CORE architecture + design

CORE architecture + design CORE thrives on complex projects, delivering award-winning architecture and design.

Under the leadership of Principals Dale Stewart, Guy Martin, Allison Cooke, and David Cheney, CORE thrives on complex projects and leads with experience, understanding that their best work comes from designing hand in hand with their clients. Bringing a spirit of exploration to each project, CORE believes that design has the power to shape experiences. Welcome to CORE.

Mission: Collaborate + Explore CORE strives to promote design excellence and values working with clients who share the same vision. These successful collaborations have allowed CORE’s portfolio of diverse projects to continue to grow throughout the greater Washington, DC region, across the United States, and internationally.

Watch a recording of our webinar, “Restaurants: Envisioning Safe Reopening,” aimed at providing guidance for restaurant ...
04/29/2020

Watch a recording of our webinar, “Restaurants: Envisioning Safe Reopening,” aimed at providing guidance for restaurant owners and operators as they navigate reopening. Link in bio 👆🏼Allison Cooke and Daniel Chapman share insights on spatial considerations for a new mode of operating safely, discuss shifting business models, and more. 📸 @gregpowers #restaurantreopening #communitysupport #dcstrong #restaurantdesign #COREdcHospitality

Our webinar “Restaurants: Envisioning Safe Reopening” is SOLD OUT! We are looking forward to the event on Monday, and wi...
04/24/2020

Our webinar “Restaurants: Envisioning Safe Reopening” is SOLD OUT! We are looking forward to the event on Monday, and will make the recording available to the community. Watch out for the link in our bio next week! 📸 @gregpowers #restaurantreopening #communitysupport #dcstrong #restaurantdesign #COREdcHospitality

What will dining out mean to customers now? Join our complimentary webinar on Monday, 4/27/20, 11:00 am, aimed at provid...
04/23/2020

What will dining out mean to customers now? Join our complimentary webinar on Monday, 4/27/20, 11:00 am, aimed at providing guidance for restaurant owners and operators as they navigate reopening. We will share our insights on spatial considerations for a new mode of operating safely. We will discuss shifting business models and new demands on space. We will relay concerns operators at the forefront of reopening have been sharing with us, and extend our resources to you. Capacity for this event is limited. Register now! Link in bio 👆🏼📸 @gregpowers #restaurantreopening #communitysupport #dcstrong #restaurantdesign #COREdcHospitality

Listen to this @npr #HowIBuiltThisPodcast episode with the founders of @sweetgreen to hear about their impressive journe...
04/21/2020

Listen to this @npr #HowIBuiltThisPodcast episode with the founders of @sweetgreen to hear about their impressive journey - from the architectural design of their fast casual concept and their first location in Georgetown to the recent launch of their Impact Outpost Fund, which partners with @chefjoseandres @wckitchen to help front-line medical workers during this crisis. Link in bio👆🏼📸 Michael Moran #communitysupport #dcstrong #essentialworkers #fastcasualdesign #COREdcHospitality

Enjoying our weekly @coredc #virtualhappyhour #dcstrong 🥂🍷 🍺 😎
04/16/2020

Enjoying our weekly @coredc #virtualhappyhour #dcstrong 🥂🍷 🍺 😎

Social distancing doesn’t keep us from enjoying each other's company! We are having a blast during our weekly #virtualha...
04/16/2020

Social distancing doesn’t keep us from enjoying each other's company! We are having a blast during our weekly #virtualhappyhour #dcstrong #COREdcHospitality

@cottonandreed has turned their distillery into producing hand sanitizer for sale and donation. Purchasing a bottle is a...
04/14/2020

@cottonandreed has turned their distillery into producing hand sanitizer for sale and donation. Purchasing a bottle is a great way to keep yourself and those around you safe, while supporting a small business and giving back to the community. 👆🏼link in bio. 🙏🏼💪🏼📸 @ronngiam #dcstrong #communitysupport #supportlocalbusiness

"This is a time where you really need to support your local businesses because the consumers have enormous buying power ...
04/08/2020

"This is a time where you really need to support your local businesses because the consumers have enormous buying power right now in terms of who they're buying from and what they're buying," says @amy_brandwein Chef and Owner of Centrolina at @citycenterdc. "As long as we have thoughtful consumers out there who are thinking about what places they want to survive after all this, I think that is what drives the business to be able to sustain themselves during this time period." Via @wbjnewsroom 📸 @gregpowers and Joanne S. Lawton #communitysupport #dcstrong #COREdcHospitality @ Centrolina

@silver_diner at Rio in Gaithersburg is joining forces with @realfoodforkidsorg to give children in the area access to h...
04/06/2020

