DBA has received the 2016 GSA Design Award for contributing to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office project. DBA’s president, Davis Buckley, FAIA, and Vice President, Thomas Striegel, AIA, are credited for their original research and documentation in recreating the architectural elements of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, including 3D animation that was used by GSA to aid in their efforts to implement the interpretive understanding of the work Clara Barton had done, her commitment to her community, and the legacy that she left behind.

 A full list of 2016 GSA Design Award winners can be viewed here.

Posted: December 12, 2016


castlewood_206DBA was awarded Honorable Mention by the AIA Virginia in Historic Preservation for the Exterior Restoration of the 1817 Castlewood. Castlewood was one of the only eight projects to be presented with Honorable Mention, among the 160 projects submitted. The Virginia AIA states: “These awards celebrate projects…that contribute to the built environment and are clear examples of thoughtful and engaging design.” Specifically, the jury commented that Castlewood is “A beautiful restoration of a lovely vernacular structure.”

DBA is honored to be recognized for our vigorous work over the course of 8 years on this complex exterior restoration. We would like to thank our client, contractors and all those who contributed to this remarkable project. Special recognition to our contractors: Daniel & Company and the Restoration Builders of Virginia (RBVA), and the architects: Davis Buckley, FAIA, Elizabeth Milnarik, AIA, Kelly Drewry, AIA, Lauren Mitchell-Park, AIA, and Greg Breisinger, AIA, who all contributed in bringing this historic structure back to life. Thank you for your outstanding work and commitment to excellence!

To learn more about the project please visit our website. A full list of Virginia Society of the AIA Award winners can be viewed here.

Posted: October 23, 2015



Last month, DBA was awarded the 2014 Award of Merit in the Historic Resources Category from the Washington Chapter of the AIA for the exterior conservation of 1817 Castlewood. The award recognizes excellence in strategies, tactics and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites.  The project will be featured in ArchitectureDC Magazine, in addition to being  recognized at a gallery opening exhibition on December 16, 2014.

An important early example of Tidewater vernacular architecture, Castlewood was built between 1817 and 1819. The project required  extensive exterior rehabilitation to preserve the structure, one of Chesterfield’s County’s finest Federal period homes, for future generations. Castlewood currently houses the Chesterfield County Historical Society of Virginia.

Davis Buckley Architects has enjoyed a prolific working relationship with Chesterfield County over the past seven years. This is the second AIA award that  DBA has received for a project in Chesterfield, the first being in 2013 for the restoration of the 1917 Chesterfield County Courthouse.

To learn more about the exterior conservation of 1817 Castlewood visit our website.

Click here to view the full list of the AIA’s Washington Chapter 2014 Awards.

Posted:  October 15, 2014 


chesterfieldcourthouse_0002DBA’s sensitive restoration of the 1917 Chesterfield County Courthouse has been chosen as a 2013 Merit Award recipient in the Historic Preservation category by the Virginia Society of the AIA.  The award recognizes excellence in strategies, tactics and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites.

The Jury commented that “The architects and engineers did an impressive job of introducing new steel structure to correct failed timber members. A worthy project to have been given the careful attention it evidently has received to preserving not only its architectural appearance but also its function. As with many preservation projects, the key components to the work are actually completely concealed. In this case it was the structural repairs to the roof which led to the restoration of other parts of the building such as the interior of the courtroom and the main stair. Thank goodness the architect saw the structural deficiency in the roof and was able to take care of the problem before it became a greater hazard to the public. The project appears to have been very well executed with a fine result.”

The winning projects will be displayed as part of an exhibition at the Virginia Center for Architecture running from October 24, 2013 through January 5, 2013.  For more information about the project visit our website and the Virginia Society of the AIA’s announcement can be viewed here.

Posted: October 3, 2013


museum + memorialPlease join us on October 26 for a tour and talk by Davis A. Buckley, FAIA for what will be a very special opportunity to hear from him on his experience designing and creating the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum, both located in historic Judiciary Square.  The names of more than 20,000 law enforcement officers who have fallen honoring an oath to serve and protect the community through our nation’s history and the 72 police officers who perished in their efforts to help those fleeing the World Trade Center on 9/11 are engraved in the marble walls.  Every May an annual candlelight vigil is held at the memorial with an estimated 35,000 people gathering to honor all officers killed in the line of duty that year.  The Museum is scheduled to begin construction this month and is expected to be completed in 2015.There will be two tour time options – 10:30am and 11:30am.  All those in attendance are asked to meet at the center of the memorial.  It is hosted by the Yale Club of Washington, but is open to the public and free of charge.


Posted: September 13, 2013
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