Ben Carstoiu

Principal Architect

Benjamin J. Carstoiu is a registered architect in both Virginia and Maryland since 2014 but has over twenty years experience on a variety of project types.  In addition to working on residential design, his experience also includes commercial, religious, educational (K-12), athletic facilities, college and university, and institutional buildings.  Ben has been on the design team for many jobs that have received national awards during his experience at other firms. 

Ben earned the Master of Architecture professional degree from Virginia Tech and a BS, Bachelor of Science, major in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Previous employers include Hughes Group Architects, Kerns Group Architects, and James D. Smith Architects.

358 Design Studio LLC, based in Herndon, Virginia  primarily serves the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including northern Virginia and Maryland.  Ben is the creator and sole proprietor of 358 Design Studio LLC, but continues to collaborate and share collective knowledge, experience and design ideas with previous associates Richard LeRoy and Jim Sternick, also registered architects who continue to produce their own work in other regions.  In our virtual studio, or forum, we discuss new innovations in design, share ideas, and critique the designs we are currently working on.  In this way,  we offer alternative viewpoints and contribute to each other's visions while also providing an even greater benefit to our clients .

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