Arlington Announces 2021 DESIGNArlington Winners

Published on January 25, 2022


The Arlington County Board honored 13 projects Tuesday with 2021 DESIGNArlington awards. The biennial program recognizes excellence in architectural and landscape design and public art, showcasing the best of Arlington.

“The DESIGNArlington awards program was created to encourage and acknowledge great architecture in both public and private projects,” Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol said. “By honoring creative, functional design that respects neighborhood character, we send a clear message about what our community values in its built environment.”

Judges examined 24 entries. The winners include community facilities, private homes, and affordable housing communities. Images of the winning works can be found on the DESIGNArlington webpage.

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Excellence Awards give the highest recognition for projects that represent a comprehensive approach to high-quality design and execution. Merit Awards recognize outstanding projects that successfully integrate site context and design. Honorable Mentions honor projects that promote the expansion of Arlington County's goals in affordable housing, biophilic design, public art, historic preservation or education.

Excellence Awards

  • Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center

    Page Southerland Page, Inc, Rhodeside & Harwell

  • Ballston Pedestrian Bridge

    StudioTECHNE Architects, Pellar & Associates

Merit Awards

  • The Aubrey

    STUDIOS Architecture, Lee & Associates

  • Dorothy Hamm Middle School

    Quinn Evans, Main Street Design

  • Yo-Yo House

    Sagatov Design + Build

  • Black & White House with a Touch of Pink


  • North Adams House

    Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

Honorable Mention Awards

  • Queens Court

    KGD Architecture, LSG Landscape Architecture

  • Apex Apartments

    MTFA Architecture, Walter L. Phillips, Inc.

  • Accessory Dwelling

    Measure Architects, Backyard Homes Building Co

  • Watermarks

    Julie Bargmann, D.I.R.T. Studio

  • Terraces at Ballston Quarter

    Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB), CallisonRTKL

  • Stephanson Residence

    DW Ricks Architects + Associates

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 five jurors were:

  • Coulter Toatlev IV, Architect – Dewberry
  • John Savo, Architect – NBBJ
  • Lesley Conroy, Principal – Conroy Landscape Architecture
  • Meghan Spigle Dowker, Urban Planner – National Capitol Planning Commission
  • Deirdre Darden, Local Curator – 11th Street Bridge Park

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 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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