Why Landis
Why Landis
We are Architects and Builders: Let’s build it together.
Landis Architects/Builders is one of Washington DC area’s top design/build firms.  It’s run by two principals who are brothers. One principal heads up design, the other heads up construction. We provide strong oversight of projects with in-house project managers and lead carpenters, as well as in-house plumbing and electrical departments. For 27 years, we’ve successfully completed complicated jobs in three jurisdictions.

Much of our business comes from referrals and repeat work, so we strive to build long-term relationships with our customers and delight them with the craftsmanship, attention to detail and professionalism we deliver.

We are committed to our industry and our craft:

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Landis, unlike most other design/build firms, has an in-house design team led by registered architects.
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Chris Landis

Chris Landis is a licensed architect in four states—DC, Virginia, Maryland, and New York, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Remodelers Advantage Roundtable (RAR). After graduating with an MA in architecture from Columbia University and before founding Landis Architects/Builders, Chris worked with Fortune 500 companies, responsible for the design and construction of office spaces in high rise multi-use buildings. Chris has served on the board of DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board and is a past president of the DC chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Chris has a depth of experience in design, management, and hands-on construction expertise.

Ethan Landis

After graduating from Swarthmore College and then getting his MBA from George Washington University, Ethan Landis formed Landis Architects/Builders. As a developer/general contractor, Ethan has managed both large and small construction and restoration projects. He enjoys working with the Landis team to help families transform their built environment into lovely, comfortable, smartly-designed spaces that they want to live in for many years to come. Ethan has long been driven to give back to the city in ways to help the renovation and construction industry. Until 2016, Ethan served for over a decade on the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council and as a board member of Construction Codes Coordinating Board (CCCB) in DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

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We’ve summarized the benefits of the design/build model.

DESIGN/BUILD
  • Create Basic Design
  • Refines Design
  • Material Selection
  • Provide Firm Fixed Price
  • Jobsite Management
  • Single Point of Responsibility
  • Construction by Employees

ARCHITECT
  • Create Basic Design
  • Refines Design
  • Material Selection
  • Provide Firm Fixed Price
  • Jobsite Management
  • Single Point of Responsibility
  • Construction by Employees

CONTRACTOR
  • Create Basic Design
  • Refines Design
  • Material Selection
  • Provide Firm Fixed Price
  • Jobsite Management
  • Single Point of Responsibility
  • Construction by Employees