About Us

Will Teass

Principal

Will Teass, AIA LEED AP, is the co-founder and Managing Principal.

His exceptional projects include Mercury Public Affairs at Boilermaker, Heiner Contemporary and several multifamily buildings in Washington, DC.  Many of his exemplary designs have been featured in The New York Times, ArchitectureDC, and The Washington Business Journal.

Licensed as an architect in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland with over twenty-two years of experience, Will received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.  He is a nationally recognized speaker who focuses on design excellence and management best practices.

He has presented cases before the DC Historic Preservation Board, DC Board of Zoning Adjustment and Zoning Commission and other local review boards. In addition, he has launched “Blueprints for Growth,” a conversation series with professionals focused on the challenges of entrepreneurship within the design community.

Will currently serves as an at-large board member for AIA Washington DC Chapter and is an active member of ULI Washington’s NEXT program.  He is a frequent guest critic on design juries at Catholic University, University of Maryland and University of Virginia.

Charles Warren

Principal

Charles Warren, AIA, LEED AP, co-founder and Principal of Design, brings to the practice over 20 years of exceptional design experience. He is primarily focused on leading and elevating the quality of every project.

His background includes work of varying sizes and typologies, including master planning, mixed-use, multi-family, single-family custom homes, and commercial interiors. This unique perspective allows for creative architectural solutions to projects of all scales and complexities. With an emphasis on improving the urban environment through infill projects in the Washington, DC region, Charles’ deep understanding of local regulations greatly informs his design process. He is particularly focused on creating affordable and attainable housing imbued with high quality design and timeless detailing.

Accustomed to working with small and large teams he believes the best solutions come from a collaborative process where all contributors, from the architects to talented consultants and owners, participate and have agency in the work. He believes this is critical for effective management and ultimately successful projects.

Charles received a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is licensed to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Charles can often be heard speaking for various organizations and universities where he enjoys mentoring and inspiring young designers and adding his expertise to the global architectural conversation.

Our Team

Kora Findler
Kora Findler

Accounting

Mike Pennington
Mike Pennington

Senior Technical Lead

Madeline Sambor
Madeline Sambor

Project Lead

Jensen Andersen
Jensen Andersen

Interior Designer

Dialong Ma
Dialong Ma

Project Designer

Mackenzie Carney
Mackenzie Carney

Project Designer

We guide our practice according to six key principles:

Caring buildings extend beyond sustainability.  We design empathic buildings that complement their surrounding context and neighborhoods, thereby provide a deeper connection to the whole.  We firmly believe in leveraging the power of design to create a better world.
Among the multiple typologies we work in, we are constantly in search of design opportunities.  It can be a space, detail or material.  Every project has a special aspect; our goal to identify that moment and design a framework to celebrate it.
Listening more than we talk.  When we do speak, our success comes from collaboration.  Every project undergoes weekly reviews during our Thursday night critique sessions where our team can contribute in order to strengthen the design and create solutions.
Considering details that are elegant and associate with the complex help uncover interesting patterns that tie buildings together.  Details convey quality and elevate the common to the extraordinary.
An integrated design approach that utilizes a proven method through all stages of design, approvals, and construction is our key to delivering successful projects.  We have a culture where we share our knowledge with clients, colleagues and consultants.  Shifting scales and typologies keeps our team nimble and engaged.
As architects, we have a social responsibility and commitment to our shared community.  Philanthropy is a key part of our mission.  Our team is comprised of individuals who are always looking for an opportunity for the firm to give back.
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