A native of North Carolina, I received my architectural degree from NC State University before making my home in Northern Virginia in 1979.
I started my professional career at Design Plus, a small design studio in Old Town Alexandria focusing on custom renovations and infill residential development within the historical context of the community. A brief stint with Burton Associates in McLean introduced me to working closely with a builder/developer and to Fairfax County.
At Reg Narmour’s The Architectural Group, and later as Design Director of its successor, Heffner Architects, my work included large multi-family and seniors communities. In 1989, I led the team that won the Washingtonian/AIA Residential Award for Sunrise Retirement Home’s Arlington prototype.
Another brief stint, working this time with Arlington’s Concepts and Contours, led me to Rob Morris, founder of Morris-Day Architects and Builders. During our lengthy association, we worked together to design and build a portfolio of highly coveted and much-loved custom homes. Upon Rob’s death in late 2013, I partnered with Jim Baker to found McNeill Baker Design Associates in order to carry on the tradition of designing modern homes with the same time-honored style.
I established my eponymous studio, Dwight McNeill AIA, in early 2020. Follow my work on Instagram.
I have renovated three homes for myself which have been featured in publications such as Renovation Style, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Washington Post Magazine. In 2002, my home in Cherrydale won Arlington County’s Preservation Design Award for Restoration & Renovation.