BELL Architects, PC is an award-winning architectural design firm founded in 1999 by David Bell, FAIA, LEEDap BD+C. BELL Architects specializes in building in challenging urban and historically sensitive sites. Our certified local small business firm, located in Washington DC, has demonstrated success with historic preservation, sustainable design and adaptive reuse and the regulatory review process on existing buildings with private and public sector clients.
Our staff of 13 has expertise in site analysis, master planning, rehabilitation, systems integration and the public consultation and approval process. There are seven LEED accredited design professionals who have worked extensively with LEED certified projects, including including schools, libraries, performing arts venues, recreation centers, mixed-use buildings, offices and institutional facilities.
We have worked with private and public sector clients on a variety of historic and adaptive reuse projects, we provide Section 106 Consulting to protect the integrity of historic properties and address the concerns of public interest. Many of our projects require oversight by multiple review authorities, such as the National Capitol Planning Commission (NCPC), the US Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), DC Historic Preservation Office (DC HPO), Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (VA SHPO), DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), local planning commissions and other related agencies. Often BELL will obtain a certificate of appropriateness, zoning adjustment or other preliminary approval from one of these agenicies, prior to proceeding with design development.
Charles Belfoure is an architect that only specializes in historic preservation. He qualifies as a historic preservation architect and an architectural historian under the Secretary of Interior’s Qualification Standards. He is also a historic tax credit consultant who has done many buildings in the Baltimore – Washington area. He is a published architectural historian as the co-author of The Baltimore Rowhouse, Niernsee & Neilson – Architects of Baltimore, author of Monuments to Money – the Architecture of American Banks, Edmund Lind – Anglo-American Architect of Baltimore and the South. In addition, he does National Register nominations, historic structures reports, and 106 review.
Partners for Place believes the success of any community is knowing who you were, who you are, and who you want to be. We can help you answer those questions and build the plans to get you there. We work with sites and communities to make sure your preservation project is a success.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits
State and National Register Nomination
Preservation Training and Orientation for Boards
Retrospect, LLC is a private research and consulting firm specializing in architectural documentation and historic preservation. Founded in 2006 by Sherri Marsh Johns, the firm successfully provides clients with a range of cultural resource management services. Staff credentials are especially strong in the areas of architectural and historical research; survey and documentation; and historic preservation law compliance.
Retrospect specializes in mid-Atlantic vernacular architecture, but has experience documenting a variety of property types throughout much of the continental United States and Caribbean. Professional projects include National Register and National Historic Landmark evaluations and nominations; thematic studies; NEPA/NHPA compliance; historic property survey and identification; and State Historic Preservation Office inventory documentation.
Stantec’s Mid-Atlantic cultural resources team is located at the Laurel, Maryland office. The team provides archaeological and historical services to private businesses, and local, state, and federal agencies to meet regulatory requirements.