Judith M. Capen, RA

principal and co-founder

Historic Preservation Architect

Project Manager


45 years experience

39 years with architrave p.c., architects


She lives and works in the largest historic

district in the country, Capitol Hill, and

bikes to work.



Master of Environmental Design, Yale University

Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude,

University of Cincinnati


Professional Registration

Architecture (DC, MD)



chief designer/principal in charge of design:

Modernization and Temporary Space, Engine

Company No. 27, DC DGS, Washington, DC

Shaare Torah

Temple Micah

numerous residential projects


principal investigator/principal in charge:

National Museum of American History, SI,

Water Reclamation Study

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

Flood Impact Study


principal investigator historic structure reports,

HABS documentation:

Renwick Gallery of Art, SI

called “a good read” by the work’s Project Manager

Superintendent’s Lodges, Battleground National Cemetery and Antietam National Cemetery,

Old Sudley Post Office/Thornberry House,

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Best Farm Secondary House,

Monocacy National Battlefield

“..a useful document.”


principal author, Cultural Landscape Reports:

Vols. 1 and 2, Meridian Hill Park, Washington, DC

called “one of the best,” by NPS-HAER staff member

U.S. Court of Military Appeals Building



U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Buildings 50 & 51 National Foreign Affairs

Training Center, State Department


documentation for historic structure

Tax Credit Certification:

Doctor's Office Building

420 10th Street


Recognition of Building Projects

projects published: Washington Post, Home Section, "Solutions;" Washington Post, Virginia Record,

New Shelter

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Annual House

Tour, two houses



City-wide award for Excellence in Historic

Preservation, District of Columbia, Planning and Historic Preservation Office, 2010

First Award, Design and First Award, Craftsmanship, Masonry Institute, Inc., Temple Micah Synagogue

Pro Bono Publico Award,

from the Washington Architectural Foundation,

for Capitol Hill Restoration Society Design Guidelines

1987-1990 various premiations Peterson Prize Competition, HABS, director of student teams

Montgomery County Historic Preservation

Certificate, Finn House

1977-1989 AIA Institute Scholar, Design Citation, Greenwich Affordable Housing Competition,

Second Prize ACSA/DOE "Teaching Energy in Design,” AIA Award, for Scholarly Pursuit in the Field of Architecture



1997-2002 co-director of University of Maryland Cape May/Chalfonte Historic Preservation School

Other schools of architecture: architectural design, environmental control systems, historic preservation




Author or co-author of two technical articles, Papyrus, magazine of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.

Monthly historic preservation advice column Ask Judith, Voice of the Hill, 1999-2011

Design Guidelines for the Capitol Hill

Historic District

Numerous publications in national magazines (Lear's,

Fine Homebuilding, Old House Journal)


Selected lectures

Lectures widely to local, national, and international groups including presentation of refereed papers

on various topics:

John J. Earley and his Concrete at Meridian Hill Park


Historic preservation, both theory and practice

James Renwick and the Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery of Art

The Capitol Hill Historic District



Funded research from AIA, ACSA, the Catholic

Univeristy of America, de Schweinitz Preservation

Services Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation,

DC State Historic Preservation Office

Energy and Environmental Systems

Urban housing types on the east coast of the United States and designing in the urban residential context

Survey of Prehistoric and Historic Resources in the Brookland Community, D.C.