Stephen Muse appointed to UMD School of Architecture Advisory Board

Stephen Muse FAIA has been appointed to the University of Maryland School of Architecture Advisory Board.  Stephen received a Bachelor of Architecture with high honors from the university in 1973.  Prior to founding Muse Architects in 1983, he was a member of the design faculty at the school.  In 2005, he was selected as Alumnus of the Year as a result of “his involvement in bridging education and the profession.”

AIA Maryland Award for A Virginia Farmhouse

Renovations, Additions, and New Structures at a Virginia Farmhouse

Muse Architects is honored to accept a second award this year for our renovations, additions, and new structures for a Virginia farmhouse – a Design Award in the Residential Architecture category from AIA Maryland.

You can see the full gallery of photos for the residence here.

Photography  by Erik Kvalsvik.

AIA Northern Virginia Award

Renovations, Additions, and New Structures at a Virginia Farmhouse

Muse Architects is honored to accept a Design Award in the Historical Architecture category from AIA Northern Virginia for our renovations, additions, and new structures for a Virginia farmhouse.

You can see the full gallery of photos for the residence here.


Muse Architects Remains Open for Business

Muse Architects Edward T. Lewis Dorms at St. Mary's College

A notice from our principals regarding our COVID-19 response:

We want our clients, potential clients, consultants, contractors, vendors, and valued partners to know that Muse Architects is operating at full capacity under the conditions that have suddenly befallen us. We have encouraged our staff to practice best health and safety regimens and to work remotely from their homes.  We are in constant contact with our staff throughout the day to insure that project continuity is seamless and our work is performed at the same levels of efficiency as you expect.  Our phone lines and email system remain at full capabilities so please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any need or inquiry.

We wish good health and well being to all of you and your families.

Muse Architects Announces Promotion and New Hires

Muse Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of John David Martinez to the position of Associate. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Architecture, John David joined Muse Architects in 2008, and has been the project architect for a number of the firm’s award-winning residential and institutional projects.

Muse Architects is also pleased to announce the following additions to our staff (pictured from left to right): staff architects Shiri Achu, Jessica Gardberg, and Quinn Giroux, and office manager Elizabeth Stilley.

Shiri Achu received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture: Professional Studies, from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and joined Muse Architects following employment in London, UK.

Jessica Gardberg received an Associate of Arts and a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida, and joined Muse Architects following employment in Washington, DC.

Quinn Giroux received a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Architecture from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture.

Elizabeth Stilley  received a Bachelor of Science in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and joined Muse Architects following employment in Cleveland, OH.

About Muse Architects

Muse Architects Welcomes Fall 2019 Intern

We are pleased to welcome Maddie Warlick, a senior at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, as our intern for the fall semester of 2019. While she is here, Maddie will learn the basics of architectural drawing, software, and modeling.

Maddie is currently working on designs to integrate standing desks into the office here at Muse Architects, a project that involves measuring and creating a virtual model of the office space. She is also learning the tools and functions of traditional architectural drawing. After she graduates, Maddie is planning to study architecture and interior design at the University of Kentucky.

Muse Architects has been educating Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School students in the field of architecture for over ten years. Limy Rocha, who participated in the program as a high school senior in 2012, continued to intern during winter and summer breaks while she pursued her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland. After earning her degree, she became a full-time member of the staff at Muse Architects.

“…my internship experience was focused about learning what is good design… a design logic that had a clear and sustainable approach for both the architect and the user of the space was always instilled in all the projects.”

Our internship program has adapted over the years as new technology has become available, but our interns still learn the value of traditional architectural drawing. Limy states about her time as an intern:

“…Muse Architects made an emphasis on the importance of clarity through authorship by working through hand-drafting, sketching, and lettering–skills that are currently overlooked in the profession due to digital turns over the past decades… Technology was viewed as a tool or instrument, but not as a driving force of design.”

Currently, Limy is pursuing her Master of Architecture degree at Yale School of Architecture, and she will graduate in 2020. We look forward to seeing the work that Limy, Maddie, and all of our past and future interns will create.

Muse Accepts AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Awards

Muse Architects Renovations to a Tudor Revival

Photo by Erik Kvalsvik

On Thursday, September 26, William Kirwan and Kuk-Ja Kim of Muse Architects attended AIA Maryland’s Excellence in Design awards. We were honored to accept two awards in Residential  Architecture: one for our “Additions to and Renovations of a Tudor Revival Residence” in Chevy Chase, DC, and one for our project “A Mid Block Courtyard House” in Bethesda, MD.

You can see the full gallery of photos for our Tudor Revival Residence here, and the full gallery for our Mid Block Courtyard House here.

Muse Architects | Modern Bethesda Courtyard Residence for an Artist and Professor

Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie

Deep Creek Lake Residence in Bethesda Magazine

Renovations to a Deep Creek Lake vacation residence

Photo by Erik Kvalsvik

We’d like to thank Bethesda Magazine for including our recent renovation to a residence at Deep Creek Lake. The article, “A Modern Take,” is available now in their July/August 2019 issue.  Be sure to check it out for details on transforming this dark timber-frame home into a refreshing modern getaway, perfect for family time at the lake.

You can see the full gallery of photographs here.


Muse Architects A New North Palm Beach Residence

Welcome to the new website for Muse Architects. Visit the ‘News’ section of our website to stay up to date on the progress of our current work, internship opportunities, and community involvement at Muse Architects.