Manion + Associates Architects, P.C.

Thomas Manion, AIA

Manion + Associates is an award-winning architectural studio with a proven, 40-year track record in residential design. Its team works on a wide range of projects, from energy-efficient contemporaries to historic restorations. The firm was founded in 1979 by principal Thomas Manion and currently has six staff members, including two consulting architects.

Manion and his team embrace an approach that involves and educates the client. “We are very client-oriented and enjoy the process of working together towards a goal,” says the architect, who emphasizes an open, collaborative dialogue with consultants and builders, from the initial interview through completion of construction.

Manion has a master’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University, and has written and lectured on passive-solar, earth-sheltered and other energy-saving approaches. “I truly enjoy the entire process, from meeting the clients, through design and building,” he reflects. “The challenges and opportunities are part of what drives us as a firm.”

Over the past few years, Manion + Associates designed an energy-efficient, solar-powered house; created a home combining Asian and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired elements; and collaborated on major additions to the principal’s former personal homes. The firm has won 12 Potomac Valley AIA design awards and one Maryland AIA award. As Manion reflects, “We take on projects that challenge, educate and help us grow.”