MV+A Announces Three New Associates

NEWS    |  FEBRUARY 2016

Washington, District of Columbia

MV+A Architects is proud to announce Neville, Brian, and Russell’s promotions from Project Architects to Associates. Their skillful, innovative contributions to current and completed projects have greatly contributed to MV+A’s success. We are excited for these promotions and look forward to their expanded roles.

Associates

Neville Fernandes

AIA, LEED AP

Neville Fernandes is leading the design efforts on several of MV+A’s urban mixed-use projects, including Half and N Street, 965 Florida Ave, and Broad & Washington in Falls Church. As an Associate, Neville will continue to steer our exceptional design work and project approach as MV+A continues expanding in D.C. and other regions.

Associates

Brian Syzmanski

AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Bridging planning and architecture, Brian Syzmanski specializes in conceptual and schematic planning and design of complex mixed-use sites, including his ongoing efforts as the lead architect of multiple parcels at the McMillan Sand Filtration site redevelopment in DC and new high profile urban mixed-use projects in Charlotte, NC and Pittsburgh, PA.  Brian recently passed the AICP exams of the American Planning Association and is a Certified Planner.

Associates

Russell Zung

AIA, LEED AP

Across multiple MV+A projects, including the first residential mixed use building at MV+A’s Riverdale Park project, the retail portion of the Apollo on H-Street, and 4735 Bethesda Avenue, a joint MV+A/Morris Adjmi project that completes the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues, Russell Zung demonstrates an enthusiastic management approach to providing comprehensive design documents and building client relationships. As an Associate, Russell will continue to expand his role as project manager and ensure precise, exceptional design work.

FEBRUARY 2016

NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show
The Evolution of the Urban Grocery Store

Follow the link below to listen as partner Jim Voelzke, FAIA, Roger Lewis, FAIA, and NPR host Kojo Nnamdi discuss well-designed grocery stores’ pivotal role in DC’s urban landscape.

NPR Kojo Nnamdi Walmart

“Grocery stores are starting to become more than just a place to buy food. Thanks in part to welcoming facades and inviting social spaces, the supermarket’s place in the DC region has never been more important.”

NPR Store Concept WFM | P Street, Washington, DC
WFM | P Street, Washington, DC

“Big grocery stores, with large surface parking lots and unwieldy loading docks, find a more natural home in the suburbs. But in recent years, architects have found ways to fit large stores like Whole Foods, Giant, and even Walmart into city blocks, integrating them with the urban fabric in surprising and innovative ways. These new stores also have become important parts of the urban lifestyle for many Washingtonians. We talk about the way grocery stores in urban areas have had a physical and social impact on the Washington region.” – NPR, February 24, 2016