Ameneh Amirhakimi Promoted to Associate

NEWS    |    DECEMBER 2017

Washington, District of Columbia

Ameneh Amirhakimi
Ameneh Amirhakimi

MV+A is proud to announce the promotion of Ameneh Amirhakimi, AIA, to Associate. In her six years with MV+A, Ameneh has expertly managed several multi-million dollar projects, including the current Riverdale Park Station project in Prince George’s County. Her contributions are crucial to MV+A’s reputation for thoughtful and meticulous architecture and urban design. As an Associate, she will expand on her expertise in building systems and navigating long-term design goals, as well as continue to foster a technically fluent and passionate architectural staff. Congratulations, Ameneh!

NEWS    |   DECEMBER 2017

Washington, District of Columbia

MVA Holiday Card 2016

We’ve been looking for ways to show how diverse our staff is, and to learn more about the passions and skills that each member of the MV+A team has to offer. For our holiday card this year, we gave each architect a square and asked them to draw a simple sketch of a favorite building. The unique set includes different takes on perspective, unique buildings all over the world, and striking choices about how to best represent a building with a single sketch. Submissions included the minimal Palazzo Terragni, an example of Italian Rationalism; Wrigley Field, an example of someone’s love for baseball; and the Sydney Opera House. See the individual sketches and the final card, below.

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Kalinda

Kalinda Gathinji
Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, Rome, Italy

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Kai

Kai Hu
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Eleanor

Eleanor Krause
Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Courtney

Courtney Drake
Palazzo Terragni, Como, Italy

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Colleen

Colleen Korp
Salk Institute, La Jolla, California

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Carla

Carla Amaya
CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Brian V

Brian Venable
The Chrysler Building

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Ameneh

Ameneh Amirhakimi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Wayne

Wayne Broadfield
Wrigley Field, Chicago

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Neville

Neville Fernandes
Sydney Opera House, Australia

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Kyle

Kyle Mincey
Barcelona Pavilion, Spain

MVA Holiday Card 2016 | Lynn

Lynn Murphy
Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York

NEWS    |  DECEMBER 2016

Washington, District of Columbia

City Architects
Diagram showing 1998 P Street / Logan Circle development compared to current conditions, as catalyzed by the P Street Whole Foods Market store (marked with asterisk).

“Proximity between people’s homes and where they procure their food is similar no matter where you are on this planet,” explained associate Neville Fernandes at the start of MV+A’s “Food for the City” presentation. Over 40 industry professionals came to our downtown DC office for MV+A’s take on DC AIA’s “Your City, Your Architects” series, where different architecture firms in the DC region expand on their particular expertise and understanding of the city’s architectural environment. Beginning with Neville’s experience growing up in India, where the market/home relationship is intensely personal, our architects explained what we have come to understand about grocery and retail design as catalysts for neighborhood development.

City Architects
Associate Brian Szymanski explains one of MV+A's current projects, Parcel II and Parcel IV of the McMillan Sand Reservoir redevelopment.

Whether Tyson’s West‘s Walmart-anchored semi-urban center, 77 H Street’s fully urban Walmart with residences above, the Tivoli Square renovation, or one of over fifty MV+A designed Whole Foods Market stores, understanding the key elements of urban grocery and retail allows developments to gain traction and catalyze further growth. Six of our architects collaborated on the presentation, explaining considerations such as the impact of parking/street configurations, the challenges of designing lively first-level retail, and the importance of a thoughtful site plan combined with contextual architecture, in order to achieve a more compelling urban center.