DESIGNArlington Award Winners

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Excellence Awards

Lubber Run Community Center Center


Architect/Designer: VMDO Architects, Bowman, Springpoint, CMTA, Oculus

Photographer: Tom Holdsworth, Alan Karchmer, Arlington County

The all-new Lubber Run Community Center blurs the distinction between indoors and outdoors. With architecture rooted in its sense of place, this net-zero energy building features recreation areas, covered gathering spaces, connections to nature trails, and open space. 

1770 Crystal Drive 


Architect/Designer: Gensler

Photographer: Sam Kittner

This 1970s-era, concrete building transformed into an engaging, vibrant National Landing anchor – including floor-to-ceiling glass, a new curtain wall system, and metal grid expression. 

Clarendon West


Architect/Designer: WDG, Parker Rodriguez Landscape Architects

Photographer: Helen Kozak, Max Zhang

The Clarendon West redevelopment balances community contextualism with sophisticated contemporary architecture. Three residential buildings introduce new life into the neighborhood and transition between the Wilson Boulevard commercial district to Lyon Village’s single-family homes. 

Merit Awards

Pierce Condominiums


Architect/Designer: Hickok Cole

Photographer: VSI Aerial | Geoffrey Green, Ron Blunt

Part of the Western Rosslyn Area Plan, this residential tower’s glass and stone exterior showcases a bright and airy structure dubbed the Lantern, with contrasting dark brick. For a building of this size, the project showcases superb proportion and scale. 

Cardinal Elementary School


Architect/Designer: VMDO Architects, Bowman, CMTA, Silman, Waterstreet Studio

Photographer: Lincoln Barbour

Cardinal Elementary School sets new standards in sustainability, energy performance, and learning environments for Arlington Public Schools. The design optimizes use of the existing building while seamlessly combining new construction to achieve a dynamic educational facility. 

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial Comfort Station


Architect/Designer: Page, Rhodeside Harwell

Photographer: Judy Davis

This new facility for visitors to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial intentionally occupies a small piece of the landscape – maintaining direct views as well as providing a comfortable and respectful experience. 



Architect/Designer: KGD Architecture, Oculus

Photographer: Kevin Mielec Photography, Duane Lempke, Dan Cunningham

Developed using the Columbia Pike Form Based Code, this luxury apartment building includes ground-floor retail, below-grade parking, and is designed around a public plaza with native plantings – enhancing the area for the entire neighborhood. 

Fire Lines


Architect/Designer: David and Eli Hess, Penzance, Hickok Cole 

Photographer: Lloyd Wolf

A façade enhancement for Fire Station 10 in Rosslyn, this stainless steel and bronze sculpture represents a powerful spray of water and improves the pedestrian experience without impeding the functionality of the station. 

Water Park


Architect/Designer: MGMA, Elkus Manfredi, Hoerr Schaudt, Bowman

Photographer: Sam Kittner

A Crystal City public space renovation that’s already proven to be popular – this project activates the streetscape and public space with vibrant retail kiosks, restaurants, and other site improvements. 

Honorable Mentions

Education Center (Washington-Liberty High School)


Architect/Designer: Studio Twenty-Seven Architecture

Photographer: Anice Hoachlander

This comprehensive renovation, preservation, and adaptive reuse of an existing municipal building into a state-of-the-art annex expands Washington-Liberty High School’s capacity and features classrooms, collaboration spaces, science labs, and office space. 

Ruthie's All Day


Architect/Designer: Bonstra | Haresign

Photographer: Anise Hoachlander

Originally a candy factory and shop, this single-story brick building on a prominent corner was carefully preserved and renovated into a restaurant – maintaining the form and aesthetic of the original design while contributing to a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

Jennie Dean Park


Architect/Designer: LSG Landscape Architecture, IMEG Corp.

Photographer: Iris22 Productions LLC

This redeveloped and expanded 12-acre park within a vibrant neighborhood bordering Four Mile Run, this project celebrates the area’s industrial, cultural, and recreational heritage, while providing safe and comfortable access to relaxation and nature. 

