Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners Studio Wins National Design Award

Design Reflects Firm’s Commitment to Multi-Discipline Methodology


Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that they have won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for their studio at 107 N. West Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The Design Award of Recognition was announced at SARA’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego, CA, late in 2011. The firm won two awards from SARA at the event. The first award was a Design Award of Recognition for the Provincetown Residence in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The renovation of the semi-abandoned warehouse was designed to accommodate the architecture and design firm along with a commercial photography studio. In addition to being unusually sited on an alley and fire lane, having a footprint of 4,350 SF, 19-foot ceilings and a clear span of approximately 40 feet presented many challenges – poor daylight exposure, lack of insulation, restricted air circulation, and the need for a raised floor over the slab to house data and power sources.

“We are very happy to be recognized by SARA with this design award,” says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP. “The existing building actually lent itself quite well to our vision for both the open architecture studio and the photography studio.”

Our renovation of the building, with its new windows, has improved the neighborhood through its presence – and its “eyes” – on the alley. Neighbors have applauded this improvement and stressed how it has contributed to the safety of the community. The preservation of the building also contributes to the unique, historic fabric of Old Town.

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson as is open to anyone who carries an architectural license. The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect.”