We are passionate about forming
thoughtful, delightful, and sustainable communities through
architecture, design, and planning.

Design shapes our cities and towns physically, culturally, and emotionally. For nearly 20 years, we at ISTUDIO have dedicated ourselves to the issues of design, architecture, and urbanism. We have collaborated with clients and communities around the globe to increase access to beautiful places and spaces — where we live, work, learn, play, and dream.

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Whether a city, campus, or single building, no detail is too small and no master plan is too grand. Ideas are our currency. We designed the first solar chimney for a public school in the history of our nation’s capitol. We transformed an “unusable hillside” at a neighborhood park into a thriving community garden. We developed a salt storage facility into an award-winning design solution. We sat down to drink with elders in remote villages to lay out eco-tourism sites in West Africa. We have stories…

We are architects, planners, designers… artists, writers, musicians… cooks, gardeners, and dancers. Taking great pride in our cast of characters, we value every contribution and passion in the work we share. A stop by our studio could result in a spontaneous full band jam session, a Pecha Kucha on biophilic design, a furniture making exercise, or pushing a Christmas tree out through a second story window. We are fueled by coffee, beer, gelato… bourbon, BBQ, and souvlaki… thoughts, ideas, and inspirations. We are numbers and colors, rigor and rest, professional and relational.

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We are grateful for the partnerships we have formed and honored by the recognition we have received along the way. For more of our story including the publications, presentations, acknowledgement + accolades…

 
 
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HONORS / AWARDS

Special Mention, Concepts-Plus-Architecture + Climate Change, Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, Architizer A+ Awards, 2019
Design Excellence Award, Powell Elementary School, AIA|DC, 2019
Sustainable Design Award, Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, AIA|DC, 2019
Sustainable Design Award, Powell Elementary School, AIA|DC, 2019
Universal Design Award, Twin Oaks Community Garden, AIA|DC, 2019
Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design, Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, AIA|DC, 2018
Energy Savings Leader (2016)
DC DMPED St Elizabeths Competition (2013)
AIA Show You’re Green Meridian View (2009/10)
AIA/DC Presidential Citation/Sustainable Design Meridian View (2009)
City of the Future, Discovery Channel Invitational (2008)
Washingtonian Magazine “40 under 40” People to Watch (2007)
Vision Award, Committee of 100 3rd Century Mall (2006)
American Institute of Architects “Young Architect of the Year” (2005)
AIA/DC Merit Award in Architecture Butterfly Pavilion (2005)
4 Walls Exhibit Invited Exhibition (2004)
AIA/DC Merit Award in Architecture U Street Studio Offices (2004)
NYC Design Competition Regenerative Rowhouse (2004)
Virginia Society AIA Regenerative Rowhouse (2004)
21:4:21 Exhibit Invited Exhibition (2003)
National Building Museum /Top 10 Green Exhibition, Sustainable Design (2003)
AIA/DC Pres Citation/Sustainable Design Blue-Green House (2003)
NAHB Design Award Blue-Green House (2003)
DC Council of Engr. and Arch. Societies “Young Architect of the Year” (2002)
AIA/DC Pres Citation/Sustainable Design Beecher House (2002)
MLK Jr. Memorial Competition Entrant/exhibition, Team member (1999)

 
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PRESENTATIONS

Va Tech College of Architecture, WAAC: “Marvin Gaye Rec + Architecture of Resilience”, 2019
Va Tech College of Architecture, WAAC: “Tubman Elementary School + Equitable Design”, 2019
Virginia Society AIA: “On the Boards – Powell Elementary School” 2019
American Society of Landscape Architects, Annual Conference: “Innovative Practice in the Public Sector”, 2019
Greater Greener, City Parks Alliance Conference, “Greening the Schoolyard”, 2019
DesignDC: Charged Up, “This Building Breathes – Tales of a Resilient City”, 2019
Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, “Public Work + Community Engagement”, 2018
DesignDC: Constructing an Equitable Future, “Outdoor Education + Garden Classrooms” 2018
American Institute of Graphic Arts: DC Design Week, “Design + Graphics”, 2018
Cities Alive: “Green Infrastructure - Designing the Future of Resilience”, 2018
Gehl Institute: Public X Design, “From Inclusion to Equity”, 2018
AIA|DC: “Resilient Design”, 2018
AIAdc: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center (2018)
AIAdc: Tubman Elementary School (2018)
National Children + Youth Garden Symposium (2018)
AIA National Conference: “21st Century Schools: Net Zero + Beyond” (2017)
AIA DesignDC: “Marvin Gaye Recreation Center: Case study in Resilient Design” (2017)
USGBC Green Schools Conference: “21st Century Schools – Bringing it Home” (2016)
AIA DesignDC: “Powell Elementary School: Case Study in 21st Century Green Schools” (2016)
National Building Museum, Interschool Student Design Competition (2015)
Live It Learn It: “Green Schools – Powell Elementary School” (2015)
AIAdc: “High Performance Buildings – Aggressively Passive” (2015)
AIAdc: “AIA 2030 – Passive Design” (2012)
Katzen Center for Art: Green Charter School Design (2009)
AIA Committee on the Environment/COTEdc: Research in Practice, Pushing the Envelope (2008)
US Dept of Agriculture – Whitten Building: Sustainable Building Charette (2007)
AIA National Conference: “Form Ecology and Place” (2007)
USGBC : Emerging Green Builders: Sustainable dev in Greenbelt MD (2007)
AIA “Show Your Green”: Affordable green housing (2007)
The Catholic University of America: Intro to Sustainable Design (2007)
American Institute of Architects: Sustainable Design (2006)
Washington DC Office of Planning: Intro to Sustainable Design (2006)
Washington DC City Council: Advocacy for the Green Building Ordinance, Keynote (2006)
AIA Conference: Housing – Nuts + Bolts of Green Design (2006)
AIAS “Chair Affair”: Student design competition (2006)
AIA “Show Your Green”: Affordable green housing (2006)
AIA COTE “Top Ten Green”: Green design competition (2006)
American Institute of Architects: Sustainable Design (2005)
Washington Alexandria Arch. Consortium: Architects and their Practices (2005)
Residential Architect – Reinvention: Greening the American Home(2005)
Solar Decathlon, Washington DC: AIA design awards (2005)
GreenHOME and local developers: Intro to Sustainable Housing Design (2005)
AIA Conference: Young Architects (2005)
AIA “Show Your Green”: Affordable green housing (2005)
American Institute of Architects: Sustainable Design (2004)
The Solar Decathlon, Washington, DC: Sustainable Design (2004)
Kresge Foundation / NFF: Green Design and Funding (2004)
Sustainable Building Industries Council: Cents and Sensibility (2004)
Arlingtonians for Cleaner Environment: Residential Green Design (2004)
Urban Land Institute: Building Green (2004)
National Park Service Lecture: Sustainable Design Fair (2002)
National Endowment for the Arts grant Community Charettes: Girard St. Playground (2000 – 01)
The Catholic University of America Roundtable Discussion: WWII Memorial (2000)
Glover Park Citizens Association Lecture: Residential Green Design (1999)

