Bonstra Haresign Architects

Bonstra Haresign Architects Bonstra l Haresign ARCHITECTS is a national award-winning architectural design studio located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC.
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Great American Corporation selected Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS to provide concept design phase expertise for Union Ce...
04/27/2020

Great American Corporation selected Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS to provide concept design phase expertise for Union Center, an international mixed-use project located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. B|HA clarified building plan organization, code-compliant core design, unit mix and layouts, roof topamenity, parking organization, and clearly defined the massing with a contemporary street façade for the 50 unit, 13-story building. Visit our website to learn more about this project! https://www.bonstra.com/union-center/

Today we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and reflecting on the relationship that the projects we desig...
04/22/2020

Today we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and reflecting on the relationship that the projects we design have with nature, and the impact the choices we make within the built environment have on our shared legacy – a healthy and sustainable Planet Earth. Whether pursuing a LEED rating or simply incorporating sound sustainable strategies as a matter of course in all our work, our architects and designers are instilled with an awareness of their environmental responsibility to present and future generations. Now more than ever, join us in our commitment to help ensure tomorrow will be greener than today.
#sustainability #architecture #environmentalawareness

Our team at B|HA is staying connected through our weekly virtual Happy Hours where we catch up on life and exciting proj...
04/21/2020

Our team at B|HA is staying connected through our weekly virtual Happy Hours where we catch up on life and exciting project updates! We find it so important to see everyone’s faces and check in regularly during this time we are working from home. Last week, we had a competition for the “Best Drinking Vessel” – it was a close call but Senior Associate Jack Devilbiss took home the prize with his Hulk hand mug. Can you spot him?

The American Institute of Architects interviews David Haresign, FAIA in the first of a series highlighting how firm lead...
04/07/2020
David Haresign, FAIA, on how his firm is grappling with COVID-19

The American Institute of Architects interviews David Haresign, FAIA in the first of a series highlighting how firm leaders are dealing with the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Take a look at his perspective on how it has affected studio culture.

David Haresign, FAIA, on how his firm is rising to meet the challenges of these unprecedented times.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! ☘️ We are celebrating today by reflecting on the environmental, physical, and mental benefits...
03/17/2020
GREENing the Workplace - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! ☘️ We are celebrating today by reflecting on the environmental, physical, and mental benefits of the new living green wall in our design studio. The well being of our employees is extremely important to us, and we are continually striving to improve our workplace.

Check out the timelapse videos of the installation!

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 brin...

We are very proud to celebrate the incredible women at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS! Here's to all of the strong women ...
03/09/2020

We are very proud to celebrate the incredible women at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS! Here's to all of the strong women in the world! #internationalwomensday

"Across all facets of American society, people of color have been faced with innumerable obstacles to overcome in order ...
02/25/2020
10 Black Architects Whose Work Has Shaped America - Architizer Journal

"Across all facets of American society, people of color have been faced with innumerable obstacles to overcome in order to secure the concept of the 'American Dream'."

Black architects have played a crucial role across the United States, and we proudly recognize their impact on and contribution to the profession today. Architizer has published an article highlighting 10 black architects who have shaped history, including our friend and former partner, Allison Grace Williams, FAIA.

We are proud to celebrate Black History Month and honor the legacy and accomplishments of African Americans throughout history.

Black History Month is the perfect moment to celebrate the central role that black architects have played in development of American cities.

#TransformationTuesday! Check out the dramatic rear façade improvements on this mid-century modern renovation project in...
02/11/2020

#TransformationTuesday! Check out the dramatic rear façade improvements on this mid-century modern renovation project in Kalorama! This building dates back to 1959 and has a great story to tell.
#beforeandafter

Tomorrow, we are heading up to Baltimore for a tour of Blueprint Robotics, Inc.. We can't wait to see close up how their...
01/30/2020

Tomorrow, we are heading up to Baltimore for a tour of Blueprint Robotics, Inc.. We can't wait to see close up how their integrated engineering approach uses robotic technology in their climate-controlled facility to deliver projects.

We will be joined by representatives from The GreenBench Companies, Cole Engineering Group, Urban Investment Partners, The Michaels Organization, Structura Inc., Wesley Housing Development Corporation, and more!
#AEC #fieldtrip

Follow us on Instagram for updates tomorrow!

We are beyond thrilled to have reached such an exciting milestone in our firm's history, and filled with gratitude for t...
01/14/2020

We are beyond thrilled to have reached such an exciting milestone in our firm's history, and filled with gratitude for the dedication and support of our clients, consultants, and team members over the past two decades. We look forward to this year of celebration as we reflect on our past success, focus on our present work, and look ahead toward a bright future! #20years #designexcellence
Check out our web page and stay tuned for special events and happenings --> https://2020.bonstra.com/

We are honored to have received 13 professional, community, and industry design awards over the past year! As we reflect...
12/27/2019
2019 Awards Recap :: Closing Out the Decade With a Bang! - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

We are honored to have received 13 professional, community, and industry design awards over the past year! As we reflect on each of these remarkable projects, we congratulate the many team members that helped make their success possible! We highlight these here in our latest #DesignLINE.

