Robert A. Weinstein, RA

principal and co-founder

Historic Preservation Architect



45 years experience

39 years with architrave p.c., architects


…a Washington Nationals fan.

…bikes to work and most other places.

…loves the “detective work”, to wit:


Robert Evens, Facilities Manager, SI Sackler Gallery

called him: “The best forensic architect I know…”


How many architects get to ride in the bucket of a seventy-foot articulating lift to document and diagnose why the Calder Clouds stopped turning? Robert did and had a great time.


Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, preservation & energy

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati


Professional Registration

Architecture (DC, MD, & VA)




Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity

(IDIQ) Contracts:

Alpha to Omega for over 700 task orders, 1982 to

present. Scope development, preparation of fee

proposals, negotiations, programming, oversight of project design, diagnosing, brainstorming, quality control, and consultation during construction. I like to get the projects started off right and then make sure they finish right.


IDIQ Contract with the Smithsonian Institution, (SI)

Currently, fourth consecutive IDIQ contract


IDIQ Contract with DC Department of

General Services (DC-DGS)

Twenty-two individual task orders under two separate contracts, including work as diverse as:

Demonstration green roof, Reeves Center

Accessibility and code surveys with upgrades of ten buildings including three homeless shelters

Survey and analysis historic windows,Grimke Building,

preserving them instead of wholesale replacement

Sealant (10 buildings) and window replacements at

UDC Van Ness campus


IDIQ Contract with the National Park Service

National Capital Region, Washington, DC

Two consecutive five-year IDIQ contracts; over 50

individual task orders including

C&O Canal National Historical Park:

Physical Analysis, Condition Assessments, and

Alternative Schematic Design Proposals for both

Monocacy and Conococheague Aqueducts.

Contract Documents for Monocacy Aqueduct

Inspection, Feasibility Study, Development of

Alternates, Railroad Lift Bridge

Condition Assessment Lock 44

Interior Rehabilitation of Georgetown, C&O Canal

Visitor’s Center for accessibility

Meridian Hill Park

Cultural Landscape Report including painstaking survey

of concrete deterioration, to trials of cleaning and reconstruction of historic concrete, fountain restoration, reconstruction of lodge


Subcontractor to James Posey Associates (JPA),

Baltimore, MD, on their IDIQ contract with the

Architect of the Capitol (AOC)

We provide all historic preservation & architectural

services for the Posey Associates AOC contract. Our

most important contribution to this contract has been the careful integration of MEP upgrades into the historic fabric

of our nation’s Capitol complex.

Projects have included:

Historic Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Health and Fitness Facility

Study, Report and Contract Documents: Exterior

Balusters and Balustrade Preservation

Security Room Upgrades in the Thomas Jefferson,

John Adams, and James Madison Memorial Buildings

of the Library of Congress

Alternate House Chamber at the

Longworth House Office Building

Replacement of existing Kitchen Exhaust System

at the United States Capitol


Additional IDIQ Contracts: US Holocaust Memorial

Museum, DOI, USDA, Navy Public Works, and GSA


Recognition of Building Projects

projects published: Washington Post, Virginia

Record, New Shelter

house, Capitol Hill Restoration Society

annual House Tour



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

AIA Institute Scholar

Winston Churchill Fellowship, alternate



Papyrus (magazine of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators),

Patch-to-Match: Art or Science? with Judith Capen.

Fire Safety Retrofitting in Historic Buildings, jointly

issued by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

and GSA featuring our fire safety projects at the US

Courts of Military Appeals, including cover.


Selected lectures

Meridian Hill Park, Patch to Match, American Concrete Institute national meeting and the International Concrete Repair Institute, Virginia Chapter

The Fifty Year Fuse: Materials Conservation,

Restoration, Repair, and Diagnostic Projects in the

Federal Triangle, with Judith Capen, at the National Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Annual Conference, (refereed) Chicago

Fire Safety at the US Courts of Military Appeals, Washington APT regional seminar

The First Synagogue Built in the District of Columbia

in 38 Years, in series sponsored by

Washington Jewish Community Center

Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Security Considerations for Historic Properties, SI

The Sacred in the Synagogue, Presbyterian Meeting

House, Alexandria, Virginia



Capitol Hill Business Improvement District,

2014 – present

National Preservation Institute, 2013 – present

President and Board Member, Washington Chapter, Association of Preservation Technology


Pro bono publico

Capitol Hill Restoration Society,

Historic District Committee, 1980-2011

reviewing permit applications, representing committee at

DC Historic Preservation Review Board, and expert

witness testimony.