Architecture, Inc. Healthcare

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Founded in 1986, Architecture, Incorporated is a 60-person, award-winning planning, architecture, and interior design practice. We are united in the belief that as trusted advisers and design leaders, we reach beyond the predictable to turn vision into reality while solving complex challenges for public, private, and government clients—improving quality of life through the built environment.

Our projects range from complex renovations to new construction for commercial, hospitality, education, healthcare, senior living, multifamily, and sports and recreation clients across the region. This wide range of design experience and core value of client service has made Architecture, Inc. recognized as one of the most prominent firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Our vision and understanding of healthcare solutions is only one of the strengths that sets us apart—we truly care. The environment provided to diagnose and treat has never been more important to providers, physicians, or to your patients. At Architecture, Incorporated we have seen the evolution of healthcare delivery over time, and work to anticipate future needs.

What sets a provider apart is the quality of care, and an understanding of the community and their needs. In a heavily regulated environment, challenges abound from insurance providers, a diminishing skilled workforce, and the rising costs of technology. Never has the need for intelligent, evidence-based design been more important.

Healing environments have emerged to satisfy the core human needs of safety, hope, and spirit by carefully and thoughtfully blending space, light, and functional solutions to maintain the patients’ connection with their community.


Healthcare providers have come to realize the positive impact a hospitality-style experience can have on patients—reducing anxiety while creating a positive first impression. No longer the bus station-style layout of outdated interconnected chairs, healthcare waiting rooms of today provide comfort and reduce stress by offering patients and visitors a choice in how they experience the space.

Some visitors prefer to pass the time completely distracted, whether through their mobile device or by exploring educational material about wellness topics, while others prefer a quieter space or a degree of privacy to consult with family. Flexible seating arrangements support a more customized experience, and empowers patients and visitors to make the space support their own definition of waiting.

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As designers specializing in healing environments, we consider the psychology of color in healthcare facilities—color is more impactful than most realize. Similar to the design of hospitality or commercial spaces, color is an important tool to utilize in healthcare design, and it potentially has the power to enhance well-being. Lower stress levels and a positive mood can improve overall health, and certain colors have been proven to encourage calmness and happiness.

For example, in a hospital setting, one way to encourage calmness is to incorporate soothing colors. In a children’s hospital, however, utilizing more vibrant colors may help the younger patients to feel more relaxed and happy, reducing their stress and anxiety. Color can also be a valuable design tool for wayfinding in larger facilities, helping visitors navigate between floors and departments.



Numerous technological breakthroughs have made cancer treatment options more accessible. Historically, these machines have been large, expensive, and complex to operate—not to mention intimidating.

Smaller machines are less intimidating for patients undergoing radiation treatment. As healthcare design experts, we work with providers to find ways to diminish anxiety and create a better patient experience. Through color, sound, and graphics, patients are offered much needed distraction during treatment.

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The exam room is the primary place where caregivers sit with patients, talk with them, listen to their concerns, and work with them on treatment plans and next steps. Factors in designing exam rooms include privacy, comfort, and efficiency; ultimately ensuring patient satisfaction and experience. For patients, the level of comfort can directly influence their anxiety level. Likewise, physicians need to be comfortable in their environment in order to provide efficient patient care.

A significant aspect of this efficiency is having the right type of equipment including the exam table and devices to collect digital data. The layout and configuration of these elements can greatly impact the effectiveness of the clinical space. The room needs to be large enough to accommodate the patient, physician, and staff, and allow exams and procedures to be properly performed.


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Inova - Fair Oaks Hospital MOB IV Fairfax, VA
National Center for Plastic Surgery McLean, VA
Inova Sports Medicine Fairfax, VA
Arlington DHS - Sequoia Plaza Arlington, VA



This four-story, 115,000 sf Class-A office building was designed to be an integral part of the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Campus. The LEED Silver project incorporates a skin of brick, insulated metal panels, aluminum storefront, and glazed curtain wall with sunshades. The cellar level includes a unique light well to provide occupants with natural daylight. The project houses a variety of medical and laboratory tenants. The radiology suite is 11,000 sf and contains vaults for two linear accelerators used in this cancer treatment.

