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Beachwood Custom Builders, 1200 Architectural Engineers, Jordan Honeyman Landscape Architecture, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, John Cole Photography

Established in 2003, Gardner Architects LLC is a residential architecture practice, focusing on sustainable, artfully crafted buildings and places. Ranging from net-zero communities to vacation houses to private homes, and from additions to renovations to new construction in Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, as well as regions near and far, our work is site-specific, detail-oriented, and client-centric.


Our work is devoted to a concern for space, light, order, and craft, and is guided by our commitment to environmental stewardship through responsible, inventive design and professional leadership.  We foster a team approach in which all team members — from energy modelers to engineers, contractors to owners — are involved from the very beginning in order to make critical decisions about the materials, systems, and building technologies that form the basis for the design. We believe that this approach creates architecture which is integrated, holistic and innovative, considerate of its environmental impact.  We do not have a “signature style” - each project grows organically from this team approach.  


Environmental issues and architecture are intrinsically linked at every level and we believe that, as architects, we are positioned to provide leadership in environmental responsibility.  For these reasons we have continuously grown our interest and knowledge base in sustainable design.  We view a sustainable design approach as not only productive and essential to our profession of designing buildings, but fundamentally important to us as we contemplate what kind of world we will leave to our children.

From Our Clients

I cannot recommend Amy and Britt enough for design and architecture. Their attention to detail makes the build process run smoothly and seamlessly. They help guide you through the tough decisions that need to be made for your dream project to come true.Read More

Look no further than Amy Gardner and her team. Easy to work with, very responsive, and they listen. We bought a home, thinking it was a big renovation, well turns out it was a tear down. Amy and Brittany were there through the entire project from concept, drawings, permits (no small task in DC), and construction. We wanted to make sure the home fit in with the neighborhood - mission accomplished. Inside it is a work of beauty...including the universal design first floor.Read More

We recently completed a project in Fairfax, VA, with Gardner Architects which went very well. The homeowner was thrilled with the result as were we. We are thankful and grateful to have been brought in by Amy Gardner who was a great architect to work with. Thank you very much!Read More

It's been nice and enjoyable working with Gardner Architects because they care about the details. The architect, Amy, is caring and works very well with both her client - the homeowner - and the builder - an important factor for a successful project.Read More

We have only superlatives to describe the work of Amy Gardner and Brittany Williams of Gardner Architects LLC. We put them to the test with our project – a complete renovation of an early 20th century coach house/garage in a downtown historic district. If that wasn’t hard enough, we wanted to add a third storey. We had a vision of what we wanted but few specifics. Amy and Brittany translated and augmented our ideas and our aesthetic into a unique dwelling that we love. Their preliminary work involved not only a focus on design alternatives but also taking those designs through the lengthy historic preservation process. With that expertly done, they attacked the plans with superb finesse while somehow making the entire experience fun for us. For the construction phase we were supported by Gardner Architects at every turn -- from selecting a contractor all the way to the final punch list. They were always accessible and responded to all questions and concerns promptly. The end result is outstanding in every way. The only downside is that with our project completed we miss them.Read More

Awards and Affiliations

2013-2018, 2020-2023 Best of Houzz. 2016 BUILD/Best Sustainable Resid Arch Firm, DC Metro Area 2016 BUILD/Best Bethesda Modern Home Renovation 2016-7 AIA-PV, AIA-MD 2016 NKBA/H&D 1st Place 2016 Prof Builder Silver Award 2008,09,12 Washingtonian AIADC 2010,11 AIA-PV 2009 ReModeling

Best of Houzz 2024 - Design
Best of Houzz 2023 - Design
Best of Houzz 2023 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2022 - Design
Best of Houzz 2021 - Design
Best of Houzz 2021 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2020 - Design
Best of Houzz 2019 - Design
Best of Houzz 2019 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2017 - Design
Best of Houzz 2017 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2016 - Design
Best of Houzz 2016 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2015 - Design
Best of Houzz 2014 - Design
Best of Houzz 2014 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2013 - Design
Houzz Pro Software User
Star Houzzer
5 Star Houzzer
Houzz Industry Research - Barometer
Houzz Influencer
Recommended on Houzz
100,000 Ideabook Saves
AIA Custom Residential Architects Network
The American Institute of Architects
AIA Potomac Valley
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