On October 21, 2021, over 60 members of LAIGW attended a New Member Investiture and Awards Ceremony on the scenic rooftop of the DC Water Headquarters in Navy Yard.  Members were treated to food and drink, camaraderie, and a beautiful sunset and moonrise.  Outgoing President John Schlicting welcomed the group to the event, and Incoming President Jody Kline described the history of LAIGW and administered the oath.

Fourteen new members were invested:

 Amir Ahmadzadeh, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Operations, EXP Engineering

Bree Beal, Vice President, HKS Inc.

Christian Calleri, Architect, Perkins Eastman

Paul Desjardin, Director, Department of Community Planning and Services,
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Chris Earley, Principal, Greening Urban, LLC

Miti Figueredo, Deputy Director, Montgomery County Parks Department

John Glenn, Architect, Bonstra | Haresign Architects, LLP

James Gregg, Senior Structural Engineer, Mid-Atlantic Unit Manager, T.Y. Lin International

Lisa Govoni, Housing Policy Coordinator, MNCPPC

Bill Kirwan, Principal, Muse Architects

Kathryn Kurunda, Senior Vice President, R. Christopher Goodman and Associates

Derrek Lucien Niec-Williams, Executive Director, Campus Planning, Architecture & Development, Howard University

Steven Reilly, Principal, HR&A Advisors

Andrew Trueblood, Director, DC Office of Planning

Beth Wangaard, Senior Project Manager, EXP Engineering


The following Chapter Awards were presented by Patty Nicoson, VP for Awards and Scholarships :

Member of the Year – Elizabeth Davison

Elizabeth had a distinguished and successful career in the public and private sectors and her involvement in LAI has enhanced the chapter immeasurably.  The GW Chapter flourished during her time as President and her leadership produced meeting presentations that were stimulating and attracted new members.  She also attended many Land Economics Weekends where her knowledge of all things related to land economics, planning and real estate development represented the Chapter well.

Outstanding Project over 400,000 SF – Capital One HQ Building II, Designed by Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS and HKS Architects with CallisonRTKL

The Capital One Headquarters building masterfully combines inspired architecture, use of cutting-edge technology, and focus on elements that promote wellness among the building users.  The use of open spaces indoors and out, emphasis on daylight and increased ventilation, plus access to nature makes this project an outstanding example of cutting edge 21st century architecture and design.

Outstanding Plan – Capital One HQ Master Plan, Bonstra|Haresign ARCHITECTS, Gorove-Slade, Gordon, and Roger Lewis

The master plan for the 26-acre property turned a suburban corporate campus into an attractive and sustainable mixed-use, transit-oriented community.  The Design Guidelines have ensured high-quality architecture and elements in the public realm including parks and streetscapes. Completion of the plan is creating an impressive and striking entry to Tysons and Fairfax County.

 Outstanding Plan/ Process – Public Buildings Reform Board, GSA

While not strictly speaking a plan, the process developed and followed by the PBRB will dramatically improve the Federal government’s real-estate disposition and reuse process benefitting both federal and local governments.  Real estate costs for the Federal government will be reduced and local governments will benefit from underused properties being turned into economic development assets.  In the Washington metropolitan region, the Nike site in Gaithersburg, MD was identified as a high value site in the first round of the program.

Outstanding Project under 200,000 SF – DC Water Headquarters, Smithgroup

The SmithGroup team faced numerous complicated problems in designing the building and the team found innovative ways to solve the issues to produce a strikingly handsome design.  The team provided impressive solutions to issues of climate and energy use, especially in the innovative use of the wastewater thermal recovery system to control temperature in the building.

Outstanding Project under 200,000 SF – SW DC Public Library, Perkins + Will

The new Southwest Library replaced the existing branch library.  The new library achieved LEED Platinum certification for environmental design, integrating energy and water conservation strategies, and environmentally responsive materials, sourced regionally.  An emphasis on connection to the surrounding community shaped the design development process.  The library’s design strives to highlight the new park adjacent to the project, provide a sense of arrival, feature a flexible pedestrian plaza, and allow ample natural light.