National Landing Parklet


Architect/Designer: ZGF Architects, Chapel Valley Landscape

Photographer: Michael Zhao

Part of a pilot program for parklets in National Landing, this streetside space’s modular design approach can be mixed-and-matched to suit a specific location’s needs and requirements.  

North Larrimore Street and 9th Street North


Architect/Designer: Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) – Arlington Neighborhoods Program and Department of Environmental Services (DES) – Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management

Photographer: Arlington County Staff

This resident-initiated intersection revamp features stormwater infrastructure and contemporary streetscape design, including a rain garden for capturing runoff before it enters the storm drain system and Four Mile Run. 

Past Winners

DESIGNArlington 2021 Award Winners

2021 Excellence Awards

Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center

County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project 

Architect/Designer: Page Southerland Page, Inc.; Rhodeside & Harwell

Photographer: Albert Vecerka

Arlington’s first free-standing aquatics center is an environmentally-sound redevelopment that nestles into the landscape and responds to the variable topography of the site, also featuring public gathering areas, casual use space, rain gardens, public art and an extensive application of bird friendly glass in this migratory setting. 

Ballston Pedestrian Bridge


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project 

Architect/Designer: StudioTECHNE Architects; Pellar & Associates

Photography: Christian Phillips Photography

The bridge blends function and artistic expression, with interlocking geometric forms linking pedestrians to Ballston Quarter, Ballston Exchange, Metro, and the surrounding Ballston neighborhood.


2023 Merit Awards

The Aubrey


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: STUDIOS Architecture; Lee & Associates

Developer: Penzance

Photography: Alan Karchmer

This 23-story, LEED Silver residential building features a sculptural design inspired by its unique siting within Rosslyn, with a material palette that eludes a clean, modern expression of white, greys, and black tones that complements the neighboring high school campus and public park. 

Dorothy Hamm Middle School


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Quinn Evans, Main Street Design

Photography: Joseph Romeo

One of the first public schools in Virginia to fully desegregate after Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, this ambitious expansion and renovation project modernized the building and includes numerous exhibits, artwork, and interpretive elements that focus on the school’s important history in the civil rights era.

Yo-Yo House


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Sagatov Design + Build

Photography: Yuri Sagatov

This soft-modern home in the Lyon Park neighborhood is rooted in mid-century prairie style and anchored by a striking wood-clad stair tower that balances a carefully proportioned front elevation. The careful use of native plants reflects opportunities for biophilic design in our neighborhoods.

Black & White House with a Touch of Pink


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Paola Lugli, PLDESIGNSTUDIO

Photography: Paola Lugli

This remodeled Lyon Village home opened up the floor plan by installing larger windows and a skylight, which allows light to flow from east to west through the rooms. 

North Adams House


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

Photography: Anice Hoachlander

A new home in the Lyon Village neighborhood that utilizes varying architectural styles, providing open, light-filled spaces that interact with the surrounding garden. 


2023 Honorable Mention Awards

Queens Court


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: KGD Architecture; LSG Landscape Architecture

Photography: John Cole Photography

This new affordable housing building and public park fits within the surrounding context and captures the transition in scale from the residential neighborhoods in the west to the business district in the east. 

Apex Apartments 


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: MTFA Architecture; Walter L. Phillips, Inc. 

Photography: Jeffrey Sauers – CPI Productions

This new affordable housing community features 256 units, access to the Four Mile Run trail, stormwater management, energy-efficient appliances, and a green roof. 

Accessory Dwelling


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Measure Architects; Backyard Homes Building Co

Photography: Urban Capitol Photography

One of the first accessory dwelling units built under the County’s zoning amendment encouraging housing alternatives, this newly constructed accessory dwelling unit in the Douglas Park neighborhood was designed as a modern farmhouse, compatible with the primary home’s design and its surroundings. 



County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Julie Bargmann, D.I.R.T. Studio

Photography: Yassine El Mansouri

In combination with interpretive signage and an overlook, This design enhancement along the Four Mile Run draws attention to numerous stormwater outfalls underneath the trail, contributing to the stream flow, and highlighting the need for environmental stewardship and awareness.

Terraces at Ballston Quarter


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB); CallisonRTKL

Photography: Prakash Patel

This series of public and semi-public spaces includes an active retail streetscape, a paved retail mews, a large amenity terrace, and a rooftop terrace with a pool, dog run, and an area for informal activities.

