Nahra Design Group is an award winning, full-service boutique architecture firm with a focus on design for the modern era. Founded in 2010 by Architect John Nahra, the firm purposefully embraces design projects of several genres, including residential, commercial, interiors, retail, restaurant and hospitality typologies.
Our Client’s goals are primary to what we do and we are built to deliver. Our Clients include private residential owners, real estate developers, institutional organizations, business owners and builders.
We are passionate about our work and offering exemplary project solutions that are aesthetically striking and environmentally responsible. We pride ourselves on our balance of individual creativity, collaborative design process, and responsive, professional practice. We believe it is the spirit and synthesis of these ingredients that allows us to consistently deliver added value to a project team.
John, founding Principal of Nahra Design Group, has been in the design and construction industry of the greater Washington, DC area for more than 12 years. As leader of firm operations, he recruits and directs a talented staff of design professionals which collaborate to execute projects of many scales. With an endless passion for architecture, John pursues each project with the philosophy that good design creates value.
He has designed and overseen construction on a wide range of projects including custom residential design, multi-family residential, retail prototype development and roll-out in various geographic regions, restaurant/retail design and commercial mixed-use base building design and renovation. His expertise in the design-build construction industry lends him specialized insight into issues of constructability and construction procurement. John prides himself on providing exemplary client service throughout the entire design and construction process.
He pushes each of his projects to be aesthetically excellent, functionally efficient, and economically and environmentally responsible.
In addition to professional practice, John is a part-time faculty member at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning where he teaches in the graduate design program as a Professor or Practice, with a specialty in real estate development. This time in the classroom allows him to test new ideas, balancing research with practice.
John is licensed to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). He earned dual undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America where he finished first in his class. He also holds a Master of Architecture from The Catholic University of America. John’s original home is Davenport, Iowa where he still has many family ties.