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Board of Zoning Adjustment Geoffrey H. Griffis Confirmation Resolution of 2001
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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Geoffrey H. Griffis to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Board of Zoning Adjustment Geoffrey H. Griffis Confirmation Resolution of 2001 ".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mr. Geoffrey H. Griffis
1246 Columbia Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(Ward 1)

as a member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment, established by section 8 of An Act Providing for the zoning of the District of Columbia and the regulation of the location, height, bulk, and uses of buildings and other structures and of the uses of land in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes, approved June 20, 1938 (52 Stat. 799; D.C. Code § 5-424), replacing Robert N. Sockwell, whose term ended September 30, 2000, for a term to end September 30, 2003.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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1246 Co1umbia Road, NW
Washington DC 20009-5308

Mr. Griffis is an urban designer/architectural designer with experience in community development, residential development. Work, preservation and commercial architecture. As a ten-year resident of Columbia , Mr. Griffis has been an active community member. He is best known for his leadership rote in the community planning process on the future uses for the RLA parcels in Columbia Heights and as a Trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City.

Mr. Griffis received his Master of Architecture from Catholic University of America and his Master of Science in Urban Affairs from City University of New Yank, Hunter College. Mr. Griffis received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College with a major in political science.

Prior to his current position of Project Manager with Hickok Warner Fox Architects, Mr. Griffis designed office renovations for Bell Atlantic and residential commissions in Washington, DC. He has also lead several community redevelopment projects in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, including neighborhood workshops and the Columbia Heights Metro Station Area Charette.

Recent Architectural Projects:

Bethesda Air Rights Complex. Bethesda, Maryland
Master Plan for the redesign of an entire three tower complex. Interior renovation of proximately 10U.000 SF which included the retail corridor and facade of the West Tower. A pedestrian link and arcade for the telex was designed along with the common areas of all three towers.

Washington Opera, Takoma Park, Washington DC.
A Renovation of an old paper mill warehouse floor into three rehearsal halls, costume design workshop and administrative offices for the Washington Opera.

Visions: Cinema Bistro Lounge, Washington, DC
An adaptive reuse of the Embassy Theater in the center of Dupont Circle. The existing theater has been designed for an arts film venue with accommodations for a European style bar and unique cafe.

Clarendon Metro Center Master Plan, Arlington, VA.
Urban Master plan for mixed-use development of 1.1 million SF In the heart of Arlington, VA. Three schemes were developed to connect the metro station with the existing commercial fabric and the proposed new commercial, residential and retail development. Particular attention was given to pedestrian scale and circulation within the urban context.

Technology Triangle Master Plan . Fairfax, VA
A high density suburban Master Plan for a 20 acre mixed use commercial, retail, industrial complex to include ion structures. The site has a potential for over one million SF of commercial retail. entertainment, housing and hotel space.

Intermodal Transportation Facility Master Plan: Cincinnati, Ohio & Normal Illinois.
Both Master Plans involved the design of a mixed-use facility accommodating high-speed rail. public transportation, retail, residential and commercial office space. Each facility totaled over one million square feet of potential development. The design emphasis was placed on creating an urban destination that would integrate well with the existing city fabric while accommodating a multitude of functions.


Architectural/Urban Designer, Hickok Warner Fox Architects Wash, DC, Project Manager, 1998 to Present

  • Office Renovation, Air Rights Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Office/Theater Construction, Washington Opera, Washington, DC
  • Theater Construction, 1929 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Intermodal Transportation Facility Master Plan, Cincinnati, OH
  • Intermodal Transportation Facility Master Plan, Normal, Ill
  • Master Plan, Technology Triangle, Fall's Church, VA
  • Master Plan, Clarendon Metro Center, Arlington, VA.

Architectural Designer, Kvell Corcoran Architects, Washington, DC, Project Architect, 1995 to 1997

  • Office Consolidation, 2055 L Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Building Renovation, Calverton Office Park, Calverton, MD
  • Office Renovation, 1300 North 17th Street, Rosslyn, VA
  • Executive Suite Renovation, 1300 1 Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Design of New Residence, Fairfax, VA
  • Design & Preservation Standards for 75 Townhouses, Washington, DC

Designer, Urban Artists and Designers Washington, DC, Founder and Principal, 1992 to Present

  • Residential renovation. 317 Elm Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
  • Residential renovation, 1254 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC
  • Residential renovation, 311613th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Residential renovation, 1305 Fairmont Street NW, Washington, DC

Housing Specialist, Reston Interfaith, Inc., Reston, Virginia, 1991 to 1994

  • Coordinated selection, purchase and management of Section 8 townhouses;
  • Facilitated a $12.5 million purchase of a 221(d)(3) property containing 198 units
  • Established a home ownership counseling program that gained HUD certification.


Board of Directors Member, Capitol City Public Charter School, Washington, DC, 2000 to Present
Ward One Coordinator, for the Hon. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Washington, DC, 2000 to Present
Trustee (2001), Committee of 100 on the Federal City, Washington, DC, 1997 to Present
Executive Committee Chairperson, Columbia Heights Metro Station Area Community Based Plan, Urban Design Charette, Washington, DC, 1997 to present
Board of Directors Member, Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, Washington, DC, 1995 to Present
Member & Precinct Representative Ward One Democrats, Washington, DC, 1997 to 1999


Master of Architecture, The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture & Planning, Washington, DC, Awarded 1996
Master of Science in Urban Affairs, Hunter College, CUNY, Department of Urban Affairs & Planning, NY, NY, Awarded 1990
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, Awarded 1986

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