Stephanson Residence


County Staff and Designers Discuss the Project

Architect/Designer: DW Ricks Architects + Associates

Photography: David W. Ricks

This recently-completed, whole-house remodel and addition is a fusion of both modern and vernacular residential design, referred to commonly as Gabled Modern.

DESIGNArlington 2019 Award Winners

DESIGNArlington 2019 award recipients were recognized for projects including public art, private home renovations, new construction, open space, sustainable design and historic preservation.

Our panel of distinguished judges for the 2019 program:

  • 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

For more information, contact Brett Wallace 703-228-3525.

Awards of Excellence

Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Project 


Institutional/Civic: The first expansion of the cemetery in over 40 years developed 27 acres on the property’s north side. The design accommodates an additional 56,000 interments through a combination of in-ground casket burials, cremation burials, and cremation interments in multiple courtyards across the site.

Owner: U.S. Department of the Army

Design and Construction Manager: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District

Architect: JACOBS

Cemetery Planning and Design: JACOBS

Additional Design: JACOBS, Ammann & Whitney, Sasaki, Beyer Blinder Belle, WSP, Rice Engineering, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Contractor: Forrester Construction

Photography: Mark Schneider, JACOBS

Ballston Quarter – 4238 Wilson Blvd. 


Renovation, Residential/Commercial, Open Space: Ballston Quarter’s new open-air, two-level “street” is anchored by existing retail and a new 23-story, mixed-use tower. The mall’s reconfiguration creates a shopping loop along Wilson Boulevard and through the newly converted “street.” The tenant mix was also updated, including a new food destination at the basement level.

Owner: Brookfield Properties, QIC

Architect: CallisonRTKL

Contractor: Clark Construction Group

Additional Design: Cooper Carry, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Landscape Architecture Bureau

Photography: David Madison Photography

The Heights Building – 1601 Wilson Blvd. 


New Construction: The Heights Building combines two separate programs into a 5-story urban school, including outdoor classrooms, flexible classrooms, advanced technology and other amenities. Its vertical design creatively responds to site constraints and meets the main goals of providing a central space that connects the building levels with access to outdoor space at all levels.

Owner: Arlington Public Schools

Architect: Leo A Daly

Contractor: Gilbane Building Company

Additional Design: Bjarke Ingels Group

Photography: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Manifold House – 1512 N. Garfield St. 


New Construction, Residential: Inspired by the owner’s passion for repairing small-scale engine parts, Manifold House is an ode to the precision of manufactured assemblages. Composed of a prefabricated structural frame, weathered steel louvers are mounted without interruption and serve as a screen, providing privacy and moderated light.

Owner: Heather and Billy Buck

Architect: David Jameson

Contractor: Sagatov Design + Build

Additional Design: Oscar Maradiaga

Photography: Paul Warchol

Rubio Residence – 4012 25th Road N.


Addition, Residential, Historic Preservation: This addition enhances a classic, early 1940’s Art Moderne house with both complimentary massing and similar architectural vocabulary. The 2-story rear exterior addition employs curving or softened corners, long horizontals, extended window expanses, glass block and nautical elements such as round windows.

Owner: Greg Rubio

Architect: DW Ricks Architects

Contractor: Ralph Carder Company

Photography: David Ricks

Merit Awards

Country Club Hills Residence – 3226 N. Albemarle St. 


Renovation/Addition, Residential: This residential project preserves the character of the original home through reclaimed materials. The final design blends interior and exterior, including a fireplace and courtyard that visually connects the home’s social spaces.

Owner: Anne Blakeman Coleman

Architect: GreenSpur

Contractor: GreenSpur

Additional Design: Elizabeth Cross-Beard

Photography: Mitch Allen

Dominion Apartments – 333 S. Glebe Road


Renovation, Residential, Historic Preservation/Sustainable Design: This multi-family apartment building renovation features updated existing units as well as a historic façade restoration. All exterior doors, windows, storefronts and retail display cases were replaced, carefully balancing energy efficiency and historical accuracy.

