Richmond Hill Restoration

Glavé & Holmes performed a historic structures report in 2017 for the historic monastic complex known as Richmond Hill. This report has begun a restoration of the organization’s 42,000-square-foot building and its surrounding 2.1-acre campus in Richmond, Virginia.

Richard Adams House, Monte Maria Convent, before 1893.

45.15.267 Monte Maria Convent between 21st and 22nd - Valentine Collection

The hill-top location, first developed in the 1780s, became the site of several architecturally significant houses. These were adapted in the 1860s as a school and convent operated by the Catholic Sisters of the Visitation. After years of occupation and several building campaigns, including construction of a chapel and dormitory, the sisters moved to a new location, providing an opportunity for the ecumenical Richmond Hill community to purchase and thoroughly rehabilitate the complex and its walled garden.

Read the full article about this building’s history and restoration process HERE.


Robinson House Rehabilitation

Congrats to the Cultural Studio for their work on the VMFA Robinson House Rehabilitation.  “For 20 years it was vacant and used for storage, until we rehabilitated the building and brought it back to life.” -Steven Blashfield, Cultural Studio Director

Read the full article about this building’s rehabilitation as a gallery and tourist center in Richmond, Virginia HERE.

Westhampton School Development lands Spider Management as first office tenant

Congrats to the Urban Architecture Studio on the recent updates to the Westhampton School Development! Spider Management, an investment firm owned by the University of Richmond, recently leased the entire top floor of this project. We are happy to see the mixed-use residential, office, and retail spaces as well as a Bon Secours medical facility, begin to take shape with plans for the school building to be complete in December.

Read the full article HERE

How to bring historic buildings new life and purpose

Given the current health and safety concerns among students, their parents, faculty, staff and administrators, universities are rightly adjusting campus and facility plans. Read insights from Susan Reed, our Director of Historic Preservation about how to bring historic buildings new life and purpose on university campuses.

Read the full article HERE

As a society, we can and must do better.

In the past week, we’ve seen and heard a rising chorus of voices shouting against the evils of racism and systemic oppression. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and others who are fighting against racism, inequity, and oppression in our communities and throughout the country. Glavé & Holmes Architecture believes in elevating the human spirit. Our collective spirit can’t be fully realized or elevated until we’ve dismantled systems of oppression. As a firm, we are committed to listening, learning, advocating for social justice, and helping to build a more equitable and inclusive future. As a society, we can and must do better.

Rehabbing the Future

Susan Reed, AIA, NCARB, shares how Glavé & Holmes Architecture is preparing for a wave of restoration and rehabilitation work though its new Historic Preservation studio in this interview from Katherine Flynn at Architect Magazine. 

This article features recent projects at James Madison University’s Wilson Hall and the University of Richmond’s North Court. 

Read the digital publication here…

Glavé & Holmes Architecture Launches New Studio Focused on Historic Preservation

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.

G&HA announces new hire, employee accomplishments


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to welcome a new hire and to recognize three staff members for recent accomplishments.

Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, joined the firm’s Higher Education Studio as a Project Architect. He earned his B.Arch and MS in Architecture degrees from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with specialization in American architecture in the long nineteenth century. He is a licensed architect in Virginia and has worked on various higher education projects in the Commonwealth. Before joining the firm, Fred taught as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University and was a visiting scholar for two summers at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Andrew Moore, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, has been appointed to the Capitol Square Preservation Council for a three-year term.  The Council is charged with the planning and reviewing of projects that affect the State Capitol, its historic artifacts, other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square, and the landscape and archaeological features of Capitol Square. Created by the General Assembly in 1999, the Council is established in the legislative branch of state government and consists of 13 individuals with expertise in art, architecture, landscape architecture, history, preservation, and administration.

Erika Malinoski, AIA, is now a LEED Green Associate. A LEED credential represents proficiency in current sustainable design, construction, and operations standards. The LEED Green Associate exam measures general knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects. G&HA now has 17 LEED professionals on staff to assist our clients in sustainable design practices.

Winnie Sung, AIA, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C, has recently joined the Construction Specification Institute’s National Knowledge Committee. The committee analyzes industry trends and assists the CSI learning team in creating resources to help construction project teams work more effectively and efficiently. Winnie is the firm’s Director of Quality and has been contributing to the CSI Richmond Chapter since 2011.


G&HA team members honored with 2019 AIA Richmond Awards

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce Jeanne LeFever, Kalee Hartman, and J.B. Elko have all received awards from the AIA Richmond Chapter.

Jeanne LeFever 2015

Jeanne LeFever, AIA, CDFA, was awarded the Marcellus Wright Jr. Award, which is considered the AIA Richmond Chapter’s highest individual award. The award is presented to a long time Chapter member who has demonstrated continuous service to the profession through his or her work. It was created in honor of one of the Chapter’s founding members, Marcellus Wright Jr., and is based on nominations by the Honors Committee.

Kalee Hartman, Associate AIA, and J.B. Elko, earned the Alice Lehman Sunday Prize Merit Award in the Technical Drawings category. They collaborated on the drawings for a private residence in Williamsburg, showing details from fireplaces to library bookcases. Entries were judged on the ability to clearly and efficiently communicate information to an audience.

As part of AIA Richmond’s 2019 Architecture Month, all three individuals were recognized at the Honors and Awards event at the Virginia War Memorial on April 23.

Hayes becomes licensed architect



Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that Tim Hayes is now a licensed architect in Virginia.

Timothy J. Hayes, Jr., AIA, is in the firm’s Cultural Studio. He has an A.B. in Classics from the College of Charleston with concentrations in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, along with a Master of Architecture from the University of Miami. In addition to historic preservation, he has brought the University of Miami’s urban planning expertise developed under Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk to Glavé & Holmes with work on projects like the ONE VCU Master Plan and Science Museum of Virginia Master Plan. Tim is currently serving as Project Architect for the renovation of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center, which is scheduled to open this Fall.