G&HA Makes Top Firm Rankings


The Building Design + Construction rankings are up! The 42nd annual BD+C Giants 300 report ranks architecture, engineering, and construction firms across more than 20 building sectors and specialty services. Glavé & Holmes Architecture is thrilled to be on 12 of those lists and came in the top 40 in three of the categories!

  • Top 70 Religious Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 85 State Government Architecture + AE Firms (#32)
  • Top 110 Architecture/Engineering Firms
  • Top 110 Hotel Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 115 Cultural Facilities Architecture + AE Firms (#37)
  • Top 130 Local Government Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 150 K-12 School Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 150 Multifamily Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 155 Government Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 175 University Architecture + AE Firms (#35)
  • Top 195 Reconstruction Work Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 200 Office Sector Architecture + AE Firms

We are proud to be listed among many influential firms across the US. Earlier this year, Glavé & Holmes was honored to make the Top 300 Architecture Firms list from Architectural Record and the Top Design Firms list from ENR Mid-Atlantic. G&HA’s mission to “elevate the human spirit” continues to drive us to create meaningful work.

Silinsh joins G&HA as new Director of Hospitality Studio


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is thrilled to announce Eric Silinsh, AIA, has joined the firm as the new Director of the Hospitality Studio.

As Director of the Hospitality Studio, Eric oversees the firm’s efforts in the hospitality sector, including management of design projects and business development initiatives. He was most recently a Senior Associate with Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York.

“We are excited to welcome Eric to our team,” said Randy Holmes, AIA, Senior Principal and President at Glavé & Holmes. “He brings a depth of experience in hospitality design and will help continue to grow our presence in the sector. Most notably, Eric’s vision aligns with our firm’s belief that great architecture can elevate the human spirit.”

With more than 20 years of design experience, Eric is an industry leader with expertise in designing unique hospitality properties that evoke clear stories about their place in specific neighborhoods or environments. In recent years, he has been involved in a number of hospitality developments throughout the East Coast, totaling over $330 million in value and over 770,000 square feet of proposed hospitality space.

I’m honored to join Glavé & Holmes Architecture,” said Silinsh. “The firm has a reputation for impeccable quality and a strong track record of success in the hospitality sector. I look forward to leading this talented team and building on those accomplishments.

Robert Parise Promoted to Principal


Robert J. Parise, AIA, has been promoted from Senior Associate to Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture. Rob is a Director of one of the Higher Education Studios at the firm and has led multiple complex projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has accrued more than two decades of comprehensive design and project management experience. He is currently working on multiple projects at both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia, including the new Inn at Darden with Cooper Carry. Rob is also leading the design of a new Visitor Center and Master Plan for Bath County.

Rob’s professional development has been spectacular as he embraced increasingly complex and challenging roles on projects and within the firm. Rob does an amazing job of exhibiting the leadership qualities of a Principal, and I wholeheartedly endorse the decision of my partners to promote Rob to this position.

-Andrew Moore, Principal and Director of Urban Architecture

Farewell G&HA Summer Interns!

Glavé & Holmes Architecture had the pleasure of hosting two amazing summer interns this year!

Olivia Kramer came to G&HA from the University of Miami where she is studying Architecture and Business Management. She spent her time working on the Science Museum of Virginia Master Plan as a member of our Cultural Studio.

Ryan Gebhart is pursuing his Master of Architecture at Catholic University. During his time with our Higher Education Studio, Ryan working on various projects at the University of Virginia.

As they head back to school, we wanted to catch up with them on their experience at our office in Richmond.

what did you enjoy about your time at g&ha?

Olivia: I was provided with meaningful work as an intern, and enjoyed the welcoming studio culture of Glavé & Holmes. Each day I felt included, supported and respected. The people at Glavé are not only talented, but genuine, motivating and produce great work, and that is not easy to find. 

Being a foodie, the diverse food scene of RVA is impressive. I was never bored with close proximity to the beach, mountains, vineyards and other prominent cities. As I got to know my studio through working on projects together, I also got plugged into other social activities, like beach volleyball, to get to know other staff members. Even though a summer may go by quick, make it count.

Ryan: I really enjoyed being part of this firm and truly appreciated the scope of work I was involved in, especially the attention to detail it all required. The comradery and devotion to excellent architecture that I experienced here in my short three months is incredibly inspiring. I believe it has something to do with the firm’s motto and it is wondrously executed in this office. I’m looking forward to returning to grad school at Catholic University of America in DC for the new semester, taking with me everything that I’ve learned this summer.

G&HA’s Best Practices for the Design of Admission Offices and Visitor Centers


A well-designed admission office and welcome center is an essential asset in the college visit experience. Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) has been commissioned to design eight admission offices and visitor centers in the last 10 years. Through this expertise, our team has distilled the best practices for the design of these facilities into the following elements that can increase the effectiveness of a campus visit.

  1. Choreograph the Arrival Sequence – Keep in mind location, accessibility, and first impressions.
  2. Create a Memorable Experience with Emotional Connections – Does the building serve as an ambassador for the college brand, conveying the university’s mission and identity through its architectural expression?
  3. Enhance the Presentation – Use design principals punctuated with technology and graphic displays to communicate information and make a lasting impact.
  4. Provide Effective and Efficient Work Space – Understand staff and administrative needs to design spaces that work and function well.
  5. Be Open to New Ideas – Benchmarking tours of other spaces can be a useful tool for expanding imaginations.

Read more about these and other best practices in the articles written by Lori Garrett, FAIA, our in-house expert and Director of Higher Education Studio.

