Susan Reed brings historic preservation talent to Glavé & Holmes



Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to welcome Susan Reed, AIA, as a new Associate for the firm.

Susan joins Glavé & Holmes’ Higher Education Studio, bringing her wealth of experience with historic preservation to support our renovations of older buildings and new work in historic settings. With over two decades of experience, Susan earned her Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation and her Bachelor of Art History with a Minor in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She is currently a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the Chair of the City of Richmond Public Art Commission.

Before joining Glavé & Holmes, Susan worked at Commonwealth Architects for 17 years where she served as Project Manager and Lead Architect on a variety of preservation projects.  Prior to that, she worked as a CAD Technician at McCall Design Group in San Francisco. She has served in all areas of the practice from marketing to construction and is a licensed Architect.  Susan has worked on high-profile projects including the Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, the Maury House at Virginia Military Institute, the Executive Mansion, and the Virginia State Capital.

“Susan is a valuable addition to our firm and will help us to expand our historic preservation services to higher education clients,” Lori Garrett, Director of the Higher Education Studio, said. “We are excited about the opportunity to reinforce our expertise and pursue more of these types of projects.”

Glavé & Holmes continues firm growth

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the continued growth of our firm with three new hires!

Michelle_BW_newhire.jpgMichelle Maitland is new our accounting department and comes to G&HA from CB&I, formerly The Shaw Group. She was a Project Accountant on their Honeywell project and worked with all aspects of accounting. Michelle is working toward an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Strayer University and has completed coursework in accounting at Richard Bland College. She also holds a Legal Secretary diploma from Braxton School of Business.


Erika Malanoski joins our Higher Education Studio. She comes to G&HA from her recent position at HKS, Inc. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Industrial Design. In her 5th year, Erika was a Pella Prize finalist, Virginia Tech’s 5th year award. She participated in Virginia Tech’s Fall Travel program and has interned with firms in NYC and Washington D.C. Erika was the recipient of an AIA Richmond Alice Lehman Sunday Prize Honorable Mention in 2015.

janahvi_bw_newhireJanahvi Ramakrishnan joins our Urban Architecture Studio. She recently graduated from Pennsylvania State with a Master in Architecture and received a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India.  She interned at Stantec, Inc. in New York and did a summer internship with an interior architecture firm in Bangalore prior to that.  While at Penn State, she was a Graduate Assistant for the School of Arts and Architecture, a Grading Assistant in the School of Engineering, and earned an Honorable Mention Kossman Design Thesis Award for her thesis on Mumbai.


Svensen studies food deserts in ELA program


Glavé & Holmes Architecture would like to congratulate Kevin Svensen who completed the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program this year.

Kevin and other participants of the 2016 AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture program tackled the issue of low-income communities with limited access to healthy food, also known as “food deserts.”

Through meetings with numerous local Richmond groups, they have seen that food deserts are a systemic problem in Virginia’s capital city that require a multifaceted approach rather than a targeted solution. Their project, Closing the Food Gap: Grow. Learn. Share., doesn’t attempt to solve food disparity through access alone, but rather is a series of insertions that provide, educate, and engage the communities for which they serve. The group presented their findings at Architecture Exchange East.

Glavé & Holmes has benefited greatly from Kevin’s involvement with ELA, and our team is excited to learn more from his experience. G&HA has had seven other members of the firm complete the program in previous years. For more information about the Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, visit AIA Virginia.

Shelton honored with Virginia Emerging Professional Award


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is proud to announce that Rachel Shelton has been honored with the 2016 Virginia Emerging Professional Award from AIA Virginia.

The Virginia Emerging Professional Award was established in 2015 to recognize the accomplishments of  emerging leaders for their contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories:  design, research, education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to the community.

Since beginning her professional journey more than seven years ago, Rachel has made outstanding contributions to the profession and the industry – most noteworthy being her service to the profession and mentorship of others. Rachel has participated in numerous organizations both professional and community-oriented. In AIA Richmond, she serves as a board member and works to organize networking opportunities and events to elevate the profession. She also holds a leadership position in Richmond Women in Design, a group dedicated to creating a forum for women designers. As a mentor, Rachel is currently serving as the NCARB Licensing Advisor to promote the AREs and internship program, which helps future architects navigate the path to becoming licensed. A life-long learner, Rachel was awarded a scholarship to be part of the 2013 Emerging Leaders in Architecture program by AIA Virginia. She remains proactive and seeks out opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Rachel was honored along with one other recipient of the award at the Visions for Architecture gala on November 4. For more information about the honorees, visit AIA Virginia’s website.

