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Ritter Norton Architects (formerly known as Ritter Architects) is a nationally recognized award-winning small architecture firm.  Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the firm provides a full range of architecture, interior design, and master planning services to both public and private sector clients.   We have completed a wide range of commercial and institutional projects including libraries, schools, recreation facilities, cultural buildings, interior office renovations, and large scale master planning projects ranging in construction value from $50k to $100M+.  Founded in 1974 by James W. Ritter, FAIA, the firm has a long established reputation for outstanding client service and design excellence.

Ritter Norton Architects’ mission is simple: provide unparalleled responsiveness to our clients; work cooperatively with our clients to produce the best possible designs to meet their requirements and exceed their expectations; and to hold ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards.   Our most important measure of success is client satisfaction and a large majority of our projects are repeat clients or client referrals.

We are dedicated to providing user-friendly, thoughtful, innovative, and environmentally sensitive design solutions to meet our clients’ needs and aspirations.  Sustainability is the guiding principal for all of our projects.  Our team of LEED accredited staff is dedicated to producing healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient places that maximize building, environmental, and occupant performance.   Our commitment to design excellence is reflected by our 45 design awards from various local, state, and national organizations as well as being featured in numerous publications.  Ritter Norton Architects is also the recipient of the 2010 T. David Fitz-Gibbon award for “over ten years of distinctive architecture,” the highest award given to a firm by the Virginia Society AIA.

Ritter Norton Architects has a team of LEED accredited staff members and is committed to green and sustainable design approaches in all of our base building and interior work.  This effort is led by firm principal Derek Norton, AIA LEED AP.  Our have completed multiple  LEED Gold certified projects and have several other projects with LEED certification pending. 

Ritter Norton Architects  (RNA) has a successful 40 year track record managing and coordinating complex multi-disciplinary A&E efforts. We are highly experienced in all phases of renovation, alteration, and new construction work including concept design and planning, construction documents, cost estimating, and construction administration.  Although our body of work is very diverse, about 3/4 our projects over the last 15 years have been interior renovations and additions. We have completed hundreds of office renovations and tenant fit-outs for about a dozen government agencies as well as private sector clients. 


Key Personnel

Derek M. Norton, AIA, LEED

James W. Ritter, FAIA

Maria Agam Cray                       

Paul O'Sullivan, RA                    

John Wirth, RA, LEED AP 

Harry J. Kelly, AIA

William Hendricks, AIA

Guadalupe Tassara

Fletcher Bruegger 

Anna Badyoczek

Sally Mauck