We have extensive experience designing interiors for retail spaces and restaurants to reflect the personality of the tenant from the outside in.



Des-I provides stylish and unique modern Italian furniture to the capital city’s youthful hipsters. Every piece is custom made to the buyer’s specifications for style and materials. The spaces Rippeteau Architects designed for this growing chain reflect the product: accessible bespoke style. Rippeteau Architects designed three stores for Des-I in the DC-VA-MD area. Each project required intensive, complicated lighting and ceiling layouts to be integrated into an existing shell in an established retail center. Energy-efficiency lighting zones were created so that some fixtures could be switched off to take advantage of natural lighting during the day.



We designed the retail space for The Great Republic to celebrate the unique Americana goods sold in the store. The thoughtfully planned displays and lighting showcase the hand-crafted items and antique's they are known for.



Alden Shoe Company of New England manufactures marvelous men’s footwear in its Massachusetts factory, bearing the ‘Made in USA’ label as a symbol of pride and quality.  Alden selected downtown Washington as the site of its flagship retail store and engaged Rippeteau Architects to design a space that would reflect the Alden image of quality, trustworthiness, and understated elegance.

Rippeteau Architect designed a softly-lighted natural wood environment for seeing and experiencing the quality of Alden, giving the space a solid yet sophisticated feel.  The interior space is visible from the street through the glass storefront, enticing shoppers to engage in the memorable act of buying the best.



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  Featured Project: Mint, click on the image for the project page.

Featured Project: Mint, click on the image for the project page.



Georgia on my mind… Georgia Avenue, that is: for retail revitalization of the 7300 block of Georgia Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Rusty cornices, collapsing storefronts, and grimy signs have been cleaned and fixed. We’ve added bright new colors, sparkling clean glass and inviting banners, awnings, and lighting. We’re proud about our urban retail transformation work in Upper Northwest, Anacostia, and the Heart of Downtown Washington.

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Georgia Avenue Facades

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Potomac Mills

Rippeteau Architects reinvented the Potomac Mills Mall from one end of its one-mile concourse to the other.  To bring natural light into the food court, we “raised the roof” in a carefully staged sequence of projects coordinating structural, mechanical, electrical and finish work.  We redesigned every part, producing a spacious, light-filled dining area.  Our biggest challenge was accomplishing this transition without interrupting the shopping and dining experience.

We managed a large team of architects, designers, engineers and life-safety consultants to achieve this project, which encompassed 150,000 square feet of public concourse space.

In the end, everything we do for our clients revolves around finding good ways to appeal to the spending public while spending as little of our client’s resources as possible.



One of our favorite DC‬ establishments, The Tabard Inn hired us to enhance their lovely garden terrace with a roof structure to shield their patrons from the elements while still enjoying al fresco dining.



Located in CityCenterDC, Downtown's vibrant urban experience, is the French apparel and lifestyle brand's new boutique. The design reflects the  luxury of the Moncler brand.



Rippeteau Architects, PC crafted a delicate renovation of part of the century-old Washington National Cathedral, we lavished a refreshing new look on the extraordinary arched and vaulted spaces which house the Cathedral store.

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