Architect Recognized for Decades of Service to the Chapter

The Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) has announced that Steven Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP, a principal with Quinn Evans, has been selected to receive the 2020 AIA|DC Centennial Medal, the chapter’s highest honor.

Spurlock’s career has spanned more than 40 years, with award-winning projects throughout the country. His professional leadership has included serving as the president of AIA|DC, regional director on the national board of the AIA, member of the board of the Washington Architectural Foundation, and member of the AIA|DC Fellows committee. Earlier this year, he served as a member of the national AIA College of Fellows jury.

Spurlock’s accomplishments with the AIA also include overseeing the design and development of the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C.

Steven has led by example throughout his career and embodies the idea of the ‘citizen architect,’” says David A. Daileda, FAIA, a former president of DC|AIA. “He was instrumental in the realization of the new District Architecture Center. His pro bono projects continue to make a difference, both for the intended beneficiaries and within the overall context of the built environment. He has not only significantly contributed to the greater good in Washington, D.C., but has been doing so in a way that has elevated the voice of the architect.

Spurlock has long been active with the regional preservation and arts communities, serving as chair of the Montgomery County, Md., Historic Preservation Commission, president of the board of the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions, board member of Montgomery Preservation, Inc., and president and board member of the Washington Conservatory of Music. Major projects under his direction have included the renovation of the Embassy of Cameroon in Washington, D.C; the adaptive use of and studio renovation for internationally acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam, also in Washington, D.C.; the Luso American Wave sculpture in Lisbon, Portugal; and a new sanctuary for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, Md.

As a principal with Quinn Evans, Spurlock oversees major design and preservation projects. Current work includes the renovation of the Lincoln Memorial, including a retrofit of the undercroft that will expand exhibit and visitor space. Spurlock has completed numerous embassy projects in Washington, D.C., and is currently overseeing renovations to the Embassy of Estonia. His past projects also include the design of the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Gallery of Art on the Georgetown University campus.

Spurlock holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1978) from Virginia Tech. He was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows in 2012.

A headshot of Steven Spurlock.