Design driven. People focused.

 

OTJ Architects is a premier architecture and design firm that creates award-winning projects nationwide from its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY.

For nearly 30 years, OTJ has partnered with clients in the commercial real estate, corporate, government, arts and entertainment, as well as nonprofit sectors to create environments where individuals can excel and organizations thrive.

By leveraging evidence-based principles, strategy, and a digitally integrated process, OTJ mitigates the risks and uncertainty associated with design to deliver enduring human centric solutions that drive optimal staff performance and maximize each organization’s real estate investment.

How we can help you

Rate of Change

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.

Real Estate Costs

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.

Technology

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.

Renew or Relocate

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.

Wellness

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.

Awards & Accolades

Meet Our People

Partners

Lance Jaccard

Partner

AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Lance has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Clemson University and is an avid wakeboarder.

Ania Leeson

Partner & Studio Director

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
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.

Christine Garrity

Partner & Studio Director

IIDA, LEED AP
As a graduate of Virginia Tech with over 20 years of experience in the interior design industry, Christine brings expertise in project, budget, and schedule management. She empowers confident decision making through a highly collaborative approach.

Elizabeth Long

Partner & Studio Director

AIA, LEED AP
Elizabeth is an Auburn University alumna and loves skiing in Colorado every chance she gets.

Gary Martinez

Partner & Studio Director

FAIA
Gary received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Maryland and is actively involved in creating opportunities for business owners to participate in the economic growth of the city.

Eric Holland

Partner & Studio Director

IIDA,LEED AP
Eric is a workplace strategist and interior designer recognized for his ability to develop solutions that maximize functionality and aesthetic value. In his spare time, Eric supports the rescue and adoption of retired greyhounds.

Howard Weiss

Partner & Senior Director

With over 30 years of experience, Howard is a recognized leader who excels in the completion of complex, high-end corporate, hospitality, government and multi-family design projects.

Kevin Sneed

Partner & Senior Director of Architecture

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 Kennington

Partner & President of Business Development & Marketing

LEED AP
Laura graduated from Virginia Tech and loves adventurous travel.

Tony Martin

Partner & Studio Director

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Tony has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Texas A& M University and enjoys mill working.

Directors and Associates

Camie Bingham

Senior Associate & Director of Design

IIDA, LEED AP
Camie studied interior design at Marymount University.

Georgina Sperber

Senior Associate

SAIA, LEED AP
Georgina graduated with a Bachelor’s of Architectural Studies and Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. When she is not chauffeuring her children, she enjoys Pilates and yoga.

Holly Martin

Senior Associate & Director of Design

IIDA, 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!

John Easterling

Senior Associate

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
John received his Master of Architecture from Rice University. An avid theater, film, symphony, and opera fan, John enjoys attending performing arts venues as much as he does designing them.

Pascal Molenat

Senior Associate & Vice President of Marketing

Pascal graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He enjoys rock climbing, 20th century art, and the occasional glass of Burgundy.

Pete Ducas

Senior Associate

AIA, LEED AP
Pete has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Catholic University of America and loves the NFL Patriots.

Steven Jensen

Associate Principal

AIA, LEED AP
Steve received his Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

Amy Carter

Associate & Studio Director

IIDA
Amy is a Virginia Tech graduate who enjoys cooking, volunteering, and breaking a sweat in a yoga session.

Annette Carter

Associate & Studio Director

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.

Archana Tembulkar

Associate & Studio Director

Associate AIA, LEED AP
Arch graduated from Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc) with a Masters degree in Architecture. She loves to travel and enjoys photography and cooking.

Denise Myler

Associate & Regional Director of Business Development

WELL AP
Denise graduated from Boston College. She is a DC Native who loves being active outside and spending time with her family and friends.

Kaan Dilber

Associate

AIA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Kaan graduated with a Master’s degree from Yildiz Technical Institute in Turkey and enjoys running.

Katie Schiavi

Associate & Regional Director of Business Development

WELL AP
Katie is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware. She loves travel, shuffle board, and Florida, which will make her an excellent retiree.

Margaret Fogarty

Associate

IIDA, NCIDQ
Margaret attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Furnishing & Interiors. She loves to travel and spend time with her dog.

Spencer Sear

Associate & Director of Technology

AIA
Spencer has a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Ben Harrison

Chief Financial Officer

Ben holds a B.S. in Architectural Design from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He enjoys running, playing guitar, spending time with his family, and anything tropical.

Jordana Coppola

Director of HR & Operations

SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Jordana graduated with a Business Management degree and holds two Senior Professional Human Resources Certifications. She enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele, as well as running and all things fitness related.

Linda Jackson

Senior Director

AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
Linda studied architecture and design at University of Maryland and George Washington University. You can find her boating on the water.

Allison Kahl

Director of Design

Associate IIDA
Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University. She has lived and worked in Venice, Seoul, Bordeaux, and Crete where she immersed herself in culture, design, art, and cooking!

Catherine Dolezal

Director of Architecture

AIA, LEED AP
Catherine is a licensed Architect with a Master's degree in Architecture from Tulane University. She enjoys worldwide travel, recent trips including the Belize jungle and Ireland.

Chris Leonberg

Director of Design

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Chris earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University where he also ran for the Track & Field team. He continues to run marathons and enjoys hiking, cycling and all things outdoors.

Jose "Chefe" Benitez

Technical Director

LEED AP
Jose holds a Master's degree in Architecture from Catholic University of America. He is better known as Chefe - his nickname.

Katherine Tong

Studio Director

IIDA
Katherine graduated from Radford University with a degree in Interior Design. In her spare time she’s found playing board games.

Stacey Gracia

Studio Director

Associate IIDA
Stacey is a graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in Interior Design. She fully embraces a hands-on, collaborative approach to project management and is a diehard Orange basketball fan!