The 7,600 sf conference center contains four conference spaces capable of providing space for meeting parties up to 16 participants and the ability to be combined into larger configurations. The center also contains a large raised-floor lecture style room for 120 occupants, and has the ability to allow multiple styles of presentations. Other spaces include a computer training room, beverage bar, warming pantry, and a large pre-function area for gatherings and receptions. All conference rooms are equipped with large digital displays and floor/wall connections for computers.


LEED Silver

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CASE STUDY exam room elevator lobby
linear accelerator


conference center


The design of this medical suite required careful coordination of patient types—each with a unique set of needs, medical requirements, anxieties, and expectations. The floorplan was designed to comfortably isolate pre- and post-surgical patient groups while providing surgeons and support staff access to all patients. Separate patient entrances were provided along with a separate staff entrance to support this design criterion.

Sculptural partitions foster openness and a connection between patients and working clinicians. By strategically glazing the interior with floor to ceiling glass, patients were further provided natural light and exterior views from all corridors. A break room was located contiguous to the outdoor terrace, allowing staff additional opportunity to relax and recharge.

A crisp, hospitality-influenced aesthetic was created by breaking away from the traditionally furnished waiting room to a contemporary ensemble of built-in seating elements and edge-lit partitions. Ceiling lights were carefully positioned to reflect in the polished oversized floor tile, creating a feeling of space and height.


Healthcare Design Magazine

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exam room
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The Arlington County Department of Human Services needed a new home to consolidate numerous disparate locations into a comprehensive campus of community focused programs. Architecture, Inc. was selected to fully renovate a three-building campus known in Arlington as Sequoia Plaza for a total of approximately 230,000 sf. The entire campus was repositioned and rebranded as the new home for the Department of Human Services. Achieving this goal involved development of a complex renovation strategy to address the diverse needs of this multi-bureau County agency, and balanced with the physical constraints and opportunities presented by the existing buildings.

The project was phased to permit existing programs to be relocated and newly vacated spaces renovated for other programs to take their place. To allow incremental occupancy of the project by phases, the design team obtained multiple building permits for the project. This allowed each floor to be finalized and occupied while construction progressed on other floors of the building. Construction progressed from the top down, so the top floors and the main entry lobbies were completed first and occupied upon their completion. As floors were completed, the owner was able to occupy the respective floor as progress continued.


NAIOP Northern Virginia


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administration break room elevator lobby





Architecture, Inc. led the design of Inova Medical Group Sports Medicine’s new Sports Medicine facility with Dr. Robin West—the Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals and the Head Team Physician for the Washington Redskins. The goal of the integrated facility is to provide comprehensive and personalized care to athletes of all ages and abilities while serving as a hub for the Sports Medicine Institute.

The 20,000 sf sports medicine facility, located on the Inova Center for Personalized Health, includes a 13,000 sf outpatient clinic, physical therapy, an EXOS performance gym, and a 5,000 sf outdoor synthetic turf field for patient evaluation and performance.


Fairfax County Dept of Planning and Development

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surgery scheduler
performance training gym medical director’s office
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Inova ICPH Campus Fairfax, VA


8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space

Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Commercial Interiors: Merit Award

Knollwood Country Club

Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, Hobi Award: Best Commercial Rehab


8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Amenity Space: Award of Excellence

Maryvale Elementary School / Carl Sandburg Learning Center

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Educational: Award of Excellence

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Multi-Use/Joint-Use Building : Outstanding Project

Salamander Resort & Spa

US News and World Report, Best Hotels in the US: Gold Badge

Viceroy DC

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Commercial/Residential Renovation $2-$4M - Award of Excellence


Coolidge Senior High School

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Combined-Level School: Outstanding Project

West Springfield High School

ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards: Award of Excellence


700 Constitution

Multifamily Executive MFE Awards, Adaptive Reuse: Grand Winner

Coolidge Senior High School

ACEC Metropolitan Washington Excellence Awards, Renovations and Additions: Honor Award

Inova Sports Medicine

Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Institutional: Honor Award

Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Restaurant Interior

Build-Out: Honorable Mention

IIDA Mid-Atlantic Premier Design Awards, Retail: Honor Award


700 Constitution

AIA Northern Virginia Design Award, Historic Architecture: Award of Merit

Building Design + Construction Reconstruction Awards: Bronze

NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Renovation: Award of Excellence

Compass Rose

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors, Tenant Space 0 to 10,000 sf: Award of Excellence

