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and approaches to help push the design envelope further through the incorporation of unique materials or subtle historical references.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, Principal & Owner
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.
Brooke Loewen, Director of Interiors
Brooke Loewen is a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Marketing and Art History. Holding visual merchandising and store design positions in New York, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. with furniture design and retail companies, Loewen learned the importance of creating environments that complement company branding and influence client experiences. Joining GrizForm Design Architects in 2010, Loewen manages all FF&E, including creation of custom furnishings and lighting as well as leading material research and selection. Her appreciation for true craftsmanship has lead to many artisan collaborations. Loewen continues the search for new and innovative materials to incorporate into upcoming projects.
Natalia Sicilia, Junior Interior Designer
A graduate from Marymount University, Natalia has a love for evidence-based design and exploring unique design solutions. Natalia joined GrizForm in 2015 and assists in all FF&E selections and material research. As a military brat, she has experienced many cities, but has always called Washington, D.C. home. Her love for architecture and art history inspired her to pursue higher education in these topics in the future. Natalia’s design aesthetic reflects a modern twist on traditional forms, combining the appreciation of the past with the innovations of the present. Her belief in the positive impact of a community motivates her to create spaces that encourage collaboration and gathering. In her spare time, Natalia enjoys hairdressing, managing and directing photo shoots, and traveling to new and exciting places!
Shelly Lamar, Finance Director
Shelly (Mildred) Lamar grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, attended Anne Arundel Community College and University MD University College. Working for over 25 years in Accounting and Tax Compliance with companies such as Anne Arundel Community Action Agency and MD Hall for the Creative Arts serving as Assistant to Controller, andJeffery Legum, CPA as tax consultant. In the District of Columbia, where she lives, she has worked with small business such as lobbying firms and a large petroleum company. She managed and developed a family oil business, later to be purchased by a bulk fossil fuel transportation business. 2009 she decided to enhance her career and obtained a Real Estate License and have worked with residential and commercial customers in MD and DC. Her greatest joy and expertise revolve in the worlds of tax accounting and small business accounting development and management. Now her wish is to combine her knowledge and hands-on experience in the best creative ways to support GrizForm Design Architects and audiences.
Katelyn Stanton, Designer
Raised on the outskirts of Washington D.C. only to spend most of her time in the woods. Katelyn graduated from Marymount University with a B.A. in Interior Design and since then has found herself in a variety of positions, including furniture rep, interior designer, and currently, interior architect. Her passion for thoughtful and innovative design kickstarted her career, but it’s the interaction between people, their surroundings, and other people, that drive her work. Her pursuit to understand different perspectives and find the love in her work is never ending. When she is not designing, she is planning her next travel, bouldering or playing with her cat, Mugen.