muse | Kirwan architects

Initially established as Muse Architects in 1983, Muse | Kirwan Architects is an office with extensive experience in residential, institutional, commercial, urban design and interior design projects, as well as expertise in sustainable design for all project types. As an office of diverse design professionals with established relationships with all related engineering consultants, Muse | Kirwan Architects provides full services for various scales of architectural commissions.

The firm's work has received more than one hundred and sixty design awards, including those from the National, Washington, Maryland, Baltimore, Potomac Valley, and Northern Virginia Chapters of the AIA, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Masonry Institute. In 2007 the office received the Top Firm National Award from Residential Architect magazine “for an outstanding contribution to residential architectural practice.”

The firm's work has also been reviewed in more than two hundred and fifty architectural books and periodicals, including Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, and The American Home, Design for Living.

Principals

Stephen Muse, FAIA

Founding Principal

William Kirwan, AIA, LEED® AP

Principal

Associates

Kuk-Ja Kim AIA, LEED® AP

Senior Associate

Kuk-Ja received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. Kuk-Ja joined the office in 1988 and became an Associate in 1999, and a Senior Associate in 2003.

Warren Short AIA, LEED® AP

Associate

Warren received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Southern Tech. Warren joined the office in 1995 and became an Associate in 2003.

Scott Mooney, IIDA, ASID

Associate

Scott received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from The Catholic University of America. Scott joined the office in 2013 and became an Associate in 2018.

John David Martinez, AIA

Associate

John David received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He joined the office in 2008 and became an Associate in 2019.

Architectural Staff

Lauren Cannon

Lauren received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Engineering from the University of Westminster and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Following employment in London, UK, she joined the office in 2017.

Jenn Heller, AIA

Jenn received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Following employment in London, UK and Washington, DC, she joined the office in 2017.

Anil Moore

Anil received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He joined the office in 2018.

Shiri Achu

Shiri received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture: Professional Studies, from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Following employment in London, UK, she joined the office in 2019.

Jessica Nielsen

Jessica received an Associate of Arts and a Master of Architecture from the University of South Florida. Following employment in Washington, DC, she joined the office in 2019.

Quinn Giroux

Quinn received a
Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Architecture from the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture. He joined
the office in 2019.

Yilu Zhang

Yilu received a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture from the China Academy of Art in 2016 and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University in 2020. Following employment in Ithaca, NY, he joined
the office in 2021.

Michael Smith

Michael received a Master of Arts in Interior Design from George Washington University. Following employment in Washington, DC, he joined the office in 2021.

Soyeon Jeong

Soyeon received a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the
University of Maryland. She joined the office in 2021.

Crystal Prigmore

Crystal received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from James Madison University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Following employment in Washington, DC, she joined the office in 2022.

Administrative Staff

Farideh Muse

Office Administrator

Farideh received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland. She joined the office in 2000.

Elizabeth Stilley

Office Manager

Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Science in Illustration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Following employment in Cleveland, OH, she joined the office in 2019.