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.

Each year, representatives from the Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS team participate in Washington, DC’s Gingertown hosted...
12/11/2019
B|HA Team Wins Judge's Choice Award at Gingertown 2019 - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

Each year, representatives from the Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS team participate in Washington, DC’s Gingertown hosted by David M. Schwarz Architects.This year, we were proud to be an “Elf Sponsor” supporting the Children’s National Medical Center, Community of Hope, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Wendt Center, So Others Might Eat and more. Our Gingerbread creation, San GINGER Maggiore, fit nicely into the Venice Grand Canal master plan, and was awarded the Judge’s Choice Award! Our design came together on the spot – check out our thought process and material selection. Congrats Adam B., Sonja, Lizza, Richard, and Eduardo!

Each year, representatives from the Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS team participate in Washington, DC’s Gingertown hosted by David M. Schwartz Architects. This year, there were over 45 firms represented, and we were proud to be an “Elf Sponsor” supporting the Children’s National Medical Cente...

Happy Thanksgiving from our team to yours!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from our team to yours!

37 L Street, SE is topping out! We bundled up today to visit the site and see the progress of this 11-story residential ...
11/13/2019

37 L Street, SE is topping out! We bundled up today to visit the site and see the progress of this 11-story residential building in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood. We had clear views of the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Anacostia riverfront from what will be the amenity-rich rooftop. We love seeing this project being built and can’t wait to share more updates on its progress! McCullough Construction

#TransformationTuesday! Check out these dramatic Before and After shots of the Maycroft Apartments and the early childho...
10/29/2019

#TransformationTuesday! Check out these dramatic Before and After shots of the Maycroft Apartments and the early childhood learning center located at the terrace level. The Maycroft provides deeply affordable housing to low income families in a lively, walkable neighborhood and is officially re-opened to its residents! Stay tuned for our upcoming #DesignLINE which uncovers the re-design of this building! We were proud to bring new life to this historic building with our client Jubilee Housing and the entire project team.
photography by Eric Taylor

10/17/2019
The Sanctuary Stained Glass Preservation and Re-Assembly

When tasked with converting an 1897 Gothic Revival Church into 30 unique condominiums, it was evident that we needed to preserve and restore as much of the original large stained glass windows as possible. We called on the experts at Cumberland Stained Glass to help us - check out this awesome video of them carefully piecing the historic colored glass back together, and SWIPE to see the final product!

#stainedglass #architecture #adaptiveuse #church

https://vimeo.com/366862691

Bill had a wonderful trip out to Nebraska, led some interesting discussions about masonry and brick, and was able to tou...
10/16/2019

Bill had a wonderful trip out to Nebraska, led some interesting discussions about masonry and brick, and was able to tour the Endicott plant. Thank you, Endicott Clay Products Company and Nebraska Masonry Alliance for having him!

We were happy to have Bill Bonstra visit us and tour the plant last week. He was in Nebraska to speak in Omaha at the Nebraska Masonry Alliance.
Bill is the founder and managing partner of Bonstra Haresign Architects in Washington DC. Their work has been recognized with over 75 national and regional awards for contemporary design of new buildings, renovations, and adaptive use projects.
Our distributor Potomac Valley Brick services his firm. #brick #endicottbrick #design #architects #architecture

When you picture the ideal community to work in, what is most important to you? Walkability? Lunch and happy hour option...
10/16/2019
The New Urban Campus - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

When you picture the ideal community to work in, what is most important to you? Walkability? Lunch and happy hour options? Entertainment, grocery, or exercise facilities? With the design of Capital One Center’s new campus in McLean, VA, our team worked hard to make all of these possible for Capital One’s valued employees. In last week’s #DesignLINE, we break down the evolution of this master plan over the years. We are proud to have been a part of the planning team!

http://www.bonstra.com/studio/design-line/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 pe...

Bill Bonstra is in Ohama and Lincoln, Nebraska this week leading discussions with the Nebraska Masonry Alliance on the l...
10/03/2019

Bill Bonstra is in Ohama and Lincoln, Nebraska this week leading discussions with the Nebraska Masonry Alliance on the legacy of masonry craft architecture in the Nation's Capital. He discusses the different uses of brick in some of our award-winning projects here in Washington, DC.

Visit our website to learn more about our work: http://www.bonstra.com/
#brick #masonry #architecture

Bill Bonstra of Bonstra Haresign Architects packed the house! NMA’s Fall presentation in Omaha "Filling The Urban Void" was a success. #brick #block #masonry #construction #architecture

We hope to see you tomorrow afternoon at the inaugural Capital One Center Block Party! The developing vibrant community ...
10/03/2019
Capital One Center Block Party

We hope to see you tomorrow afternoon at the inaugural Capital One Center Block Party! The developing vibrant community is designed to be a walkable urban hub where the public can live, work, and play. We are proud to be a part of the development of this master plan that is twelve years in the making. Hop on the Metro and celebrate with us!

*Stay tuned for next week's #DesignLINE that breaks down the evolution of the Capital One Center master plan.

