Tom Donaghy




Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona



Architect Licensed to Practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia



  • American Institute of Architects



  • 2015 NAIOP National Award of Excellence for Niche Development (Senior Housing)
  • 2012 NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter Award of Excellence
  • 2011 Building of the Year, Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Retrospective in Courthouse Design 2001-2010, National Center for State Courts



  • 2013 AIA National Justice Facilities Review



  • 2016 Environments for Aging National Conf., Austin
  • Aria, 2015 National NAIOP Conference, Toronto
  • 2014 National Center for Creative Aging, Washington



  • “The Full Monty,” Montgomery Circuit Court, World Architecture News, July, 2010
  • “Next on the Docket,” Maryland District Courthouse, World Architecture News, April, 2010

Tom Donaghy brings 24 years of design excellence to the vibrant office of KGD Architecture. His work in the United States ranges from large urban projects to single works of civic, cultural and commercial architecture and is consistently sympathetic to contextual environments and the connection between human experience and sustainable practices. All of his projects strive to achieve both a sense of place and a quality of space, as he sees these elements most notably affecting the human condition.

As a seasoned design leader, Tom brings an exceptional ability to foster an engaging design dialogue among project stakeholders. A notable example of success from this approach is his design for the Maryland District Court of Rockville, which received an Award of Excellence from the 2012 AIA/AAJ as well as NAIOP DC | MD. He was also honored with an appointment to serve on the Jury for the 2013 AIA Awards and took top prize in the 2015 NAIOP Niche Development competition.

His considerable experience ranges from master planning mixed-use developments in the DC metro area, to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, the Highland Bridge Lofts in Denver, and the Marriott Residence Inn in the District of Columbia. He is actively engaged in the multiple projects with Exelon across the county and multiple hospitality projects in Philadelphia. Tom is Principal-in-Charge of Elizabeth Square, a three-building development in Silver Spring, Maryland, that focuses on the arts, health and wellness. The complex will include units set aside for seniors and affordable housing, and feature such amenities as fitness, club and media space and a swimming pool.

“The compelling thing about being an architect is in the ability to truly create legacies for the community.  We work together as an office, as a team, and as a community to create something meaningful for our children.  That’s what drives me.”

Select Experience

Alexander House | Silver Spring, MD

BG+E Spring Garden Complex | Baltimore, MD

Delta Towers | Washington, DC

Elizabeth Square | Silver Spring, MD

Gallery Tower East | Philadelpia, PA

Herndon Transit-Oriented Center | Herndon, VA

Holy Cross Senior and Primary Care | Silver Spring, MD

Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Headquarters Consolidation | Alexandria, VA

Kimpton Hotel | Location Confidential

Marriott Residence Inn at Mill Road | Alexandria, VA

Residence Inn | Tysons Corner, VA

South County Regional Recreation + Aquatic Center | Silver Spring, MD

South Street Market Master Plan | Wilmington, DE

Virginia Square Hotel | Arlington, VA

Watson Street | Tysons Corner, VA

2288 Wood Oak Drive | Herndon, VA

3100 Clarendon Boulevard | Arlington, VA

4800 Montgomery Lane | Bethesda, MD

Al-Warsan Community Master Plan | Dubai, UAE*

Bingham Hotel | Arlington, VA*

CNU Master Plan | Newport News, VA*

CNU Student Union | Newport News, VA*

CNU Potomac River Residence Hall | Newport News, VA*

Marriott Residence Inn | Baltimore, MD*

Marriott Residence Inn | Washington, DC*

Zayed University | Abu-Dahabi, UAE*

*While employed with previous firm.

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