Balodemas Architects is a design studio established in 1988 and currently led by Veena Shahsavarian and Lou Balodemas. A proponent of the idea that good design should be accessible to everyone, the firm welcomes projects with unique challenges requiring a creative and rigorous approach. “We enjoy restoring a period home as much as we do transforming a lackluster one into something with character,” notes Balodemas.

The firm’s five architects work collaboratively with clients to create homes that are contemporary but relatable. Their designs are inspired by homeowners’ personalities, aesthetics and lifestyles. “I really enjoy guiding clients through the process. I like our practice to be approachable, thoughtful and fun,” says Shahsavarian, who received the 2021 Emerging Professional Award from Potomac Valley AIA.

Whether embarking on a renovation or new build, Shahsavarian reflects, “We encourage our clients to be bold with their design choices. That always results in spaces that are both beautiful and memorable.”

The firm’s work has been featured in Dwell, Atomic Ranch, Bethesda Magazine, Washingtonian and The Washington Post.