RUST|ORLING Architecture, (formerly Rust, Orling and Neale, Architects, Inc.) has been providing architecture, planning and interior design services to the public and private sectors for 27 years, since 1979.
Project experience includes the design of multifamily residential and hotels, commercial office - include tenant planning and interior design, Educational and Conferencing facilities, shopping centers, retail shops and restaurants, and a wide variety of other building types.
Due to our location in Old Town, Alexandria, and our keen interest in historical styles of architecture, a major portion of our projects are new buildings for infill sites or restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
Most of our projects are located in the mid-Atlantic region but more specifically, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Northern Virginia and West Virginia. We provide services to our corporate clients nationwide, and in one case, internationally.
Rust | Orling Architecture has participated actively in the development of real estate and has completed numerous successful residential and commercial projects including several projects for our own offices. We firmly believe that this "hands-on" experience translates directly into the designs which we produce for others. Specifically, it has broadened our ability to assess, not only the project design, but also project economics as it relates to the complete range of development, operational and facilities issues. In short, the process requires one to plan well, pay attention and know the value of a dollar.
Our firm size is currently twenty people consisting of six registered architects, ten graduate architects, two interior designers and two administrative personnel. Many of these people have been employed with us for five years or more and have been retained for their talents in design, graphics, project management or technical skills.
We are philosophically dedicated to the creation of buildings or environments which are "humanist" places which people will enjoy, that display elements of human scale and comprehension and that provide appropriate, comfortable (and sustainable) shelter. We have enjoyed the good fortune of being the recipient of numerous design awards including an AIA Award of Excellence for the Strand Center in downtown Alexandria. Significantly, the awards for "design excellence" appear in different categories of building types such as the merit award we have received for the restoration and addition to Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, West Virginia which sensitively added to the 1790s Gothic Style Stone Church. We take great pride in this fact, as it is an indication of the creative process applied effectively to new problems. And of no less significance, other awards include commendation for the quality of construction documents prepared by our staff or the workmanship found in the buildings which we have supervised. And recently, the firm was honored with the award of "best architecture/interior design" of the 2005 by the Washington Business Journal for the new Clyde's Restaurant at Gallery Place.
Pricipals: John Rust and Mark Orling
Staff: Adam Cassara, Adrian Oggero, Alena Kurushko, Andrew McKinley, Ari Belmonte, Brent White, Carlos Pilonieta, Elizabeth Leonard, Jim Eagleson, John Nolan, Karen Irvin, Lisa Lettieri, Mary Rust, Michael Blake, Michael Johnston, Mike Ernst, Patrice Carlson, Ramiro Lopez, Scott Fleming, Shade Al-Fraijat, Sharon Brumleve, Stephanie Tincher.