About Us

The National Treasures Design Competition was originally the creation of the Architecture for Humanity DC Chapter’s (AfH-DC’s) Resilience by Design (RxD) Committee.  After the closing of AfH at the National level, Open Architecture was born, and has taken over management of the NTDC competition.

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Open Architecture – Washington DC (OA-dc) as a local organization is now open for business.  The Resilience by Design Committee is made up of design professionals committed to making our homes, workplaces, communities and of course our National Treasures more resilient to natural disasters.

Questions regarding the NTDC or becoming a member of OA-dc should be directed to Marcus Monroe at contact@openarchdc.org

Resilience By Design Committee

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A licensed architect, Lindsay Brugger brings together humanitarian action and architectural design to address issues of shelter and settlement, disaster risk reduction, and resilient design. Lindsay is the Resilient Communities Manager for the American Institute of Architects and is an active partner in bringing resilience planning to the DC area. Lindsay’s work has been featured at Harvard’s Design for Urban Disaster Conference, AIA Baltimore’s Resilient Cities Lecture Series, and Architecture For Humanity’s Design Like You Give a Damn Conference.

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Marcus Monroe, Assoc. AIA, is an architectural designer at Quinn Evans Architects, a full service architectural firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin.  He is an adjunct faculty member of the Montgomery College Architecture Program where he teaches 3D presentation and BIM coursework.  Since 2012 he has been actively involved in Open Architecture DC and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Resilience by Design program.  Marcus is an advocate for design education, community engagement, and innovative solutions for a more resilient built environment. Originally from Florida, he holds a BDes and MArch with a concentration in historic preservation from the University of Florida. As part of his studies, Marcus traveled abroad through the Vicenza Institute of Architecture program and attended the Preservation Institute: Nantucket field school.

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Mike Binder is a licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, Co-chair of the AIA|DC Committee on the Environment, and a Living Building Challenge Ambassador Presenter.  Mike is a principal at Binder Regenerative Design (reality-alt.com) and a Lecturer at the University of Maryland – College Park.