Reflections on Charlottesville

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As fellow Virginians and Americans, we are deeply saddened and disturbed by the violence, bigotry, and hatred that were recently displayed in Charlottesville – a place many of us have called home at one time or another. We join with those who condemn the repugnant views of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and white supremacists, whose message attempts to sow fear and division among us.

The evil they espouse stands in direct contradiction to our firm’s mission of “elevating the human spirit.” As we serve our clients in cultural institutions and the arts, in higher education and government, in hospitality and community partnerships, we believe that design can bring people together and provide places for civil discourse, understanding, and sharing in the human experience. We don’t have all the answers, but the tragic events in Charlottesville remind us of the words of the New Testament, “Do not let evil conquer you, but use good to defeat evil.” (Romans 12:21).

As quoted above, our founder Jim Glavé spoke about the importance to cities of space devoted not to commerce or habitat, but to cultivating and enriching the human spirit. He believed that the institutions that build these spaces and structures provide a framework for civility, virtue, beauty, morality, and self-restraint. The actions of this past weekend have caused us to reaffirm our goals of creating architecture and design which promote a sense of unity, beauty, and care for all people.  Mindful that the journey is still before us, we are renewed in our dedication to create buildings and places which strengthen our community, our Commonwealth, and our country through nurturing shared values, common respect, and goodwill among all.

G&HA announces employee accomplishments, new hires

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) has a lot to be excited about this summer! We are pleased to announce one new licensure, three promotions, two new hires, and two summer interns!

Kate Hershey, RA passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in South Carolina. She has a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Chemistry from Clemson University. She is a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Urban Architecture Studio and is currently working on Shenandoah River Hall at Christopher Newport University.

Sebastian Meussling, AIA Int’l Associate, has been promoted from associate to senior associate. He has nearly two decades of design and project management experience. Sebastian has worked on several cultural projects including the Allen & Jeanette Early Center for Christian Worship, the Valentine Richmond History Center Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Virginia Historical Society. He is currently working on an addition to the Paul & Rosemary Trible Library at Christopher Newport University.

Edwin Holloway, AIA has been promoted to an associate. He serves as a key member of the Urban Architecture Studio and has managed a variety of projects, from high-end residential to museum additions. Edwin is currently managing new facilities for multiple higher education projects. In addition, he has been involved with a number of adaptive reuse and renovation projects including the Thomas Branch Building Renovation at Randolph-Macon College. He is dedicated to providing exemplary service to clients and passionate about the quality of his work.

John Spain, AIA, CDT has been promoted to an associate. John has served as a project manager/project architect in the Urban Architecture Studio for nearly a decade. He has a broad range of experience working with multi-family, mixed-use, and higher education facilities. He is knowledgeable of historic projects and projects in historic settings. Along with his neighborhood’s civic association, John has been engaged with an effort to re-balance traffic priorities on a historic, neighborhood main street. He is currently working on an expansion of the Regattas Dining Hall at Christopher Newport University.

Daniel Murrow is a new member of Glavé & Holmes’ Cultural Studio.  He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Planning. He also holds Minor in Psychology and Landscape Architecture.  Daniel previously worked with Commonwealth Architects.  He has been a member of the Alpha Rho Chi Architecture and Allied Arts Fraternity and the Urban Affairs & Planning Student Association at Virginia Tech. Daniel won an AIA Richmond Alice Lehman Sunday Prize Merit Award in 2016 for Presentation and an honorable mention in the Third Year Architecture + Design Competition in 2012.

Rachel Peterson is a new member of the firm’s Cultural Studio. She graduated from Judson University with her Bachelor of Architecture and will be completing her Preceptorship with our firm before returning to Judson for her Masters. Rachel most recently worked with Architectural Resources in Geneva, Illinois.  She is a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society and has been involved on an Architecture Faculty Search Committee at Judson.

Matson Roberts, Jr. has joined the Higher Education Studio as a summer intern.  Matson comes to our firm from John G. Waite Associates, where he has been since graduating from the University of Virginia with his Bachelor in Architecture.  He will be returning to the University of Virginia in the fall to pursue his Masters.  Matson also has a business certificate from UVA’s McIntire Business Institute.

Rachael Skolnekovich joined the Urban Architecture Studio as a summer intern. She is a rising fifth year student at Virginia Tech.  Rachael has previously interned at Wilmot Sanz Architecture and Planning in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was the recipient of the Steven & Cathi House Travel Award in 2015 and spent the fall of 2016 on the European Travel Abroad program.  She is a member of the AIAS Virginia Tech Chapter and the Sigma Kappa National Sorority.

