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Thursday, May 14 2020

A New Mission in Little Rome

Changing trends in the religious sector are increasingly leading many clerical orders to capitalize on the value of their land by selling all or parts of it for redevelopment, while in turn building smaller, more versatile and efficient facilities. Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is working on one such project with the Paulist Fathers, who are building a new right-sized mission house and residence as the last of a series of redevelopments of the Paulist’s land in the Brookland neighborhood, DC’s “Little Rome”.

Saturday, April 11 2020

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS’ Response to COVID-19

Over the past few months, we have seen the Coronavirus pandemic take the world by surprise. We believe the current health situation is one of our greatest challenges to our a nation – personally and professionally. The health and safety of our team members, their families, our clients, friends and colleagues remain foremost in our minds and greatly influence our decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an uncertain health environment, and created unexpected challenges for our community. The Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS team extends our heartfelt feelings to those suffering illness or loss, and the anxiety about the future. By following sound practices and guidance from expert health professionals, exercising patience in trying times, and caring for each other, we will eventually overcome our current circumstance.

We are continuing our operations remotely, effective until we can safely return to our office. We are fortunate that our services can be provided through our computers, networks, team communication platforms and phones. As we monitor the constantly changing health and safety situation, we will keep you informed of operations in our office.

Tuesday, March 17 2020

GREENing the Workplace

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS recognizes the importance of a healthy office environment for the well-being of its employees, and continually strives to improve and maintain these spaces. One sound way to improve air quality, enhance visuals, as well as employee alertness and energy levels is by bringing nature inside of the building through living green walls. Over the past half century, a notable increase of urban dwellers has led to an increase in air pollution and loss of green spaces. Living green walls infuse office interiors with life-renewing greenery. They offer an inspirational and aesthetically intriguing natural boost to employee morale. The structures of living, breathing plant life create the “wow factor” so many designers seek while championing sustainability. The benefits of green walls are felt in our office every day.

Wednesday, January 29 2020

Learning and Leading in 2020

Last semester, the firm welcomed to the studio a talented intern, Michael Njo, an IPAL student from The Catholic University of America. The IPAL (Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure) program was created by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2015. The program offers a dynamic, innovative path to licensure for students who are dedicated to becoming an architect by integrating the opportunity to gain the real-world experience necessary to complete the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and ensuring that each IPAL student can take all six divisions of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

Friday, December 27 2019

2019 Awards Recap :: Closing Out the Decade With a Bang!

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is honored to have received 13 professional, community, and industry design awards in 2019. Congratulations to our Clients, consultant partners and talented B|HA team members, and to our General Contractors for executing these fine projects.

Wednesday, October 16 2019

The New Urban Campus

Twelve years in the making, the Capital One parcel master plan focuses on several key goals: establishment of an urban street grid linking to the surrounding community; a mix of uses and density, particularly in proximity to the McLean Metro Station; establishment of an inter-connected network of pedestrian-oriented amenities; and environmental stewardship and sustainable urban development.

Wednesday, August 21 2019

Celebrating Our Team

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is driven by our talented and diverse teams; our people are our most valuable asset who help our clients to achieve innovative design solutions for the unique challenges of neighborhoods, communities and markets. Over the past year, we are fortunate to have new architects, designers, and industry leaders join our design studio who bring skills, perspective, energy, and personality to our dynamic team. Please join us welcoming them.

Monday, March 11 2019

Study in Contrast: A Spring Feature

With a thoughtful blend of contemporary and historic elements, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS’ David Haresign, FAIA and Adam Greene, AIA transformed a century-old log cabin in Chevy Chase into the open, modern home the client envisioned. The seamless juxtaposition of old and new in this renovation and addition project inspired Home & Design magazine’s Deborah Dietsch to tell the story through an eight-page spread in the Spring Edition.

Wednesday, January 23 2019

B|HA Hosts Externship for University of Virginia Architecture Students

With 5 University of Virginia alumni currently on our team, we were very excited to host a week-long externship for two students from the School of Architecture: Audrey Liu, a second year MArch candidate, and Rhett Lin, a fourth year undergraduate student. The externship provides a glimpse into the professional life of a designer in an architecture firm with exposure to all aspects of practice.