18 YEARS / by istudio


We celebrated our birthday in September - 18 years of civic, cultural, and community-based work! We began with a dedication to the design of artful, sustainable communities and we’re amazed at the people and projects that have crossed our path. Thinking back, our first project was community process and planning for the Girard Street Playground in 2000. Three years later we designed light-filled offices for community developer Jair Lynch and won awards for our Smart Wall. 2005 found us developing an art-based public school for Washington Very Special Arts. We developed a Vision Plan for the National Mall and presented it to Congressional Representatives in 2008. That same year we designed a solar-powered City Council chamber for the City of Takoma Park. We travelled overseas quite a bit with the US Forest Service from 2010 to 2012 designing sustainable tourism centers in Africa. Since then we’ve watched civic projects come to life and grow into award-winning green schools, recreation centers, municipal offices, and civic infrastructure. We just completed Washington DC’s first Infrastructure Academy. Here’s to another 18.