We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Kyle Schulte to Project Manager. Since joining the firm in 2022, Kyle has actively contributed to the overall success of the firm through his diligence on complex projects, his active role in our Revit user group, and willingness to take on more and more responsibilities. Well deserved Kyle.
Annually, the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) spends a day in Annapolis to encourage Maryland State Senators and Delegates to support the need to fund housing that is attainable, including home ownership and rental. This year MAHC met with State leaders to encourage supporting Governor Wes Moore’s housing budget that increased funding for the Rental Housing Works program from $55mm to $110mm. These funds are desperately needed to make a dent in the housing crisis, as Maryland needs over 90,000 units of attainable housing but spends less than 0.2% of its budget to fund the Rental Housing Works program.
Thankful that Senator Mike Jackson (Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert County) was able to meet with a group of us and express his ongoing support and we saw this in almost every meeting we had. Very encouraging day in Annapolis!
Kumi Wickramanayaka, AIA, traveled to Memphis, TN to attend the annual meeting of Young Architects Forum (YAF). The YAF promotes the professional growth and leadership development of Emerging Professionals, including early and mid-career architects and unlicensed professionals on both traditional and non-traditional career paths. The YAF is both a place to connect socially with the design community and a venue to build leadership and advocacy skills.
“Engaging with young representatives from across the US, AIA Puerto Rico and AIA International was definitely inspiring, and advocating for our profession felt meaningful in a room that was buzzing with innovative ideas and insightful thoughts. Feeling grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Future of Architecture” said Wickramanayaka.
We are thrilled that Temi was selected to be part of this prestigious program!
The AIA|DC chapter Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program seeks to develop, train, and nurture the next generation of leaders. The year-long program consists of nine individual half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals (an emerging professional is defined as someone who has graduated from college with an architecture degree and is within 10 years of their first licensure).
The curriculum focuses on core professional skills such as entrepreneurship and firm management, working together and collaboration, the art of negotiation, client development, community leadership, industry trends, and developing your future within the practice.
For more than 10 years, Wiencek + Associates has invested in aspiring “architects” by volunteering in Washington Architecture Foundation’s “Architects in the Schools” program. This year, several of our team members partnered with Noyes Elementary School and Ms. Envangelista’s Third Grade class to create a curriculum and final project that allowed the students to design their own city. We introduced students to various architectural and design aspects, including building blocks of structures, plans, sections, and elevations. Several classes were dedicated to visualization and conceptualization to turn theory into reality. Such a fun and fulfilling time that we hope will inspire these young minds to become architects of the future.
Congratulations to our client, Enterprise Community Partners for closing on their financing in order to begin construction of the new Edgewood Commons V. This 151-unit, affordable, independent senior community is the final phase to be developed on the Edgewood campus in the Edgewood-Brookland neighborhood in NE Washington, DC. It will feature 18,000SF dedicated to services and amenities including a fitness room, a library, a large café with an outdoor terrace, a spacious and inviting multi-purpose community room, an indoor bike room, lounges and balconies on every floor. Bozzuto Construction Company is the general contractor and construction is estimated to be completed in 3Q’2025.
Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on 93 Units of Affordable Senior Housing in Ward 3
DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser broke ground on the construction of 93 units of affordable senior housing apartments at the LISNER LOUISE DICKSON HURT HOME in Friendship Heights that is being developed in partnership with Urban Atlantic.
“We know that reaching our bold housing goals requires a citywide vision and a commitment to building affordable housing in all parts of Washington, DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “We’re proud that through this historic investment from the Housing Production Trust Fund, we will be creating 93 new units of senior affordable housing in Ward 3. We’re grateful to all the government and community partners who are making this project a reality and continuing the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home’s legacy of serving DC seniors.”
The campus wide master plan, including the new senior building and the renovation were designed by Michael Wiencek, FAIA, who was applauded by the development team for his extraordinary vision on very complex site. The new building will be constructed by Bozzuto and the renovation by Harkins Builders, Inc.
“We are thrilled that our dream of a continuing care community for the city’s most vulnerable seniors will soon become a reality,” said L. Ward Orem, CEO of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. “The new affordable senior living apartments, along with the assisted living building renovation, will transform the lives of the seniors we serve for generations to come.”
When we set out to design the new St. Elizabeths Shelter we were committed to transforming the way shelters were designed and bringing a sense of dignity to those needing its services. We wanted to create something that could be a model for the nation, while tackling difficult societal circumstances.
This was no ordinary project…and we are deeply honored that the jury for AIA Potomac Valley 2023 Design Awards thinks we achieved something special. Here is what the jury stated when awarding us with the “Best in Show” Award.
“What is not to love about the community and program for this project? The depth and community resilience considerations, as well as the sustainability are commendable. This was an easy selection for the jury and shows that even architecture that has to do a lot with a little can rise to the occasion.”
Thank you AIA POTOMAC VALLEY for this incredible award. Let’s keep dreaming and transform more communities through architecture.
We’re always interested in discussing new business relationships and sustainable community focused architecture