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Founded in 1986, Architecture, Incorporated is a 65-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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Practice Area Trends Case Studies On the Boards Design Recognition Client List

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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 No longer the bus station-style layout of outdated interconnected chairs, healthcare waiting rooms of today provide comfort and reduce stress by offering patients and visitors a choice in how they experience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 ďŹ nd 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.



Inova - Fair Oaks Hospital MOB IV Fairfax, VA

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National Center for Plastic Surgery McLean, VA



Arlington DHS - Sequoia Plaza Arlington, VA

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INOVA - FAIR OAKS MOB IV 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.


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01 CASE STUDY elevator lobby

linear accelerator

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exam room


conference center


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NCPS 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.

DESIGN RECOGNITION Healthcare Design Magazine


nurse’s office

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patient coordinator

exam room



ARLINGTON DHS 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.


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03 CASE STUDY elevator lobby

break room

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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.

DESIGN RECOGNITION Fairfax County Dept of Planning and Development


imaging suite

private waiting

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surgery scheduler



medical director’s office

performance training gym


Inova ICPH Campus Fairfax, VA

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Coolidge Senior High School ACEC Metropolitan Washington Excellence Awards, Renovations and Additions: Honor Award


700 Constitution Multifamily Executive MFE Awards, Adaptive Reuse: Grand Winner

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 Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly 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 TRUEBODY Bethesda Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial $5-12M: Award of Excellence

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Terraset Elementary School Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Capital Improvement Institutional: 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 Project Boutique Service: Award of Excellence QIAGEN 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 Sage 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


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 Golf Coast University - Athletic Building American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility American School & University Magazine, Physical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers (Interiors): Outstanding Designs Leesburg Business Park Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Speculative Building Industrial Warehouse: Award of Excellence

Fire Lane Retirement Party Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit

Northridge at Westfields, Phase I Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Speculative Building R&D: Award of Merit


Reston Hospital Women’s Imaging Center IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Design Awards, Healthcare: The Bronze Award

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)

St. Agnes Emergency Department Renovation Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)


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

Capitals Iceplex Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Build-toSuit Over 150,000 sf: Award of Excellence


Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington, Structural Renovations: Merit Award

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

Leesburg Business Park Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Speculative Building - Industrial Warehouse: Award of Excellence Northridge at Westfields, Phase I Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Speculative Building - R&D: Award of Merit

Commercial 3DF Associates ABM Parking Services 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 Lidl US Duke Realty Encon Group Forest City Commercial Gordon Associates Herc Rentals Holladay Properties Integrated Direct Marketing Interstate Plaza Holding JBG Smith JLL Jonas B. Cooke Interests Lafayette Centre Property The Lann Companies Lerner Enterprises Lincoln Property Company MainStreet Bank The Meridian Group Meridian One BP MetroStar Systems Newmark Knight Frank The Peterson Companies Polinger Company The Rector Companies Resource Bank Rosenthal Properties Springfield Tower Tetra Partners TMG Solutions Uniwest Commercial Realty Vermeer Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

Berry and Berry Capital Securities Management Carpi & Clay Cloud Nine Salon Coalfire Commvault Compass Rose Benefits Group Creative Radicals Current Salon Curvy Girls Bridal Digital Reasoning Expereo USA Falcon Labs First Financial Goel & Anderson Hirsch & Ehlenberger Hunton & Williams Infor Federal Solutions Jellyfish JPS Law Kinetek Consulting KZO Innovations LSG Landscape Architecture Media Research Center Media Research Center (MRC) Mobile Posse Inc. MTX Wealth Management National Sleep Foundation Outsource Paratus Law Group PGI PSE&G QIAGEN Headquarters SAGE Software Scott & Stringfellow Serten Advisors Sunset Learning Institute TMA Direct Vectrus Verne Global Washington Gas Federal Credit Union Zapatat ZELTIQ Aesthetics

Commercial Interiors AAHOA Adecco Amerihome Financial BBSI Bell & Clements

Education Arlington Public Schools Children’s Science Center DC Public Schools Edlin School Fairfax Christian School

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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 Rockingham County Public Schools Stratford University Trinity School at Meadow View University of Maryland College Park Government Alexandria Health Department Arlington County Arlington County Department of Human Services 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 Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 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 Inceptre Corporation Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department Loudoun County Government Marine Corps Base Quantico Martin Marietta

CLIENTLIST Maryland National Park & Planning National Institute of Health National Naval Medical Command Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northrop Grumman Town of Herndon US Air Force US Army US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) US Marines - Quantico Marine Base US Naval Academy US Navy - Washington Navy Yard USIS Corporation Washington DC Superior Courts Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Healthcare and Life Sciences Alexandria Hospital Allergy & Asthma Center Alliance Rehabilitation Battelle Labs BioReliance Corporation CareNow Child Cardiology Healthcare City Hospital The Cleveland Clinic Countryside Orthopaedic Associates Culpeper Hospital Fairfax Allergy Asthma & Sinus Clinic Fairfax Nursing Center Fairfax Radiological Consultants Fauquier Hospital Garden State Rehab Hospital George Washington University Hospital Georgetown University GI Endoscopy Center of Northern Virginia Greater Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Hospital 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 Systems Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital Inova Orthopaedics Johns Hopkins University Medical Center

Lake Erie Institute of Rehabilitation 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 The Rehab Hospital of Mechanicsburg The Rehab Hospital of York 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 Hospitality Black Hoof Brewing Company Blue Ridge Grill Capitol Hill Suites ClubCorp Courtyard by Marriott DoubleTree by Hilton The Doyle Collection Fireworks Pizza The Grilled Oyster Company Hilton Hotels Kimpton Hotels Mellow Mushroom MGAC Hospitality Mokas Cafe The Morrison-Clark Inn Ritz-Carlton Hotels

Salamander Golf & Spa Resorts Salamander Hotels & Resorts Shamin Hotels Sofitel Thompson Hotels Trump Hotels International Westin Hotels Multifamily Residential 700 LLC A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc. Akelius US ABDO Development Borger Management Brightview Christopher Companies Harbor Side LLC Natelli Communities Senior Living American Senior Living Artis Senior Living Brightview Senior Living Emeritus Assisted Living HCR Manor Care IntegraCare Corporation National Assisted Living Summerville Senior Living Traditions Integrated Continuum Care The Woodlands Retirement Community Virginia Creek LLC Sports and Recreation A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc. Body Dynamics, Inc. Bridges Fitness & Yoga ClubCorp Elite Shooting Sports, LLC Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics George Mason University Freedom Center Golds Gym Heritage Training and Shooting Inova Sports Medicine Johns Hopkins University Athletics Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Monumental Sports & Entertainment Propel Swim Schools Salamander Hospitality Sport & Health, Inc. Tom Dolan Swim School

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Healing spaces that support health and wellness

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Healing spaces that support health and wellness