Architectural Practice


Advancing the science and art of architecture through practice must be revealed first and foremost through our projects. There has been a clear direction to my design and building work. I have been exploring the ways preservation supports sustainability and how sustainability transforms preservation practice.


As a teen, I became fascinated with architecture and took an after-school job in the offices of Drake, Tuthill, Convery Cueman in Summit, New Jersey. Since then, I have worked with a variety of firms in New Jersey, Memphis, and Washington DC. These experiences include: working for a large national firm (Perkins & Will), established local firms, as the first employee of an architect striking out on his own, and running a small practice for more than a decade in partnership with a close friend and colleague. They also afforded me an opportunity to work in a broad spectrum of roles from design and technical staff to owner and principal.


For the last twenty years I have been part of the leadership of Quinn Evans Architects focused on creating a new practice model, sustainable stewardship, intersecting sustainable design and historic preservation.


The culture of collaboration at Quinn Evans architects is in our DNA. Frequently serving as preservation architects, a significant portion of our work has been implemented in association with other architects. All of the projects noted below are the works of many talented and committed professionals, whether shared by multiple firms or within the office.


Benjamin Franklin Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Adaption of a post-modern icon, the Bicentennial Franklin Court project designed by Robert Venturi FAIA and Denise Scott Brown FRIBA (recipients of the 2015 AIA Gold Medal and 1985 AIA Firm Award)


Ames Hall, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Framing the new campus gateway planned by Perkins Eastman with the creation of a student commons and academic building


School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC

Collaboration with Kevin Burke AIA (formerly with William McDonough + Partners) to create a building shaped by social equity principles


National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC

Restoration of the magnificent Bertram Goodhue FAIA (recipient of 1925 AIA Gold Medal) designed temple of sciences and integration of transformative insertions


HD Cooke Elementary School, Washington DC

Strategic integration of an historic school, a modern-era addition, and 21st century additions and renovations


Sant Ocean Hall, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Restoration of the north wing of the first public museum constructed on the National Mall according to the City Beautiful plan authored primarily by Daniel Burnham FAIA


American Institute of Architects, National Headquarters, Stewardship Plan, Washington, DC

Maintenance and renovation master plan for AIA’s modern-era headquarters designed by The Architects Collaborative (recipient of 1964 AIA Firm Award)


School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

In partnership with William McDonough + Partners, the renovation that established the model for sustainable stewardship practice

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