@silver_diner at Rio in Gaithersburg is joining forces with @realfoodforkidsorg to give children in the area access to healthy meals while school is out. Weekdays from 2pm-4pm. 🙏🏼👏🏼💪🏼 📸 Silver Diner #communitysupport #chefsforfamilies

@silver_diner at Rio in Gaithersburg is joining forces with @realfoodforkidsorg to give children in the area access to h...
04/06/2020

@silver_diner at Rio in Gaithersburg is joining forces with @realfoodforkidsorg to give children in the area access to healthy meals while school is out. Weekdays from 2pm-4pm. 🙏🏼👏🏼💪🏼 📸 Silver Diner #communitysupport #chefsforfamilies

Dry cleaners such as @dryydc are an #essentialbusiness and continue to operate during these challenging times. They are ...
04/01/2020

Dry cleaners such as @dryydc are an #essentialbusiness and continue to operate during these challenging times. They are doing an incredible job in providing customers with their outstanding services while observing the requirements for social distancing. Dryy ensures to support the health and wellbeing of their customers and team members for example by putting in place revised hours of operation. Their newest location at City Vista in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood is now open. Stay safe and healthy! 📸 @ronngiam #dcstrong

Mockup progress for the Oriel windows at the 10-story ground-up multifamily development, The Silva. The project team rev...
03/30/2020

Mockup progress for the Oriel windows at the 10-story ground-up multifamily development, The Silva. The project team reviewed the installation of a monolithic silicone based air barrier and is very satisfied as it can handle vertical, horizontal, and detailing applications without changing products. Everyone on site keeps their distance and is very respectful of the current conditions. 📸 @hutch1138 #architecturaldesign #constructionadministration @ Washington D.C.

@chefjoseandres has reopened several of his Washington, DC restaurants, closed due to the coronavirus, as “Community Kit...
03/24/2020

@chefjoseandres has reopened several of his Washington, DC restaurants, closed due to the coronavirus, as “Community Kitchens.” The locations serve meals out of side doors and patios at reduced prices. Free meals are available for those who can’t pay, and customers have the option to donate meals as well. 🙏 See link in bio👆🏼to learn more about @wckitchen #ChefsForAmerica initiative. 📸 @kenwyner

During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to support our friends in the hospitality industry. There are seve...
03/19/2020

During these challenging times, we encourage everyone to support our friends in the hospitality industry. There are several things you can do to help while keeping the necessary social distance. Order takeout or delivery with “contact-free” drop-offs. Buy a gift card, which you can benefit from later. Consider a donation to a local business. Be safe and healthy! 📸 @ronngiam @gregpowers #COREdcHospitality @ Washington metropolitan area

#TBT "Like non-identical siblings" the two principal façades of 600 Mass - a 400K SF office structure - "present differe...
03/12/2020

#TBT "Like non-identical siblings" the two principal façades of 600 Mass - a 400K SF office structure - "present different but related faces to the public,“ says writer Ronald O'Rourke 📸 @maxwellmackenziephotographer #façadedesign #facadedesign #architecturaldesign #buildingdesign #interiordesign #COREdcArchitecture @ 600 Massachusetts Ave Nw Washington D.c.

Congrats! The @lifeatlizdc mixed-use development is among @wbjnewsroom 25 Best Real Estate Deals of 2019. Each year, the...
03/11/2020

Congrats! The @lifeatlizdc mixed-use development is among @wbjnewsroom 25 Best Real Estate Deals of 2019. Each year, the journal honors the best in the business in the DC metro area, from neighborhood-changing leases to new hotels to record-breaking financing deals and more. 📸 @ronngiam #realestate #dcbusiness #madeindc #acreativedc #architecturaldesign #buildingdesign #interiordesign #hospitalitydesign #retaildesign #COREdcArchitecture #COREdcHospitality

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! Join us in celebrating all the amazing, creative, strong, and talented female powerhou...
03/08/2020

Today is #InternationalWomensDay! Join us in celebrating all the amazing, creative, strong, and talented female powerhouses out there, including this kick-ass group of women at CORE! 📸 @ronngiam #womensmonth #womensday #celebratewomen #womenarebadass #femalesandbusiness #womenandbusiness #femalefounders #femaleentrepreneurs #womensupportingwomen #knowledgeispower #investinyourself #hospitalitydesign #restaurantdesign #retaildesign #interiordesign #bardesign #bakerydesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality #COREdcArchitecture

According to @chaneykwak article in Hemispheres Magazine, "Three Perfect Days” in Washington, DC include a visit to @cot...
03/05/2020

According to @chaneykwak article in Hemispheres Magazine, "Three Perfect Days” in Washington, DC include a visit to @cottonandreed a bar that delivers naturally complex spirits and cocktails and the capital's first rum distillery. The bar’s design incorporates light and nature to offset the building’s factory vibe. 📸 @ronngiam #bardesign #distillerydesign #hospitalitydesign #restaurantdesign #retaildesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality #COREdcArchitecture

