Design Line
Friday, June 5 2020

BECOMING ARCHITECTS: A Major Professional Milestone

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is proud to congratulate two hard-working individuals at the firm who have recently earned the title of Licensed Architect.

“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.” 

– Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder

Our team is very proud to announce that Richard Abendroth, AIA and Robert Kuentzel, AIA have both achieved licensure as Architects. At Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, Richard and Robert gained requisite well-rounded on-the-job experience, and completed the National Council of Architectural Review Board Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the 6-part Architectural Registration Exam (A.R.E.). The AXP requires completion of 3,740 hours across six professional practice areas while the A.R.E. assess knowledge and skills of the practice including areas that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building, as well as an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS operates a collegial, creative, collaborative studio where each team member brings individual expertise, experience, and passion to each project. Our firm’s success is driven by our people, and we value and celebrate their professional achievements and project contributions. The personal and professional development of each designer and architect is integral to the culture of our firm. Please join us in celebrating Richard’s and Robert’s success!




 Richard Abendroth, AIA joined the B|HA team in 2017 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was drawn to the firm because of the collaborative studio environment and felt it would facilitate broad exposure to the many facets of design, documentation, and construction. Richard feels that working in architecture allows him to contribute to a well thought-out beautiful built environment.

“Architecture provides insight into the ways that we live and use resources and gives us the ability to suggest and test alternative futures.”

Currently and recently, Richard is focused on several projects at B|HA ranging from large multi-family to retail including 508 K Street, NW, 4111-4113 Connecticut Avenue, The Cadence, 850 Sligo Avenue, Woodbury Park Triangle, and Autumn Willow Senior Housing.



508 K Street, NW , Washington, DC- 4,000 SF retail center; The Cadence, Arlington, VA – 117,000 SF affordable housing; 850 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – 83,000 SF mixed – use




Robert Kuentzel, AIA joined the B|HA team in 2018 after receiving both a Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from The University of Maryland. He was drawn to Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS because of the opportunity to work on a variety of projects throughout multiple phases of design and construction. He felt this range of experiences would be instrumental in the process of architectural licensure. He values the wide variety of experiences and opportunities.

“I’ve been able to work on a broad range of tasks every day. This has been fundamental to my experiences with the intricacies and connectivity of the design process and construction process. This, paired with the collaborative nature of the office, makes for a highly educational environment.”

Robert’s recent and current projects range from a large-scale, multi-building mixed-use development to historic affordable housing renovations. Some of these include ORA Apartments, Barrel House Apartments, 4284 Edgemoor Lane, Riverview Plaza, The Maycroft Apartments, and Fort Henry Gardens.


4824 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD – 91,000 SF residential;  Riverview Plaza, Philadelphia. PA – 278,000 SF mixed-use multi-building development; Barrel House, Washington, DC – 36,700 SF mixed-use residential