G&HA launches firm timeline


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce a new addition to our website! With the help of Dyad Communications, we have launched the illustrated history of the firm – showing a timeline of our humble beginnings in the 1960s to our current accomplishments.

Follow the History tab on our website to weave through the decades and see major project wins, leadership transitions, honors and awards, and when the firm officially became Glavé & Holmes Architecture.


O’Neil Hall earns LEED Silver


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce that the renovation of O’Neil Hall at the University of Virginia has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

G&HA adapted the former Rugby Road Administration Building, now O’Neil Hall, for new use as office space for senior administrative staff and other administrative functions. Originally constructed in 1924 for faculty housing, this historically significant structure is an example of the Jeffersonian classicism prominent during the early-twentieth century. This project was completed in compliance with Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Goals included preserving the historic and architectural significance and restoring the facility’s aesthetic, while upgrading the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Sustainable features include:

  • 20% of recycled and regional materials
  • 40% water reduction by using low consumption plumbing fixtures
  • 75% of building reuse of existing walls, floors, and roof
  • 75% of construction debris diverted from disposal
  • Bicycle storage, shower, and changing room
  • Bioretention basins for stormwater management
  • Native plant species planted, no irrigation systems will be installed
  • Low VOC wood products, paints, sealants, adhesives, and carpets

In 2007, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors enacted a policy requiring all major new construction and major renovations to achieve LEED certification. LEED evaluates buildings using criteria in six areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process. By earning points for specific credits, projects can work their way through the levels of certification: certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.


Richmond BizSense Listing


G&HA is listed as one of the top three firms on Richmond BizSense‘s Architectural Firms List! Click here to learn more about the listing:http://bit.ly/29yltck

Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition Winners

Historic Richmond, in partnership with The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, hosted a juried architectural design competition – Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition – to develop a design catalog of original, creative designs for infill construction in the City of Richmond’s Old and Historic Districts. Their goal was to cultivate a dialogue about the design process for new construction within the fabric of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods with consideration given to sustainability, affordability, and maintaining each neighborhood’s own unique sense of place.

We are thrilled to announce that two G&HA employees were recognized for their submissions! Both submissions addressed the challenges of creating a new building on a vacant lot within a historic district in Richmond. Kevin Svensen was awarded the Grand Prize for his watercolors of a new building in Union Hill. Kate Lanni received a Design Excellence award for her hand sketches of a a new neighbor in Jackson Ward.

You can see both of their entries, along the with other winners, on display at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design from now until August 31st! Read more about the competition here.

New employees and accomplishments


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce two new employees and numerous employee accomplishments!

Leah Embrey joined the Interior Design Studio. She earned her Bachelor of Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. Leah worked at Glavé & Holmes as a student intern for the last year.

Elyana Javaheri is a new Landscape Architect Intern at the firm. She earned both her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech.  She most recently worked as an Urban Designer for Fairfax County’s Office of Community Revitalization. Prior to her graduate studies, Elyana held internship positions at the planning department of City of Los Angeles and AECOM. Her research interests in environmental psychology as well as historic preservation led her to conducting extensive research as a research assistant at Virginia Tech, and a study abroad opportunity the results of which has been published, presented, cited, and awarded at a number of universities and resources.

Steven Blashfield, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is on the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Governing Council as the Director-at-Large. VAM is governed by a 24-member Council. The Council includes directors representing geographic regions of VAM membership, as well as the various disciplines of museums. Learn more about VAM’s Council here.

Rachel Shelton, AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, was recently appointed the Architect Licensing Advisor for Virginia by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The Architect Licensing Advisors Community exists to facilitate the flow of information to architecture students, interns, and architects about licensure and reciprocity. Licensing Advisors are local, state, or university volunteers who are committed to assisting interns navigate the path to licensure and advising architects on reciprocity. Learn more about the position here.

Kevin Svensen, RA, Associate AIA, is part of this year’s prestigious Virginia Society AIA Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program. Kevin is one of sixteen individuals to make up to 2016 class of Emerging Leaders, selected based on their potential to be outstanding contributors to the profession and the community. The goal of ELA is to help emerging architects learn and grow by providing tools and experiences to support their careers and future endeavors as leaders and community members. Learn more about the program here.

Emily Winn, AIA, passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. With over 11 years of experience with firms in D.C. and Richmond, Emily joined G&HA as a member of the Urban Architecture Studio in June to help design and oversee construction for the renovation of three academic buildings at Virginia Tech.

G&HA recognized as Top Workplace for third year


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is honored to be recognized as a Top Workplace by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and WorkplaceDynamics for the third year in a row.

The Top Workplaces program recognizes companies that have a great work environment with results based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The survey took into account many factors, including employee engagement, encouragement of community involvement, and work/life balance.

Glavé & Holmes was one of 60 companies in the Richmond area to make the list. According to feedback from the survey, our employees feel genuinely appreciated by the firm and that their job makes them feel like part of something meaningful. See what else our employees had to say:

“I’m not micro-managed, and I have the freedom to express my creativity.”

“Great place to learn and grow.”

“We operate by strong values and design ideas, which continue to be recognized and earn us a respected reputation in the industry.”

