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We are excited to announce the promotion of four architects!

October 14, 2019. We are very excited to announce the promotion of four architects: Derek Banocy, AIA to Associate Principal and Lindsay Hellender, AIA, Julianna von Zumbusch, AIA, and Alexandra Rio, AIA to Associate! Julianna von Zumbusch, AIA  is a graduate of Yale School of Architecture and joined CGS in 2017. Lindsay Hellender, AIA is a graduate of the University of Southern California and joined CGS in 2008. Alexandra Rio, AIA is a graduate of Virginia Tech and joined CGS in 2007. Derek Banocy, AIA is a graduate of the University of Kansas and joined CGS in 2001. Congrats to everyone!            

Palisades Library featured on Curbed DC

January 25, 2018.

Georgetowner Article & Cover

November 8, 2017. Click here to be taken to the article!

Board Approves Central Library Upgrades

October 23, 2017.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Ribbon Cutting Brochure

September 8, 2017. View here

Alexandria Residence Featured in Builder Online

March 3, 2016. Modern Farmhouse Marries the Best of Old and New | Builder Magazine | Design, Farmhouses, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Virginia

cox graae + spack architects receives multiple awards!

October 6, 2015.   Koch Residence-19 web image                   Our firm was the recipient of a pair of awards this fall.  The first, an AIA VA Awards for Excellence Honor Award for 2015 in the Residential category for our Alexandria Residence.  Congratulations to Principal Joanna Schmickel and the rest of the team on this award!  It was one of 24 projects selected from a field of over 150 to receive an Honor Award.   Field School-14                   cg+s was also notified that our firm was recognized by American Society of Interior Designers Award for our excellence in Design in the category of “Government/Institutional Design" for our interiors work at The Field School.  cox graae + spack architects has been working on The Field School campus for over a decade.  Our most recent work was to reflect their desire for a "family room" setting, while still being a usable space for informal or formal meetings, performances, or presentations.  Congratulations to the whole team!      

Potomac Intermediate School Featured in Architecture DC Magazine

March 31, 2015. The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, is situated on an 90-acre campus in a natural setting that includes forest, streams and fields. The School embarked on a multi-phase campus expansion starting in 2001. The Intermediate School project wrapped up in 2013, and is the sixth building cox graae + spack architects has designed on the campus.  This project reflects the school's and cox graae + spack architects'  mission to create an environmentally sensitive 21st Century school and was selected to be featured in Architecture DC's latest edition.  Click here to be directed to the article.      

Two Rivers Public Charter School Tours New Space

February 10, 2015. Principal Joanna Schmickel led the Two Rivers Public Charter School on a tour of their future new space at the former DCPS Young Elementary School in Washington DC.  Contractor MCN has begun construction on the new elementary school program scheduled for completion in summer 2015.  

Houston Independent School District (HISD) visits 2 cg+s buildings to learn about 21st century schools

February 4, 2015. The concept of a 21st century school can be hard to imagine. But Project Advisory Team members from nine HISD schools have a clearer vision after a trip to our nation’s capital last week..... Click here to view the article.

Ed Foley of cox graae + spack architects takes part in DCBIA Community Improvement Day

October 8, 2014. Ed Foley spent the last Saturday in September volunteering at the 22nd annual DCBIA Community Improvement Day, a tradition for the architect. He joined over 900 other DCBIA members and friends to implement design plans developed by an architect/contractor team throughout the year.

Ridge Road Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

October 7, 2014. Thanks to an involved community and support from the Department of General Services (DGS) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in the District of Columbia, the new Ridge Road Community Center is finally underway.

Bill Spack gives back as an ACE Mentor

October 6, 2014. Recently, Bill joined forces with the ACE Mentor Program and spends time inspiring students to pursue their dreams of a career in design and construction.

cox graae + spack architects selected as CBN Business Partner Nominee

September 29, 2014. cox graae + spack architects is selected as Business of the Year by a long-term client.

Principal Christoffer Graae Inducted into AIA College of Fellows

May 22, 2014. Firm principal and co-founder, Christoffer Graae, will be honored at this year’s National AIA Convention in Chicago for his induction into AIA’s College of Fellows.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at National Presbyterian School

May 22, 2014. Earlier this week, the National Presbyterian School community came together to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for this summer’s exciting renovation project. cox graae + spack architects has worked with NPS since 2008, and began shaping the design of this specific project a little over a year ago.

cg+s Gives the Central Union Mission a New Home

May 6, 2014. cox graae + spack architects designed the new 34,000sf facility to include space to hold 160 beds, classroom areas, office space for medical, dental and legal use as well as spaces for day use to keep homeless off of the street both night and day.

cg+s Attends 2014 DC NoVA MD Green School Summit

May 2, 2014. This past weekend, the U.S. Green Building Council hosted its second annual DC NoVA MD Green School Summit. The National Capital Region and Maryland Chapters celebrated this year’s theme, The Intersection of STEM and Sustainability, bringing together building professionals and K-12 school personnel to share best practices related to sustainable schools.

