Our Story

Partners in business and in life, husband and wife team Francisca and Antonio Alonso are the creative force behind AV Architects + Builders.  

Francisca and Antonio met at the School of Architecture at the Catholic University of America in 1987. In 2001, after the birth of their fourth child, Francisca and Antonio decided to change directions from working in large Architecture firms in the Washington DC area and founded AV Architects. Within a year, they formed AV Builders and created their unique Architect-Led Design-Build approach to designing and building modern custom homes.  The philosophy for designing and building modern custom homes as the Master Builder is the cornerstone of the business.

Our Story Antonio & Francisca

With family backgrounds in Spain and having both lived there, the two shared an affinity for the Mediterranean lifestyle and the way the architecture reflects that lifestyle.

This lifestyle philosophy has resulted in designing homes in the Mid-Atlantic region with a unique modern aesthetic.  Their concept of Vacation Style Living™, encompasses this lifestyle philosophy.  One that incorporates connecting the home to the land and creating a strong indoor-outdoor relationship to link family life to nature that results in a sustainable design approach.

For over 20 years, Francisca and Antonio have been creating visions by fusing their knowledge and skills with their clients’ needs and desires.  This vision for their home is transformed into a real-life space that’s uniquely personalized to their needs, their dreams, and their lifestyle.

AV Architects + Builders are licensed architects in VA, MD and DC, Class A Contractors in Virginia, and Registered Home Builders in the State of Maryland.

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Awards & Publications

Best of Houzz Awards 2022, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012
Home & Design Magazine
Best Contractor of Northern Virginial 2017 - Northern VA Magazine
Washingtonian Magazine
Modern Luxury DC Magazine
Home & Design 100 Top Designers Portfolio
LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine

Giving Back

Francisca and Antonio are dedicated philanthropists who firmly believe in the importance of architecture reflecting a social conscience. In Northern Virginia, they actively support various local causes, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Chance, Women Giving Back, The Women’s Center of Vienna, and other local causes.

Francisca’s involvement in community service goes beyond conventional boundaries. She serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Center of Vienna, working to provide vital resources to empower and uplift women in the community.

Furthermore, the AV office in Great Falls proudly serves as a drop-off site for clothing donations from Women Giving Back, an organization dedicated to helping women in need.

The entire AV Team regularly participates in community events and fundraisers to make a positive impact on the local community.

In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Francisca is deeply committed to mentoring and empowering young women. She participates in The Hot Mommas Project® and the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce Shadow Program, among other mentoring programs. Her goal is to inspire and uplift young women, helping them realize their full potential.

Francisca’s success and experiences as an executive leader in Washington D.C. are highlighted in the book “Profiles in Success: Inspiration from Executive Leaders in Washington D.C.” This book delves into her inspiring journey, providing valuable insights into her achievements and the lessons she has learned along the way.


Written by Francisca Alonso

Nesting for Empty Nesters, The Vacation Style Living™ Approach to Aging in Place

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