Owner: Snell Properties

Architect: Bonstra | Haresign Architects

Contractor: HITT Contracting

Additional Design: Hickok Cole Lifestyle

Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography

Alice West Fleet Elementary School – 115 S. Old Glebe Road


New Construction, Institutional/Civic, Sustainable Design: Reflecting a desire to “build up, not out,” Fleet Elementary School is Arlington’s first four-story elementary school – and one of the first in the Commonwealth. This project demonstrates how existing public assets can be revitalized and transformed into vibrant spaces.

Owner: Arlington Public Schools

Architect: VMDO Architects

Contractor: Whiting-Turner

Additional Design: CMTA Engineers

Photography: Sam Kittner

Gravity and Grace – 1800 N. Lynn St. 


Public Art: This site-specific, large-scale LED public artwork integrates into the architecture of Central Place in Rosslyn. The work is 150-feet long and 15-feet high, and incorporates real-time environmental data that organizes its spectral shifts of color.

Owner: JBG Smith

Artist: Cliff Garten Studio

Photography: Luke Walters, Joseph Romeo, Arlington Public Art

Living Tudor Revival – Country Club Hills


Addition: This project features living walls that both frames the addition and highlights the original 1940’s tudor. The original dormer forms were used, which also guides interior ceiling planes and angles. A bomb shelter discovered during construction inspired a new wine room.

Architect: Donald Lococo Architects

Contractor: Clemens Builders

Additional Design: Jennifer Horn, Ella Scott Design, Linton Engineering

Photography: Anice Hoachlander

3200 Lee Highway


Renovation, Commercial: With an eye towards the larger vision for Lee Highway, this site transforms the underdeveloped strip and offers an exciting place to work today. The steep slope across the back of the site was both a challenge and a solution. The designer created a cantilevered office over the landscape, surrounded by tree canopy, bringing nature into the space.

Owner: Deer Equities

Architect: MTFA Architecture

Contractor: Bush Construction

Additional Design: Linton Engineering, JB Wyble & Associates

Photography: Eric Taylor Photography

Honorable Mentions

Arlington Abstracted – Courthouse


Adaptive Re-Use, Institutional/Civic, Public Art/Open Space: This colorful ground mural covers three former parking spaces that were transformed into a pop-up plaza in Courthouse. The mural features the re-imagination of eight iconic businesses, both past and present, in the artist’s signature abstracted aesthetic.

Owner: Arlington County

Artists: Marc Pekala, Cory Bernat

Photography: Marc Pekala, Arlington County

Central Place – 1800 N. Lynn St.


New Construction, Residential/Commercial, Open Space/Sustainable Design: This new mixed-use development features two high-rise towers on either side of an open plaza, which will host events, a farmers market, pedestrian circulation and more. Everything was built so it seamlessly integrates with one of the busiest inter-modal transit hubs in the area.

Owner: JBG Smith

Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle

Contractor: Clark Construction Group

Photography: Joseph Romeo

DESIGNArlington 2017 Award Winners

DESIGNArlington 2017 award recipients were recognized for projects including open space, public art, private home renovations, new construction, sustainable design and historic preservation.

Our panel of distinguished judges for the 2017 program include: Dr. Elizbaeth Morton, Ph.D (Associate Professor of Practice, Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech); Roxanne Edwards, Architect (McNeill Maker Design Associates); Bill Spack, Architect/Preservationist (Cox Graae + Spack Architects); Shawn M. Balon, ASLA, PLA (Career Discovery and Diversity Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects); Laurent Odde, Ph.D. (Program Manager, Art in Transit, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority).

For more information, contact Brett Wallace 703-228-3525.

Awards of Excellence


Marymount University – 1000 N. Glebe Road

New Construction, Institutional/Civic: This dynamic new place to live, work, play and learn enhances the University’s visibility and identity in Ballston’s mixed-use community. The development extends pedestrian and bicycle circulation west of Glebe Road, new street-facing retail, and both indoor and outdoor spaces for specialized academic programs and social activities.

Owner: Marymount University

Architect: Gensler

Landscape Architect: Studio 39

Contractor: Clark Construction Group, LLC


Tellus – 2009 14th St. N.

