Suzane Reatig, FAIA founded her practice, Suzane Reatig Architecture, in 1989 with the conviction that a small office can be creative, socially responsive, and prosper. She is the rare architect whose modest work has already made an impact on all that experience it. Working with clients of limited means and ambitious aspirations, Reatig has developed projects of great sensitivity in urban areas that have been long neglected. Her designs are bold but timeless, carefully crafted and exquisitely detailed. Expressing a contemporary use of materials and an intuitive understanding of modern structure and space, they reflect our time while still addressing the basic needs of her clients. Noted architecture critic Benjamin Forgey observed in the Washington Business Journal:
Most of the buildings Suzane Reatig has designed are affordable residential units within walking distance of her office, a three-to-five person operation comfortably ensconced in a row house on Eighth Street NW, in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood. This concentration on social housing in one of the city’s poorest, if fast-gentrifying, areas helps to explain Reatig’s modest public profile. …Reatig is a refreshing anomaly. When looking at or thinking about her work, you get an eerie but unmistakable sense that she is a throwback to an earlier architectural age, that she might be designing social housing during modernism’s heroic years, in 1920s Berlin, Vienna or Amsterdam. In their vastly influential 1932 book The International Style, Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock praised a modern architecture of elegant, flat surfaces, open spaces, geometric purity and, as they wrote, “a truly classic restraint.”
Reatig has received numerous national and international awards, and has been extensively discussed by her peers, the architectural community and press. Former New York Times critic Herbert Muschamp described her Metropolitan Community Church as a “prodigy of the Washington cityscape, a building that recalls Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial in its enlargement of emotional impact through a reduction of formal means.” She has been featured by other prominent publications including The Washington Post and Architectural Record.
As Kea Distinguished Professor, Ms Reatig will work with the ARCH 600 Integrated Design Studio and ARCH 611 Advanced Technology Seminar. She will also present a public lecture on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the School of Architecture.