CHECA Architects is a firm founded on the belief that good design speaks to your unique sensibilities and reflects who you are. We have the experience and creative mastery to communicate and design beautiful practical solutions. Working closely with our clients, we weave dreams, aspirations, and lifestyle considerations into a shared vision and a distinctive design process. Our focus is on creating harmonious interplay between form, light, and space – celebrating the natural beauty of the surroundings and lifting the human spirit. As a full-service firm, our hallmark is our ability to attend to every well-crafted detail – from lighting to landscaping – to create elegant, modern homes in the city, in the country, or in-between.
Throughout the design and construction process, we leverage a team of green-minded architects, engineers, landscape architects, and builders. We integrate the highest standards in sustainable design and construction techniques to ensure our work is good for people, for business, and for the environment.
Lorena Checa, AIA, LEED AP
Lorena Checa is the visionary and Principal Architect of CHECA Architects – a firm specializing in beautiful, conscious design. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Lorena’s 30+ years of innovative design draw upon her upbringing in Lima, Peru, a lifetime of travel, exposure to different perspectives, and an innate passion for sustainability. Her design approach is rooted in ancient wisdom and informed by simple science. She has a unique capacity to incorporate modern technologies and materials in ways that enrich the human experience and create new paradigms for ecologically sensitive architecture.
Lorena, one of Washington, D.C.’s top green architects, considers the design process a co-creation with her clients and her highly integrated team of architects, engineers, landscape architects, and builders. Her vision of using architecture as a channel for celebrating the human spirit and the depth of her experience in creating sustainable solutions have captured both critical acclaim and media attention. In 2003, she was awarded the Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design by the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Lorena’s work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications including: Home and Design, Chesapeake Home, Natural Home & Garden, and the Washington Post.
3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Home, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Pool House Design & Construction, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Custom Homes, Construction Drawings
Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Baileys Crossroads, Bethesda, College Park, DC (Washington), Forest Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville, Idylwood, Lincolnia, North Bethesda, North Chevy Chase, Potomac, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park, Tysons Corner, Washington, White Oak, Bowie, Fort Washington, Laurel, Chevy Chase, Coral Hills, Falls Church, Lake Barcroft, Mclean, North Kensington, Rockville, great falls, poolesville, fairfax station, brinklow, clifton, garrett park, vienna, cabin john, brookeville
AIA, LEED AP AIA/Washington DC Chapter 2003 Award: Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design for Cole Residence in McLean, VA; Home & Design 2018 Winner of 100 Top Designers