Open Space/Landscape, Public Art, New Construction: The Tellus is one of the first approved new construction LEED Gold projects in Arlington, replacing a mid-rise structure at 2009 14th St. The vision for the new site landscape and associated mixed-use building is centered on the concept that human health and well-being are stronger when people connect with nature. These sustainable and green-living principles transform the Courthouse neighborhood site into an urban oasis.

Owner: 2009 N. 14th St., LLC

Landscape Architect: ParkerRodriguez, Inc.

Contractor: S.E. Foster/Paradigm


Quill – 19th Street North, between North Moore Street and Fort Myer Drive

Public Art: Quill was commissioned as a re-skinning of the 1960s-style Dominion Substation in Rosslyn. The artwork consists of nearly 20,000 3 1/4-inch circular reflective discs arranged on a field of dark silver-coated aluminum panels to represent the pattern of bald eagle feathers. The artwork is a community benefit in conjunction with the construction of an adjacent 35-story building at 1812 N. Moore St.

Owner: Monday Properties

Architect: Davis Carter Scott

Contractor: Clark Construction Group, LLC

Artist: Christian Moeller


 Lyon Park House – 127 N. Edgewood St.

Residential Renovation/Addition: This residential project modernizes a brick colonial home in the Lyon Park neighborhood. The home was renovated to better fit the family’s lifestyle, resulting in additional living spaces, bedrooms and a better connection to the landscaped site. The compact design and simple fenestration is organized to respect the scale of neighboring homes.

Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA

Contractor: Arta Construction



 Greene Residence – 2204 N. Kenmore St.

Residential Restoration/Addition: This is a complete restoration of a 1905 wood-framed farmhouse in the Maywood Historic District, approved by the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB). The 200-foot deep lot slopes naturally away from the street, a unique condition allowing the design to be staggered down the hillside to conceal massing and spaces for the addition. This project incorporates universal design concepts and is certified by Arlington’s Green Home Choice Program.

Owner: David and Maria Greene

Architect: FitzHarris Designs, LLC

Contractor: Windmill Hill

Merit Award


 Ten at Clarendon – 3110 10th St. N.

New Construction/Commercial/Residential: This five-story luxury apartment building sits between Clarendon’s commercial area and the single-family housing to the south. The building has a number of creative lifestyle concepts that help connect its residents to the established neighborhood.

Owner: CRC Companies, LLC

Architect: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

Contractor: CBG Building Company



 Rosslyn Streetscape

Open Space/Streetscape: This project features the development of a contemporary vocabulary of streetscape elements, promoting walkability and reinforcing Rosslyn’s character and identity. These elements include various seating types, solutions for minimizing clutter, refreshed amenities and a unifying design for Rosslyn’s sidewalks.

Owner: Rosslyn Business Improvement Corporation

Industrial Designer: Ignacio Ciocchini

Contractor/Fabricator: Landscape Forms – Studio 431



 The Springs – 555 N. Thomas St.

New Construction/Residential: This five-story (104 units), mixed-use, mixed-income apartment community is located in Ballston. The development includes 98 new affordable residential units, and is the new headquarters for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). Situated on the western edge of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, this project’s massing is designed to bridge the transition between the urban context of Ballston and the surrounding Bluemont neighborhood.

Owner: Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Architect: KGD Architecture

Contractor: Bozzuto Construction


 Modern Cedar Addition

Residential Renovation/Addition: This modern addition is a dramatic counterpoint to the existing house and transforms the living space from within. Using large floor-to-ceiling windows, the backyard landscape becomes part of the space for the family to enjoy.

Owner: Chris and Daniela Sicuranza

Architect: Jon Hensley Architects

Contractor: AllenBuilt, Inc.


Honorable Mention


 Hyatt Place Courthouse – 2401 Wilson Blvd.

New Construction/Commercial: This LEED Gold Certified project is bordered by commercial space to the south and established single-family homes to the north. The animated architectural character on the ground floor, streetscape and public art enhances the pedestrian experience along Wilson Boulevard.

Owner: Schupp Companies

Architect: WDG Architecture

Contractor: Hitt Contracting, Inc.

