Encore is a boutique architecture design firm specializing in historic preservation, adaptive reuse and sustainability. Our team is led by veteran architect W. Ward Bucher, AIA, APT and consists of architects, preservationists and sustainable designers with advanced degrees, licenses and certifications. Among our architecture services, we provide Historic Restoration, Sustainable, Housing, Commercial and Institutional design. We also have developed core competencies in government approvals, historic and sustainability documentation and construction administration services.
Encore’s Principal Architect, Ward Bucher, is a registered architect in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia with over 50 years of experience with historic, new and green buildings. He uniquely approaches each of his projects with a holistic approach to design. Ward and his teams have worked as lead architect and supporting historic architect on buildings at all levels of historic designation from local to National Historic Landmarks including nonprofits, museums, offices and retail to multi-family housing. Under the Secretary of the Interiors’ Standards and Guidelines, Encore meets the Professional Qualifications for both Architecture and Historic Preservation.
Over the years, the firm has been awarded numerous honors, including several AIA DC Chapter’s Historic Resources Merit Awards and The Architect's Newspaper Best Design Award for their historic renovation work on the Menokin project. The firm is involved in a variety of architecture and preservation organizations, including the D.C. Preservation League where Bucher was a past president, Preservation Maryland at which he currently serves on the board and the Easton Historic Commission on which Designer Ernest Demby serves. Community service and pro bono projects, such as the Webb’s Hope house, play an important and consistent role in the culture of the firm.
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W. WARD BUCHER, III
AIA, APT PRINCIPAL
Ward has built a career designing and preserving spaces people love. He has extensive experience in adaptive use of existing buildings throughout the United States and has won numerous awards in his architectural practice. He has helped multiple clients receive millions of dollars in historic tax credits. Ward received his Bachelor of Building Science and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He wrote The Dictionary of Building Preservation and has over 40 years of experience as a registered architect.