha Falco and student proctor Sung Ho, were trained at the AIAPV/PVAF LEAFHouse to build a hand washing station (for sanitation purposes), for inhabitants of Sierra Leone, Africa.

12/11/2019 | [email protected] 

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Give to the Foundation

The Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the AIA Potomac Valley chapter to promote architecture education and careers, and to share information with the public about the importance of design and sustainability in the built environment. The Foundation relies on public support of our mission and we appreciate your support in helping us do this work!

Your financial support will help us:

  • give scholarships to students pursuing architecture degrees in Maryland;
  • organize architecture career exploration events for students;
  • teach the public about sustainable design and sustainable living through student and public events at LEAFHouse; and
  • maintain, operate and conduct research on the unique energy systems of LEAFHouse in conjunction with University of Maryland faculty and staff and with partnering organizations.

All contributions are welcome, and you can support PVAF in the following ways:

  • Designate PVAF as your charity through AmazonSmile by clicking the logo below, and the Foundation will receive 0.5% of every purchase you make through AmazonSmile (when you log into

  • Make a secure one-time or recurring monthly donation by clicking the button below


  • Mail a check to Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation, LEAFHouse, 3907 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD 20740.

Thank you for supporting PVAF!