Davidson Berquist Jackson + Gowdey

KGD Architecture recently designed new law offices for Davidson Berquist Jackson + Gowdey (DBJ+G), a full-service intellectual property firm founded in 2003. To start, KGD created a detailed program exercise to help DBJ+G define its goals and objectives and determine what message the space should project to clients and opposing counsel. Taking cues from New York IP law firm spaces, DBJ+G’s partners agreed the space should be serious and professional, but also welcoming and more visually striking than their previous offices. After considering high-quality interior options, DBJ+G chose warm wood paneling for the lobby offset by crisp white walls and a dark gray floor. The first impression is a sense of formality complimented by a balance of scale.

KGD organized the design around a spacious reception area where natural light filters in through glass walls of a large central conference room. KGD positioned a comfortable seating area next to a custom wood and glass credenza so coffee and refreshments could be set out for meetings. To signal the separation between public and private areas, KGD placed the attorney offices to the right and left of reception behind discreet doors. Although DBJ+G is not meeting intensive, the attorneys pass through the central area frequently during the day, thus creating multiple opportunities to cross paths and exchange ideas. KGD also created a common work area for those times when a large amount of space is required to produce and assemble client documents. A pantry and lunch counter join this common work area, which ingeniously serves as either a place to take a break or, if necessary, an extension of the common work area.


McLean, Virginia

11,257 SF


Davidson Berquist Jackson + Gowdey

DFS Construction

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Manoj Dalaya


Aileen RG Horn