About Encore Sustainable Design

Sustainable and Historic Building Projects

At ENCORE, we believe the adaptive reuse of existing and historic buildings is an inherently sustainable pursuit.

Our Work

We work to create beautifully (re)designed spaces that can help our clients capitalize on the financial and cultural incentives of reusing existing buildings.

Our team includes registered architects (DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, NY), 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/MBE/DBE as well as a Baltimore certified MBE/WBE.

What Others Are Saying

Carlene Phoenix
Relationship: Client
Project Date: January 2013

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. Thanks Ward and Nakita, even though you have other projects, you always make us feel as if we are your top priority.

William Hernandez
Relationship: Client
Project Date: August 2018

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
Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2015

Encores 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
Relationship: Client
Project Date: December 2017

It has been such a pleasure working with Nakita and Ward. 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
Relationship: Client
Project Date: March 2016

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!

People. Partnerships. Preservation.

Encore Sustainable Design was co-founded in 2012 by Nakita Reed and W. Ward Bucher, III with the goal to green existing and historic buildings and (re)create spaces people love.

Encore Sustainable Design Partners




Nakita Reed has spent her career working to combine historic preservation with sustainable design. She has experience in combining historic tax credits and LEED certification.  Nakita received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She went on to pursue architecture, preservation, and sustainable design at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master's of Architecture degree, a Master's of Science in Historic Preservation degree, and a Certificate of Ecological Architecture.



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

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Encore Sustainable Design NPI 50 Anniversary

National Preservation Institute 50th Anniversary

Ward Bucher attended the National Preservation Institute 50th Anniversary hosted by the Arts Club of Washington, DC. The speaker was Tom ...

Historic Structure Reports at Taliesin West

Ward Bucher has just returned from a Colloquium at Taliesin West, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The subject was Historic ...

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