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Ritter Norton Architects is a small business with almost 45 years’ experience working with local, state and federal government clients.  In recent years, the firm has focused extensively on the Intelligence Community and DOD clients completing hundreds of sensitive and secure projects including a wide range SCIF office renovations, operation centers, conference centers and VTC meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, food service facilities, and IT/data equipment spaces.  The firm designs everything from very small office alterations to large scale projects with construction values over $100m. 

Ritter Norton Architects has also developed numerous large scale master planning and feasibility study projects incorporating UFC Anti-terrorism standards and other security enhancements for secure federal compounds.  Most of our staff have Federal top secret security clearances. 

Though most of our government work has been done directly for our government clients in a design-bid-build process we have also teamed with various contractors to complete many design-build projects. Our current and past government clients include:

  • Intel Agencies

  • DOD Washington Headquarter Services

  • US Army

  • Naval District Washington

  • Naval Observatory

  • Naval Research Laboratory

  • PAX River Naval Station

  • Indian Head Naval Air Station

  • Quantico Marine Base

  • US Air Force

  • Joint Air Defense Operations Center

  • State Department

  • GSA

  • NIH

  • Veterans Administration

  • Dept. of Justice

  • US Secret Service

  • International Broadcasting Bureau, BBG

  • Architect of the Capitol

  • Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

  • Fairfax County Government

  • Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation

  • City of Alexandria

The firm provides the full range of A-E services for new construction, renovations, and alteration projects including:

  • Complete base building AE design services

  • Construction documents and specifications

  • Space planning and Interior design

  • Needs assessments and programming

  • Feasibility studies

  • UFC based force protection design

  • Master planning and urban design

  • Surveying and facility condition assessments

  • Sustainable design and LEED consulting

  • ANSI and ADA upgrade design

  • Historic restoration

  • Bidding and negotiating services

  • Full construction administration services

  • Cost estimating

  • Code analysis

  • Renderings and 3D animations

Ritter Architects raised the bar with respect to the standards we expect from our Architectural / Engineering consultants, a high level of outstanding quality that is difficult to match.
— Department of Defense - WHS
The final design exceeded the expectations of the Using Agencies entire staff in function and aesthetics. Ritter Architects’ ability to keep the design within the approved budget for the duration of the project was impressive.
— Mike Fegan - Project Engineer of DPWES