Design One About Us

Design One is a full-service computer network solutions company

providing secure Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN), maintenance, support, and preventive services to the legal and business communities. We are a second-generation, family-owned business located in and serving the entire DC-metro area.

What makes us different?

Founded in 1981, Design One was one of the first companies in Washington, DC, to offer computer networking services. Today, we’re proud to support over 100 local businesses. Whether you are looking for network set up and maintenance, preventive services, email security, or training on the latest technology, we are here to fulfill your IT needs.
Design One has the expertise and experience to help you develop and maintain an efficient, secure, and productive network, and we will train you on how to use the technology so that you get the most out of your system. We can provide continuing technical support for your system, as well as advice about emerging technologies that will help your office become more productive. Because we are a local company, we can respond quickly when major problems arise. Moreover, our senior staff has been with us since 1990, so you can trust that you have the most knowledgeable, experienced and talented IT professionals on your side.


Matthew Shapiro

President, MCITP, VTSP, CNE

As President of Design One, Matthew oversees all operations for the growing IT company. An engineer by trade, Matthew has designed and implemented more than 200 Networks for law firms, real estate offices and other small businesses. Matthew consults with clients about their needs and how technology can help them serve their clients faster and better. He recently developed and installed a network system that provides complete and secure access for more than 200 remote users, with the capability to access and update a complex database. Matthew is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), a VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) and a Certified Novell Engineer (CNE).

Allen Shapiro

Vice-President, M.S., M.A.

Allen founded Design One in 1981 to provide computer equipment, software, and support to legal and small businesses. In 1987, under his technical direction, the company installed a Novell network for a law firm in Rockville. Since then, Design One has become the first local company to provide complete network services and support to the DC-metro area. Allen has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and more than 50 years of computer design experience and several patents on computer equipment. He lectures and writes articles for local and national civic and bar associations on networking, document organization and management, and computer system configuration. Allen recently received his M.A. in Jewish Studies from Towson University.

Paul Dowling

Technical Director, MCITP, CNE

Paul sets the technical direction for Design One. Since joining the company in 1989, he has installed several hundred Microsoft and Novell Networks. He has exceptional troubleshooting skills and our clients hold his technical expertise in high regard.

Paul received his technical training with the United States Air Force. Prior to joining Design One, he spent 11 years designing, testing, and installing sophisticated analog- and computer-based radio frequency systems for Watkins Johnson.

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