Current Salon Shop! Design Awards Competition, Service Retailer: Silver Award

Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Building - Hospitality/ Retail: Award of Excellence

Opaline Bar and Brasserie

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial/Residential Renovation under $1M: Award of Excellence

Propel Swim Academy US Swim Schools Association, Facility: Award of Excellence

Salamander Resort & Spa

Forbes Travel Guide, 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels

Terraset Elementary School

Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Elementary School: Outstanding Project


Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial $512M: Award of Excellence


Terraset Elementary School

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Capital ImprovementInstitutional: Award of Excellence


Arlington County Department of Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Merit

Hotel Palomar

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC): Award of Excellence

Morrison-Clark Hotel

NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Hospitality ProjectBoutique Service: Award of Excellence

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NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Interiors - Healthcare/Biotech/Lab: Award of Merit


Children’s Science Center

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Merit

Marina Landing at Belmont Bay

Great American Living Awards (GALA), Best Design and Architecture - Multi-Family/Mixed-Use


Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Commercial Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention

Tower Club

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Excellence


3251 Old Lee Highway

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation - Capital Improvement: Award of Excellence

Graham Road Elementary School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Interior Renovation

Loudoun Medical Office Building III

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit

Mellow Mushroom – Herndon

IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Design Awards, Retail: The Bronze Award


Salamander Resort & Spa

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Build-toSuit Non-Institutional Facility: Award of Excellence

W.T. Woodson High School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Renovation/Modernization


CurvyGirls Bridal

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention

Fairfax County Health Lab

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)


Gaslight Square Condominiums

Apartment and Condo Development Industry Award, Best New Condominium in the Mid-Atlantic Region

PACE West School

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility


Fire Lane Retirement Party

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit


Arlington County Department of Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Excellence

Fairfax County Health Lab

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Fire Works Pizza

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail Project: Award of Excellence


Architecture, Inc. Design Studio

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 0-14,999 sf: Award of Excellence

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interior): Honorable Mention

Loudoun County Emergency Homeless Shelter

Real Estate & Construction Review, Green Building of America Award

Capitals Iceplex

DESIGNArlington: Award of Merit

NVCC - WAC Building

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Institutional Facility Under $20 Million: Award of Excellence

Reston Hospital Women’s Imaging Center

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interior): Honorable Mention


City of Alexandria Health & Human Services

Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best in Public Space: Award of Excellence

Florida Gulf Coast University - Athletic Building

American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Design


3DF Associates

Atlantic Realty Companies

Avis Budget Group

Avison Young

Barthelson Plaza LLC

Beacon Capital Partners

The Bernstein Companies

Booz Allen Hamilton

CBRE Group

The Collins Firm

Cushman & Wakefield

Duke Realty


Forest City Commercial

Global Logistics Group

Herc Rentals

Holladay Properties

Integrated Direct Marketing

Interstate Plaza Holding

JBG Smith


Jonas B. Cooke Interests

The Lann Companies

Lerner Enterprises

Lidl US

Lincoln Property Company

MainStreet Bank

Martin Marietta

The Meridian Group

Meridian One BP

MetroStar Systems

Newmark Knight Frank

Northrop Grumman

The Peterson Companies

Polinger Company

The Rector Companies

Resource Bank

Rosenthal Properties

Springfield Tower


Tetra Partners


TMG Solutions

Uniwest Commercial Realty


Vermeer Mid-Atlantic

Commercial Interiors



Amerihome Financial


Bell & Clements

Berry and Berry

Capital Securities Management

Carpi & Clay



Compass Rose

Creative Radicals

Current Salon

Digital Reasoning

Expereo USA

Falcon Labs

First Financial

Goel & Anderson

Hirsch & Ehlenberger

Hunton & Williams

Infor Federal Solutions



Kinetek Consulting

KZO Innovations

Media Research Center

Modus Create

MTX Wealth Management

MVB Bank

National Sleep Foundation


Paratus Law Group




QIAGEN Sciences


Scott & Stringfellow

Serten Advisors


TMA Direct


Verne Global

Washington Gas Federal Credit Union

ZELTIQ Aesthetics


Arlington Public Schools

Children’s Science Center

Celebree School

DC Public Schools

Edlin School

Fairfax Christian School

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fauquier County Public Schools

