respect for history with a 21st century vision.
Sabina Weitzman received a masters degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, and is licensed to practice architecture in Virginia. Prior to starting Design Works Studio in 2001, she worked for Burkhart Thomas in Norfolk (1990-1992) and for James O. McGhee Architects in Fredericksburg (1993-2001).
the path to here
While her upbringing in south Florida's modern architecture or her years living in large east coast cities wouldn't necessarily have led her to Fredericksburg, Ms. Weitzman has grown to love the rich building traditions of her adopted home town. The walkable, livable and inherently sustainable streets drew her in as soon as she set foot here. Many of Ms. Weitzman's projects have required review by the City's Architectural Review Board (ARB) as well as the State of Virginia's Department of Historic Resources.
Ms. Weitzman's thinking about architecture is equally rooted in the 21st century. Keenly aware of the need to design energy efficient structures and to use sustainable materials and responsible methods, she works hard to educate herself and her clients about emerging building technologies. In addition, requirements of licensure and membership in the AIA include 24 hours of continuing education in building technology and life safety issues each year.
American Institute of Architects, Member
Requires completion of 18 hours of continuing education each year, including coursework in building technology and a range life safety issues.
Fredericksburg’s Architectural Review Board, Member
Requires annual training on appropriate ways to approach historic structures and building sites through local and national workshops on historic preservation.
Safety Assessment Program, Evaluator
Trained and registered in national organization to assist building officials in disaster areas to assess the safety of structures following severe storms, earthquakes, fires, etc.