We are listeners, facilitators, collaborators, and creative problem-solvers.

At brwarchitects, architecture tells the unique story of each client, congregation, or neighborhood. Whether urban lofts, historic renovation, or a Master Planning process, our design process is collaborative, flexible, and committed to creative, personalized solutions.

Bruce Wardell, AIA, IFRAA

Bruce Wardell, AIA, IFRAA

Principal

Bruce is founder and principal of brwarchitects. His work has been recognized by state and local AIA chapters for both design and community service. He has actively integrated community service into his practice of architecture, beginning with his role as Assistant Government Architect for the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga. He is a founding member and former Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, has served as President of AIA Central Virginia, and serves on the Architectural Review Board for Albemarle County.

Among his accomplishments are the first LEED-Silver certified Women’s Emergency Shelter in the nation, and landmark urban planning projects in Charlottesville’s downtown area such as The Belmont Lofts and The Crossings, a Single Room Occupancy shelter for formerly homeless residents. For the latter, Bruce was named Design Professional of the Year award from the City of Charlottesville.

Currently he is Co-Chair of the AIA National Subcommittee for Early Childhood Learning Environments, and serves on the Board for the Charlottesville arts nonprofit, New City Arts. Bruce has distinguished himself as a public leader whose skill in design is enhanced by a deep sensitivity to human relationships.

Kurt Keesecker, AIA

Kurt Keesecker, AIA

Senior Associate

Kurt is a licensed architect in both Virginia and New York with an interest in community focused infill projects and the relationship between private enterprise and public good. He enjoys gaining an understanding of each project in the context of its immediate surroundings as well as the broader community system of public spaces, urban forms, and connections.

Since 2009 he has served as a member of the City of Charlottesville Planning Commission, providing the opportunity to contribute the perspective of a citizen architect to the public discourse. The projects Kurt has enjoyed most in the past have achieved a delicate balance of private interest and public investment: The Hospice House, the Belmont Lofts, many local churches, and projects with institutional and non-profit clients including Martha Jefferson Hospital, the University of Virginia Community Credit Union, and AHIP. These projects have been able to address needs in our community that cannot be captured on a pro forma, and by doing so, they have added a rich value to the quality of life in Charlottesville and its surrounding communities.

Kurt, his wife Lia, and their three children make their home in a quiet corner of the Belmont neighborhood, where they enjoy walking across the Belmont Bridge for events in town or kicking a ball through the grass in the shade of their one large tree.

David Timmerman, AIA

David Timmerman, AIA

Architect

David has practiced architecture since 2003, designing and managing a diverse range of projects including campus, multi-use commercial, historic preservation and high end residential. Before receiving his MArch, he worked as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon and built banjos in a small shop. These experiences in craftsmanship and appreciating the wonder of the natural world continuously inform his work.

David is focused on the revelation of craft through detail, the reciprocal relationship between building and site, and implementation of sustainability though sensible passive design principals. Discovering connections with literature, rhetoric and art is an important part of the design process and a way to further enrich our history and place.

David has been involved in Big Brothers as well as Habitat for Humanity. Currently he is a member of the Historic Green Springs Association and supporter of Wild Virginia and the Old Growth Forest Network. In his spare time, David enjoys traveling, reading, strumming on his banjo and most of all spending time with his wife and three year old Beatrix.

Isaac Miller

Isaac Miller

Associate

Isaac graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with his M. Arch in 2012 and moved a year later to Charlottesville, where he began working for a local design/build firm. Isaac initially chose to pursue Architecture as an opportunity to design responsible and sustainable living environments.

Throughout his early years in Charlottesville Isaac learned firsthand the ins and outs of the building and construction process and grew to especially appreciate the intimate nature of residential construction and its opportunity for unique and interesting details.  It was this experience that helped round out his design education in his efforts to become a well-balanced designer and builder.

When Isaac isn’t working for BRW you can usually find him fixing up his house in Belmont, or building in his workshop.

Whitney McDermott

Whitney McDermott

Associate

Whitney grew up in Virginia, split between the woods of rural Piedmont, the waterways of the Tidewater, and the backyard oases of small town suburbia. Though the people and places of her upbringing are constantly on her mind, she moved to Charlottesville in 2005 to attend the University of Virginia and has embraced the city every since. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she went on to pursue graduate work and earned her Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning in 2013. During her career, Whitney developed an awareness of the intricate workings that define a place and its culture, and has strived to remain aware of and in awe of this beauty ever since. This awareness informs her approach to the built environment and to listening and engaging a place and—more importantly—its people during the design process.

Whitney also enjoys gardening with her husband, making silly collages that encourage smiling, and aspires to swim in the ocean, hike, and bike as much as possible.  

