Arlington Announces 2019 DESIGNArlington Winners

Published on December 18, 2019

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The Arlington County Board honored 13 projects Tuesday with a 2019 DESIGNArlington award. The biennial program recognizes excellence in architectural and landscape design and public art, showcasing the best of Arlington.

"The DESIGNArlington awards encourage creative design in residential and commercial buildings and public art across the County," County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. "These awards recognize that buildings should do more than shelter us or provide us with a place to work or eat or do business—they should also delight and inspire us and enliven their surroundings. Congratulations to all the awardees for your contributions to Arlington's built environment."

Judges examined 30 entries. The winners include public art, new construction and renovations of private homes and commercial spaces. Images of the winning works can be found on the DESIGNArlington website.

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Awards of Excellence



  • Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Project

    • USACE Norfolk District, JACOBS, Ammann+Whitney, Sasaki, Beyer Blinder Belle, Rice Engineering, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Forrester Construction



  • Ballston Quarter

    • Brookfield Properties, QIC, Cooper Carry, CallisonRTKL, Clark Construction Group, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Landscape Architecture Bureau



  • The Heights Building

    • Arlington Public Schools, Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Gilbane Building Company



  • Manifold House, Clarendon Neighborhood

    • David Jameson Architect Inc, Oscar Maradiaga, Sagatov Design + Build



  • Rubio Residence, Donaldson Run Neighborhood

    • DW Ricks Architects, Ralph Carder Company




Merit Awards



  • Country Club Hills Residence

    • GreenSpur, Inc, Elizabeth Cross-Beard



  • Dominion Apartments

    • Snell Properties, Bonstra | Haresign Architects, HITT Contracting, Hickok Cole Lifestyle



  • Alice West Fleet Elementary School

    • Arlington Public Schools, VMDO Architects, Whiting-Turner, CMTA Engineers



  • Gravity and Grace

    • Cliff Garten Studio



  • Living Tudor Revival, Country Club Hills

    • David Lococo Architects, Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture, Clemens Builders, Ella Scott Design, Linton Engineering



  • 3200 Lee Highway

    • MTFA Architecture, Bush Construction, Linton Engineering, JB Wyble & Associates




Honorable Mention



  • Arlington Abstracted

    • Arlington Arts, Marc Pekala



  • Central Place

    • JBG Smith, Beyer Blinder Belle, Clark Construction Group




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Evaluation Process


A panel of jurors examined each project according to its own merits, in accordance with the County's design priorities, including visual composition and aesthetics, relationship to the context, contributions to a sense of place that defines Arlington, sustainable design and development, accessibility, historic preservation, high-quality craftmanship, and creative use of durable materials.

The four jurors were:

  • Adrienne McCray, RLA, ASLA — Principal, Lee and Associates

  • Leonardo Sarli, AIA — Architect, Laboratory for Architecture & Building

  • Rebeccah Ballo — Supervisor, Historic Preservation Office, Montgomery County Planning Department

  • Scott Matties, AIA — Executive Vice President & Studio Director, Wiencek + Associates


About DESIGNArlington


DESIGNArlington is a biennial awards program, launched in 2009, aimed at increasing public awareness of outstanding design. The program recognizes design work that enhances all aspects of the County's built environment, such as notable architecture, historic preservation, landscape and public art projects. Residents, property owners, developers and members of the design community submit nominations for new construction, renovations, additions or adaptive re-use projects. Eligible projects must have been completed within the last 10 years. 

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