Manion + Associates Architects, P.C.

Thomas Manion, AIA

Manion + Associates is a full-service firm whose staff is passionate about design. Residential work is its main focus, and provides opportunities for everything from energy-efficient contemporaries to historic restorations. The firm was founded in 1979 by principal Thomas Manion and currently has six employees, including two consulting architects.

Manion and his team employ a process that involves and educates the client. “By understanding clients’ goals and objectives, we establish good working relationships,” Manion says. The firm emphasizes an open, cooperative approach with consultants and builders.

Manion has written and lectured on passive-solar, earth-sheltered and other energy-saving approaches. “Residential design is constantly evolving,” he observes. “Each concept must relate to the site and setting; efficiency and orientation are crucial. Success is a woven litany of systems, materials and focus.”

During the past few years, Manion + Associates designed an addition using split logs; created a home combining Asian and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired elements; and received awards for various historic restorations. The firm has won 12 Potomac Valley AIA design awards and one Maryland AIA award. As Manion says, “We take on projects that challenge, educate and help us grow.”