DESIGNArlington 2015 Award Winners

DESIGNArlington 2015 award recipients were recognized for projects including open space, public art, private home renovations, new construction, sustainable design and historic preservation.

Our panel of distinguished judges for the 2015 program include: Charles Matta, FAIA, Architect, US-GSA Public Buildings Service; Liesel Fenner, ASLA, Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council; Lan Hogue, RLA, Senior Associate, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects; and Karen Conkey, AIA, Karen Conkey Architects.

This year’s award winners will be recognized at the County Board recessed meeting on Feb. 23 and honored at the DESIGNArlington Awards Ceremony on Feb. 25. You may RSVP for this event, but it is not required. Download the event flyer

Awards of Excellence

Wakefield High School- 1325 S. Dinwiddie St.

Wakefield HS

Institutional/Civic- Accommodating 2,100 students in a 400,000 square foot facility, this high school includes an auditorium, gym, pool, and library, designed for shared use with the public.

Owners: Arlington Public Schools

Architect: Bowie Gridley Architects

Contractor: Forrester Construction

Discovery Elementary School- 5231 N. 36th St.

Discovery ES

New Construction- Addressing growing student enrollment, every nook and cranny of this new elementary school is arranged to create a seamless integration between design, sustainability, and learning.

Owners: Arlington Public Schools

Architect: VMDO Architects

Contractor: SIGAL Construction

2332 N. Tuckahoe St.

2332 Tuckahoe St

Residential Restoration/Addition- New floor plans maximize the use of the existing space and strengthen the symmetry of the original design, integrating contemporary elements while restoring existing ones.

Owners: Stephane and Heather Leszla

Designer: Paola Lugli, AIA International Associate

Designer/Builder: M. Scott Watkins

The Hyde- 3119 9th Rd. N.

The Hyde

New Construction/Residential- A humanely-scaled, multi-family, by-right development on the edge of Lyon Park includes natural materials and light-filled spaces.

Owners: CRC Companies

Architect: Cunningham Quill Architects

Landscape Architect: Landscape Architecture Bureau

Contractor: Eichberg Construction

Arlington Mill Community Center- 909 S. Dinwiddie St.

909 S Dinwiddie St

New Construction/Institutional/Civic- This center meets recreational and service needs for the community while serving as a teaching tool and example of environmentally-responsible civic design.

Owners: Arlington County

Architect: Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd.

Contractor: Hitt Contracting

The Maxwell- 4200 N. Carlin Springs Rd.

The Maxwell

New Construction/Residential- This mixed-use rental community hugs the street edge in an L-shaped configuration, sheltering a courtyard for its residents.

Owners: 650 N. Glebe LLC

Architect: KTGY Architecture & Planning

Contractor: Clark Builders Group

Merit Awards

Rocky Run Park- 1109 N. Barton St.

Rocky Run Park

Open Space/Park Renovation- Designed to integrate with the surrounding community by providing several points of access, the park positions more intense activities towards the middle of the site.

Owners: Arlington County

Architect: Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation, MTFA, & Gordon

Contractor: Meridian Construction

Arlington Blvd.- Route 50/Arlington Blvd. from Courthouse Rd. to 10th St.

Arlington Blvd.

Public Art- Travelers along Arlington Blvd. see intricately-carved concrete patterns and illuminated, patterned-steel grills, providing a memorable landmark entrance into Arlington.

Owners: Virginia Department of Transportation

Designer/Artist: Vicki Scuri, VS SiteWorks & AECOM

Contractor: Flippo Construction

“Ripple” (Water Pollution Control Plant Fence Enhancement)- 3402 S. Glebe Rd.

WPCP Fence Enhancement

Public Art- This design enhancement consists of over 800 linear feet of fence panels and brightly-colored “widgets,” based on the designers’ interpretation of tools and methods used at the plant.

Owners: Arlington County

Designer/Artist: Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen

Contractor: Chris Berg

3001-3003 Washington Blvd.- Clarendon

3001 Washington Blvd

New Commercial Construction/Historic Preservation- This new development preserves two off-site landmark buildings as well as the façade and restoration of two on-site landmark buildings.

Owners: Penzance

Architect: Noritake Associates

Contractor: Clark Construction

Davis Place- 2900 17th St. S.

