Ellen Hatton, AIA, NCARB

Ellen Hatton, AIA, NCARB


Licenses held: DC, DE, FL, MD, VA, WV

Ellen joined BVA in 2001, became an associate in 2005, and was named principal in 2018. Originally from Delaware, she studied architecture at Tulane University (B. Arch and M. Arch) and at the Edinburgh College of Art. Arriving at BarnesVanze, Ellen became responsible for many residential projects and found her niche. “I have had the opportunity to work on exceptional projects with a community of extraordinary colleagues — many of whom have been here, like me, for a long time. We bring a lot of continuity to the firm even as we envision evolving growth ahead, which appeals to our legacy and new clients alike.”

Adept with both contemporary and traditional residential architecture, Ellen is known for her clear direction and organization whether in the studio or on the job site. She loves the exploration integral to the design process and the client relationships that make each project special. She finds this part of her job the most rewarding, along with being allied with the engineers, contractors, craftspeople, interior designers and landscape architects who contribute to the vision for every project. Using her own professional experience at BVA as a model, Ellen aspires to both guide and mentor the next generation of BVA architects while forging the firm’s future path.

As an advocate for architectural excellence, Ellen is a member of AIA|DC/CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network), a Director-at-Large on the AIA|DC Board of Directors, and has served as a guest critic and juror for Architectural design studios at Catholic University.