Glavé & Holmes Architecture announces that the firm has launched a new studio focused on historic preservation. Susan Reed, AIA, NCARB will lead the new studio as its Director. In this role, she will oversee the firm’s historic preservation efforts, including management of design projects and business development initiatives.

“We are excited to build on our firm’s legacy by creating this new studio dedicated to historic preservation,” said Randy Holmes, AIA, Senior Principal and President at Glavé & Holmes. “Susan is the ideal person to take the helm of this new studio. She is an industry leader with a deep passion for bringing new life to historic structures.”

With this announcement, the 70 person firm now boasts seven studios serving a variety of markets, including higher education, cultural institutions, urban architecture, hospitality, and interior design.

For over 50 years, the firm has been known for its profound commitment to and experience in historic preservation and restoration. With a staff that includes architectural historians, historic architects, and project managers experienced with historic rehabilitations, the firm has completed numerous Certified Historic Rehabilitation projects, successfully earning Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits to help fund many of them.

“I’m honored to lead this new studio and our incredible team,” said Reed. “Whether a historic restoration, adaptive reuse, contemporary rehabilitation, or there is simply a historic component to an existing building or new construction, the Historic Preservation Studio can update an existing building while retaining its historic character.”

Reed, who will serve as the studio director, has 20 years of experience in historic preservation, including many Certified Historic Rehabilitation tax credit projects. She has worked on a variety of project types including theatres, museums, academic buildings, warehouses, historic residences, commercial buildings, churches, rural farm buildings, government buildings and even an off shore lighthouse.  Services have included condition assessments, feasibility studies, restoration and rehabilitation design, the design of compatible additions to historic structures, compatible new designs for historic contexts, construction documents, construction administration, Historic Structures Reports, National Register Nominations, and State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

The Historic Preservation Studio will lead projects and provide support to other studios when a project has a historic component. Glavé & Holmes Architecture has been committed to historic preservation since its founding and the creation of this studio brings together a team of experts with incredible depth and adept at working with local, state and national historic review agencies.

This in-house expertise will provide the firm’s clients with a dedicated team and additional value for any project with historic structures. Additionally, the firm has deep relationships with specialized consultants and can build a historic preservation-focused AE team for any project.

The number of buildings that will require renovation is expected to rise exponentially over the next few decades, creating heightened demand for architects who understand the complexities of working with existing and historic structures from a wide range of time periods. Additionally, Certified Historic Rehabilitation projects continue to be an important tool for developers to undertake complex projects in historic cities and towns across the East Coast. This new studio provides property owners with the resources they need to successfully undertake such projects.