Robert Parise promoted to Director of Higher Education Studio


Robert Parise, AIA, Senior Associate, has been promoted to a Director of the Higher Education Studio at Glavé & Holmes Architecture.

As Glavé & Holmes continues to expand our work in the education market sector with the types of projects as well as the geographical reach, Rob’s new role as the Director of the firm’s second Higher Education Studio will help us better serve clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He will work alongside Senior Principal Lori Garrett, FAIA, LEED Green Associate, who created the Higher Education Studio 14 years ago and will continue to lead with Rob.

Rob received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Syracuse University and began his journey in the profession in New York. He moved to the Richmond area in 2000 and  has spent the last 15 years at Glavé & Holmes in project leadership and business development. Rob Parise has two decades of comprehensive design and project management experience.

As a valued and long-time employee of Glavé & Holmes, Rob will oversee some of the firm’s most complex projects. His portfolio is comprised of a broad range of project types including higher education, hospitality, and cultural. Rob is involved in all stages of the process from business development to project delivery. He recently finished the renovation and expansion of Christopher Newport University’s main dining hall and has worked on numerous residence halls on this campus.

G&HA announces new hires, employee accomplishments

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce one newly licensed architect and two new hires!

HeadshotsErika Malanoski, AIA, is now a licensed architect in Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Industrial Design. Erika is a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Higher Education Studio and is currently working on Veritas School’s Dubose Hall Renovation and Liberty University’s new Business School. In her free time, she enjoys renovating her home, hand drafting, and reading.

Headshots2Kit Ashley joined Glavé & Holmes as a Project Manager/Project Architect in the Higher Education Studio. He has 17 years of experience with 10 years serving in a similar role. Kit earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and worked most recently at Commonwealth Architects. He has experience with many project types, frequently working with historic renovations including The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell and Virginia State University’s Lockett Hall. He is skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, and Bluebeam. When he isn’t working, Kit enjoys soccer, cycling, and spending time with his family. 

Headshots3Peter Malanoski has joined Glavé & Holmes as a Construction Administration Assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Richmond. Prior to that he studied architecture at Virginia Tech, and has worked for many years in residential construction. Peter worked most recently as a Teaching Assistant at the Faison Center for Autism. He has experience with AutoCad, SketchUp, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Peter’s hobbies include photography, furniture making, drawing, and writing.

Emely Taveras earns Richard L. Ford Jr. Award


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is proud to announce that Emely M. Taveras, AIA, has been honored with the 2018 Richard L. Ford Jr. Award from AIA Richmond.

The Richard L. Ford Jr. Award is considered the AIA Richmond Chapter’s highest award presented to a young architect, associate member, or intern. It is given in honor of one of the AIA Richmond Chapter’s leading and skillful mentors, Richard L. Ford, Jr. FAIA. Emely 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.

Since beginning her professional journey five years ago, Emely has made outstanding contributions to the profession and the industry. Emely joined Glavé & Holmes shortly after graduating from Andrews University with a Master of Architecture. She has participated in numerous organizations both professional and community-oriented. She is a founding member of designVA, an organization for young professionals who share a passion for architecture and design.

Emely was awarded a scholarship to be part of the 2017 Emerging Leaders in Architecture program by AIA Virginia. She recently became a registered architect in Virginia, and is working on becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. She remains proactive and seeks out opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Colonnade Renovation earns SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the Colonnade Renovation at Washington and Lee University received an Honor Award from the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture.

The project earned the Honor Award award in the Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation category. The jury selected eight Honor, eight Merit, five Honorable Mention and three Special Citation entries to award this year. Winning entries will appear on Society for College and University Planning’s web site, and profiled in the June issue of Learning By Design magazine.

Washington and Lee University’s front campus was designated a National Historic District in 1973, described by the Department of the Interior as “one of the most dignified and beautiful college campuses in the nation”. In the center stands the Colonnade, comprised of the five most iconic and interconnected buildings in the historic district: Washington, Payne, Robinson, Newcomb, and Tucker Halls. Glavé & Holmes was responsible for the phased rehabilitation of the Colonnade, which spanned eight years.

The Colonnade is deeply revered, making any change sensitive. However, restoring its vitality was paramount to the University: code deficiencies, inefficient infrastructure, and worn interiors reflected decades of use. Understanding the beloved nature of the buildings, the University established lofty goals for this undertaking. The renovation preserved the iconic character of each building, adhering to Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, while integrating technology in classrooms and collaboration spaces to enhance current, evolving pedagogies.

Members of the Colonnade renovation design team will be honored at the 2018 SCUP Annual Conference in Nashville on July 16. You can learn more about the award and the other honorees here.


G&HA announces new licensures

Glavé & Holmes Architecture would like to congratulate three of our employees on becoming a registered architects! They have passed all sections of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and officially earned the title.

_6195869095_cropJaclyn Miller, RA, Associate AIA, is now a licensed architect in Maryland. She graduated from Judson University with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Jaclyn is a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Cultural Studio and is currently working on the Robinson House at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and several ongoing projects at Gunston Hall.


John Reyna_cropJohn Reyna, RA, is now a licensed architect in Florida. He earned a Master of Architecture from University of Miami and a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina. John is currently working on the design for several multi-family and mixed-use projects as part of G&HA’s Urban Architecture Studio.


_8006038485Emely Taveras, RA, Associate AIA, NCARB, is now a licensed architect in Virginia. She graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture. Emely is a member of the Cultural Studio and is currently working on academic projects including the new Fine Arts Center at Christopher Newport University.