G&HA wins two Interior Design Excellence Awards


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

  • O’Neil Hall Renovation at the University of Virginia, First Place, Historic Preservation Category
  • Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University, First Place, Educational/Institutional

O’Neil Hall
O’Neil Hall was designed as a continuation of previous neo-classical work, originally envisioned by Fiske Kimball as a campus social/recreation center to be called the “Casino.” The building now serves as executive-level UVA administration offices and support spaces. Portions of the building will serve broader campus meeting need, particularly of student organizations. The general organizing feature, the wide central hall, has been retained and improved to provide collaborative commons space. The 1925 interior was largely intact with serviceable original plaster walls/ceiling, and heartpine floors. The design proposed restoring historic elements while brightening the space into an occupants’ commons. Envisioned as an “interior porch”, new seating zones within the commons serve as waiting areas for visitors. Existing screen doors that open onto the interior core, remnants from the buildings previous program as apartments to facilitate thru-ventilation in a pre-air conditioned world, have been preserved with the modern addition of acrylic panels. Other items were restored and curated as an in-place historical exhibits. The basement is used as a meeting venue for student organizations. Offices express a mix of traditional designs and modern convenience, while the conference rooms are incorporating the University’s latest communication and collaboration technologies.

Christopher Newport Hall

To support the mission of advancing student success, this new building at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, provides a “one-stop shop,” with facilities to support student services and student academic success. The design of the interior spaces embraces the power of design to impact the student experience.  The carefully curated experience is indicative of the level of care and detailed focus that the University provides for students.  The individuality of each department is expressed in the unique selection of furnishings, tied together with a holistic color palette of vibrant colors.  The Student Commons exudes warmth with the use of dynamic red walls and custom casework to house student resource personnel.  Custom carpets throughout the primary public spaces lend consistency and energy to the expansive program, leading visitors through the building. This interior “procession” is designed to visually delight first-time visitors/prospective students and parents, while serving as an introduction to Christopher Newport University. Building visitors enter either from the grand stair or at the south building entrance, proceed up the ceremonial open stair to the second level lobby, where they begin their University experience. At the reception area, one’s eye is directed up through a series of three circular floor openings to the sunlit centerpiece domed roof.


Christopher Newport Hall wins HRACRE Award


Glavé & Holmes Architecture and the Christopher Newport Hall team were presented with a 2016 Excellence in Development Design Award of Merit by the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate.

The awards program took place October 11 at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The mission is to identify, encourage, and reward excellence in development design in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area. See the judges’ comments below:

As the crown jewel of an emerging neoclassical campus, Christopher Newport Hall completes the great lawn which is the focal point of the campus. The placement of a building is as important as the design, and the siting of Christopher Newport Hall leaves no doubt about its importance. The building is symbolically and literally the front door to the campus. It serves not only as the venue for orientation but is the “One Stop Shop” for student services and academic success programs. The university’s administrative offices are also housed there along with financial aid and the office of admissions.

The architecture describes the building’s importance through the use of an elevated main floor, or piano nobile, reached by mounting a set of monumental stairs. This feature recalls earlier courthouses and civic buildings intended to inspire awe. A nicely proportioned courtyard brings light to the center of the building and gives a sense of human scale to the composition. The building is exquisitely detailed from the Corinthian columns, to the rusticated base to the jack arches, to forms and motif carried inside from outside.

In an ingenious move to preserve the volumetric experience of the dome, the architects used a glass floor at the fourth floor since the building code did not allow the opening to continue more than three floors up. This allows people on any floor to see through to the top of the dome. The building reads as a finely crafted, careful, and cohesive composition inside and out.


CNU’s Greek Housing Village opens four new Chapter Houses


On September 1st, members of the Glavé & Holmes team joined hundreds of students, faculty, and staff to take part in the ribbon cutting of the first four houses of the new Greek Village at Christopher Newport University (CNU).

Glavé & Holmes developed the design for a Greek Village of ten fraternity and sorority houses, providing an identifiable home on campus for the Greek organizations that is centered around a common green space. The first four houses are arranged radially at the end of the green space to create a community atmosphere among the houses and a shared “front yard.” The common space serves as a home for annual events and traditions, which lie at the heart of Greek Life at CNU. Each house has a unique façade to express their individuality within the Greek community. The facilities offer a combination of single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Each house includes laundry rooms, study spaces, kitchen and chapter rooms. The project was designed in compliance with VEES (Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards) certification.

The ribbon cutting came on the heels of The Princeton Review’s ranking of CNU as #2 for Best College Dorms in the U.S. G&HA has worked on multiple residence halls at CNU, including Warwick River Hall and Rappahannock River Hall.

For more information on the houses, see the Daily Press’ article.



Christopher Newport Hall earns LEED Silver


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce that Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

Christopher Newport Hall anchors a primary axis of the campus and serves as the frontispiece on the Great Lawn at its eastern end. To spur the University’s mission of advancing student achievement, the new building provides facilities to support student services, including an Academic Success Center, Career Development offices, Office of Disability Resources, and additional student academic support space. Also included are the campus welcome center, Office of Admissions, and executive-level administrative offices. The project employs a glass floor and is capped with a dome and cupola roofed in copper sheet. Academic buildings and student walk paths bound the building site on three sides. The facility introduces the CNU Admissions tour groups to the Great Lawn via a monumental stair. Additionally, the building is planned and structured to receive an enclosed bridge connection to a future Library addition. Sustainable features include:

  • Community connectivity
  • Public transportation access
  • Fuel-efficient vehicle preferred parking
  • Water-efficient fixtures
  • Recycled and local building materials
  • Recycled construction waste
  • Low VOC materials
  • Lighting controls and LED lighting
  • High efficiency HVAC
  • Courtyard provides natural daylighting for building


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.