G&HA welcomes five new hires

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is excited to welcome five new hires to the firm!

Blue_bwBlue Clements joined the Higher Education Studio as an Intern.  After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, they went on to earn a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, Blue spent time both in teaching and researching roles, working closely with the Fabrication Lab director on a variety of projects. Before entering architecture, Blue worked as an after-school cooking teacher, a custom closet installer, and a handy-person.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAyTAAAAJDVhNjEzMmMyLTVhZDgtNGI1NC04MjFmLWUyYzVlMDM0MzkyZA_BWCynthia Boles Fregoso, CID joined the Interior Design Studio as a Certified Interior Designer. She graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and has a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in Sociology and Political Science. Cynthia has 17 years of experience and worked most recently at Commonwealth Architects. She has participated in several competitions and won several awards including an ASID/IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award for her work at the Deco at CNB Apartments.

AM headshot3_bwAbi Mitchell joined the Interior Design Studio as an Intern. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since then she has interned with Moseley Architects, worked as a Space Planning Analyst for Circuit City, and most recently with Havertys Furniture. Abi is strong in color theory and application as well as furniture construction and design. She has experience in both commercial and residential interior design.

DSC_9735_BWJonathan C. Moore, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joined the firm’s Higher Education Studio as a Project Manager / Project Architect. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Bowdoin College.  He is a licensed Architect in Virginia and holds a LEED AP BD +C.  Jonathan worked most recently with Grimm + Parker Architects in Charlottesville. He also spent four years in the Peace Corps in Romania and in the Philippines as a Community Development Consultant.

Xin_bwXin Yan joined the Urban Architecture Studio as an Intern. She recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Architecture, and she has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Wuhan University School of Urban Design in Wuhan, China. Xin previously interned at Gensler and served as a Graduate Student Assistant for an architectural design studio at Virginia Tech this past year.  She has participated in several competitions and received several awards including the Lixil International University Architectural Competition where her team’s entry won first place.


Emerging Leaders in Architecture: Emely Taveras


Congratulations to Emely Taveras, Assoc. AIA, NCARB, a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Cultural Studio, on graduating from this year’s AIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program.

Emely is one of 15 individuals who made up to 2017 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. It is an intensive program of educational sessions structured around presentations, discussions, team exploration, analysis, consensus-building, collaboration, and case study activities undertaken over the course of a year. The 2017 class project is sited in Melrose-Orange area of Roanoke, Virginia. This area has been identified as a target area where entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could be used to benefit persons of low to moderate income, help eliminate slums and blighting influences, and other urgent needs.  Creation and preservation of affordable housing is also a goal of HUD that directs how these funds can be spent.

Glavé & Holmes has greatly benefited from Emely’s involvement with ELA, and our team is excited to learn more from her experience. The firm has had seven other members complete the program. For more information about the Emerging Leaders in Architecture program and to see the rest of the profiles, visit ELA’s website.

The Branch Museum Opens New Exhibit on Glavé & Holmes

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The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit that celebrates the legacy of Glavé & Holmes Architecture, a nationally-recognized and award-winning architecture, interior design, and planning firm based in Richmond. On display from November 1, 2017 to January 14, 2018, “Glavé & Holmes: 50 Years of Design” showcases the firm’s impact on design.

“Glavé & Holmes understands the transformative power inherent in architecture and design,” said Penelope C. Fletcher, executive director of The Branch Museum. “We are excited to share this exhibit and highlight the firm’s enduring history throughout the Richmond region, in Virginia, and far beyond.”

This exhibition coincides with the firm’s recent 50th anniversary. For over five decades, Glavé & Holmes has created a lasting impact in Virginia and around the country. Local projects featured in the exhibit include the Valentine renovation, the Virginia Historical Society renovation and addition, University of Richmond Carole Weinstein International Center, and Virginia War Memorial Paul & Phyllis Galanti Education Center. A number of projects throughout Virginia and around the country are featured as well.

The exhibit also highlights the firm’s commitment to historic preservation and classical design. For example, Glavé & Holmes Architecture established its Classical Academy to raise conversations and awareness around classical and traditional design. Academy courses are available to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of architecture’s traditional underpinnings.

“We are honored by this exhibit at The Branch,” said Lori Garrett, senior principal with Glavé & Holmes. “We believe that great architecture can elevate the human spirit. This exhibit is a testament to our firm’s mission to enhance the human condition and our conviction that the true legacy of architecture and design is not only about the buildings themselves, but about the impact they have on people.”

This exhibition is second in a series at The Branch Museum highlighting architects who have had long term and sustained influence on architecture throughout Virginia and beyond. This specific exhibit is unique because it is the first time the museum has displayed a collective retrospective of an entire firm.

