Andy Merlo

Andy Merlo

Washington, DC, US



I am a licensed architect in the District of Columbia with experience in historic preservation, mixed-use development and federal government projects.  I am familiar with the design and management process from project initiation and pre-design through construction administration and project close-out.

District of Columbia License # ARC102347


Mushinksy Voelzke Associates/MV+A, Washington, DC, Project Manager

Aug 2013 - current

M.C. Dean, Inc, Washington, DC, US, Facility Design Analyst

Strategic Planning and Facility Design Analyst for public, private and defense organizations. Focused on improving the client’s internal structure and physical environment to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Overall responsibilities include installation management and field support, vendor management and product quality control.

Conducted operational analysis & personnel programming and created an organizational master plan for internal purposes to boost employee productivity and increase collaboration. Provided field support during install.
Developed a master planning report for an overseas military command headquarters that successfully integrated the personnel and and space from two disparate commands into one cohesive whole.
Helped develop a master planning report template that describes the content, format, and intention of all future master planning reports, which helps explain our value and capabilities to the rest of the organization.
Helped design and implement an internal furniture and space concept environment that increases seating capacity 33% and integrates office tasks and testing/experimentation functionality in one space. Created a digital presentation to explain the features and benefits of the concept environment to employees.

Jul 2011 - current

studioSML, llc, McLean, VA, US, Principal

Co-founded firm with a friend to specialize in small residential and commercial work with a focus on historic preservation and reuse. Responsible for all aspects of the firm, from the initial client meeting to project closeout and client followup activities.

Designed a renovation plan for a client that allowed him to move his elderly mother into the house while maintaining her independence and privacy.
Designed a renovation plan that expanded a family’s living space while harmonizing with the client’s collection of 18th and 19th century american antiquities. Drew from antebellum Virginia and Maryland architectural heritage to help inform the renovation.
Acted as the lead contact for the client and the contractor.
Ensured that all projects meet all applicable codes and regulations.
Managed project workflow in order to meet or exceed project deliverable deadlines.

Jun 2009 - current

Shalom Baranes Associates, PC, Washington, DC, US, Asst. Project Architect

Assistant Project Architect for an award-winning firm specializing in large and complex urban development. Focused on historic preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures and urban mixed-use projects. Overall responsibilities include construction administration, vendor and consultant management, and quality control. *Note that due to a workforce reduction, my position was terminated and later reinstated.

Researched historic photographs, property records, and other data and developed drawings and specifications for a historical restoration of a circa 1881 market building.
Managed project deliverables and analysis/site survey goals and deadlines for the market building restoration.
Handled Requests for Information and Contractor Submittals for the modernization and expansion of a 800,000 sf federal building in Washington, DC.
Facilitated the coordination of Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing (MEP), structural, and green design components into the below grade portion of a 2.5 million sf mixed-use project in Washington, DC. Ensured that LEED building performance goals were met through the inclusion of green architectural and user features.
Knowledgeable on historical features and information, and informed and advised clients and colleagues on matters of historical restoration.

Jun 2007 - Jul 2011

Quinn Evans Architects, Washington, DC, US, Contract Designer

Contract Designer for an award-winning firm specializing in cultural, civic and historic preservation design. Assisted with the design of the Franklin Court Museum in Philadelphia, which is part of Independence National Historical Park.
Analyzed National Park Service project documentation standards and applied them to emerging Building Information Management (BIM) technology.
Established site survey requirements and deadlines.
Analyzed client/user needs and capabilities to establish project renovation goals.

Dec 2009 - Apr 2010


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2001 - May 2007


UNESCO/Carleton University Student Competition and Brief on Urban Design., 1st Place

Awarded 1st Place for an investigation of the urban condition of Plaza Arango in Panama City, Panama and a design plan that allows for economic development while preventing the displacement of existing residents due to the effects of gentrification.


Premio Piranese Competitzione, Honorable Mention

Awarded a finalist position for a prototype plan for a low-impact and mobile visitor center at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy.


Areas of Specialization