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Ritter Norton Architects is a nationally recognized architecture, interior design, and planning firm based in Alexandria, VA.   Founded by James W. Ritter, FAIA, in 1974, the firm has a long established reputation for design excellence and outstanding client service.  The firm has successfully completed a wide range of award-winning commercial and institutional projects including churches, schools, libraries, and commercial interior renovations for the private sector and many local, state, and federal government agencies.  

Ritter Architects is dedicated to providing thoughtful, innovative, budget-conscious and environmentally sensitive design solutions to meet our clients’ unique needs and aspirations.  Our buildings are not stereotypical or based on any particular style; each new concept is born out of the particulars of a given project. Contextual circumstances, programmatic needs, budget constraints, community impact, and sustainable strategies are carefully balanced in pursuit of imaginative, humane, and poetic design solutions.

Our commitment to design excellence is reflected by over 50 design awards we’ve received from various local, state, and national organizations as well as features in numerous publications.  We are also the recipients of the 2010 T. David Fitz-Gibbon Firm Award for “over ten years of distinctive architecture,” the highest award given to a firm by the Virginia Society AIA.  

Sustainability is a guiding principle 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.  The firm has recently completed multiple award-winning LEED Gold certified projects. 

The firm’s mission is simple: provide unparalleled responsiveness to our clients; work collaboratively with our customers 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.

The firm provides full range of architectural services, interior design, and planning services. 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.  We have designed projects ranging in construction value from $50k to $100M+. Firm principals Jim Ritter, FAIA, and Derek Norton, AIA LEED AP, have an active hand in all phases of the work, including design, specification writing, cost estimating and contract administration. This direct participation ensures a high level of quality control throughout the duration of every project.

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Key Personnel

James W. Ritter, FAIA                   Derek M. Norton, AIA, LEED APSally Mauck

Maria Agam Cray                        Paul O'Sullivan, AIA                         Leo Salom, AIA                                 John Wirth, AIA, LEED AP 

Harry J. Kelley

Fletcher Brueger