Welcome to the Studio

The office of Winstanley Architects & Planners was established on the principle of collaborative endeavors amongst associated design professionals.

Architects. Planners. Designers.

Together. All at once.

Our multidisciplinary approach, much like a workshop, creates an environment for active exploration of project ideas from diverse points of view. By working in concert, the result is a comprehensive design solution that is unified and fuses the best elements of all disciplines.

From there, we let our finished projects speak on our behalf.

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Pizzas Ordered
Trees Planned
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Our Design Director @michael.winstanley and Managing Director, Mike Balaban, will be in the Windy City this week for the annual @AIANational Chicago conference. Will you be attending too?
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#architecture #aiaconference #aianational #aiachicago #residentialdesign #hospitalitydesign #mixeduse #michaelwinstanley #winstanleyarchitects #masterplanning #windycity #commercialarchitecture #architectureconference #architecturefirm #chicago #urbandesign #designresilience #wedesign #archdaily urbandenvironment #aia2022

Our Design Director @michael.winstanley and Managing Director, Mike Balaban, will be in the Windy City this week for the annual @AIANational Chicago conference. Will you be attending too?
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#architecture #aiaconference #aianational #aiachicago #residentialdesign #hospitalitydesign #mixeduse #michaelwinstanley #winstanleyarchitects #masterplanning #windycity #commercialarchitecture #architectureconference #architecturefirm #chicago #urbandesign #designresilience #wedesign #archdaily urbandenvironment #aia2022
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Introducing @BalabanMike, Our Managing Director. Here's a snippet of our conversation with him:

"It’s an exciting time to back in the design business! I signed on just in time for the pandemic: we’ve now grown beyond our pre-pandemic levels, the synergies of the Miami office are really starting to kick in, and we’ve acquired lots of new talent ( and are looking for more!!) 

I teamed up with Michael and his team specifically because of my experiences as a client with the firm’s agility and responsiveness to evolving and hybridized typologies. Today it’s all in flux, for our broad range of clients, including commercial, not-for-profits, civic institutions, academic, and for private residences too.  We are helping those clients, from the Northeast to the Caribbean,  drive the evolution of places for workplace, home, lodging, education and recreation. Because our practice ranges in scale including master planning, full-building architecture, and curated interiors, we’re positioned to facilitate those evolutions enhancing the communities in which we work. It’s a great story for us that we are right now simultaneously in the middle of an innovative master plan for a major university, three very different urban hotels, a transit-adjacent medical-use built to suit, private residences on both an urban waterfront and on a remote wooded lakefront, and a mixed-use residential project in an historic village. 

I am having a great time staying in touch with old friends on both sides of the table: design services, and development. So many projects, so little time."
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#featuredemployee #architecturefirm #newproject #winstanleyarchitects #washingtonDC #virginia #oldtownalexandria #businessdevelopment #dcarchitects #miamiarchitects #caribbeanarchitects #miamibuilding #projectrendering #commercialproperty #historicarchitecture #residentialdesign #workspace #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #workplacedesign #officedesign #architecturemodel #community #returntooffice #urbandplanning #newproject

Introducing @BalabanMike, Our Managing Director. Here's a snippet of our conversation with him:

"It’s an exciting time to back in the design business! I signed on just in time for the pandemic: we’ve now grown beyond our pre-pandemic levels, the synergies of the Miami office are really starting to kick in, and we’ve acquired lots of new talent ( and are looking for more!!)

I teamed up with Michael and his team specifically because of my experiences as a client with the firm’s agility and responsiveness to evolving and hybridized typologies. Today it’s all in flux, for our broad range of clients, including commercial, not-for-profits, civic institutions, academic, and for private residences too. We are helping those clients, from the Northeast to the Caribbean, drive the evolution of places for workplace, home, lodging, education and recreation. Because our practice ranges in scale including master planning, full-building architecture, and curated interiors, we’re positioned to facilitate those evolutions enhancing the communities in which we work. It’s a great story for us that we are right now simultaneously in the middle of an innovative master plan for a major university, three very different urban hotels, a transit-adjacent medical-use built to suit, private residences on both an urban waterfront and on a remote wooded lakefront, and a mixed-use residential project in an historic village.