Davis Place

New Construction/Residential/Affordable Housing- All ten apartment units are linked by breezeway circulation in a “four-square” arrangement, encouraging neighbor interaction.

Owners: AHC

Architect: Cunningham Quill Architects

Contractor: Abramson Properties

DESIGNArlington 2013 Award Winners

DESIGNArlington 2013 award recipients were recognized for projects including public art, private home renovations, new construction and commercial space renovations. Judges examined 43 entries and winners were recognized at a reception on March 4, 2014.

Our panel of distinguished judges for the 2013 program included: Victor Dover, Urban Designer with Dover, Kohl & Partners; Sarah Lewis, Architect and Urban Designer with Fuss & O’Neill; Claire Bedat, Landscape Architect with AECOM; and John Rust, Architect and Historic Preservationist with Rust Orling Architecture. 

Awards of Excellence


Diaz Residence – 4301 37th Road N.

Residential addition/renovation – Subtle updates to the front façade and a significant addition to the rear of the home modernized a single-family home without completely changing its appearance or how it fits in with neighboring homes.

Owners: Jerry and Wanda Diaz

Architect: Wanda Madrid-Diaz

Contractor: Arlington Construction Management

Bromptons at Monument Place – North Nash Street and 14th Street North

Residential new construction – Well-detailed neoclassical townhomes engage the street in a thoughtful way.

Developer: The Bromptons II

Architect: WHA Architecture & Planning

Others: Walter L. Phillips, Inc.; Michael Vergason, Goughnour Engineering


Wood Temple in a Garden – Studio W – 1608 N. Cleveland St.

Residential new construction – Well-designed studio outbuilding incorporates materials from the existing home. New addition is modern but respectful to neighborhood character.

Owner: Lawrence Washington

Architect: Temple Washington (WHA Architecture & Planning)

Contractor: Juniper Construction Company


+2Edison7 – 5077 27th St. N.

Residential addition/renovation – Compact footprint is appropriately scaled for the neighborhood. It creates contrasts with neighboring buildings without competing for attention.

Owner: Todd and Diane Ray

Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Others: Phelps & Phelps; Ehlert/Bryan Inc.


Monroe House – 3132 N. Monroe St.

Residential new construction – Design is respectful of setbacks and scale of neighboring homes. Meticulously detailed without looking out of place.

Owner: Jeremy and Tamara Priess

Architect: Moore Architects PC

Others: Russ Whitworth, Ironstar; Jordan Honeyman Landscape Architecture


Crystal Drive Streetscape

Commercial renovation/ new construction. Transformed an auto-oriented street into a lively multi-use corridor. Highlights the shifting goals in urban design and placemaking.

Owner: Vornado/ Charles E. Smith

Architect: WDG Architecture; Cooper Carry, Inc.

Others: L.F. Jennings; Parker Rodriguez, Inc.; The Eisen Group; VKA Virginia, LLC


Egge Residence – 3317 N. 23rd St.

Residential addition/historic preservation – Addition nearly doubled the size of the historic home without altering its character.

Owners: Peter and Lindsay Egge

Architect: Fitzharris Designs, LLC

Others: SAI Contractors; KNF Engineering


Pentagon Row Plaza – Pentagon City

Open space renovation – Optimizes space and outdoor recreational areas. Highlights how a public space can be reinvented to adapt to new needs.

Owner: Federal Realty Investment Trust

Landscape Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates

Architect: Brown Craig Turner Architects

Others: L.F. Jennings; VIKA Virginia, LLC

Honorable Mention


800 N. Glebe Road

Mixed-use new construction – This building engages the adjacent sidewalk. It includes a historic architectural reference to the former Bob Peck Chevrolet building, as well as a historic marker.

Owner: JBG

Architect: Cooper Carry, Inc.

Others: Clark Construction; Bowman Consulting Group; Girard Engineering


“Wave Arbor” in Long Bridge Park

Public art – Kinetic art incorporated into a recreational space.