Richmond SHRM, a chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management, honored Richmond’s Top Workplaces at the Sterling Workplace Awards event May 5. To learn more about the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s list of Top Workplaces, please visit http://bit.ly/1WLPKJg.


G&HA team members honored with 2016 AIA Richmond awards

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce Kevin Svensen, Smitty Lynch, and Stephen Hershey have all received awards from the AIA Richmond Chapter.

IMG_1409Kevin Svensen, RA, earned the Richard L. Ford Jr. Award. This is considered the Chapter’s highest award presented to a young architect, associate member, or intern. It is given in honor of one of the Chapter’s leading and skillful mentors, Richard L. Ford, Jr. FAIA. Kevin has been given the award by the Chapter Board, based on nominations by the Honors Committee, as a person who has demonstrated vision, passion, and excellence to the design community.

Smitty Lynch, ASAI, Associate AIA, and Stephen Hershey, Associate AIA, both earned Alice Lehman Sunday Prize awards. Smitty received an Honor Award in the Sketch category for his drawing of Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina. Stephen received a Merit Award in the Construction Documents category for his drawing of the new Admissions Office at Longwood University and an Honor Award in the Presentation category for his watercolor of a Garden Temple. Entries were judged on the ability to clearly and efficiently communicate information to an audience.

As part of the 2016 Architecture Week, all three individuals were honored at the AIA Richmond Honors and Awards event at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design on Thursday, April 14.



Tryon Palace – Smitty Lunch

Alice Lehmen Suday Prize_Construction Documents_Page_1

Admissions Office – Stephen Hersey

Garden Temple_SHershey

Garden Temple – Stephen Hershey

Christopher Newport Hall wins National Palladio Award


Glavé & Holmes Architecture has been named a 2016 Palladio Award winner for the design of the new Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University. The Palladio Awards are a national program that honors outstanding achievement in traditional design. Recognized for their work in the New Design & Construction category (more than 30,000 square feet), Glavé & Holmes was one of only 12 architectural firms in the country honored by the 2016 Palladio Awards Program.

Christopher Newport Hall brings together the resources crucial to the success of each student’s collegiate experience. Initially conceived to improve student academic success and retention, the building also serves as the symbolic and formal nucleus of the campus. The building contains approximately 82,000 square feet of student services areas, offices, meeting rooms, and presentation venues on four floors.

The building architecture is a continuation of the refinement of the Neo-Classical Collegiate style instituted on campus beginning in the early years of this millennium. As the east terminus of the Great Lawn and positioned to be the most honorific building of campus, the classical order employed is the Corinthian, a step up from the Tuscan, Doric, and Ionic orders employed in previous structures contributing to the Great Lawn aesthetic. Christopher Newport Hall is the “jewel in the crown” for the University.

The Palladio Awards are sponsored by Traditional Building, which is published by Restore Media, LLC. The Awards are named in honor of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance architect who created modern architecture for his time while using models from the past for inspiration and guidance. This is the second Palladio Award Glavé & Holmes has received, winning one in 2011 for the Carole Weinstein Center at the University of Richmond.


G&HA team members become licensed

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that Kevin Svensen and Neil Walls have both passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and are now licensed architects.

IMG_1409Kevin Svensen, RA, joined Glavé & Holmes shortly after earning his Master of Architecture in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism at Judson University and has gained nearly 10 years of experience. As an architect in the Higher Education Studio, he is currently working on the New Office of Admissions for Longwood University. Kevin is also participating in this year’s VSAIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture program.

Neil Walls 2015

Neil Walls, AIA, LEED Green Associate, recently named Director of Technology for the firm, continues to work as a project manager/architect in the Higher Education Studio. He has been employed by Glavé & Holmes for the past eight years and has two decades of experience in the industry. Neil earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is currently project manager for the Greek Housing project on Christopher Newport University’s campus.


G&HA earns Maryland Preservation Award



Glavé & Holmes Architecture’s work on the U.S. Naval Academy Administration Building/Larson Hall earned the Maryland Preservation Award for Outstanding Stewardship by a Government Agency! Thank you to the Maryland Historical Trust for presenting us and the rest of the team with this honor. We had the pleasure of working with Clark Nexsen as the prime architect, Whiting-Turner as the general contractor, and the United States Naval Academy as the Owner.

G&HA was commissioned by the United States Naval Academy, as part of the construction team, to provide services as the Quality Control Specialist for Historic Preservation. For this particular National Historic Landmark Property, our primary role included reviewing, based on Construction Documents provided by another firm, all construction methods and techniques and evaluating preliminary and completed work to ensure that it was completed according to preservation standards. This is the first time the NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Command) and the U.S. Naval Academy have incorporated a professional for Quality Control in Historic Preservation at the Naval Academy, owing to the sensitive nature of the restoration work.

Located in the core of the campus, the Administration Building (c. 1908) is subject to review by the Maryland State Historic Preservation Office, NAVFAC, and is a contributing structure to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Historic District. The work primarily involved rehabilitation of the existing structure, including repair and restoration of historic glazed brick, repairs to the slate and copper roofing, and restoration of original interior finishes and millwork. A small addition was incorporated on the rear. G&HA provided reviews of all specialty contractors and regular observation of restoration work, to ensure compliance with the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.



U.S Naval Academy Administration Building / Larson Hall


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