Darrel Rippeteau, President, AIA

Darrel Rippeteau believes in creating “places for human interaction” to enrich the experiences of life among the members of our sociable species. His work includes hundreds of urban storefronts, shops, concourses, reception rooms, offices and exhibition spaces where human beings enjoy getting together for shared activities.

US Army Corps of Engineers, Republic of Viet Nam, 1971

Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University, 1974

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Community Service in the Architecture & Construction Industry:

Past President of the Washington Building Congress
Past Chairman of the Builders’ Ball
Founding Architect of the National Building Museum
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Corporate Committee, Trust for the National Mall
District of Columbia Building Industry Association Retail Committee
Served on the Board of Directors of the Washington DC/ American Institute of Architects
International Council of Shopping Centers
Chairman of CANstruction

Rippeteau manages the business day-to-day and directs the design, detailing, and execution activities of each project manager. Current technology enables execution of architectural thought and technique. He is a registered architect in:


New York

Washington, DC


West Virginia





Grace Sawin, AIA, Senior Project Manager


Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture and Planning, 1991

Ms. Sawin’s projects include:

Western Development: 140,000 SF addition to Potomac Mills Mall

Exterior Renovation: The Shops at the National Press Building in Washington, DC

The Mills Corporation: Addition of Veranda Mainstreet and Sunrise Court to Sawgrass Mills, FL

Brookfield Real Estate Opportunity Fund: more than 750,000 SF office, retail and public space design and documentation in the Midwest, including Chicago and Milwaukee, Projects included FDIC, WUWM, and Class A lobby & office renovations.


Annica Biegler, Associate AIA, Senior Project Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Sociology, Goucher College, 1995

Masters of Architecture, Catholic University of America, 1998

Ms. Biegler’s projects include:

MINT Fitness flagship, an 11,000 square foot fitness and spa facility in midtown, followed by second facility on K Street, Washington, DC

Brookfield Real Estate Opportunity Group: Design of lobby and public spaces as well as lease plan implementation using BOMA standards for several existing commercial and retail buildings in VA, WV and WI.

New York State: Evaluation and documentation to stabilize and preserve the Samuel F. Hooker House, built in 1809, which Rippeteau Architects converted to an Artist’s Guild

Five Apartment Building lobbies in Brooklyn, NY

 Off-the-grid 8,000 square foot private residence in Iowa

1530 14th Street: LEED Gold mixed-use urban infill structure in downtown Washington, DC

The Museum Store at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

Renovation of Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC


Naomi Behrens, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager

Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University, 1998

Masters of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 2003

Ms. Behrens’s projects include:

Public Spaces at Potomac Mills mall: a mile long interior and exterior re-design and redecoration project including major structural alterations and architectural features, with 11 grade break ramps and stairs, scores of entry doors, and toilet rooms for thousands of visitors.

Retail build-outs for anchor tenants, including Design, Construction Documents, Bidding and CA.

Colossal sculptural entry constructions to accommodate future entrance and anchor tenant.

CityCenterDC: set up and manage lease outline drawings and retail tenant demising programs.  Assist Hines with coordination of technical and mechanical systems integration.  Prepare 3D communication artwork for Team. 

Kerry Putnam, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Catholic University of America, 2006

Masters of Architecture, Catholic University of America, 2007 (Honors)

Past President, Women in Retail Real Estate, DC

Ms. Putnam’s projects include:

 The Washington Building Congress HQ: Design and Construction Documents: Headquarters in downtown Washington, DC, targeted for LEED Certification.

Brookfield: Design of public spaces and lease plan implementation using BOMA standards for existing commercial buildings in Rockville, MD. Renovation of the lobby and corridors at 1375 Piccard Drive including a new Tenant fitness and locker room facility.

LEDC: Latino Economic Development Corporation. Implantation of the DC façade improvement program with several businesses along Georgia Avenue and 14th Street NW.

Horning Brothers HQ: Construction Project Manager of new headquarters in the Tivoli Square Building. New exterior windows and open loft design

The Carnegie Institution for Science

Additional Tenant Projects:

Redfin, Rockville, MD

Moncler, CCDC

Corporate Health Resources, Rockville, MD

Environmental Design & Construction, Washington, DC

Standard Solar, Rockville, MD


Carolina Cid, Operations & Marketing 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Media Arts & Animation The Art Institute of Washington, 2003

Carolina supports the RipArchs team and manages all company operations as well as marketing initiatives. She is a problem solver, artist, marketing guru and digital enthusiast. 

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