Steve Vanze

You’ve been instrumental in the development and restoration of historic Georgetown properties. What makes them special for you? The built environment is an expression of our cultural values—especially in Washington, where Greek revival influenced so much of the Federal architecture. The use of specific historical references in the buildings of that period was an intentional reminder that the values of the new Republic should draw on past, idealized democracies. Helping to save that history is important for us today.

What drives you to donate so much time on pro bono projects and community service for local architecture organizations and exhibits? Abraham Flexner, a pioneer in the reform of medical education in the early 20th century, said that the measure of a true professional is that he gives back to the profession and to his community.

Tell us something we don’t know: I love modern architecture.