@thisisfab 2020 tickets go on sale tomorrow, 3/4! Join Allison Cooke @cheezbandit and a high-caliber roster of 68 speake...
03/03/2020

@thisisfab 2020 tickets go on sale tomorrow, 3/4! Join Allison Cooke @cheezbandit and a high-caliber roster of 68 speakers at FAB in Charleston, SC, June 14-16! Link in bio👆🏼Choose from 39 educational and inspirational panels created by women, for women in the hospitality industry. Allison will speak about brand creation and how to pitch your business idea, moderate a panel on restaurant design 101, and host a lunch roundtable on design & architecture. Reserve your seat and create your curriculum when you sign up because sessions are popular and fill up quickly. 📸 @thisisfab #thisisfab #femalesandbusiness #womeninhospitality #womenandbusiness #womenandhospitality #fabworkshop #womenarebadass #femalefounders #femaleentrepreneurs #womensupportingwomen #knowledgeispower #investinyourself #hospitalitydesign #restaurantdesign #retaildesign #interiordesign #bardesign #bakerydesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality #COREdcArchitecture @ Charleston, South Carolina

Applications for the @beardfoundation Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program will open this Sunday, March 1. Don't m...
02/27/2020

Applications for the @beardfoundation Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program will open this Sunday, March 1. Don't miss out! See link in bio for details and spread the word to someone you know should apply! 📸 The James Beard Foundation #femalesandbusiness #womeninhospitality #womenandbusiness #womenandhospitality #femaleentrepreneurs #womensupportingwomen #knowledgeispower #investinyourself #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturealdesign #COREdcHospitality

The design of @craveprima by @michaelschlow delivers an overall cozy guest experience, highlighting the Italian fast cas...
02/20/2020

The design of @craveprima by @michaelschlow delivers an overall cozy guest experience, highlighting the Italian fast casual's cuisine, both in production and display. 📸 @ronngiam #fastcasualdesign #prototypedesign #retaildesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality #COREdcArchitecture @ Prima

@arizonastateuniversity DC wins a 2019 Pinnacle Award in the Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture category! Congrat...
02/18/2020

@arizonastateuniversity DC wins a 2019 Pinnacle Award in the Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture category! Congratulations to the amazingly talented @lasvegasrock, who received the award during the National Stone Institute Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, NV. Judges were raving that the "bas relief is impressive with its expression of a sense of place, a sense of land forms," "meaningful and successful." 📸 @alan_karchmer #walldesign #architecturaldesign #creativespaces #COREdcArchitecture #COREdcHospitality @ Arizona State University

1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW is a rare example of a private building with preservation easements on both the exterior a...
02/14/2020

1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW is a rare example of a private building with preservation easements on both the exterior and the interior. The latter required a new office design that would not impact the original ceiling, walls or floors. The design team dug into the client's cultural DNA to determine how its scholars work best, and designed every detail to ensure longevity and a classic timelessness.
📸 Michael Moran #flashbackfriday #architecturaldesign #interiordesign #officedesign #creativeofficespace #COREdcArchitecture #COREdcHospitality @ American Enterprise Institute

“There are a lot of office buildings in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area with the opportunity to transform into envir...
02/04/2020

“There are a lot of office buildings in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area with the opportunity to transform into environments that are better suited for today’s smaller, dynamic companies,” says CORE Lead Architect @ronngiam. “The accelspace AP2 reinvention did just that by reshaping traditional closed office plans into open, bright, and collaborative spaces that the market demands.” 📸 Ron Ngiam #interiordesign #officedesign #workdesign #architecturaldesign #hospitalitydesign #creativeofficespaces #COREdcArchitecture #COREdcHospitality @ accelspace

Behind the scenes @theanthemdc part 2: Smart way-finding techniques improve back stage security and steel angles and hig...
01/30/2020

Behind the scenes @theanthemdc part 2: Smart way-finding techniques improve back stage security and steel angles and highly durable woven wall coverings protect the walls from equipment cases while giving the area a sophisticated feel. 📸 @ronngiam #venuedesign #backstagedesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality @ The Anthem

Behind the scenes @theanthemdc part 2: Smart way-finding techniques improve back stage security and steel angles and hig...
01/30/2020

Behind the scenes @theanthemdc part 2: Smart way-finding techniques improve back stage security and steel angles and highly durable woven wall coverings protect the walls from equipment cases while giving the areas a sophisticated feel. 📸 @ronngiam #venuedesign #backstagedesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality @ The Anthem

Excited to share this raving review by one of @dryydc satisfied customers @foundryinterior about their Dryy experience: ...
01/28/2020