University of Virginia Rotunda wins AIA Virginia Award


The Rotunda Interior Renovation at the University of Virginia has earned an Award of Honor in the Interior Design category from AIA Virginia. Glavé & Holmes Architecture served as the Interior Design FF&E consultant to John G. Waite Associates on this project.

Glavé & Holmes was responsible for the design and selection of the furniture and carpeting. The interior design team’s work not only included the selection of furniture and fabrics of a timeless aesthetic and durable construction, but also included custom design of new furniture and restoration of existing furniture in the Rotunda. Through careful attention to scale, function and flexibility, they selected furnishings that could accommodate the various events that take place throughout the week – from meetings to dinners to defending dissertations. To promote use of the Rotunda by students, the designers transformed the function of the Dome room’s mezzanine into a tucked-away study space. Contributing to the revitalization throughout, they adapted the large oval tables for connectivity and oversaw the restoration of 40 year old hand-knotted rugs to their original beauty. The team also added in a new system for hanging rotating artwork in the oval rooms and assisted with the placement of the art and donor wall.

The jury recognized 16 out of the 169 projects submitted for the 2017 Awards for Excellence. The design teams will be recognized at the Visions for Architecture gala on November 3 at the Hotel John Marshall as part of Architecture Exchange East. For more information and to see the other honorees, visit AIA Virginia’s website.


G&HA wins two Interior Design Excellence Awards


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the firm earned two new Interior Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers / International Interior Design Association.

  • Rotunda Interior Design Renovation, First Place, Historic Preservation Category
  • Pinehurst Country Club, First Place, Hospitality Category

Rotunda Interior Design Renovation
Serving as the Interior Design consultant to John G. Waite Architects, Glavé & Holmes was responsible for the furniture package on the renovation of the historic Rotunda at the University of Virginia. The design team worked to create spaces that were flexible and could accommodate the various events that take place throughout the week – from meetings to dinners to defending dissertations. The renovations allowed for new classrooms, meeting rooms, exhibit spaces, and study areas. G&HA’s designers transformed the function of the Dome room’s mezzanine into a tucked-away study space for students. The team also added in a new system for hanging rotating artwork in the oval rooms and assisted with the placement of the art and donor wall. The scope of work not only included the selection of furniture and fabrics of a timeless aesthetic and durable construction, but also included restoring existing furniture in the Rotunda. The large oval tables were adapted for connectivity and the 40 year old hand-knotted rugs were restored to their original beauty.

Pinehurst Country Club
Glavé & Holmes has worked closely with Pinehurst Resort for over a decade to create and execute an architectural and conceptual master plan. In 2012, the designers began select aspects of the renovations including dining and ballrooms that overlook the iconic number 2 course by design legend Donald Ross. The project was unveiled at the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The renovations have resulted in a 30 percent surge in club membership. The concept for the interior design was to create a space that celebrates nature and the storied past of Pinehurst by introducing a fresh interpretation of traditional and organic motifs. Interior finishes, furniture, and lighting were selected to brighten the space, provide moments of hand-crafted design, and create an atmosphere that provides the backdrop to the Southern hospitality felt by all who visit.

G&HA makes BD+C’s list of Top University Architecture Firms

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to be on Building Design + Construction‘s Top 110 University Architecture Firms list!

G&HA comes in at #67 on BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest university sector architecture and AE firms, as reported in the 2017 Giants 300 Report. To see the entire list, visit BD+C‘s website.

G&HA announces promotion, new hire

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce a new hire and promotion!

EH2_BWElizabeth Hathaway joined Glavé & Holmes as a Construction Administration (CA) Assistant. She graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelor of Arts in English. Most recently, Elizabeth worked with W.E. Bowman Construction as their Marketing Coordinator/CA Assistant. She is familiar with submittals, scheduling, and the tight timeframes of the CA process. She is currently assisting with the new School of Business at Liberty University.

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Vanessa Vinsant Smith, CID, LEED AP has been promoted to an Associate. She has been with Glavé & Holmes for nine years and is a member of the Interior Design Studio. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Wake Forest University and her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. She became a Certified Interior Designer in 2012 and a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009. Vanessa is currently working with Hotel Roanoke and various renovations and with the University of Virginia at the Darden Inn.


Reflections on Charlottesville

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As fellow Virginians and Americans, we are deeply saddened and disturbed by the violence, bigotry, and hatred that were recently displayed in Charlottesville – a place many of us have called home at one time or another. We join with those who condemn the repugnant views of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and white supremacists, whose message attempts to sow fear and division among us.

