AIA Selects MWAP Studio for Promotional Video

Award-winning space represents “quintessential” architect’s office.

Alexandria, VAMichael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) was honored that the American Institutes of Architects (AIA) selected their office as the location to film a promotional video launching a new AIA Contract Documents online service named ACD5. The video features the firm’s office and employees in a realtime context and highlights the office’s open-plan day-lit studio. Architectural models, photographs, and presentation drawings provide for a rich backdrop in the video.

Click here to view the video.

MWAP’s studio is located in historic Old Town, Alexandria, VA, in a renovated warehouse that has already won two design awards. The first was a 2010 NAIOP Best Renovation Project and the second, and more recent, was a 2011 National Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects.

The renovation of the semi-abandoned warehouse was designed to accommodate the architecture and planning firm along with a commercial photography studio. The 4,500 sf structure has a 20 foot high ceiling and a 40 foot clear span internally. The sustainable restoration of the once industrial structure included adding new finishes, windows, skylights, insulation and all new MEP systems

“MWAP’s office was a perfect location to shoot part of our video,” says Deborah DeBernard, AIA, Vice President and General Manager for Contract Documents at the AIA. “Their office is terrific. It’s light filled, open, and is really the quintessential architect’s office. We were very pleased that they let us shoot the video during office hours, which gave the video footage a real sense of the working environment.”

The AIA’s new product is ACD5, a powerful new online contract document service that offers anytime, anywhere access to more than 180 AIA Contract Documents forms and agreements. ACD5 enables users to create, access, edit, share and store contract documents instantly from any computer, delivering exceptional accessibility and flexibility. The new platform also offers upgraded document management features and more custom purchase options while delivering the comprehensive protection for which AIA Contract Documents is known.

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in the metropolitan Washington area. Current assignments include the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC; the interiors for the National Business Aviation Association headquarters in Washington, DC; and master planning for the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD.

The firm is a registered small business enterprise.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website or by contacting Geri Turner at 703 519 8081 or