Christopher Newport Hall receives John Russell Pope Award


Photo by Virginia Hamrick Photography

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce the firm received a John Russell Pope Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for the design of Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University.

Christopher Newport Hall won the award in the Civic and Institutional Design Category. The 82,000 square foot building is located at the gateway to the heart of campus. The grand staircase, stately dome and columned drum raise the aesthetic above the surrounding structures. Positioned to be the most honorific building of campus, the Corinthian order is employed, which is a step above the lower orders incorporated on previous structures on the Great Lawn.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter’s John Russell Pope Awards celebrate excellence in classical architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. The awards are named for John Russell Pope, best known as the architect of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid-Atlantic region.

Some of thembers of the Christopher Newport Hall design team were honored at the 2017 John Russell Pope Awards Ceremony at the Cosmos Club on April 21. To learn more about the John Russell Pope award and see the other recipients, visit the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s website.

award ceremony


G&HA team members honored with 2017 AIA Richmond Awards

Sunday Prize

Photos by Michael Peterson of Ionic DeZign Studios, Richmond

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce that Smitty Lynch and Kate Hershey both earned Alice Lehman Sunday Prize awards from the AIA Richmond Chapter.

Kate Hershey, Associate AIA, earned an award for her drawings of a Grove Avenue building in the Construction Documents category.

Smitty Lynch, ASAI, Associate AIA, was recognized for two of his submissions – one in the Sketch category for his submission entitled “Sketch from Imagination” and one in the Presentation category for his digital illustration of The Carillon.

As part of the 2017 Architecture Week, Kate and Smitty were honored at the AIA Richmond Honors and Awards event at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design on Thursday, April 13.

G&HA celebrates employee accomplishment, new hires

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce two new hires and a new accomplishment for one of our employees!

photo1_bwStephen Hershey passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in Virginia. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and his Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Stephen worked on the recently completed Alumni House at Christopher Newport University and is currently working on a new academic building at Longwood University.

LB3 BWLisa Bricker joined the Cultural Studio as a Project Manager/Project Architect.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has experience with historic rehabilitation, restoration, and renovation projects. Lisa most recently worked at Commonwealth Architects and previously as a Historic Preservation Intern at Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives in North Carolina.  She is well-versed in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and has conducted intensive architectural surveys, historic structures reports, and National Register Nominations. She is a recently licensed Architect and was a 2015 recipient of the AIA Richmond Sunday Prize Honor Award. Lisa is currently working on the renovation of Norman Hall at the University of Florida.

IMG_0308_bwBridget Ficaretta joined the Interior Design Studio as an Intern. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Bridget has worked with CREATIVE, Middle of Broad Studio, and Hanover Avenue. She has experience working on large inventories of furniture, management of small teams, and creating way-finding signage. Bridget is a member of American Society of Interior Designers, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee. She was also the recipient of the Hamilton-Field Interior Design Scholarship for two years.

JHG4_Headshot BWJosh Hadley-Goggin joined the Higher Education Studio as an Intern Architect. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  After graduation he moved abroad and assisted in the completion of the expansion project of La Finca Young Life Camp in Nicaragua.  Prior to that, he had internships with SMBW, Peter Post Restoration, and Stantec. He is an Associate AIA member. Josh is currently working on the renovation of Wilson Hall at James Madison University.



Lori Garrett elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is thrilled to announce Lori Garrett has been elevated by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows.

Lori Garrett, FAIA, LEED Green Associate, was one of 178 architects to receive the honor this year. Fellowship is the highest membership honor bestowed by the AIA, with approximately three percent of the AIA’s 88,000+ members having this distinction. It recognizes exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

Lori’s commitment to transforming higher education through contextual design, preserving campus heritage and sustainability, and advancing engaged learning led to her nomination for Fellowship. After joining Glavé & Holmes in 2003 as an associate, Garrett quickly rose to leadership. She helped lead the firm’s work with Higher Education clients to become the top revenue producing market for Glavé & Holmes. She was named a principal in 2005, and in 2007, she became the first female owner in the firm’s history. During her leadership tenure, the firm rose from 28 to 60 employees.

Both locally and nationally, Lori has made a strong effort to reduce the obstacles faced by the diverse and emerging members in the architecture industry. After creating Richmond Women in Design – a group that has grown to over 250 women – she went on to assist in the formation of Virginia Women in Design, a Knowledge Community of AIA Virginia. Garrett also currently serves on the AIA Diversity Council.

The College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony will take place in Orlando, Florida on April 28 as part of this year’s National AIA Convention. See the full list of 2017 Fellows from the AIA here.

“We are proud to have such an influential person as part of our firm, and we know Lori will continue to inspire and change the world around her for the better,” Glavé & Holmes President Randy Holmes said.


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.