Maria Casarella

Maria Casarella


For Maria Casarella, sustainability and environmental performance are non-negotiable design issues. She feels as strongly about this as she does about serving her beloved DC community and using her skills to advance historic preservation through architecture. This intersection makes Maria a perfect Co-Leader of VMDO DC - a position in which she can mentor new designers while creating lasting community landmarks throughout the District.

Professionally, Maria takes a context-based and collaborative approach to design, promoting innovation and sustainability where possible to solve clients' unique challenges. Her expertise in guiding clients through the complex web of entitlements and design approvals inherent in historic projects has resulted in the completion of notably iconic local DC projects, including the Phillips Collection and Georgetown Visitation Founder's Hall, and the historic St. Elisabeths East Campus.

A regular lecturer for Design DC and National Building Museum events, Maria currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the DC History Center of Washington and N Street Village, a non-profit providing housing and services in support of homeless women in DC.


Master of Architecture, Columbia University

Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University