Capella Georgetown Receives Three Design Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that the Capella Georgetown has garnered three design awards in the last two months from three leading industry associations: American Institute of Architects – DC Chapter (AIA DC), NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – DC/Maryland Chapter (NAIOP – Maryland/DC), and Associated Builders and Contractors – Metro Washington Chapter (ABC-DC). The trio of awards illustrates the overall success of the project as viewed by designers, real estate professionals and contractors.

Working with developer Castleton Holdings, LLC, and Capella Hotels & Resorts MWAP retrofit the existing building on the C & O Canal in the historic Georgetown area of Washington, DC. The hotel is one of the first urban US hotels operated under the six-star “Capella” flag and provides an ultra-luxury hotel product suitable for the top tier of business and leisure travelers, currently a significantly underserved segment in Washington, DC.

“We knew we had a good project when the hotel opened,” said Michael Winstanley AIA AICP “But we had no idea it would be embraced and recognized by so many in the design, real estate and construction industry.”

The AIA DC award was an “Award of Merit” and was selected by three internationally recognized jurors hosted by the Chapter: Inaki Alday, Chairman, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia; Thomas Beeby FAIA, former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and Jaquelin Roberston FAIA, FAICP founding partner of Cooper, Roberston & Partners and also a former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

The NAIOP – Maryland/DC award was an “Award of Merit – Best Renovation/Adaptive Re-use.” NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy.

The ABC Metro Washington Chapter award was also an “Award of Merit.” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry

Capella Georgetown features 48 guest rooms and suites to include 2 Presidential Suites, 6 Capella Suites, and 4 Georgetown Suites. The Grill Room and The Rye Bar at ground level open to the canal-side dining terrace, and a private rooftop deck featuring a plunge pool and lounge. The rooftop venue offers paramount views of some of Washington DC’s most iconic landmarks including the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center and Watergate Building. An executive boardroom and exclusive spa round out the amenities.

Significant effort was made in working with the National Parks Service to create a landscape which incorporates native plant species and enhances the visual scope of the development. The resulting landscape allows guests on property and passersby a pleasing visual field from the building to the canal.

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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; a 600-bed residential life project for the University of the District of Columbia; and the Eilan mixed use development project in San Antonio, TX.

The firm is also 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