Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA) draws over thirty-nine years of diversified architectural experience. Our practice integrates historic and modern program elements, including museums, interpretive and commemorative programs, and sites. The firm designs new buildings, urban design and adaptive re-use projects according to the needs of our clients, incorporating advanced technology and sustainable design.  In addition to its work in new buildings, DBA offers extensive expertise in historic preservation and conservation of historic buildings including several National Register listed properties, National Trust for Historic Preservation properties, and federal design-build preservation projects. Our architecture is one of response to the built environment that respectfully highlights the architectural character of existing historic structures.


DBA is the only firm to have designed and completed two National Memorials in the nation’s capital: the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, in Judiciary Square, and the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, adjacent to the Capitol Grounds. Both award-winning projects, which work within historical contexts of their environment, are on the National Register.

The firm is the recipient of over twenty-five awards including twice, the Henry Hering Medal, A Presidential Design Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the International Design Award for the Ambulatory Health Care Center for the U.S. Air Force on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.


DBA is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and is currently working on projects designed to be LEED® Silver certified, including the National Law Enforcement Museum and the RiverFront on the Anacostia, a mixed-use, planned unit development project, both in Washington, DC.  DBA’s commitment to sustainable design pre-dates the existence of USGBC.  An early advocate for sustainable design, DBA has been among the early leaders in the promotion and practice of environmentally conscious design in both newly built and existing structures.


The firm has successfully managed the process of community engagement and design approvals in the District of Columbia.  Notable reviewers are the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Section 106 review), the U.S. Department of State, the National Capital Planning Commission and the DC Department of Transportation.  We have extensive experience working as Preservation Architects for The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and have experience with Trust Historic Easements and this specific review process. Technologically progressive in its practice, DBA employs Building Information Modeling software based on the Revit platform, and can perform energy studies and other modeling tasks in house.


DBA is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) by the Department of Small and Local Business Development in the District of Columbia.