Gerardo Hernandez

Gerardo Hernandez

Associate

Gerardo is a native Spanish speaker, having been born and raised in Uruguay. Before earning his Masters in Architecture, Gerardo designed and managed steel fabrication for the construction industry. Some of the projects during his career include a project on the National Mall as well as the design and production of various complex steel structures for projects overseas. Through these experiences and others, Gerardo brings a valuable understanding about the construction of projects of various sizes and complexity to brwarchitects. He has also enjoyed designing residential and small commercial projects in Virginia, as well as being honored to be involved in Habitat for Humanity.

Gerardo has a strong interest in urban projects and sustainable design, and believes architects play a significant role in improving the wellbeing of the community. He enjoys working on a wide diversity of projects at brwarchitects, and understands each project delivers a unique opportunity to tell a story. He enjoys traveling with his wife as well as reading and drinking a good cup of coffee.

Karim Habbab

Karim Habbab

Associate

Karim moved to Charlottesville in 2011 from his hometown of Amman, Jordan, to attend the University of Virginia. The son of two architects, Karim grew up surrounded by design and architecture as he accompanied his parents to construction sites and spent much of his childhood in their office. Karim’s intrigue in design evolved into a current practice of designing spaces for people to inhabit and interact with, while striking a creative balance between aesthetics and functionality. Karim enjoys photography and traveling, as well as graphic design and swimming.

Leigh Miller

Leigh Miller

Associate

Leigh is a Virginia native, having grown up in the Shenandoah Valley. She is pursuing her PhD in the Constructed Environment at UVA with an emphasis on architectural history, focused on late 20th century American theory in architecture. Her current research reevaluates the role of linguistic post-structuralism in the Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition held at the MoMA in 1988. Leigh holds an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, a MArch from the Savanna College of Art and Design, and a BA in Art History from George Mason University. Other academic interests include the architecture of fantasy—from conceptual projects to virtual environments—and the role of the museum in shaping the intellectual agenda that mediates architectural practice. In her spare time, Leigh enjoys putzing around downtown Charlottesville and Belmont with her husband.

Cole Wardell

Cole Wardell

Office and Marketing Manager

Cole brings a background in nonprofit work, marketing and public relations, and graphic design to brwarchitects. After graduating from Kenyon College with a degree in English/Creative Writing, she spent several years focused on local food systems and affordable housing in Columbus, Ohio.

Bethany Pritchard

Bethany Pritchard

Bethany specializes in architectural computing technology and software, as well as IT support at brwarchitects. Bethany initiated the Charlottesville Revit Users Group and is helping to spearhead the BIM movement in the local architecture community. Her passion for functional and environmentally conscious design is influenced by the historic and rural indigenous architecture growing up in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

In addition to being a bit of a computer geek, Bethany is also an outdoor adventurist. She spends most weekends hiking, mountain biking, skiing, running, doing Pilates and playing / coaching soccer with her husband and son. She also makes glass beads and jewelry.

Awards

2013 Earthcraft Virginia Sustainable Leadership Award
(for The Crossings at 4th and Preston SRO housing)

2012 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Central Virginia AIA
(for The Crossings at 4th and Preston SRO housing)

2011 Eldon Fields Wood Design Professional of the Year
City of Charlottesville

2011 Annual Planning Award – Outstanding Sustainable Development
City of Charlottesville
(for “The Crossings at 4th and Preston” Single Resident Occupancy Housing)

2008 Annual Planning Award – Outstanding Sustainable Development
City of Charlottesville
(for Arch’s Frozen Yogurt)

2006 Design Excellence Award for Historic Preservation
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA
(for Hospice House)

2006 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA
(for Belmont Lofts)

2005 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA
(for Grace Episcopal Parish Hall)

2005 Herman Key, Jr. Access to the Disabled Award
City of Charlottesville
(for Belmont Lofts)

2005 Preservation Award for Historic Building Rehabilitation
City of Charlottesville
(for Hospice House)

2004 Honor Award for Design Excellence
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society Society AIA
(for St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall)

2004 Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Architecture
Virginia Society AIA
(for St Francis of Assisi Parish Hall)

2003 Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence and Commitment to Community
Virginia Society AIA

2002 Merit Award for Design Excellence
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA
(for Market Street Parking Garage Facade Renovation)

2002 Annual Planning Award for Outstanding Plan of Development
City of Charlottesville
(for Belmont Lofts)

2001 Competition Winner: CSX Urban Housing and Brownfield Redevelopment
City of Charlottesville, Belmont Neighborhood Association
(in collaboration with Stonehaus Development Company)

2001 Competition Winner: The Covenant School New Upper Campus
The Covenant School
(in collaboration with Boney Architects – Raleigh, NC)

1999 Community Service Award
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA

1998 Excellence in Architecture
Central Virginia Chapter of Virginia Society AIA
(for Temple Beth Israel)

1996 Preservation Honor Award
Alliance for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities — Thomas Jefferson District
(for Temple Beth Israel)

1996 Excellence in Masonry Design — Ecclesiastical/Institutional Work
Virginia Masonry Council
(for Temple Beth Israel)

1994 Honor Award
Virginia Society AIA
(for ‘Tower for Two Boys’)

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