Excited to share this raving review by one of @dryydc satisfied customers @foundryinterior about their Dryy experience: “They are the best cleaners I've ever used, EVER, they are super friendly, crazy fun (yes, a fun dry cleaner!!) and as you can see here, their design style is awesome. I could totally hang out at this counter and work all day.” 📸 @ronngiam #retaildesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality #COREdcArchitecture

Join the 🦊🦊 @sugarfoxdc and treat yourself to your favorite cake and ice cream 'cos it's never to cold for 🍦 and explori...
01/23/2020

Join the 🦊🦊 @sugarfoxdc and treat yourself to your favorite cake and ice cream 'cos it's never to cold for 🍦 and exploring beautiful spaces. 📸 @ronngiam #bakerydesign #retaildesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality @ Sugar Fox

🚨New team member announcement🚨Say hello to Chelsea Schuster! our new resource librarian. Chelsea is finishing up her MFA...
01/09/2020

🚨New team member announcement🚨Say hello to Chelsea Schuster! our new resource librarian. Chelsea is finishing up her MFA in interior architecture & design at GW, we are very excited to have her join the #COREdc family!

A new golf and entertainment venue might be coming to Northern Virginia! Spot Golf LLC is in discussions with 1757 Golf ...
01/08/2020

A new golf and entertainment venue might be coming to Northern Virginia! Spot Golf LLC is in discussions with 1757 Golf Club operator @billycaspergolf to build a driving range and entertainment complex similar to the venue Spot Golf partner and affiliate @oncoregolf is developing in Buffalo, NY. See link in bio for more from @katishimaake @wbjnewsroom #architecturaldesign #buildingdesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #retaildesign #sportsentertainment #COREdcArchitecture #COREdcHospitality

12/19/2019
Christmas came early! Great piece by Architecture DC featuring our full historic building renovation project for Arizona...
12/16/2019

Christmas came early! Great piece by Architecture DC featuring our full historic building renovation project for Arizona State University’s DC headquarters in their Winter 2019 issue. Link in bio #COREdcArchitecture #COREdc #historicrenovation @districtarchcenter @ CORE architecture + design

We strongly believe that architectural design and brand design have to go hand in hand in order to create a truly unifie...
12/12/2019

We strongly believe that architectural design and brand design have to go hand in hand in order to create a truly unified customer experience. For @dryydc we collaborated with our friends and expert @polygraphcreative who tailored the Dryy brand for every touchpoint, including the truly amazing interior and exterior signage. 📸 @ronngiam @polygraphcreative #architecturalbranding #retaildesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #creativeprocess #COREdcHospitality @ Dryy Garment Care

Going for a “light battle” ride @officialgeorgetowndc #georgetownglow art installation by @venividimultiplex Go @hutch11...
12/10/2019

Going for a “light battle” ride @officialgeorgetowndc #georgetownglow art installation by @venividimultiplex Go @hutch1138 @dan_kalinowski @ Georgetown, DC

Behind the scenes at The Anthem: We joined forces with I.M.P. on the backstage corridors and eight dressing rooms for th...
12/10/2019

Behind the scenes at The Anthem: We joined forces with I.M.P. on the backstage corridors and eight dressing rooms for the 6,000-persona capacity venue located at The Wharf, delivering a style that is complementary to the private suite and main theater. 📸 @ronngiam #venuedesign #backstagedesign #hospitalitydesign #interiordesign #architecturaldesign #COREdcHospitality

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CORE is a multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm founded in 1991. We apply a collaborative design process to a wide range of environments and building types. From chef-driven restaurants to hotel lobbies, and from libraries to mixed-use developments and corporate office buildings we work with our clients to create design solutions that strengthen their businesses. CORE thrives on complex projects and nurtures ardent creativity, understanding that their best work comes from designing hand in hand with their clients.

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Welcome to CORE

Our design process begins with EXPLORATION. Our intentional design has the power to SHAPE EXPERIENCES. Our best work comes from designing WITH OUR CLIENTS. We earn your TRUST by leading with experience.

Under the leadership of Principals Dale Stewart, Allison Cooke, and David Cheney, CORE architecture + design thrives on complex projects. We bring an adventurous spirit to each project and have always been committed to being relentless explorers. We treat each new project as a great opportunity to create something different, something special, and something truly transformative.

Our co-creative design process integrates the client every step of the way. From the beginning, we listen to you to understand your vision and together we define the story. From dream to reality, we turn storytelling into rich architectural spaces. During our process together, we foster constant communication to guide you through the project process, by leading with our experience.

For over 27 years, we have provided our clients with superior design solutions that add tremendous value to their business. These successful collaborations have enabled us to grow our portfolio of diverse projects, including mixed-use developments, public buildings, large-scale office and residential developments, chef-driven restaurants, and hotel public spaces, throughout the Washington metropolitan area and across the United States.

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