Owner: Arlington County

Artist: Douglas Hollis

Others: Troco; Hughes Group Architects; Hargreaves Associates

DESIGNArlington 2011 Awards Winners

DESIGNArlington recognizes excellence in architectural, public art and landscape projects. Our panel of distinguished judges for the 2011 program included: Sunny Scully Alsup, FASLA, Principal Emeritus of Lewis Scully Gionet; Mary Oehrlein, FAIA, LEED-AP Historic Preservation Officer of the Architect of the Capitol, Owner of Oehrlein and Associates Architects; Deborah Dietsch, journalist and author covering architecture, art, and design; former editor-in-chief of Architecture Magazine and current art and architecture critic for the Washington Times; and Lee Quill, FAIA, CNU, Principal, Cunningham /Quill Architects. An award ceremony was held Feb. 14, 2012. 

Jury Citation

Central Space – 1201 Wilson Blvd.

Owner/ Sponsor: Rosslyn Business Improvement District; JBG Companies
Others: Cannon Design

Awards of Excellence

Shirlington Library – Signature Theatre – 4200 Campbell Ave. 

Architect: Gregory Lukmire, AIA, The Lukmire Partnership Architects
Others: S3E Klingemann Consulting Engineers

Washington-Liberty High School – 1301 N. Stafford St. 

Owner: Arlington Public Schools
Architects: Grimm + Parker Architects
Others: Hess Construction

Reed School & Westover Library – 1644 N. McKinley Rd.

Architects: William Spack, Tom Wheeler & Jenny Kirwan, cox graee + spack architects
Others: Brian J. Stephenson + Company, LLC

Harmon Residence – 2914 23rd Street N.

Architectural Designer: Heidi FitzHarris, FitzHarris Designs
Others: Ralph Carder Company, contractor; KNF Engineering

Gleason/Pries Residence – 3420 N. Utah St.

Architect: Jon Hensley, Sunny Carroll, Jon Hensley Architects
Others: Scott Brinitzer, Katia Goffin, Scott Brinitzer Design Associates, Inc.; Simon Ley, The Ley Group

Awards of Merit

GMU Founders Hall – 3351 Fairfax Dr.

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Others: Pete Togni, Manhattan Construction Company; Mohammed Ghoseh, McMullan & Associates; Joe Mensch, Wiles Mensch, Jeff Abravesh, Jacobs Engineering Group; David Thibodeau, E.K. Fox & Associates; Richard Derbyshire, Shen Milsom Wilke, Protection Engineering Group

Northside Social – 3211 Wilson Blvd.

Architect: Maria Wright, BCN Design Build
Others: Brian Normile, BCN Design Build

The Jordan – 801 N. Wakefield St.

Architects: David T. Haresign, AIA; Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Others: Harkins Builders, Inc.; Bowman Consulting, Integral Performance Engineering Group

Piazza/Greer Residence – 2718 25th Street North

Architect: Richard Loosle, KUBE architecture
Others: Madden Corporation; Potomac Woodwork

DESIGNArlington 2009 Award Winners

DESIGNArlington recognizes excellence in architectural, public art and landscape projects. Our panel of distinguished judges for this inaugural program included: Roger K. Lewis, FAIA; Robert Sponseller, AIA; Bill Spack, AIA; and Jonathan Fitch, ASLA.

Awards of Excellence

Fort Scott Residence – 2765 Fort Scott Dr.

Spout Run Residence – 2758 N. Nelson St. 

Owners: David Harris and Elena Sterlin
Architect: David Jameson Architect, Inc.
Others: Added Dimensions, Inc.

McGlone Residence – 4521 32nd Rd. N. 

Owners: William McGlone and Lisa Ruskowski
Architect: Wiedemann Architects, LLC
Others: McNamara Brothers, Inc.; Frank Chow, P.E.

ECO-Art – Crystal City Water Park

Awards of Merit

Flynn/Harless Residence – 521 N. George Mason Dr.

Hibbitt Residence – 1028 N. Daniel St.

220 Twentieth – 220 20th St. S.

The Shelton – 3215 24th St. S.

The Wooster and The Mercer Lofts – 1600 Clarendon Blvd. and 1615 N. Queen St.

Kettler Capitals Iceplex – 609 N. Glebe Rd.

Arlington Arts Center – 3550 Wilson Blvd.