brwarchitects is on Houzz!

brwarchitects is on Houzz!

We are pleased to announce that brwarchitects has joined Houzz, an online platform dedicated to connecting homeowners with residential design professionals. Several useful features distinguish Houzz from other social media networks, including one we are using already: collaborating with our clients throughout the design process using IdeaBooks.

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repurposing suburban retail spaces at riverside medical plaza

repurposing suburban retail spaces at riverside medical plaza

The decline of big box stores and suburban shopping centers has left urban planners and developers with the dilemma of how to repurpose these large-footprint buildings. Not all attempts are successful: some conversions to town attractions or greenhouses lacked sustainability. The most successful examples of reuse have been in the public interest: community centers, libraries, churches, and medical plazas.

On Route 29 North, the former Riverside Center retail shopping center is currently under redevelopment, lead by developer Norm Brinkman with brwarchitects acting as design firm for the complex’s Building 1.

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brw welcomes whitney and gerardo

brw welcomes whitney and gerardo

Brw is pleased to welcome Whitney McDermott and Gerardo Hernandez to our design team.
Whitney is a Virginia native who studied civil engineering as an undergrad at the University of Virginia, and earned her Master of Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning in 2015. Gerardo earned his Masters of Architecture after an established career in design and construction management, and is a native Spanish speaker.

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brw recognized in bright horizons guild of architects

brw recognized in bright horizons guild of architects

brwarchitects has been recognized as one of eight national firms for the Bright Horizons Architects Guild for childcare and early education centers. These firms have an expertise in the design and creation of environments specifically for infants and very young children, whose needs and wishes are distinct from older children. These environments are designed to be aesthetically and ergonomically age- appropriate; to create healthful environments that inspire both creativity and safety; and to balance the needs of very young children with those of their adult caregivers. In collaboration with Bright Horizons, brwarchitects completed the design of the Sharon L. Hostler Child Development Center at the University of Virginia in 2014. Currently the firm is working with Bright Horizons on projects in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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hiring: intern architect

hiring: intern architect

brwarchitects is hiring architectural interns with 3 to 5 years of experience in design, detailing and production of small to mid-sized architectural projects.

We believe our design process holds the opportunity to tell a unique story for each of our clients, from the initial design through presentation, detailing and construction. This means an ideal candidate is proficient in presentation skills (both hand drawn and digital), production of contract documents (we use REVIT), and who is interested in continuing their involvement through the bidding and construction process. In this position, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including new homes, urban planning, early childhood development centers, commercial offices, interiors, and historic projects.

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city library addition in the news

city library addition in the news

“Libraries are the repositories not only of books, but of feelings. There’s the love of a good read, of course, but bookworms harbor other associations with libraries, too: discovery, solitude and the satisfaction of working hard. When architect Bruce Wardell and his colleagues were asked to design a library addition for a Charlottesville homeowner, they learned that their client wanted the new space to evoke just those kinds of emotions.”

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