G&HA makes 2017 ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firm list


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce we have been ranked on the 2017 ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms listing!

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic, a leading publication that recognizes architecture and engineering excellence, released the list June 19 with G&HA coming in at #84. The ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms list ranks the largest regional designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. Overall, the 108 participating firms from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia reported a total of $4.8 billion of revenue in the region, an 18.8% increase from last year’s ranking.

“Glavé & Holmes is thrilled to be recognized on this list alongside many of our distinguished peers,” said Randy Holmes, president of the firm. “It is such an honor to be among firms that we respect and often times collaborate with.”

For the official list, visit ENR’s website.

G&HA makes Top Architecture Firms list in Best of Virginia survey


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce that we were voted one of the Top Architecture Firms in Virginia Living’s Best of Virginia survey!

In January, more than 50,000 of people participated in Virginia Living’s sixth annual Best of Virginia Readers’ Survey. Participants voted in 106 categories for favorite places to eat, shop, and play throughout the Commonwealth.

This year’s 1,500 winners were presented in the Best of Virginia 2017 special issue, which hit newsstands in May. Best of Virginia 2017 is the guide to everything from the Best Outdoor Adventure in the Southwest and the Best Antiques in Eastern Virginia, to the Best Art Event in Northern Virginia, the Best Architecture Firm in the Central region.

“We are pleased to be recognized by locals and hope to continue making an impact on Virginia’s important structures,” said Randy Holmes, President of Glavé & Holmes Architecture.

Keep an eye out for the magazine or check back for the electronic listing on Virginia Living’s website.

G&HA earns Construction Specification Institute awards

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that we were honored with two awards from the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Middle Atlantic Region!

Glavé & Holmes was awarded the Organizational Certificate of Merit by the CSI Middle Atlantic Region. The firm received the award based on its dedication, commitment, and service to the Construction Specification Institute, particularly for its steadfast support to the Richmond Chapter and its proactive promotion of CSI’s Certifications.

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The winners were honored at the Middle Atlantic Conference in Pittsburgh on May 20.

G&HA welcomes two new hires

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce two new hires!

Scott Kyle_BWScott Kyle, AIA, LC, LEED AP has joined Glavé & Holmes’ Higher Education Studio. He has 19 years of experience in the industry and previously managed his own practice. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Architecture with a focus in Energy Systems & Design from Texas A&M University. He is a Registered Architect in Virginia, a Certified Lighting Designer, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has also recently become at Virginia Certified Master Naturalist. He has a passion for sustainability with involvement in many green initiatives including Richmond Green Drinks, In-Light, the Daily Planet, COTE, JRGBC. Scott’s portfolio ranges from high-efficiency LED lighting design to master planning, new school design to solar thermal/electric installations. Scott and his wife have also become proud stewards of an urban permaculture garden in the Museum District where they can be found most weekends.

J Wiseman_crop_bwJake Wiseman, AIA has joined Glavé & Holmes’ Hospitality Studio. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Auburn University. Jake worked most recently as a Senior Associate at Commonwealth Architects. With 18 years of experience, he has been involved in several prominent preservation projects and has experience with facilities in various market sectors, including multi-family, commercial, and healthcare. He has overseen projects ranging from 650 to more than 240,000 square feet with state and local agencies, as well as private developers. Jake is a registered architect in Virginia, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Jake is an avid runner and spends his free time as a Marathon Training Team Coach.

G&HA named Top Workplace for fourth year


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is honored to be recognized as a Top Workplace for the fourth year in a row.

Richmond Times-Dispatch and WorkplaceDynamics partnered for the Top Workplaces Program, which honors companies that have a great work environment. The results are based on employee surveys conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection.

Glavé & Holmes Architecture was one of 60 companies in the Great Richmond area to make the list. Our firm had a 93% response rate. According to feedback from the survey, our employees feel that Glavé & Holmes operates by strong values and ethics, and they believe that the firm is going in the right direction.

Richmond SHRM, a chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management, honored Richmond’s Top Workplaces at the Sterling Workplace Awards event May 4. Learn more about the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s list of Top Workplaces here.

Christopher Newport Hall receives John Russell Pope Award


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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.

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G&HA team members honored with 2017 AIA Richmond Awards

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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.