“Architects working with their communities – This is probably the most satisfying community outreach experience I have had in my career.  Nothing beats solving real problems for real people, right in front of them, and seeing their satisfaction.”Al Hansen on his involvement with Loudoun County’s Design Cabinet.

Since 2003, Al Hansen, Director of Architecture for DBI Architects, has served as cabinet chair of Loudoun County’s Design Cabinet.  The Design Cabinet promotes high quality ecological, urban, architectural, and landscape design in Loudoun County, Virginia. Design Cabinet members include engineers, architects, planners, and designers who have come together in a fusion of creative community problem solving.  Collectively, Mr. Hansen and the Design Cabinet members have been actively involved with volunteering in the community, conducting design charettes and problem solving sessions, focusing on improving plans and stimulating new ways to think about projects in Loudoun County.

Al Hansen was also the recipient of the 2010 PlanVirginia Citizen’s Award through his work with the Design Cabinet.  This award is given to any group or individual who has made a notable and constructive contribution to the harmonious and orderly development of its community, region, the state or the nation.  PlanVirginia, who sponsors this award, is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, public understanding and awareness of the need for excellent community planning as a means of making our localities better places in which to live, work, and do business.

We are thrilled to announce this award on behalf of Al Hansen and look forward to his further involvement in Loudoun County!

Read more about Al Hansen here