The evil they espouse stands in direct contradiction to our firm’s mission of “elevating the human spirit.” As we serve our clients in cultural institutions and the arts, in higher education and government, in hospitality and community partnerships, we believe that design can bring people together and provide places for civil discourse, understanding, and sharing in the human experience. We don’t have all the answers, but the tragic events in Charlottesville remind us of the words of the New Testament, “Do not let evil conquer you, but use good to defeat evil.” (Romans 12:21).

As quoted above, our founder Jim Glavé spoke about the importance to cities of space devoted not to commerce or habitat, but to cultivating and enriching the human spirit. He believed that the institutions that build these spaces and structures provide a framework for civility, virtue, beauty, morality, and self-restraint. The actions of this past weekend have caused us to reaffirm our goals of creating architecture and design which promote a sense of unity, beauty, and care for all people.  Mindful that the journey is still before us, we are renewed in our dedication to create buildings and places which strengthen our community, our Commonwealth, and our country through nurturing shared values, common respect, and goodwill among all.

G&HA announces employee accomplishments, new hires

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) has a lot to be excited about this summer! We are pleased to announce one new licensure, three promotions, two new hires, and two summer interns!

Kate Hershey, RA passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in South Carolina. She has a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Chemistry from Clemson University. She is a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Urban Architecture Studio and is currently working on Shenandoah River Hall at Christopher Newport University.

Sebastian Meussling, AIA Int’l Associate, has been promoted from associate to senior associate. He has nearly two decades of design and project management experience. Sebastian has worked on several cultural projects including the Allen & Jeanette Early Center for Christian Worship, the Valentine Richmond History Center Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Virginia Historical Society. He is currently working on an addition to the Paul & Rosemary Trible Library at Christopher Newport University.

Edwin Holloway, AIA has been promoted to an associate. He serves as a key member of the Urban Architecture Studio and has managed a variety of projects, from high-end residential to museum additions. Edwin is currently managing new facilities for multiple higher education projects. In addition, he has been involved with a number of adaptive reuse and renovation projects including the Thomas Branch Building Renovation at Randolph-Macon College. He is dedicated to providing exemplary service to clients and passionate about the quality of his work.

John Spain, AIA, CDT has been promoted to an associate. John has served as a project manager/project architect in the Urban Architecture Studio for nearly a decade. He has a broad range of experience working with multi-family, mixed-use, and higher education facilities. He is knowledgeable of historic projects and projects in historic settings. Along with his neighborhood’s civic association, John has been engaged with an effort to re-balance traffic priorities on a historic, neighborhood main street. He is currently working on an expansion of the Regattas Dining Hall at Christopher Newport University.

Daniel Murrow is a new member of Glavé & Holmes’ Cultural Studio.  He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Planning. He also holds Minor in Psychology and Landscape Architecture.  Daniel previously worked with Commonwealth Architects.  He has been a member of the Alpha Rho Chi Architecture and Allied Arts Fraternity and the Urban Affairs & Planning Student Association at Virginia Tech. Daniel won an AIA Richmond Alice Lehman Sunday Prize Merit Award in 2016 for Presentation and an honorable mention in the Third Year Architecture + Design Competition in 2012.

Rachel Peterson is a new member of the firm’s Cultural Studio. She graduated from Judson University with her Bachelor of Architecture and will be completing her Preceptorship with our firm before returning to Judson for her Masters. Rachel most recently worked with Architectural Resources in Geneva, Illinois.  She is a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society and has been involved on an Architecture Faculty Search Committee at Judson.

Matson Roberts, Jr. has joined the Higher Education Studio as a summer intern.  Matson comes to our firm from John G. Waite Associates, where he has been since graduating from the University of Virginia with his Bachelor in Architecture.  He will be returning to the University of Virginia in the fall to pursue his Masters.  Matson also has a business certificate from UVA’s McIntire Business Institute.

Rachael Skolnekovich joined the Urban Architecture Studio as a summer intern. She is a rising fifth year student at Virginia Tech.  Rachael has previously interned at Wilmot Sanz Architecture and Planning in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was the recipient of the Steven & Cathi House Travel Award in 2015 and spent the fall of 2016 on the European Travel Abroad program.  She is a member of the AIAS Virginia Tech Chapter and the Sigma Kappa National Sorority.

G&HA makes 2017 ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firm list


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce we have been ranked on the 2017 ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms listing!

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic, a leading publication that recognizes architecture and engineering excellence, released the list June 19 with G&HA coming in at #84. The ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms list ranks the largest regional designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. Overall, the 108 participating firms from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia reported a total of $4.8 billion of revenue in the region, an 18.8% increase from last year’s ranking.

“Glavé & Holmes is thrilled to be recognized on this list alongside many of our distinguished peers,” said Randy Holmes, president of the firm. “It is such an honor to be among firms that we respect and often times collaborate with.”

For the official list, visit ENR’s website.