Gronning Architects is a full service architectural firm based in Washington DC. For more than 20 years, we have promoted innovative modern architecture through designing new buildings and renovating old. We believe that architecture plays an important role in our everyday lives and that we as architects have a responsibility for creating functional and positive environments. We approach every project as a unique endeavor and believe it is essential for a successful project to be a collaborative effort. Whether designing pieces of furniture, installations or buildings, through quality of design, we hope to contribute a positive voice to our community.

Our sister company, Gronning Design + Manufacturing, LLC (GDM), contributes to our expertise through fabrication and construction. GDM is a specialty fabrication shop with wood and steel capabilities. We believe it is essential for architects to have knowledge of fabrication and construction methods and GDM offers the opportunity for employees to gain first hand experience. This expertise is vital to how we approach the use of materials in our designs.

Key Personnel

Eric Gronning, AIA, NCARB
Eric Gronning is the owner and principal of Gronning Architects PLLC. 

Eric has 22 years of experience in design, construction and contract management.  Prior to founding his own firm in 1996, Eric worked in Switzerland, Italy, and California. He is also the owner and president of Gronning Design + Manufacturing, a specialty metal/wood fabrication and general contracting business. This company has completed custom furniture and installation projects as well as residences and restaurants in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas. This fabrication and construction experience has been vital to Eric's approach to architectural design and the building process.

Eric is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland; a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is NCARB certified.  He currently sits on the board of Inscape Publico, a nonprofit architecture firm in D.C. serving nonprofit clients. Eric holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech.

Darren Fraser, AIA, NCARB, PMP
Darren is an associate at Gronning Architects, where he assists the firm with the office’s large-scale projects including the renovation to the Washington International School and the renovation to the Lansburgh multifamily residential and retail complex.

Darren has over 16 years of experience in design, construction and contract management. Before coming to Gronning, Darren worked as an owner project manager for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he managed projects totaling $20M spread out over multiple geographic locations. 

Darren began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Rising to the rank of captain, he had the unique opportunity to manage multi-million-dollar Army Corps of Engineers contracts and to lead smaller scale troop construction projects. He was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for service in Iraq. Darren is a licensed architect in the state of Massachusetts, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is NCARB certified. He holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Norwich University.

Kurt West, Assoc. AIA
Kurt assists the firm with coordinating the production team as well as managing coordination between disciplines.

Kurt has over 10 years of experience in design & fabrication.  Before coming to Gronning, Kurt worked for Hord Copaln Macht Architects providing project support for K-12 Schools and Higher Education projects. Prior to HCM, Kurt operated his own remodeling and design/build businesses in Washington, D.C and held fabricator positions at Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles and Gray Architecture in Indianapolis.

Kurt has numerous design honors and awards including most recently a 2014 AIA|DC Unbuilt Award. He holds Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.

Karin Schierhold, LEED AP
Karin assists the firm with design, research, site analysis, construction drawing coordination.

Karin has earned the LEED AP credential from the U.S. Green Building Council. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture with an Architectural History minor from Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.





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