Though he initially planned to study aerospace engineering in college, Lou Balodemas switched his sights to architecture. “I figured it would allow a broader and more immediate pursuit of my interests in design, art and history, while still being based in science and practicality,” he reflects.
The native Washingtonian founded his eponymous firm in 1988 and today oversees a team of emerging architects whose fresh insights and design sensibilities complement his experienced approach. The practice serves a diverse client base of developers, commercial businesses, government agencies and private homeowners, which fosters a vibrant and dynamic office culture.
On the residential front, Balodemas designs and renovates creative homes by carefully considering a project’s goals and overall context—including history, setting and typology—while avoiding a defining look. “Some projects are bold and modern while others are more comfortable fitting into their surroundings,” he observes. “Regardless of style, we use materials, colors and textures in a seamless and thoughtful way.”
Designs are presented to clients in an open, collaborative manner and refined to ensure the result suits homeowners’ personalities, aesthetic and lifestyle. “We consider our clients to be the drivers of the finished product and attentively lead them through every step of the process,” Balodemas explains. “We allow their perspective to guide solutions.”