Students Move Into Brand New Stable Building at Green Hedges School

October 23, 2013. Not much tops summer vacation for students. Not unless during that summer vacation your school is under construction building brand new classrooms for your return. That’s exactly what happened for Green Hedges School’s first, second, and third grade students.

cg+s Principal Presents Case Study for HD Woodson STEM High School

October 23, 2013. On October 9, 2013, Bill Spack, founding Principal at cox graae + spack architects spent the evening presenting a case study for HD Woodson STEM High School to the members of the Virginia Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute.

Principal at cox graae + spack architects gives group of kids Rooftop Tour of Washington DC

October 23, 2013. The work our firm does regularly brings us into contact with kids but Joanna Schmickel’s Rooftop Tour of Washington with a group of 8 was an opportunity to interact with young people in a different way.

cox graae + spack architects attends Chancellor's Address on the State of DC's Public Schools

October 23, 2013. On October 17, 2013, members of the community including representatives from roughly 15 architectural firms, joined Chancellor Kaya Henderson as she gave her address on the state of DC Public Schools. The gathering took place at the newly renovated Cardoza Education Campus in Northwest Washington, DC from 7pm – 9pm.

The Crowning of the Newly Renovated St. Peter Episcopal Church

August 29, 2013. Last week, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington Virginia celebrated a crowning moment when their new steeple spire was lifted into place. The completed tower marks the Church's welcoming new entrance and signals that completion of their renovation / addition project is near.

DC Chancellor Visits the Newly Modernized Hendley Elementary School

August 27, 2013. Last week, Chancellor Kaya Henderson toured the results of this summer's modernization projects at six DC public schools. Henderson approved an aggressive plan to renovate these academic buildings over the short summer break in order to upgrade learning environments and align the facilities with current DC Educational program criteria.

cg+s takes part in DCPS Beautification Day

August 26, 2013. Members of the cox graae + spack architects team pitched in this past Saturday beautifying the grounds and interior of Jefferson Academy in the 8th annual DCPS Beautification Day. The day is dedicated to sprucing up one of the District's schools to create a warm welcome for students returning to classes in the fall.

cox graae + spack gives back to DC schools

August 7, 2013. On August 24, 2013, cox graae + spack will be taking part in the annual DCPS Beautification Day at Jefferson Academy.

Wilson High School Featured in the Advisor

June 12, 2013. Woodrow Wilson High School snags the cover and a feature in this year's summer edition of the Advisor. The Green Ribbon School receives continued praise for its innovative approach to design and environmental stewardship.

Principal Christoffer Graae Speaks at 2013 Northeast Regional CEFPI Conference

April 29, 2013. Christoffer Graae travels to Pittsburgh to speak at this year's Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Northeast Regional Conference. His presentation, "Woodrow Wilson High School: Transforming a Diamond in the Rough," touched on the project's challenges, solutions and its sustainability.

cox graae + spack architects give back

April 29, 2013. Shea Hasan of cox graae + spack architects and member of SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services) took the afternoon off to give time and serve a meal to the children and families of the NIH's Children's Inn in Bethesda, MD.

Wilson Named a 2013 Green Ribbon School

April 29, 2013. Wilson High School in Ward 3 was named a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

HD Woodson and Wilson High School Recognized in Learning by Design Magazine

April 29, 2013. Woodrow Wilson High School and Howard D. Woodson STEM High School receive recognition in Learning by Design.

Woodrow Wilson HS + Howard D. Woodson HS dubbed "Two Cool Schools" in Architecture DC Magazine

March 7, 2013. cox graae + spack architects was featured in the Architecture DC Magazine article, Two Cool Schools: Up-to-Date Designs for Public Education, for the firm’s design of Woodrow Wilson High School and Howard D. Woodson Senior High School.

Woodrow Wilson HS Receives 2012 Award of Merit from American Institute of Architects

March 7, 2013.

The Washington, DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) named cox graae + spack architects the recipient of the 2012 Award of Merit, Historic Resources for the design of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.

