About Our Firm

Donald Lococo Architects is an award-winning, top architecture firm that specializes in designing homes in a variety of styles. DLA has consistently been recognized as a standout of Washington D.C. architecture firms. Unlike other architecture companies, DLA is also a strictly residential architecture firm, allowing DLA to focus on clients’ ideal living spaces while consistently designing and creating beautiful, comforting homes.

Donald Lococo, AIA, NCARB

A heartfelt intent to enrich the lives of his clients is a central part of Donald’s life, guiding his architecture firm. This attention lends itself naturally to a collaborative process. He prefers the terms accessible and practical to describe himself instead of luxury architect, working at his namesake residential architecture firm collaboratively with clients to craft a thoughtful new home or home renovation.

Donald grew up with the arts. Studying painting and entertaining a career in piano performance, he views the transition from music to a residential architect not as a change but as a progression. Music has become the framework of which he now uses to design and envision interior architecture, living by Goethe’s metaphor endearing architecture to frozen music. Music also trained him to have breadth and facility in a variety of architectural styles. Performing a Bach fugue immediately after playing a modern piece by Gershwin taught dexterity. Now, when toggling from designing traditional architecture to modern architecture, in the same way, the visual language and weights shift, despite both being in the same medium.

Donald studied piano with the Guerrero family at the Royal Conservatory of Music before receiving his architectural degree. He then earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. From there, he began his top architecture firm and has continued to gain notoriety among Washington D.C. architecture firms for the last 30 years, in many styles including in the realm of luxury architecture. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children.