Lisa McCabe Hobbs, AIA, LEED AP

Studio Head

Lisa Hobbs AIA, LEED AP, is interested in the quality of life. An architect with over 20 years of experience, Lisa loves taking challenging projects and making them simpler than the sum of all the complicated parts.  Her goal in life is to organize the world (or at least the world around her). Her ability to tackle the projects that require slow and careful planning is truly impressive.  But don’t put something down in the wrong place near her desk it might get moved to the right place when you turn your back.

Those skills are what make Lisa such a good Team Leader in our office.  Lisa is both a registered architect and LEED Accredited, and she has a real passion for promoting sustainable design in the firm’s work. In the studio Lisa is the lead on her own assignments and works with other Team Leaders in the coordination of staff and technical resources.  She thrives in complicated assignments that require extensive coordination and loves to show up on construction sites.

Prior to joining Winstanley Architects, Lisa worked at large international firms designing projects both nationally and internationally.

Lisa has worked on very complex projects throughout her career including embassies, laboratories, and commercial office buildings.

Lisa was one of the first employees of the firm shortly after its founding and later took a sabbatical from us to open her own practice focusing on LEED certifications and residential assignments.  Today she is working with clients such as St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, VA, renovating their elementary school and adding a new chapel to their existing mid-century modern sanctuary.  Lisa is also working with the Rosewood Hotel in Washington where she is renovating a number of nearby townhouses into luxury suites.

Lisa spent much of her childhood growing up in Haiti and still has many relatives there. The country still has a special place in her life as she continues to dedicate her spare time to assisting the relief effort from the devastating earthquake, and if that’s not enough (!!!), in her other spare time, Lisa has a myriad of other socially relevant and productive causes which she is passionate about.

Lisa likes it when the trees are well organized.


Bachelor of Science
Georgia Institute of Technology

Masters in Architecture
Columbia University

Registrations and Affiliations

Licensed in VA, MD, DC
American Institute of Architects (AIA)