Manion + Associates Architects, P.C.

Thomas Manion, AIA

Thomas Manion was raised in Upstate New York. Working for his father, a contractor, he was fascinated to see how design concepts came to life and began to appreciate how a building’s structure defined its final outcome.

Noting that homes in his town spanned a wide array of architecture vernaculars, from Craftsman to Mid-Century Modern, Manion recalls, “I learned how to focus those styles into specific images and designs as an architecture student at Syracuse University.”

In 1979, he founded Manion + Associates, Architects, starting out with one employee. Over the years, the firm has grown and now includes a staff of six employees and consultants. Its work ranges from historic renovations to bold, modern designs.

Manion and his team employ a process that involves and educates the client, clearly discussing a project’s scope of work and sequence of events. “By understanding a client’s goals and objectives, we establish a good working relationship,” he says. “We are very client-oriented and enjoy the process of working together towards a goal.”

From the initial interview through final construction, the studio emphasizes an open, collaborative approach among clients, builders and artisans. “When a client has a commitment to an idea and appreciates the firm’s input, working collaboratively as part of the team produces the best results,” says Manion. The firm has won 14 Potomac Valley AIA design awards and one Maryland AIA award.