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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Armenian Genocide Museum


ARMENIAN genocide museum

Washington, DC

The Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial project consists of the contemporary addition to and adaptive reuse of the former National Bank of Washington Building, located at 615-621 14th Street NW, Washington, DC.  The building is a designated historic landmark by the Historic Preservation Office of the District of Columbia and both its exterior façade and interior public spaces are protected from alteration without approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).



It is the intention of the Owner to modify the existing building with an addition in the lot to the east of the structure for use as a museum and memorial to the Armenian Genocide.  This scope of work will include the restoration of the exterior of the historic building, new ground level storefront facades, new mechanical and electrical systems, a rehabilitated interior set up for use as the museum, the addition of vertical circulation elements such as fire stairs and elevators, new museum and standard office areas, and new restrooms.



Martinez+Johnson Architecture worked with the Owner and exhibit designer to provide schematic Design for an addition, outdoor garden and expansive museum within the confines of the existing building and lot.

Owner: Armenian National Institute c/o Rouben Adalin, PhD

Study Completion: 2008

Size: 50,000SF

Cost: EST $25M