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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The Signet Residences / JBG Companies


Located in the downtown area of this transforming town outside of Washington, DC, this new 200-unit apartment building was constructed on an office-building parking lot. As part of the town’s desire to densify and enhance the core of its downtown, this new project helps contribute to the critical mass necessary to facilitate restaurants and other necessary amenities.

This new development provides a three-level underground parking structure and five levels of residential units. The square horseshoe-shaped building encloses a series of public and private exterior spaces.

As part of the development, a new playground and a new neighborhood green, fronted by a retail venue, provides extra amenities to the extended neighborhood.

The style of the architecture recalls the historic nature of the town and references a more Jeffersonian style of Neo-Classical architecture that adds visual interest and a quality of architecture in an area of the downtown core that was lacking.