Cole Prévost, Northwest DC; 202-234-1090; coleprevost.com. Architects Robert Cole and Sophie Prévost, who also has a degree in interior design, see both disciplines as one entity. Their five-person firm produces mostly colorful, modern results.
Division1 Architects, Northwest DC; 202-333-4604; division1architects.com. Partners Ali Honarkar and Mustafa Nouri, who work with two other architects, are “pure modernists,” says Honarkar. They recently completed a two-level unit in DC’s Dupont Circle that included a bathroom suspended from the ceiling and featured materials they often use—concrete, steel, and glass.
Donald Lococo Architects, Northwest DC; 202-337-4422; donaldlococoarchitects.com. Donald Lococo’s firm just finished renovating Bill and Hillary Clinton’s DC home and is in talks to work on their house in Chappaqua, New York. A former apprentice of David Jones, Lococo is best known for his traditional work but is also comfortable with modern styles.
Dynerman Architects, Northwest DC; 202-337-1290; dwarchitects.com. When designing a renovation, Alan Dynerman says, “we try to respect the original house.” His three-architect firm has done projects in a variety of styles from ultramodern to classically traditional.
Franck & Lohsen Architects, Northwest DC; 202-223-9449; francklohsen.com. Michael Franck and Arthur Lohsen, who is LEED-accredited, head a small firm that specializes in classic, traditional architecture. They’ve worked on a wide variety of projects including the renovation of an 18th-century house and the redesign of an English-manor-style home.
Hamilton Snowber Architects, Northwest DC; 202-332-5416; hamiltonsnowber.com. Cynthia Hamilton and Chris Snowber, who used to work for David Jones, renovate lots of historic houses in upper Northwest DC. Their seven-architect firm designs clean spaces that feel inviting, with touches such as crown molding and wainscoting.
Kube Architecture, Northwest DC; 202-986-0573; kube-arch.com. Just four years old, this small firm stays on the cutting edge of modern design by experimenting with green materials such as Viroc, a Portuguese concrete-like board. The firm’s 2008 design of Tangysweet, a frozen-yogurt shop in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter, has received international recognition.
Lawlor Architects, Capitol Hill; 202-543-4446; lawlorarchitects.com. Steve Lawlor calls his six-year-old firm’s work transitional: “It’s not hard-edge modern or slavish historic.” The three-architect team works in many of Washington’s historic neighborhoods and often uses brick, stone, glass, and bamboo.
McCartney Architects, Northwest DC; 202-328-0200. Jack McCartney has been renovating historic homes for more than 30 years. His three-member firm is currently restoring a Charles Goodman–designed house from the 1950s.
Meditch Murphey, Bethesda; 301-657-9400; meditchmurphey.com. Marcie Meditch and her husband, John Dennis Murphey, use lots of natural wood and stone to create striking, modern designs. With two LEED-accredited architects, the firm is currently working on a net-zero-energy home in Bethesda and does only environmentally friendly projects. Their sole requirement for taking on a project? “That it’s unique and interesting,” says Meditch.
Moore Architects, Alexandria; 703-837-0080; moorearch.com. Well known for historic preservation, Charles Moore’s 18-year-old, eight-person firm often works on houses that are more than 100 years old. Projects are usually defined by simple lines and an early-1900s, Arts and Crafts style.
MW Architecture, Northwest DC; 202-667-3012; mw-architecture.com. Meghan Walsh, who has a fine-arts background, often uses salvaged materials including discarded countertops, stained-glass windows, and marble. Her modern designs include bursts of color.
Outerbridge Horsey Associates, Northwest DC; 202-337-7334; outerbridgehorsey.com. Although this five-person firm focuses on high-end, traditional work, it also takes on modern projects. Principal Outerbridge Horsey’s designs range from simple to ornate.
Randall Mars Architects, McLean; 703-749-0431; randallmarsarchitects.com. For 20 years, Randall Mars has been blending traditional with contemporary. More recently, he’s been experimenting with innovative materials such as vertical mahogany siding and prairie stone.
Reader & Swartz Architects, Winchester; 540-665-0212; readerswartz.com. Husband-and-wife architects Chuck Swartz and Beth Reader do new houses and renovations mostly in rural Virginia and West Virginia. Their seven-person firm includes three LEED-accredited architects.
Reena Racki Associates, Northwest DC; 202-363-4739; reenaracki.com. Trained in South Africa, Racki does modern design with an international tilt. She orients houses to maximize natural light and cross-ventilation and uses trellises and pergolas for a natural feel.
Rill & Decker Architects, Bethesda; 301-652-2484; rilldecker.com. Jim Rill and Anne Decker, who have worked together since 1995, design projects that are largely traditional with hints of modernism. They won an award for their work on Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Farm.
Rixey-Rixey Architects, Georgetown; 202-333-2626; rixeyrixeyarchitects.com. Husband-and-wife architects Douglas and Victoria Rixey specialize in renovations and additions and can work in a wide range of styles. They recently combined two rowhouses in Georgetown into one large home.
Russell Versaci Architecture, Middleburg; 540-687-8777; russellversaci.com. Russell Versaci is a leader in the “new old house” design movement, which uses classic, traditional styles in high-end new homes. He tailors his designs to the region’s architecture; in Washington, that translates to Chesapeake Tidewater and Southern Piedmont.
Studio27 Architecture, Northwest DC; 202-939-0027; studio27arch.com. At this ten-year-old firm, Todd Ray and John Burke head a team of 14 architects who design very modern projects. Their residential work includes lots of innovative green materials.