GrizForm Design Architects are improving the built environment one project at a time. Founded in 2003, we are a leading hospitality design and architecture firm with award-winning work and a team that prides itself on its craftsmanship, strong attention to detail, awareness of historical context, and innovation. Our firm produces creative solutions for clients, which include contemporary design concepts, cutting-edge ways to solve design and architectural problems, and approaches to help push the design envelope further through the incorporation of unique materials or subtle historical references. Along with our strong interior design and architectural capabilities, we design and build custom pieces — from lighting to furniture — to bring our client’s vision to life.
                                  
Our team understands the business of our projects’ operations. We work our designs around the real-world necessity of staffing needs, overhead, and returns on investment. The result: designs that are not only beautiful, but also functional and profitable.


Griz Dwight AIA LEED AP,

Principal & Owner

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Griz Dwight grew up in a handmade barn in Vermont and has loved architecture ever since. He spent his youthful winters ski racing and his summers working construction. Dwight received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College with a major in studio art. He then decided to combine his love of buildings and his construction experience with the design ideas developed in the art studio. Dwight graduated in the top of his class at the University of Pennsylvania receiving his Masters of Architecture and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1999.

Believing that architecture can provide more than a shield from the weather, Dwight decided to open his own firm in order to push the bounds of creativity and strive to produce original spaces. “I think that it’s the drive to improve on the last project that keeps us fresh and innovative,” said Dwight. In 2008, Griz was the winner of AIA|DC Emerging Architect Award and in 2015 was selected as one of the Wave of the Future designers from Hospitality Design Magazine. The awards recognize individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and have made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.

Ashley Kirkland NCIDQ,

Director, Interior Architecture

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Ashley Kirkland joined Grizform in 2017 and has over 13 years of experience designing and managing Hospitality, Multi-Family and Corporate Interiors projects. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture from Ohio University, she moved to Washington, D.C. to live among the Cherry Blossoms and historical monuments. As an NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design Qualification certificate holder, she is a Registered Interior Designer in the District of Columbia and a Certified Interior Designer in the State of Maryland.

As Director of Interior Architecture, Ashley is responsible for managing hospitality projects through all phases of design. From Concept and Schematic Design, to producing detailed Construction Documentation, Ashley loves collaborating on design projects to make a client’s vision a reality. With a passion for historic preservation. Ashley draws design inspiration from her context of classical elements with modern interventions.

In her free time, Ashley combines her love of travel, exploration, and food on an annual pizza bus tour around New York City. When she’s not sweating it out in her favorite spin studio, Ashley enjoys spending time at home with family and friends.

Natalia Sicilia

Sr. Interior Designer

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Natalia Sicilia joined the GrizForm team in 2015. With military roots, Natalia has lived all over the country before eventually calling Washington, D.C. home. As a graduate from Marymount University, Natalia is passionate about exploring unique design solutions through evidence-based design. Drawing inspiration from her love of travel, architecture, and art history, Natalia consistently brings new and innovative ideas, concepts and solutions to every design project. 

A powerhouse both in and out of the office, Natalia is also a licensed personal trainer, hair stylist and aspiring nutritionist. Her belief in the positive impact of a community motivates her to create designs that will define the best memories of people’s lives. She also enjoys directing photo shoots and exploring the world through new culinary and cultural experiences.

Kimoy Lallement AIA IIDA LEED AP,

Director, Hospitality Design

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Kimoy grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where the sculptural and colorful spectacle of Carnival set alight her creative side through the eyes of a family of photographers. With an artistic flair and logic on her side, architecture and design intrigued her. As fate would have it, she landed in DC with the proverbial $200 in her pocket, and worked her way through an architecture degree at Howard University.

Kimoy’s passion for design through the eyes of a sculptural artist is combined with that of one’s experience through a space – like that of a Carnival masquerader dancing through the streets – the theatre, drama and visual spectacle must come together to make the space complete. With over 20 years of professional experience, Kimoy has collaborated with owners on numerous restaurant and hospitality interior projects throughout the city, including multi-family residential and F&B at corporate headquarters.  She was previously a leader in the Food & Beverage Practice Area at Gensler DC, and prior, ran her own hospitality firm, studioCINQ for five years.

After hours, when she is not chauffeuring one of her three kids to or from ballet or soccer, she tries to find a quiet moment to slosh around some watercolor onto some paper… if the cat doesn’t try to walk on it first.        

Sarah Wingo AIA LEED AP BD+C WELL AP

Interior Architect

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Sarah Wingo joined the GrizForm Team in 2018. Originally from Austin, Texas, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn University. While at Auburn, Sarah participated in the renowned Rural Studio, studied abroad in Rome, and completed her fifth-year emphasis in urban design at the Auburn University Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, Sarah moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as the 2016-2017 National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

As a committed volunteer and leadership development enthusiast, Sarah is involved in many professional and industry organizations. Sarah is a scholar of the 2019 Class of the AIA Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program, serves on the leadership team for the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee, and serves on many other local and national committees – notably as a Co-Chair with the Center for Civic Leadership. Her drive is to create opportunities and platforms for students and emerging professionals and connect architects with the communities they serve.

Sarah is a licensed Architect in Washington, D.C.

Heather Engler

Finance Director

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Heather has worked in politics, law and finance for most of her career. She is an attorney, and holds a BA, MA and JD from The George Washington University. Most of her accounting work has been with Attorneys, Architects, Physicians, and Real Estate Brokerages. She has advised on financial organization and streamlined internal processes for her clients. She enjoys City Life and Southern Sweet Tea, splitting her time between Washington, DC and Charleston, SC with her husband and toddler.