About Encore Sustainable Design

Architecture, Historic Preservation & Sustainability

At ENCORE, our mission is to detect, restore, create and beautify.

Our Work

We offer a full spectrum of services for all needs pertaining to new, existing and historic buildings.

Our team includes registered architects, preservationists, LEED APs and sustainable design experts who can navigate the design, documentation, and permitting processes with ease. We offer a full spectrum of services for all needs pertaining to existing and historic buildings.

Encore Sustainable Design is a Maryland accredited SBE.

What Others Are Saying

Kate Kubit, VP, Elm Street Communities

Learning about the electric and lead paint reinforces just how out-of-compliance the buildings on this job are.  I’m so very pleased that we went with the cold dark shell concept and kept communicating this to all the stakeholders.

Thank you for your help in working though the idiosyncrasies of the project – you have been a tremendous help throughout this surprising complicated job.

Carlene Phoenix

Very professional, knowledgeable, resourceful, dependable and outstanding customer service. When ever we have a question or concern their response is timely and with patience. We have been working with Encore Sustainable Design since 2013 on a Historic African American Church Preservation Project and could not have hired a better company. 

William Hernandez

They've helped me out on a couple of projects in the past, and they did a superb job on both projects. That's why I've rehired them to help me with my latest project.

I strongly recommend them for your next construction project.

Ken Fisher

Encore's performance exceeded the project expectation in every way.

They kept up with a fast paced schedule, within the contract budget.

Their knowledge, professionalism and quality of work were excellent.

Susan Giddings

As a small, non-profit house museum, we depend on knowledgeable, ethical professionals to provide us guidance as we take on the challenge of restoring an preserving our 1753 farmhouse and tavern. Not only did they complete the property inspection and assessment as contracted, but Ward took the time to educate us along the way about building techniques and materials. We plan to continue our relationship with Encore Sustainable Design as preservation partners.

Mark James

Encore Sustainable Design has provided excellent architectural services to our various affordable housing projects in the DC and Baltimore regions. Their knowledge of sustainable design and development practices has helped our firm meet our comprehensive green building goals. Customer service is outstanding and they go the extra mile to exceed our expectations. I recommend them highly!



Ward has built a career designing and preserving spaces people love. He has extensive experience in adaptive use of existing buildings throughout the United States and has won numerous awards in his architectural practice. He has helped multiple clients receive millions of dollars in historic tax credits. Ward received his Bachelor of Building Science and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He wrote The Dictionary of Building Preservation and has over 40 years of experience as a registered architect.

We believe that more buildings deserve another chance to perform…
more sustainably and beautifully than originally constructed.

Resources & News

#EncoreEatsBaltimore – Satisfying the Architect’s Appetite

Long hours slaving over the drawing board can make an architect peckish.  Pull up a chair and join architect Ward ...

A Glimpse at Ongoing Preservation at Mt. Vernon

The historic preservation of George Washington's home, Mt. Vernon, is a fascinating and beautiful undertaking.  Encore Principal Ward Bucher and ...
Webbs Hope, Encore Sustainable Design Drawings

Restored: One Building. Many Lives.

The One Year Anniversary of Webb's Hope At 36 West Street in Easton, Maryland stands a building like none other ...

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