Register for free:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-one-center-block-party-tickets-70528463533

Capital One Center and City Works present an afternoon of food, drinks, live music and fun!

Our firm’s collective involvement with industry and professional organizations is led by the participation of our Partne...
09/17/2019
Partners By Design - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

Our firm’s collective involvement with industry and professional organizations is led by the participation of our Partners. Their roles in the community and recent election to the Boards of two distinguished organizations establish a solid foundation for our staff at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS to build on. In this week’s #DesignLINE, we highlight the missions and some of the latest happenings at the National Building Museum and the International Student House in Washington, DC.

Our firm’s collective involvement with industry and professional organizations is led by the participation of our Partners. Their roles in the community and recent election to the Boards of two distinguished organizations establish a solid foundation for our staff at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS ...

This evening, we are excited for Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS Staff Designer, Macy Carman-Goeke, to present her M.Arch ...
09/03/2019
Sixth Annual AIA|DC Thesis Showcase | AIA|DC

This evening, we are excited for Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS Staff Designer, Macy Carman-Goeke, to present her M.Arch thesis project from the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center at the District Architecture Center. The Sixth Annual Thesis Showcase aims to bridge the gap between recent graduates and practicing architects.

Macy’s thesis, Taking Root, investigates the role of architecture in experiencing a landscape. Specifically, it explores how architecture can be leveraged to facilitate a positive experience for those who have an uncomfortable relationship with nature due to inequities in access to quality green space, cultural distancing, or an increasingly urban and work-focused lifestyle. The proposed visitors center in Rock Creek Park utilizes design concepts present in nature and integrates them into the architecture of the building. This creates an introductory experience that touches the senses and the mind of the visitors and equips them to enjoy their exploration of the park and allow a personal relationship with nature to take root.

To attend the event, sign up here: https://www.aiadc.com/event/sixth-annual-aiadc-thesis-showcase

Thank you for 15 years of hard work and dedication, Karen! You will be missed at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS.
08/28/2019

Thank you for 15 years of hard work and dedication, Karen! You will be missed at Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS.

This month (and every month!) we are celebrating the people who bring value to our firm. Please join us in welcoming a h...
08/21/2019
Celebrating Our Team - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

This month (and every month!) we are celebrating the people who bring value to our firm. Please join us in welcoming a handful of team members to our design studio. We are always interested in discussing opportunities with passionate, talented individuals. Are you a good fit for our team? Join the conversation: [email protected] #DesignLINE

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 architec...

Happy Friday! How are you spending your lunch break? Sitting out on the terrace with colleagues or breaking a sweat on t...
07/19/2019

Happy Friday! How are you spending your lunch break? Sitting out on the terrace with colleagues or breaking a sweat on the court? Capital One’s employees have plenty of options at the new corporate HQ building in McLean, VA. The 31-story tower blends technology, art, and science to create an inspiring work environment. Our next #DesignLINE will dive into the design of this tower and how the building achieved LEED Gold certification. Stay tuned!

We’re excited to publish and share a new case study as two unique adaptive use projects near completion this summer!  Ca...
06/24/2019
Case Study: A New Generation of Housing in LeDroit Park

We’re excited to publish and share a new case study as two unique adaptive use projects near completion this summer! Carver and Slowe Halls had come to the end of their useful lives as student dormitories and are well on their way to becoming home to the next generation of residents. We, and clients Urban Investment Partners (UIP) and Neighborhood Development Company (NDC), are transforming over 450 dorm rooms into modern apartments. This case study discusses some of the key design challenges and creative solutions to reallocate space and revitalize the historic buildings. Use this link to download and learn more!
#casestudy #dormconversion #adaptiveuse #architecture

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We love Friday afternoon project tours to get out on the sites and discuss the design and structural challenges of diffe...
06/04/2019

We love Friday afternoon project tours to get out on the sites and discuss the design and structural challenges of different projects we are working on! This past Friday, we visited two of our adaptive use projects – dorm to modern apartment conversions – in LeDroit Park. Carver and Slowe Halls were built in 1942 and have served as student housing for Howard University for the past six years, and are being revitalized and transformed by Urban Investment Partners and Neighborhood Development Company (NDC). B|HA’s experts walked us through both buildings where we could see the action up close. We ended the day with Happy Hour at nearby Shaw's Tavern!

This Saturday, we are hosting a Construction Watch Tour with the National Building Museum of our project at 2144 Califor...
04/23/2019
Construction Watch Tour: Ora Apartments - Bonstra | Haresign Architects

This Saturday, we are hosting a Construction Watch Tour with the National Building Museum of our project at 2144 California Street, NW, Ora Apartments. The tour will begin at 10AM and walk through the renovation and facade rehabilitation of this 1959 mid-centrury modern apartment building in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC. See sign-up information in our #DesignLINE! Spots are limited!

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS and the National Building Museum are hosting a Construction Watch Tour of the renovation and façade rehabilitation of 2144 California Street, NW in Washington, DC. Join B|HA’s Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP, Aaron Margolis, AIA, and Robert Kuentzel for a tour of this 19...

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