West Workshop Architects is an award-winning contemporary architecture and design studio focusing on residential, commercial and public art projects. Kurt West, a registered Architect, founded the firm in 2017 and provides leadership in project design and firm operations. The firm’s collaborative design process translates clients’ desires into unique, practical and enduring solutions that exceed customer expectations.
The firm is headquartered in Northern Virginia and has a satellite location in Charlottesville, VA.
Architecture & Interior Design
Residential - Working closely with homeowners, contractors and real estate developers, our residential projects include individual homes, additions, renovations and kitchen/bath remodels. Innovative residential design is a growth area of the business, which includes modern modular homes and energy efficient home design. We work along with our clients, consultants and contractors from the ground up, covering design, interiors, permitting and build-out to create beautiful and functional projects that meet our clients’ needs and budgets.
Commercial – We offer full design services for our commercial clients - from conception to interiors to equipment selections. Our approach and experienced team of designers, consultants and contractors allow us to understand the unique requirements of each client’s operation and execute projects accordingly.
Furniture & Object Design
We often refer to these projects as “small architecture”. West Workshop designs and creates one-of-a-kind furniture and objects specifically crafted for each project. For example, this may include a custom coffee table for the home, light fixtures for a restaurant or a built-in bookcase or storage for an office. We collaborate with a trusted team of skilled artisans and craftsmen throughout the country, allowing us to employ an extensive range of materials, techniques and finishes for beautiful and functional results. You can see some of our furniture projects here.
Using a research-based approach, West Workshop pursues public art commissions as opportunities for architectural and tectonic experimentation. Common themes of this work explore the relationship between material, site-specificity, and the fabrication process. You can see our Public Art projects here.
Areas We Serve
Virginia: Arlington, Falls Church, Great Falls, Alexandria, McLean, Reston, Fairfax, Annandale, Lake Anna, Culpepper, Albermarle County, Nelson County, Fauquier County, Chesapeake Bay, Charlottesville, Crozet & Richmond.
Maryland: Bethesda, Potomac, Annapolis, Takoma Park & Montgomery County
Jackson, Adrian, Lansing & Ann Arbor
Indianapolis, Muncie, Richmond and Ft. Wayne
Nashville, Murfreesboro and Franklin
Other: Washington DC, Outer Banks, Long Island and Pennsylvania
Kurt West - AIA Kurt is the founder and principal of West Workshop. Born into a military family, Kurt grew up throughout the U.S and Europe though considers himself equally Texan as he is a Hoosier. He received a Bachelors in Architecture from Ball State University and graduated Cum Laude with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Prior to launching West Workshop, Kurt apprenticed at Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles in addition to stops in Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington, DC. Kurt is married with two children, an avid baseball fan, and is licensed to practice architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Christine Nguyen - Associate
assists with all phases of design and production work at West Workshop. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S in Architecture and has previous experience with various project types including custom residential and commercial projects with an emphasis on interiors.
- Frank leads the business development activities for West Workshop. Frank has over 35 years of expertise in business planning, marketing, product management, engineering and business development. Frank is known as a recognized leader, speaker and creative thinker with ability to build and manage customer relationships. He has held numerous management positions with Northrop Grumman and has received awards for design and marketing excellence.
Frank holds an MBA from New York University Stern Business School, an MS in Transportation Planning & Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a BS in Civil Engineering from New York University.