NAIOP Honors Firm with Best Renovation/Historic Restoration Award for Woodrow Wilson HS

March 7, 2013. cox graae + spack

architects was honored by the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association with the Award of Excellence for Best Renovation/Historic Restoration for the design of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.

Woodrow Wilson HS Recognized in American School + University Magazine

March 7, 2013.

In 2012, American School + University magazine recognized cox graae + spack architects for the modernization of Woodrow Wilson High School, presenting them with the “Outstanding Design in Renovation/Modernization” award. To view the full article, click here.

2012 Lee J. Brockway Award Winner for Renovation/Addition

March 7, 2013.

cox graae + spack was added to the list of elite architectural firms in the nation to receive the Lee J. Brockway Award  for outstanding planning and inspired design of high quality learning environments.  The firm’s was honored for the design of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC.

Howard D. Woodson STEM High School featured in ASU Magazine

December 20, 2012. cox graae + spack architects is featured in Penton Media's November 2012 edition of the American School & University 2012 Architectural Portfolio for the design of Howard D. Woodson STEM High School, Washington, D.C.

Woodrow Wilson High School featured in ASU Magazine

December 20, 2012. cox graae + spack architects was selected for publication in Penton Media's American School & University 2012 Architectural Portfolio for the design of Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

Two Projects Recognized with the State Preservation Officer’s Award

June 22, 2012. Eastern High School and Woodrow Wilson High School were bestowed the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award for high-quality restoration and preservation.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Gales School for Central Union Mission

May 10, 2012. The transformation of the historic Gales School into a new location for Central Union Mission is officially underway with a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site on May 7, 2012.

2012 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards recognize Wilson High School

March 7, 2012. The Washington Building Congress 2012 Craftsmanship Awards recognized the work of the Woodrow Wilson High School modernization in five categories.

Reed School / Westover Branch Library Wins DesignArlington ’11 Award

February 14, 2012. Arlington County has selected Reed School / Westover Branch Library to receive an Award of Excellence through their 2011 DesignArlington competition.

30 Years – A Celebration

November 10, 2011. Cox graae + spack was founded on May 1, 1981. In honor of our 30 years, we hosted a celebration at House of Sweden in Georgetown. We thank our clients, colleagues, and friends for coming out to support and celebrate cg+s with us.

Eastern High School Receives Citation for Historic Preservation

November 1, 2011. American School & University magazine’s 2011 Architectural Portfolio bestowed a Citation for Historic Preservation upon Eastern High School.  You can view a digital version of the Architectural Portfolio here.

Chris Graae to serve on 2012 AIA|DC Board

October 1, 2011. Principal Christoffer Graae has been elected to the 2012 Board of Directors for AIA|DC.  Chris is pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Washington DC chapter of the AIA.  You can read more about AIA|DC here.

Eastern High School wins AIA|DC Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation

September 23, 2011. Eastern High School received the Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Washington Chapter of AIA (AIA|DC). 

HD Woodson High School Featured on USGBC National Capital Region

September 16, 2011. Read about HD Woodson seeking LEED Gold status on the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter’s Website.

Woodrow Wilson High School Featured on The Center for Green Schools

September 1, 2011. The recently re-opened Woodrow Wilson High School is featured on The Center for Green Schools website by USGBC.  Read the full article here.

Mayor Vincent Gray Cuts the Ribbon at Woodrow Wilson High School

August 18, 2011. Mayor Gray, along with school principal Peter Cahall, Representatives Kwame Brown and Mary Cheh, City Administrator Allen Lew and cg+s principal Christoffer Graae addressed a large crowd of Wilson supporters during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly modernized Woodrow Wilson High School.

Mayor Vincent Gray Cuts the Ribbon at the new HD Woodson High School

August 17, 2011. The Woodson community turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new HD Woodson High School in Way 7 today.

Eastern High School Received an Outstanding Design for Interior Renovation Award

August 1, 2011. American School & University Magazine featured Eastern High School in their 2011 Educational Interiors Showcase.  The project was denoted as an Outstanding Design for an Interior Renovation.  You can view the digital issue of the 2011 Educational Interiors Showcase here.

Eastern High School Wins USGBC NCR Project of the Year for Schools

July 21, 2011. Eastern High School was awarded the Project of the Year for Schools from the National Capital Region Chapter of the USGBC at the ninth annual A Midsummer Night’s Green.  Read more here.

Eastern High School Earns LEED Gold

June 1, 2011. Eastern High School, a DCPS modernization and restoration project achieved in collaboration with Fanning Howey Architects, has achieved LEED Gold certification under USGBC’s LEED for Schools program.