OTJ Architects is a premier architecture and design firm that creates award-winning projects nationwide from its offices in Washington, D.C., New York, NY, Miami, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Boston, MA. 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.
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.
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.
IIDA, LEED AP
Camie studied interior design at Marymount University.
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.
AIA, LEED AP
Elizabeth is an Auburn University alumna and loves skiing in Colorado every chance she gets.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
AIA, LEED AP
Pete has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Catholic University of America and loves the NFL Patriots.
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Tony has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Texas A& M University and enjoys mill working.
Amy is a Virginia Tech graduate who enjoys cooking, volunteering, and breaking a sweat in a yoga session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 graduated from Boston College. She is a DC Native who loves being active outside and spending time with her family and friends.
AIA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Kaan graduated with a Master’s degree from Yildiz Technical Institute in Turkey and enjoys running.
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.
Margaret attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Furnishing & Interiors. She loves to travel and spend time with her dog.
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.
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!
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.
Cristina graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, concentration in Interior Architecture. She enjoys any time outdoors; camping, canoeing, or just relaxing and taking it all in.
Christina graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Graphic Design. She has a passion for visual arts and creative strategy, and in her free time enjoys spin classes, spending time with her two dogs, and all things Italian.
Jack has a Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning from Catholic University of America. He spends what little free time he has loving his family and renovating their house.
Jackie received her Bachelor's degree in Interior Design and Master's degree in Architecture from Florida International University. She loves to venture out to try different restaurants around her Miami town, and makes sure she always leaves room for dessert!
Jose holds a Master's degree in Architecture from Catholic University of America. He is better known as Chefe - his nickname.
Katherine graduated from Radford University with a degree in Interior Design. In her spare time she’s found playing board games.
Katie is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware. She loves travel, shuffle board, and Florida, which will make her an excellent retiree.
INT. ASSOCIATE AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
Oriol holds his Master's degree in Architecture from BarcelonaTech (UPC). He is multilingual and likes to travel, having visited 15 countries with his favorite destination being his homeland: Catalonia.
Sam has a Bachelor's degree in Design + Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and enjoys reading, watching Buffalo sports teams lose, and volunteering as a Donate Life ambassador.
Sarah graduated from JMU with a degree in Interior Design and received her Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech. She enjoys reading, video games, cooking, DC sports, and spending time outdoors.
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!
Thorne graduated from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) with his Master's degree in Architecture. He is an avid runner and has been in a committed relationship with REVIT for over eight years.
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 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.
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.
RA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Alana received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Miami. She works closely with her clients to develop creative solutions tailored to each project's key objectives - because one size just doesn't fit all!
Alvia graduated Drexel University with her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and from the University of Miami with a Master’s of Architecture. She loves to travel, having been to over 25 countries in Europe and the Caribbean.
Becky graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Boston University and a Master of Interior Design from Boston Architectural College.
NCIDQ, LEED AP
Michelle holds her B.S. in Microbiology and Cellular Science from the University of Florida, as well as her Master of Art in Interior Design from Boston Architectural College.
Natalie has a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her technical experience includes all phases of design, from concept through final implementation.
Natasha graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
Thomas graduated with his Masters in Architecture from Royal Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Outside of work, you are likely to find him in a pair of running shoes, training for his next marathon.
AIA, NCARB, WELL AP
Thomas graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from Northeastern University.