FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, Michael Franck and Art Lohsen have worked together with a dedicated and talented team of professionals as Franck & Lohsen Architects Inc. creating architecture in the realms of ecclesiastical, residential, university, and urban design.

It has been a source of great joy to have created timeless buildings enjoyed by a wide-range of people — from students to homeowners to worshippers; and fortunate to have wonderful clients who placed their trust and vision in our hands — including the peer recognition of the Arthur Ross Award for our body of work.

This September, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Inc. will transform into two new entities. Michael will assume the helm of residential, hospitality and university commissions with Michael M. Franck Architect LLC. Art will assume the helm of ecclesiastical commissions with Bella Chiesa LLC. and, as always, Michael and Art will continue to work in a collaborative spirit which has been a hallmark of their firm.

We are excited about this next chapter as we continue to create enduring architecture.

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  • Rebuild My House: A Guide to Building or Renovating a Catholic Church
    Arthur C. Lohsen, AIA, 2019
  • The Classical American House
    Phillip James Dodd, 2017 / Purchase
  • Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating
    Lauren Liess, 2015 / Purchase
  • An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details II
    Phillip James Dodd, 2015 / Purchase
  • The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design & Craftsmanship
    Phillip James Dodd, 2013 / Purchase
  • The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History
    Darryl Carter, 2012 / Purchase


  • New Gothic Revival Church in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina
    Liturgical Arts Journal, May 2023 / Read
  • A House Reawakened
    Traditional Building, September 2019 / Read
  • Harmony Between Old & New
    White House History Quarterly, Spring 2019 / Read
  • The Tale of Three Joans
    Longwood, Spring 2019 / Read
  • Thumbs Up
    Longwood, Fall 2018 / Read
  • A New Lease on Life
    Longwood, Spring 2018 / Read
  • St. Francis Xavier — You Belong Here
    Stillwater Living Magazine, April 2018 / Read
  • Family Ties
    Milieu, Spring 2018 / Read
  • Look Inside McLean’s First New Residential Development in Over a Decade
    Washingtonian, April 2017 / Read
  • Seeing Double
    Cottages & Bungalows, March 2017 / Read
  • Double Vision
    Savannah Magazine, March 2017 / Read
  • Winning the Veepstakes
    Washingtonian, September 2016 / Read
  • Time to Redo Lincoln Center
    Architecture Here and There, July 2016 / Read
  • Grand Vision for a Tiny Retreat
    Old House Journal, May 2016
  • Petite Retreats
    Southern Living, July 2015 / Read
  • Comfort and Joy
    City & Shore, December 2014 / Read
  • Condo Maximum
    Savannah Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014 / Read
  • Something Old, Something New
    Period Homes, May 2014 / Read
  • Single Minded
    Traditional Building, December 2013
  • Showcasing outside view is challenge in tiny apartment
    Washington Examiner, April 2013 / Read
  • Arsenals of Knowledge: DC reinvents the Branch Library
    Architecture DC, Spring 2013 / Read
  • Capital Classic
    Veranda, June 2012 / Read
  • Designer Secrets
    House Beautiful, May 2012 / Read
  • Classic Revival
    Homes & Gardens, October 2011 / Read
  • Franck & Lohsen Architects
    Luxury Home Quarterly, January/February 2011 / Read
  • New Romanesque Church Planned for Virginia Parish
    New Liturgical Movement, November 2010 / Read
  • Better By Design
    Better Homes and Gardens, April 2009 / Read
  • Top Architects
    Washingtonian Magazine, March 2008
  • Gallery of Winning Kitchens
    Washington Spaces, Winter 2007 / Read
  • Wayside Manor
    Country Life, Virginia, July 19, 2007 / Read
  • American Neoclassicism
    Period Homes, September 2006 / Read
  • Named as one of the top architects in DC
    Washingtonian Magazine, September 2006
  • Better Good Than Original
    Traditional Building, August 2006
  • Fawcett-Reeder House
    New Old House, Fall 2005 / Read
  • Reimagining the Far West Side
    City Journal, Autumn 2004 / Read
  • What Should Rise from the Ashes
    City Journal, Autumn 2001 / Read
  • The New Lincoln Center
    City Journal, Autumn 2000 / Read


  • 2023 John Russell Pope Award for Residential Design
    Palmetto Bluff, SC
    The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art WMA Chapter
  • 2023 Palladio Award for Commercial Design
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    Stillwater, OK
    Traditional Building & Period Homes
  • 2021 John Russell Pope Award for Ecclesiastical Design
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    Stillwater, OK
    The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art WMA Chapter
  • 2021 PCI Design Awards, Honorable Mention
    Moss Johns Residence Halls
    Farmville, Virginia
    Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
  • 2019 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation
    Decatur House
    Washington, DC
    The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art WMA Chapter
  • 2016 Preservation Award
    West Waldburg Street
    Savannah, Georgia
    Historic Savannah Foundation
  • 2013 House of Worship Gold Award
    St. John the Apostle Church
    The Brick Industry Association
  • 2013 Craftsmanship Award
    St. John the Apostle Church
    Washington Building Congress
  • 2012 Stanford White Award, Historic Preservation
    Old Westbury Gardens
    The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • 2011 Dwight D. Eisenhower Counterproposal Competition
    Committee Commendation
    Eisenhower Memorial
    NCAS and ICAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • 2011 Merit Award for Historic Resource
    Petworth Neighborhood Library
    Washington Chapter AIA|DC
  • 2011 Arthur Ross Award – Elegant Designs and Sensitivity to
    Detail in Outstanding Residential, Institutional, and Civic
    Commissions Architecture
    The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • 2011 Craftsmanship Award
    Petworth Library Interior Renovation
    Washington Building Congress
  • 2008 Outstanding Classic Bath Award
    3041 N Street, Georgetown
    Washington Spaces 2007 Kaby Awards
  • 2008 Outstanding Classic Kitchen Award
    3041 N Street, Georgetown
    Washington Spaces 2007 Kaby Awards
  • 2008 Top Architect Picks
  • 2007 First Prize Residential
    Wayside Manor
    Prism Awards, Coverings
  • 2006 Honor Award
    Sioux Falls Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    AIA South Dakota Honor Award
  • 2005 Washingtonian Residential Design Award
    Fawcett-Reeder House
    Washington Chapter AIA|DC
  • 2004 Excellence Award for Historic Resources
    Fawcett-Reeder House
    Washington Chapter AIA|DC
  • 2004 Best Practices in Smart Growth and Transportation,
    Notable Practices
    Anacostia Waterfront Revitalization & South Capitol
    Gateway & Corridor Improvement Study
    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • 2003 Excellence in Print, Best of Category
    South Capitol Gateway & Corridor Improvement Study-Draft
    Printing and Graphic Communications Association