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Our Story

Citadel was founded by Moe Fridy as an architecture and design firm with a focus on construction management and assisting clients in seeing projects through from inception to occupancy. In 1992 Gemma de la Fuente began her own firm, Paden de la Fuente, with a concentration on historic properties. In 2015 the two firms joined forces.

Mr. Fridy and Ms. de la Fuente have worked side by side for the past five years on a variety of demanding projects for the Federal Government. They continue that work as Citadel for the General Services Administration in their development of the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2015 Ms. de la Fuente’s and Mr. Fridy’s work on the Clara Barton Office of Missing Soldiers Museum was awarded a prestigious DC Preservation Award.

Through their skills, areas of expertise and 45 years combined experience, Ms. de la Fuente and Mr. Fridy offer clients a full range of services for the built environment with a special focus on construction management, multi-family development and historic preservation. Their proven ability to shepherd demanding and multifaceted projects through design, approvals, construction and occupancy is presented for a range of project sizes, scopes and budgets.

Citadel continues to develop innovations in the building process so as to create superior spaces in which to live, work and play; at the same time maximizing value for our clients, employees, shareholders and the community.

Our Mission

CITADEL DESIGN-BUILD-DEVELOP understands that architecture is more than designing functional buildings and environments. We are committed to working with our clients to craft memorable spaces that improve the quality of life for those who live, work and play within.


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