In his own words:
“Sitting by drafting boards since I was 3 years old, and drawing floor plans by grade 3, I was attracted to architecture from a very early age. As I grew older I looked forward to an opportunity to be creative and challenge myself in that regards, whether it be a hypothetical fantastical project in a Virginia ghost town, or a residential building in an alley way in Berlin. Challenging my creativity is what drives me to better myself. Design has always been a part of who I am as I re-imagined space around me, and I am always interested in learning new things and broadening my horizons.”
Karim is a graduate from the undergraduate architecture program at UVA and is currently working toward licensure.
Construction has been ongoing for a year now on Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. The renovation of the existing building has completed, and church staff is moving into the offices and enjoying newly modified accessible facilities. The Sanctuary Addition is nearing substantial completion later this month. The addition includes a new sanctuary for 500 people, a Gathering Hall for fellowship, and a front porch and courtyard for outdoor activities. The sanctuary interior features exposed glue-lam trusses and a cupola, bringing one’s gaze heaven-ward in the worship space. From the exterior, the addition reflects the scale and style of the residential neighborhood while remaining capable of holding larger community gatherings.
brwarchitects has a longstanding reputation of working cooperatively with religious congregations throughout the planning process, ensuring that both historic renovations and new facilities result in a sense of communal ownership and shared space. After a summer of significant preliminary work with an ad hoc Design Committee at RE Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, we focused on incorporating Parish input and feedback at a meeting on September 27.
In addition to visiting working in beautiful Lexington, Virginia, we look forward to using our extensive experience with historic places to renovate the Parish House and create updated space for the music ministry at the church. The project also enhances the relationship between Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, whose students and cadets congregate together at the Church.
Nestled in the valley below Monticello, off Avon Extended, the Faith Temple Church congregation has been flourishing and doing good for the community. With an ever-strengthening ministry and increasing size, the Church is now at a point where they need more space to accommodate the current congregation as well as anticipated growth. BRW Architects is excited to be in the preliminary stages of design for a new Sanctuary addition that will serve the hopes and dreams of this thriving community.
Modifications to the original structure (undertaken before Faith Temple arrived) have left the building in a somewhat compromised state. While this is not a restoration project, we anticipate a progressive design that will encompass and enhance the condition of the older structure with a new façade. Though still in the early stages, BRW and Pastor Louise Wright have discussed creative ways in which to transform the site and existing structure into a updated religious space that is both spatially beautiful and functionally state of the art.
brw Principle Bruce Wardell has joined the Board of Directors for New City Arts, a collaborative non-profit fostering engagement with the arts in the greater Charlottesville area. In addition to facilitating creative events and spaces, and hosting artists-in-residence, the organization hosts Charlottesville SOUP, a public dinner series to support creative projects and artists in the Charlottesville community. Bruce is a member of the leadership team for Charlottesville SOUP, which most recently selected four local artists to support financially.
We’re excited to announce that Leigh Miller will be entering the University of Virginia’s Ph.D program in Constructed Environment in the fall of 2015. The program, officially housed under the Architectural History department, is intended to foster interdisciplinary research.
Leigh’s focus will be on late 20th century American work, and will use her existing research on the Museum of Modern Art’s Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition of 1988 as a starting point to explore the role of technology and the crisis of the object.
Megan and her husband, Michael, welcomed their baby daughter, Eliza, into the world late last November. She weighed 7 lbs, 12 oz and was 21 inches long. Both mom and baby were healthy and all went well. Eliza has brought so much happiness and joy into Megan and Michael’s world.
Now a little over 5 months old, Eliza is enjoying exploring everything around her, trying to learn to crawl and tasting her first baby foods. Megan returned to the office from maternity leave in early February. She is in the office now between 30 and 35 hours a week and she looks forward to jumping right back into projects with all the BRW team.
David comes to BRW with a wide variety of experiences. He has practiced architecture since 2003, designing and managing a diverse range of projects including campus, multi-use commercial, historic preservation and high end residential. David is focused on the revelation of craft through detail, the reciprocal relationship between building and site, and implementation of sustainability through sensible passive design principals.
David is interested in the “poetics’ of space and form. His thesis, resulting in a vision for the Bethlehem Steel Mill, revolved around the interdisciplinary nature of Architecture. 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.
Before receiving his MArch, David worked as a raft guide in the Grand Canyon and built banjos in a small shop. He is always impressed how these experiences in craftsmanship, and appreciating the wonder of the natural world, continuously inform his work.
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 spending time traveling, reading, strumming his banjo and most of all, spending time with his wife, Jessie, and one year old daughter, Beatrix.
Megan recently became a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. She was very honored to be considered for this important role in the church and in the community. She has also become involved with the Evangelism Committee, helping with projects, such as signage and making the interior of the church more welcoming to parishioners. You might also see her as a Lay Liturgist or as an usher there on Sunday mornings. She and her husband, Michael, also volunteer with the Senior High youth group which has become one of their favorite Sunday night activities. After participating last summer in the church’s multigenerational mission trip to some nearby areas, she and Michael hope to become more involved in the future mission trips as well. Thank you for all that you do Megan!
Leigh Hilton is working on her MA in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where she’ll graduate, Spring 2015. Her thesis is A Historiographic Evaluation of the Literature Surrounding the 1988 Deconstructivist Architecture Exhibition at the MoMA. She’s looking to follow that with a Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment.
She will be presenting a paper at a conference in late May, and is part of a symposium called “The Authentic Renovated.” Her paper will be included in the publication proceedings later this year. More information can be found at http://www.edra.org/content/edra45neworleans.
Leigh is also very excited to be working as a TA this summer at the Newport RI Summer School for Richard Guy Wilson, renowned scholar, noted author, and chair of the Department of Architectural history at the University of Virginia. See http://victoriansociety.org/index.php?option=com content&view=article&id=126<emid=90.
In her ‘spare’ time, brw is thrilled that Leigh manages some part time hours at the office during the school year, and we look forward to having her full time, again, this summer.