Bethesda Downtown Design Advisory Panel


The Design Advisory Panel is an integral part of the Bethesda Overlay Zone. The primary goal of the Design Advisory Panel is to provide advice and recommendations that will heighten design excellence and improve the quality of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in Bethesda. The Advisory Panel will be guided by the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan and the related Design Guidelines.

The Design Advisory Panel Rules of Procedure can be viewed here.

Panel Members

  • Karl Du Puy, Registered Architect Representing Academia
  • George Dove, Registered Architect from the Greater Montgomery County Community
  • Damon Orobona, Member of the Development Community
  • Rod Henderer, Bethesda Community Member
  • Qiaojue Yu, Registered Landscape Architect
  • Paul Mortenson, Ex-officio Member, Senior Urban Designer in the Director’s Office

Submission Requirements

  1. Schedule a Design Advisory Panel review date with the Design Advisory Panel Liaison.
  2. A minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled Design Advisory Panel meeting, provide the completed Submission Form and supplemental drawings for review in PDF format to the Design Advisory Panel Liaison via email.
  3. Supplemental drawings should include the following at Site Plan and as many as available at Concept and Sketch Plan: property location (aerial photo or line drawing), illustrative site plan, 3D massing models, typical floor plans, sections, elevations, perspective views and precedent images.


All meetings are held at the Montgomery County Planning Department 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Starting in April, meetings will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every month 9:30a-12:30p through November 2018. These meeting dates are subject to change.



Meeting Materials

If you have any questions about the Design Advisory Panel contact:

Laura Shipman, Design Advisory Panel Liaison

Last Updated: April 18, 2018