 
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PUBLICATIONS / MEDIA

ArchitectureDC: Powell Elementary School, Fall 2019
ArchitectureDC: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, Fall 2019
ArchitectureDC: Twin Oaks Community Garden, Fall 2019
ArchitectureDC: Powell Elementary School, Summer 2019
ArchitectureDC: Twin Oaks Community Garden, Summer 2019
Home + Design: Powell Elementary School, March/April 2019
ArchitectureDC: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, Winter 2018
ABC 7 News – WJLA: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center (2018)
WTOP: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center (2018)
ArchitectureDC: Tubman Elementary School (Spring 2018)
DCW 50 Television: DC Infrastructure Academy (2018)
DC Department of General Service: DC Infrastructure Academy (2018)
School Planning + Management: “Passive Design Approach to the Learning Environment” (2016)
FloorNature, Architecture + Surfaces: “Butterfly Pavilion: A Space for Leisure Time” (2012)
Schiffer Publishing Meridian View: Butterfly (Fall 2011)
DC Modern: DC green architect (Mar 2010)
AIA/DC News: Meridian View (Feb 2010)
Urban Turf: Meridian View (Jan 2010)
ArchitectureDC: Meridian View (Winter 2009)
Eco-home: Meridian View (Nov 2008)
Residential Architect: Design details (Oct 2008)
Natural Home Magazine: Blue-Green House (May/June 2008)
Washington Post: City of the Future (Jan 2008)
Home and Garden TV: Butterfly Pavilion (2008)
Micro, Laurence King Publishing: Butterfly Pavilion (2007)
Residential Architect Rick on modern design (Nov 2007)
Chesapeake Home: Butterfly Pavilion (Aug 2007)
Washingtonian Magazine “40 under 40” People to Watch (May 2007)
Washingtonian Magazine Green Residential (May 2007)
Ultimate Backyards, Gibbs Smith Butterfly Pavilion + Blue-Green House (2006)
Natural Remodeling, Lark Books Butterfly Pavilion + Blue-Green House (2006)
The Barefoot Home, Taunton Press Butterfly Pavilion (2006)
New York Times Butterfly Pavilion (Sep 2006)
Architectural Record Archrecord2 (2005)
Forbes magazine online: “Tastemakers” top 10 architects (2005)
Washington Post: Third Century Mall (2005)
Washington Spaces magazine: Butterfly Pavilion (2005)
Dwell magazine: Clean Water Cottage (2005)
ArchitectureDC: Butterfly Pavilion (2005)
Custom Home magazine: Butterfly Pavilion (2005)
Residential Architect: Clean Water Cottage (2005)
Natural Home + Garden magazine: Butterfly Pavilion (2005)
HouseTransformed Taunton Press: Beecher House (2005)
National Public Radio: Kojo Nnamdi Show Roundtable on Sustainable Design (2004)
ArchitectureDC: Blue-Green House (2004)
Natural Home magazine: Rick on Green Design (2004)
ArchitectureDC: Gore Condo (2004)
ArchitectureDC: U Street Studios (2004)
MidAtlantic Construction: Rick on Green Design (2004)
Remodeling: Blue-Green (2004)
AIA/DC Newsletter: U Street Studios (2004)
Residential Architect Inscape Studio (2003)
AIA/DC Newsletter: Blue-Green House (Nov 2003)
Natural Home magazine: Beecher House (2003)
ArchitectureDC: Beecher House (2003)
AIA/DC Newsletter: Blue Sky House (2003)
Washington Post Health section: Beecher House (2003)
Washingtonian magazine: Inscape Studio, “Up and coming firm” (2003)
AIA/DC Newsletter: Beecher House (2002)
Metropolis magazine online: Beecher House (2002)
AIArchitect / Best Practices: Girard Street Playground (2002)
Northwest Current: Beecher House (2002)
Architecture Week: Rick on Green Design (2001)
National Public Radio: Diane Rehm Show Roundtable on Green Architects (2001)
Scholarly Communications Project Vibrant City – Open building at Virginia Square (1998)