OTJ Architects is a leading interior architecture firm, working with organizations throughout the country.
We are workplace designers who focus on you – your goals and your opportunities – to create a unique vision of your future work environment.
The workplace is evolving constantly, and more importantly, so are the people who occupy it. We develop our design solutions with the people who will use them, resulting in unique spaces that will adapt and grow with you.
Our approach is rooted in the belief that design is a tool to improve people’s lives: good design strengthens workplace culture, communicates brand and improves wellness.
Our goal is to constantly challenge ourselves to design better, smarter workplaces that allow people to work strategically, flexibly and with a better quality of life.
OTJ Architects works with organizations at different times in their growth and development. The challenges of working with a start-up tech firm or a well-established non-profit organization are very unique. Assessing organizational changes like growth or contraction, reacting to a change of leadership which leads to a change in vision, or simply adjusting to the changing work force are all issues organizations face at some point.
Developing and implementing workplace strategies that respond to these changes and look forward to future changes is a part of the success of any organization.
It’s hard for an organization’s leadership to look at its current space and see work spaces being under-utilized, whether it’s offices that are empty 60% of the time because staff travel, work off-site or staff meetings. Organizations also look for office space that is under-utilized due to a transition away from a reliance on paper.
Repurposing under-utilized spaces and exploring new standards that address how people really work are critical to reducing an organization’s real estate costs.
The rapid evolution of mobility and its impact on the workforce is drastic. With mobility, staff spend less time in offices and work spaces and more time in social and collaborative settings or focused work areas.
In order to respond to the way technology has impacted our work life, we design for non-dedicated work spaces focusing on collaborative areas to engage staff when they are in the office.
As issues above are addressed, the question then is to renovate or relocate by assessing the impact of the disruption of a move versus that of an in-place renovation and their associated costs.
The WELL Building Standard focuses on human wellness within the built environment across seven categories – Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind. At OTJ Architects, we have WELL AP accredited professionals who believe that spaces should be developed with people’s health and wellness at the center of the design. Additionally, OTJ is able to provide LEED Review services and subsequent LEED design to achieve LEED Certification.
Each studio at OTJ has LEED Accredited Professionals who can guide clients through the sustainable design process. We work closely with the MEP engineer to ensure the design minimizes energy usage and maximizes operating efficiency.
AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Lance has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Clemson University and is an avid wakeboarder.
Roger is a Catholic University of America alumnus and excels at fly fishing.
AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Tony has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Texas A& M University and enjoys mill working.
FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT
Kevin is an alumnus of University of Texas at Arlington and enjoys Marvel and DC Comic Books.
Laura graduated from Virginia Tech and loves adventurous travel.
AIA, LEED AP
Ania has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University and Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. She hung up her ice skates to become an architect.
Meg attended American University and enjoys horseback riding and her three adopted greyhounds.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Annette has a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park and is an amateur genealogist.
Camie studied interior design at Marymount University.
Assoc. AIA, Assoc. IIDA
Diane has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, and an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design. She loves to travel and enjoys an occasional horseback ride!
Diran graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Diran is known for taking cruises for vacations.
AIA, LEED AP
Elizabeth is an Auburn University alumna and loves skiing in Colorado every chance she gets.
IIDA, CID, LEED AP
Holly has an undergraduate degree in Interior Design from Virginia Tech. She also has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown. Her house is a zoo – she has two young boys and two rambunctious doggies!
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP ID+C
Kaan graduated with a Master’s degree from Yildiz Technical Institute in Turkey and enjoys running.
Katherine graduated from Radford University with a degree in Interior Design. In her spare time she’s found playing board games.
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Linda studied architecture and design at University of Maryland and George Washington University. You can find her boating on the water.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Pete has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Catholic University of America and loves the NFL Patriots.
Travis has his Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Florida and is a devoted cyclist.