Florida Gulf Coast University

Friendship Public Charter Schools

The George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University

The Levine School of Music

Loudoun Country Day School

Loudoun County Public Schools

McLean Bible Church

Minnieland Academy

Montgomery County Public Schools

Northern Virginia Community College

Prince George’s County CC

Prince William County Public Schools

Rock and Roll Daycare

Rockingham County Public Schools

Stratford University

Trinity School at Meadow View

University of Maryland College Park


Alexandria Health Department

Arlington County

Arlington County DHS

Bethesda Naval Hospital

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

City of Fort Myers

City of North Port

Commonwealth of Virginia

Defense Advanced Research Projects

Agency (DARPA)

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County Health Department

Fauquier County

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Government of the District of Columbia

Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department

Loudoun County Government

Marine Corps Base Quantico

Maryland National Park & Planning

National Institute of Health

National Naval Medical Command

Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Town of Herndon

US Air Force

US Army

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US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

US Marines - Quantico Marine Base

US Naval Academy

US Navy - Washington Navy Yard


Washington DC Superior Courts

Washington Metropolitan Transit (WMATA)

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Alexandria Hospital

Allergy & Asthma Center

Alliance Rehabilitation

Battelle Labs

BioReliance Corporation


Child Cardiology Healthcare

City Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic

Countryside Orthopaedic Associates

Culpeper Hospital

Fairfax Allergy Asthma & Sinus Clinic

Fairfax Nursing Center

Fairfax Radiological Consultants

Fairfax Radiology Centers

Fauquier Hospital

Garden State Rehab Hospital

George Washington University Hospital

Georgetown University Pediatrics

GI Endoscopy Center of Northern Virginia

Greater Washington Rehab Hospital

Harton Regional Medical Center

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Inova Center for Personalized Health

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Inova Health System

Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital

Inova Orthopaedics

Johns Hopkins University Medical Center

Mary Washington Hospital

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Mercy Hospital

Meso Scale Diagnostics

Middlesex Hospital

The National Center for Plastic Surgery

National Institute of Health (NIH)

Neuroscience Center of America

Park Royal Hospital

Prince George’s Hospital

Prince William Hospital


The Psychiatric Institute of Washington

Pure Life Renal Dialysis

QIAGEN Sciences

Radiology Associates of Maryland

Rehabilitation Hospitals of America

Reston Hospital Center

Southern Research Institute

Springfield Hospital

St. Agnes Healthcare

Stone Ridge Medical Center

Stone Springs Hospital

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

TherImmune Research Corporation

Town Center Orthopaedic Associates

VAMC Philadelphia

Virginia Hospital Center

Washington Hospital Center

Whole Child Pediatrics


Arlo Hotels


Black Hoof Brewing Company

Blue Ridge Grill

Capitol Hill Suites


Courtyard by Marriott

DoubleTree by Hilton

The Doyle Collection

Fireworks Pizza

The Grilled Oyster Company


Heritage Golf Group

Hilton Hotels

Holiday Inn Express

Innisbrook Golf Resort

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

LaSalle Hotel Properties

Mellow Mushroom

MGAC Hospitality

Mokas Café

The Morrison-Clark Inn

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Ritz-Carlton Hotels

RLJ Lodging Trust

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Shamin Hotels

Sofitel Hotel

Thompson Hospitality

Thompson Hotels

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Grand Hotel

Multifamily Residential

700 Constitution

A.J. Dwoskin

ABDO Development

Akelius US

Arlington County DHS Group Home

Aura Apartments

Borger Management

Christopher Companies

Harborside LLC

The Mill at Occoquan

Natelli Communities

Senior Living

Abri at Rockrimmon

American Senior Living

Artis Senior Living

Brightview Senior Living

The Chelsea at Brookfield

Colvin Run Senior Living

Emeritus Assisted Living

Grist Mill Center CCRC

HCR Manor Care

IntegraCare Corporation

Lakeside Landing at Jackson


National Assisted Living

Suffield Meadows

Summerville Senior Living

Traditions Integrated Continuum Care

Virginia Gardens and Woodlands

Sports and Recreation

A.J. Dwoskin

Body Dynamics


DC United

Elite Shooting Sports

Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics

GMU Freedom Center

Golds Gym

Heritage Training and Shooting

Inova Sports Medicine

Johns Hopkins University Athletics

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Propel Swim Schools

Sport & Health

Tom Dolan Swim School


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