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Yves Springuel, AIA, has practiced architecture for three decades in the Washington, DC, metro region and has become the Kevin Bacon – three degrees of separation – of the design community.  Everybody knows Yves.  And everybody likes Yves.  And the reason is that Yves is extremely effective in managing and delivering both small- and large-scale assignments with complex variables and constraints.  He is a master at managing all disciplines (architecture, planning and interiors) and his experience has covered a wide variety of project types over the years.

Owing in large part to his mastery of Excel, Yves is responsible for the management of the firm’s resources and financial performance.  Clients love that he personally takes charge of the work he leads from the beginning all the way to completion. He is especially adept at working with clients to obtain approvals.  His projects have won the approval of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) and the Arlington and Fairfax County Planning Commissions.

Two recent examples of his recent work are literally, across the street from each other on New York Avenue.  Both the Federal Reserve Perimeter Security Upgrades and the United Unions Renovation required approvals from CFA, NCPC and DCDOT, never an easy task.  Yves’ effective management

and relationships within these agencies clearly benefited both projects (and clients!) by simplifying and streamlining the normally circuitous procedures required to obtain approvals.

As Principal in Charge of most of our interiors projects, Yves understands the speed and intricacies of prime interiors projects. He has completed hundreds of interiors assignments and three of his most recent include the Helicopter Association International (association), Morrison & Foerster (law firm), and the FDIC (public agency). His leadership and direction has built an interiors practice that we believe can compete for most assignments.

Yves has been a Principal in several well-known and award winning firms in Washington, DC.  But perhaps most unknown about Yves, is that he is, in fact, a native of Belgium (ask him to tell you the French word for french fries!) and grew up in both Belgium and The Ivory Coast. And lastly, we want to warn you that underneath that mild mannered nature lays a fierce competitor in sailing, boasting his own S2 7.9 racing boat sitting on the Chesapeake Bay and the trophies to go with it.  So don’t go challenging him to a race anytime soon.

When Yves sees trees, he wonders if there may be truffles nearby.


Education

Bachelor of Architecture
Pratt Institute, 1981

Architectural Technologies
Montgomery College, MD
Registrations and Affiliations

Registered Architect
Design Leadership Council
American Institute of Architects
CoreNet
DC Building Industry Association
Greater Washington Board of Trade
National Trust for Historic Preservation
NAIOP MD/DC, Virginia
Premier Planning Group Advisory Board
Washington Building Congress
ybs@michaelwinstanley.com