Design Line
Thursday, November 3 2016

Serving The Academy, The Profession, And The Community

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS is committed to sharing our time and knowledge with our community. We are proud to announce our recent appointments to university and advocacy/advisory organizations, professional panel discussions, and teaching assignments and lectures to local graduate schools of architecture and real estate development.

David Haresign

David Haresign, FAIA has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation. The foundation supports and fosters the study and teaching of architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history and urban and environmental planning at UVA. David and his wife Patricia are funding a need-based scholarship for deserving undergraduate students.

David was a panelist on a Fellows Panel member presenting Best Designs in Middle Atlantic AIA Fellowship Submissions at the DesignDC: From the Ground Up convention. His presentation showcased design excellence, sustainability and community impact for award winning buildings, interiors, urban plans, and landscapes. David shared his own journey to becoming an AIA Fellow and discussed what it takes to create a compelling fellowship submission.

David lectured at Georgetown University to an Urban Real Estate Development class for graduate students undertaking a semester-long case study focusing on urban retail and mixed-use project development. He discussed the design process from predesign through construction administration, walked the students through several case studies focusing on the firm’s successes with public entitlements, and demonstrated the value of timely architectural input throughout the development process.


Bill Bonstra

Bill Bonstra, FAIA LEED AP was recently honored at the University of Maryland Annual Awards Gala as the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Award for the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He received this prestigious award alongside fellow alumni recognized for achieving excellence in their respective fields. View photos of the Gala.

A University of Maryland professional practice class taught by Professor Andrew Pressman, FAIA paid a visit last month to the B|HA studio for a discussion led by Bill about the challenges and opportunities of maintaining a successful architectural design practice. Bill was joined by B|HA staff architects in a presentation of case studies of the firms design philosophy, management techniques, and key strengths and focuses that set the firm apart in the profession.

In early November, Bill joins other notable DC architects at the University of Maryland for a lecture and panel discussion highlighting the firms design philosophy and contributions to the urban fabric of Washington, DC. He will present a recently completed affordable housing project at 4th & Rhode Island Avenue, NE, and a 100’ tall mixed-use multifamily project recently approved for special entitlements at 11th & U Street, NW.


Rob McClennan

Rob McClennan was elected to the DC Preservation League Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of individuals who have expertise in the fields of preservation, architecture, history, development, community activism, government affairs, law, finance, fundraising, public relations or related fields. It is a working Board that, in addition to its management and fiscal responsibilities, carries out, through its committee structure, much of the ongoing work of the organization.

Rob has also been chosen to chair the Project Review Committee. The Committee is responsible for the review and evaluation of development projects and planning efforts that have an impact on historic preservation in the District of Columbia. The role of the Committee is to encourage, within the context of preservation, high standards of contemporary design, so that old and new are compatible, yet differentiated; to ensure that historic preservation practices are informed by good urban planning principles; and to acknowledge landscape architecture in preservation.


Georgetown University              

Headshots by LaTosha Francis