Ballard + Mensua Architecture

Seth Ballard, AIA, NCARB

Seth Ballard brings a lifetime of international travel to his architecture practice. “I worked for years for a Burmese architect on projects in Thailand and Myanmar,” he recalls. “Working with my father-in-law and associate, Vicente Mensua, has exposed me to the amazing architecture of Spain and France. Everywhere I travel, I dive into the culture and absorb the art, architecture, food and music. Each experience makes me a better architect and designer.”

Founded in 2005, Ballard Mensua provides architectural, historic preservation and interior-design services with professional project management from start to finish. Ballard and his team study clients and how they live now as well as how they will grow into their home. “With furniture plans and deep thought about how a space will be used over time, our projects are always properly sited, with clean circulation, light and good chi,” Ballard says. A detailed cost-study phase and design process ensure that every decision his clients make is an informed one.

The firm’s recent accolades include Best Architect awards from Arlington Magazine in 2016 and 2020 and Best of Northern Virginia magazine awards in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Ballard+Mensua also received a 2017 Best of Houzz award. Seth Ballard was named 2019 Best Residential Architect in Build magazine.