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Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is a boutique design studio that specializes in projects of distinction from a design, cultural, environmental or political perspective. We see ourselves as innovators: innovators of design, management, and technical applications. Our work is often recognized by our peers through design awards and we know how to get buildings built and master plans approved.

Our markets generally include academic institutions, commercial developers, public/civic organizations, and residential, both multi- and single-family. And our services include architecture, planning and interiors. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our practice and the diversity of expertise that we bring to each assignment. We purposefully try to integrate our three disciplines of architecture, planning and interiors so that our clients benefit from a unified design product.

Our clients seek us out because they trust us. Developers trust us with their multimillion dollar investments; academic institutions trust that we will advise them on long term solutions; and home owners trust us with details of their living habits so we can translate that into a warm and inviting residence.

Whether it is a small commercial interior, a multi-storied building or a planning assignment, a commitment to design is our founding principle. Our designers think creatively and conceptually and our technical teams focus on realistic building systems and details that are buildable and long lasting. We are interested in clients that understand the value of design both aesthetically and economically.



The office is directed and managed by three principals, each with over 30 years of experience.

architecture_studioMichael Winstanley AIA leads the office creatively. He has won numerous design awards in architecture interiors and planning. His work has been widely published. Mr. Winstanley has been responsible for over 20 design awards from professional organizations.

Yves Springuel AIA  is responsible for the management of the firm’s resources and financial performance. His experience with managing both projects and firms has been earned throughout his 30 year history with national design firms.

George Eisenberger AIA LEED AP is very knowledgeable of building technology and project management protocols. He leads the technical compliance and quality assurance program for the firm.

The metropolitan Washington office is located in a renovated industrial building in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town and has won two design awards for the renovation.





architectureArchitecture is the foundation of our design practice. We provide the full range of architectural services from pre-development concepts to post occupancy evaluations. Our assignments range broadly in scope and project type, and our experience spans from large-scale academic and commercial office structures to smaller-scaled cultural, educational and residential projects. We are interested in building our work. We provide realistic solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations while meeting schedule and budget requirements. The quality of our work is not dependent on the size of your budget. Developed in a multidisciplinary environment, our work benefits from the cross-examination of disciplines.

Planning and Urban Design

planning2Our multidisciplinary approach to planning is one of the many advantages of working with us. Most of our planners also have expertise in either architecture or landscape architecture, allowing us to blur the boundaries of designing the built environment. Our clients range from private developers planning mixed-use developments of various sizes to government agencies seeking to develop public sector guidelines or incentives. We have a particularly long history of working with public and private academic institutions to understand and help them realize their long-term goals in asset management. We are keenly aware of the economic pressures that drive the decision-making process in these types of projects and work to bring balance between the client and their community.


interiorsWe provide interior design services as prime contracts or as adjuncts to other projects. Our interior designers are experienced professionals that are accustomed to the fast pace of the interiors market. We apply strategic thinking and customize our processes to our clients for innovative design solutions. Above all, we embrace and reflect our clients’ vision, creating truly exciting and successful environments. Our work includes corporate offices, academic facilities and residences. The size of our work varies from small-scale assignments to large, complex facilities. Our clients also vary from corporate organizations and institutions to residential clients.