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Bill Bonstra


Bill Bonstra, FAIA is the founder and managing partner of Bonstra Haresign Architects LLP. After distinguishing himself at several notable Washington firms, he founded the firm in 2000 and has designed prominent and award-winning landmarks such as Citta 50, Woodley Wardman, The Erie, Q14 Condominiums, Solo Piazza, Lamont Lofts, The Tapies Condominium, and The Studio Theatre. These projects contribute exemplary contemporary design to the historic architecture of the nation’s capital. For this reason Mr. Bonstra was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2010, one of the highest honors bestowed to members of the architecture profession.

Mr. Bonstra and his work has been recognized with over 50 national and regional awards for exemplary design, historic preservation, and adaptive re-use. He and his work have been featured in over 40 national and regional design journals and publications including the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, DC - Sixth Edition, Architectural Record, Residential Architect, Builder, the Washington Post, ULI/Urban Land, ArchitectureDC, Washingtonian Magazine, and in the Second Edition of James M. Goode’s book Best Addresses, A Century of Washington’s Distinguished Apartment Houses. Internationally, his work has been published in well-known design magazines such as BRAVACASA, Aspekti and Idealen Dom. As a mentor to young architects he teaches a masters design studio at The Catholic University of America, regularly lectures at the University of Maryland in their real estate development program, and frequently participates in lectures, juries, and presentations at leading institutions such as The University of Maryland, The Catholic University of America, and Virginia Tech Alexandria Center, to name a few.

Mr. Bonstra is on the Board of Directors for Cultural Tourism DC, a council appointed member for the DC Zoning Task Force and a member of the Council of Advisors at the University of Maryland for both the architecture and real estate development programs. He is Past President of the Maryland Architecture Alumni Chapter, Past Director of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs, and Past Chair of the LCCA Historic Preservation Review Committee.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland, from which he graduated with honors. Mr. Bonstra is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.