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.

Tony Martin

Partner & Studio Director

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

Ania Leeson

Partner & Studio Director

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.

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.

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.

Directors and Associates

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.

Steven Jensen

Senior Associate

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.

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.

Annette Carter

Associate

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 Bingham

Associate & Director of Design

IIDA, NCIDQ
Camie studied interior design at Marymount University.

Pete Ducas

Associate

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

Kaan Dilber

Associate

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

Elizabeth Long

Associate & Studio Director

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

Holly Martin

Associate & Director of Design

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!

Denise Myler

Associate & Regional Director of Business Development

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

Pascal Molenat

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.

Jordana Coppola

Director of HR & Operations

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

Samantha Brackett

Director of Market Strategy

Samantha graduated from Tulane University and has a 20 year background in marketing and sales. She loves exploring new cities and countries, running, and fashion.

Amy Carter

Studio Director

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

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.

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!

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.

Katie Schiavi

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.

Archana Tembulkar

Studio Director

Assoc. 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.

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.