Welcome Baby Eliza


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.

Residential Front Entry

Embracing Its Place: An Arts and Crafts estate branches out from tradition


Erika Howsare, Abode (March 2015)

In architecture, to honor tradition is no simple matter. But the land is a good place to start. Whatever materials are native to the site can become an indelible link between building and ground. Such was one of the goals at Green Mountain Station, where the Van Clief family has just settled into a brand-new house that nods to many different traditions, and its bucolic site, too.


Photography: Virginia Hamrick

Bruce new portrait

Start to Finish: Checking in with Architect Bruce Wardell


Cville.com (January 2014)

We asked brwarchitects principal Bruce Wardell to give us insight into the state of architecture in the area, what inspires him, and why he chooses to practice in Virginia. Here’s what he had to say.



brw welcomes David Timmerman


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 becomes Deacon


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 Presenting at Conference

Leigh Hilton to present paper


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&ltemid=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.



Carl places 2nd in Charlottesville Marathon!

Carl Schwarz places 2nd in Charlottesville Marathon


We want to give a shout out to our very own Carl Schwarz who ran just over a six minute mile to place 2nd in the 2014 Charlottesville Marathon. Congratulations Carl!


The Crossings empowers VSH to aid formerly-homeless


In an excerpt from the Virginia Supportive Housing’s Summer 2013 Newsletter, homelessness in Virginia has declined 16% in the past three years, due in part to a shift from focusing on short-term shelter to focusing on permanent housing through facilities such as The Crossings at Fourth and Preston in Charlottesville.

“Governor Robert McDonnell recently announced that overall homelessness in Virginia has declined 16% from 2010 to 2013. These numbers come from data compiled by local Continuum of Care groups across the state and compiled by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. That’s great news. Even better is the fact that the reduction in homelessness is due to the shift from managing homelessness with short term sheltering to long-term solutions like permanent, supportive housing.”

Congratulations to VSH for their hard work to end homelessness!

NEWS-SPC Phase-One

Developing Plans for New Sanctuary


We are pleased to announce the continuation of one of our ecclesiastical Master Planning projects. After months of working with the building committee and church leadership to develop a comprehensive Master Plan, the building committee has been approved to begin developing the first phase of construction. brwa is pleased to be developing the new sanctuary for this congregation, to enhance the hospitality for which this congregation is known.


EarthCraft Virginia Sustainable Leadership Awards


The Sustainable Leadership Awards is EarthCraft Virginia’s signature event to recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals drawing over 150 individuals. For 2013, The Crossings at 4th and Preston won the award for “Multifamily New Construction Project of the Year.” This is a great achievement, and we are very proud of this accomplishment and our collaboration with Virginia Supportive Housing.