Maria Casarella

VMDO Architects, an architecture firm specializing in design for educational clients and communities, has welcomed Maria Casarella, AIA, to its design team.

She joins the company’s growing Washington, DC-based team, an office VMDO established in 2018 in response to the District’s Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act. This Act established the District of Columbia’s course toward operating on 100% renewable energy by 2032, a goal in strong alignment with VMDO’s own values and design principles.

Casarella has over 25 years of award-winning civic, institutional and historic preservation design experience. Her talent in guiding clients through complex entitlements and design approvals in the district region has led to the completion of well-lauded renovation and new construction assignments across a range of project types. She has held leadership roles in advocating for sustainable preservation and equitable communities through her appointed seat on the DC Historic Preservation Review Board from 2008-2015 and her current roles as a Trustee of the DC History Center and a Board member of N Street Village.