firmitas, utilitas, venustas

Vitruvius - De Architectura


Solid, Useful, Beautiful



Thomas D. Raithel and Vivian M. Fernandes are principals of Acanthus Architects.


We specialize in the design and construction of infill properties in the greater metropolitan area of Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.


The goal of the partners is to provide for each project; solid construction with the use of quality materials, economically viable, while creating a beautiful design. 


Acanthus has successfully designed new and renovated old distinctive residences for private clients in many diverse neighborhoods since 1986. The team of licensed architects brings many years of experience in residential and light commercial design.  Each project receives individual attention to maximize the opportunities presented, provide unique character to each residence and provide a design in context with the surrounding neighborhood. 

2714 QUEBEC STREET, N.W.                       WASHINGTON, D.C.  20008-3315                           (202) 966-7900

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