Quinn Evans Architects, an award-winning planning and design practice, has announced that the Wnuk Spurlock Architecture design team will join Quinn Evans’ Washington, D.C., office, effective November 1.

Left to Right: Larry Barr, Steven Spurlock, Alyson Steele

Wnuk Spurlock will close its Washington, D.C.-based practice and transfer current projects to Quinn Evans Architects. Both practices are widely recognized for their portfolios of cultural, institutional, and historic preservation projects. 

Steven Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP, Melissa Gobrecht, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Sarah Lindner, LEED AP BD+C, will join Quinn Evans Architects. Wnuk Spurlock Architecture was founded in 1979 by Joseph Wnuk, AIA. Wnuk, a longtime leader in the Washington, D.C. architectural community, passed away in March 2016. Steven Spurlock joined Wnuk Spurlock Architecture in 1985 and has served as managing principal for the past 15 years. 
 
Spurlock is active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and currently serves at the national level on the Public Outreach Committee and the Equity in Architecture Commission. He has served as chapter president of AIA/DC and as a national regional director for the AIA’s Middle Atlantic region. While a member of the AIA/DC board of directors from 2007-2011, he led efforts to create and fund the District Architecture Center, now the home of the DC/AIA chapter and the Washington Architectural Foundation. Spurlock currently serves on the Washington Architectural Foundation board of directors. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have the staff of Wnuk Spurlock Architecture join the Quinn Evans team. Steven is a talented, thoughtful, and well-respected architect who has made a great contribution to our profession through many years of creative leadership. Melissa and Sarah also bring strong, fresh talent to our studio. We’re excited about this opportunity to expand our expertise, portfolio, and client reach.” 
 
Larry Barr, AIA, president of Quinn Evans Architects.

 
“The caliber of Wnuk Spurlock’s portfolio is exceptional,” says Alyson Steele, AIA, LEED AP, principal-in-charge of Quinn Evans’ Washington, D.C., office. “We’re an excellent fit in terms of markets, studio culture, and objectives for growth and professional development.” 
 
Spurlock, who will join Quinn Evans as a principal, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He also attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. In addition to his leadership in the AIA, he serves as a member of the jury pool for accreditation visits by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Spurlock has served as chairperson of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and as president of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions.  

“Quinn Evans Architects is a successful practice built on many of the same values and aspirations that Joe Wnuk and I always believed in. Our practice areas and skill sets are similar, but Quinn Evans offers a much larger staff complement with a broader array of resources and technological tools. I’m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities.” 
 
Steven Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP

 
Melissa Gobrecht is a project manager with expertise in base building and interior design projects, including historic preservation initiatives. Her experience includes multi-family residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the D.C. metropolitan region. Gobrecht holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. 
 
Sarah Lindner brings national and international experience in her work at Quinn Evans Architects. Her expertise includes architecture, interior design, graphic design, and photography. Lindner holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University, where she was recognized with the School of Architecture’s Da Vinci Prize. 
 
Current projects underway by Wnuk Spurlock Architecture include renovations to the chancery at the Embassy of Cameroon in Washington, D.C.; and the new de la Cruz Gallery of Art at Georgetown University, which is set to begin construction soon. Wnuk Spurlock also has a long history of historic preservation and renovation work for a number of landmark residential buildings in the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.