The expertise of the team at DC Historic Designs ensures continuity and precision in the intricate art of design, historic and custom renovations, restorations, and rehabilitations. You can feel assured that you have a team of the most dedicated and knowledgeable professionals in the area working on your project.
DC Historic Designs meets the Secretary of the Interiorís Professional Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Treatment of Historic Properties, Architecture, Historic Architecture, and Architectural History. DC Historic Designs is a Corporate Affiliate member of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Stephen Hansen, Principal, Architectural History & Design and Historic Preservation Policy Compliance
Stephen brings over 25 years of experience in historic preservation, cultural resource management, archaeology, and computer science to the practice. Prior to forming DC Historic Designs, he was with the Cultural Resources Division of the National Park Service. In the late 1980’s, he founded Hansen Associates, a firm that led the way in the application of 3D computer modeling for historic preservation and archaeology. He serves as the Architectural Historian for the Capitol Historic Trust and is a member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and a professional certificate in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.
Don A. Swofford, FAIA, Architect, Architectural Historian
Don Swofford, FAIA. Don has over 39 years of experience in the fields of restoration, rehabilitation, and traditional design. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and serves as Chair of the AIA’s National Historic Resources Committee's Steering Committee. He has numerous citations and commendations for historic rehabilitation of National Historic Landmarks, which include the Loudoun County Preservation Society Award, the James River Chapter Design Award, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Great Homes of America Award. Don holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A & M, and a Masters degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Lorena Permuy, Architect, Historic Preservation Specialist
Lorena Permuy Lorena is a registered architect and has both public and private sector experience in architectural design, architectural research and preservation. Her professional preservation experience includes renovations, rehabilitations and adaptive-reuse with numerous building types and has included work in programming, project development and the regulatory review process involved in historic preservation. Lorena has been a Board Member of the Latrobe Chapter, the local chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and Vice-President of the Historic Preservation Planning Alumni of Cornell Univeristy. Lorena holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Notre Dame University and a Masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell Univerisity, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate.
Sherri Marsh Johns, Historic Research and Documentation and Materials
Sherri has more than 14 years experience in the fields of architectural research, cultural resource planning, historic preservation law compliance and historic restoration project management. In addition, Ms. Johns teaches Documenting Historic Properties for Goucher College and has more than 10 years experience as a collegiate educator. She holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.A., University of Delaware and is also Principal of Retrospect Cultural Resource Services.
Larry Atkins, Project Management and Planning
Larry has over 30 years of construction management, design/built, and real estate development experience on major projects in the region and around the United States. Many of his projects have been the adaption and restoration of historic properties. Prior to joining DC Historic Designs, he worked for Stuever Bros, Ecceles & Rous, Bovis Lend Lease Americas and London, and Devitt Street Bovis. Larry has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in Construction Management, an AS in Architectural Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a professional certificate in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.
Krista Kendall, Real Estate Development and Tax Credits
Krista has extensive knowledge in the areas of real estate development and finance with a historic preservation overlay. Prior to joining DC Historic Designs, she was senior loan officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation Loan Fund, providing technical assistance in the areas of business development, historic preservation, finance, and real estate development . She holds a Bachelor degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies from Montclair State University, and a professional certificate in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.