Design Line
Wednesday, April 5 2023

Building a Better Downtown Silver Spring: William J. Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP, is appointed to the Silver Spring Design Advisory Panel

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is excited to announce that Senior Partner William J. Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP, has been appointed to the newly formed Silver Spring Design Advisory Panel (DAP). The DAP is a diverse, five-member group of experts in architecture and design, urban design, landscape architecture, and development, who provide design excellence project review to improve the quality of architecture and public space design in downtown Silver Spring. This appointment presents a unique opportunity for Bill to contribute his well-honed urban architectural and design approach to serve Montgomery County as a proponent for a lively, well scaled, walkable urban context and streetscape. He will work directly with Montgomery County Planning Department coordinator Atara Margolies, AIA, LEED AP.

Bill is joined on the DAP by a talented and diverse group of experts. The review team members include: Qiaojue Yu, a registered landscape architect; Architect and former University of Maryland School of Architecture Dean David Cronrath from the academic community; Praj Kasbekar from the development community, and Alice Enz, an architect, urban designer, and a member of the Silver Spring community. With their combined knowledge and expertise, they will ensure that the architecture design of downtown Silver Spring meet proven Design Excellence goals set by the Montgomery County Planning Office.

At Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, we are committed to creating innovative, sustainable, and exemplary designs that positively impact the communities we serve. Bill’s appointment to the DAP aligns perfectly with our mission and values, and we are thrilled that he will be working alongside the other DAP members and the Planning Department Directors and Staff. The firm is proud to have Bill as part of such an esteemed panel and remains dedicated to upholding the highest standards of excellence in architecture and design. The future looks bright for downtown Silver Spring, and Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is excited to be a part of its current transformation.