I am having a great time staying in touch with old friends on both sides of the table: design services, and development. So many projects, so little time."
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#featuredemployee #architecturefirm #newproject #winstanleyarchitects #washingtonDC #virginia #oldtownalexandria #businessdevelopment #dcarchitects #miamiarchitects #caribbeanarchitects #miamibuilding #projectrendering #commercialproperty #historicarchitecture #residentialdesign #workspace #futureofwork #leadershipdevelopment #workplacedesign #officedesign #architecturemodel #community #returntooffice #urbandplanning #newproject
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Today we honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice. Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
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#washingtonDC #dcdesign #dcarchitect #memorialday #nationalmalldc #experienceDC #nationalmall #constitutiongardens #dcparks #mixedusecenter #retailspace #hospitalitydesign #futureofparking #driverless #projectrendering #modernarchitecture #memorialdayweekend #visualizations #fallenheroes #newproject #urbandesign #designresilience #resilience

Today we honor those who have made the greatest sacrifice. Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
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#washingtonDC #dcdesign #dcarchitect #memorialday #nationalmalldc #experienceDC #nationalmall #constitutiongardens #dcparks #mixedusecenter #retailspace #hospitalitydesign #futureofparking #driverless #projectrendering #modernarchitecture #memorialdayweekend #visualizations #fallenheroes #newproject #urbandesign #designresilience #resilience
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Mary Graydon Center at the @AmericanUniversity is the main dining hall for students, faculty and staff at American University. This 1928 building is the location of the 14,750 square foot, 675 seat basement dining venue. The design team was faced with the daunting task of improving this basement space which had no windows, no daylight and a “forest” of clumsy columns scattered throughout the floor plate.

Our solution used the forest of columns to create just that: a forest. By using original photography commissioned for the project, the design team mapped non-repeating images of trees on the columns to visually dissipate the solidity of the column mass. Organized along a central spine, the serving stations satisfy the various culinary offerings by the Food Service Provider and allow the diners to meander through the space. The color palette in the spine is designed to reflect more naturalist colors of stone and sky. The balance of the space is finished in wood tones, and the serving stations have off-white counters and stainless steel fixtures to present a bright and light environment to showcase the food.
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Photographer: @JessicaMarcottePhoto
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#washingtonDC #DCDesign #DowntownDC #DCArchitect #Washmagphoto #IGDC #myDCcool #experienceDC #interiorarchitecture #dininghall #interiordesign #kitchendesign #universitydesign #campuslife #college #university #americanuniversity #universityhousing #studenthousing #restaurantdesign #dormlife #campusdesign #architecturedesign #designbuilt #designedtocreate

Mary Graydon Center at the @AmericanUniversity is the main dining hall for students, faculty and staff at American University. This 1928 building is the location of the 14,750 square foot, 675 seat basement dining venue. The design team was faced with the daunting task of improving this basement space which had no windows, no daylight and a “forest” of clumsy columns scattered throughout the floor plate.

Our solution used the forest of columns to create just that: a forest. By using original photography commissioned for the project, the design team mapped non-repeating images of trees on the columns to visually dissipate the solidity of the column mass. Organized along a central spine, the serving stations satisfy the various culinary offerings by the Food Service Provider and allow the diners to meander through the space. The color palette in the spine is designed to reflect more naturalist colors of stone and sky. The balance of the space is finished in wood tones, and the serving stations have off-white counters and stainless steel fixtures to present a bright and light environment to showcase the food.
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Photographer: @JessicaMarcottePhoto
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#washingtonDC #DCDesign #DowntownDC #DCArchitect #Washmagphoto #IGDC #myDCcool #experienceDC #interiorarchitecture #dininghall #interiordesign #kitchendesign #universitydesign #campuslife #college #university #americanuniversity #universityhousing #studenthousing #restaurantdesign #dormlife #campusdesign #architecturedesign #designbuilt #designedtocreate
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The tropics are calling! Here is our proposed design for @NisbetPlantation at dusk.
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#nisbetplantation #nevis #wellnessdesign #newproject #resilience #hospitalitytrends #ontheboards #vacationdestination #exteriorstyle #designresilience #caribbeanresort #caribbeandesign #sustainableliving #hospitalityarchitecture #resortdesign #projectrendering #hospitality #resorts #liveinspired #visualizations #poolside #guestexperience #communityimpact #aiamiami #uliflorida #aiaflorida

The tropics are calling! Here is our proposed design for @NisbetPlantation at dusk.
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#nisbetplantation #nevis #wellnessdesign #newproject #resilience #hospitalitytrends #ontheboards #vacationdestination #exteriorstyle #designresilience #caribbeanresort #caribbeandesign #sustainableliving #hospitalityarchitecture #resortdesign #projectrendering #hospitality #resorts #liveinspired #visualizations #poolside #guestexperience #communityimpact #aiamiami #uliflorida #aiaflorida
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