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

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  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.


brwarchitects receives Excellence in Design Award


At a September reception here in Charlottesville, The Central Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has recognized the office of brwarchitects with their Honor Award for Design Excellence for The Crossings at 4th and Preston. This building is a Single Resident Occupancy facility designed for Virginia Supportive Housing. Half of the 60 single rooms have been designated  for formerly homeless individuals in the Charlottesville area with the other half serving residents with incomes below 50% of the area median income. Over 20% of the building’s energy needs are satisfied from photovoltaic panels.  Solar hot water is used throughout the entire facility  and is controlled by an integrated energy management system. The jury,  comprised of  AIA members from NYC, Germany  and the University of Virginia, had this to say about the design:

“This project presents a housing block with a social mission that reinforces the density and urbanity of an important corner in Charlottesville. The solution is careful in the selection of the materials and clearly refuses to replicate historic patterns to establish a contextual framework. The steel I-beams frame the blue tile fabric in a classical modern gesture to create shelters and entrances. The jury was most impressed with the expression of the building that houses the public programs at the corner of 4th and Preston….. The program and the rigor of the layout is worthy of special consideration. The clarity and contemporary expression in the implementation of this culturally important program shows an important path in the re-densification and the advancement of a more sustainable city.”




brwarchitects is pleased to announce that Carl Schwarz and Natalie Feaver have completed their journey to Professional Licensure.  For Architects, this process includes a Masters Degree in Architecture, an Intern Development Program (IDP), minimum of three years, and finally, completion of seven Architectural Registration Exams (ARE).  With these accomplishments, brwa now proudly boasts five registered architects on staff.  Congratulations to both!




Rachel Ryan, (10 April 2012)

The Crossings at Fourth and Preston held it’s grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning. For many residents getting keys, it’s a dream come true.

“This is the first time in my life I’ve had a place of my own,” said an ecstatic David Taylor. “Being homeless, I’ve slept here and slept there and stayed with different people at different times.”

Now Taylor will have his own studio apartment, complete with a twin bed, a dresser, a bathroom and even a small kitchenette. For man residents, it also offers a new beginning.

Organizers with Virginia Supportive Housing say The Crossings is a solution to the lack of affordable housing options in the area.





This  new residence, carefully situated on an expansive lot in pastoral Keene, Virginia, is nearing completion.  The commencement of the construction has been gratifying for the design team, the contractor Matt Robb, and the Owners as the product of their collective efforts over a lengthy and deliberate design phase begins to manifest itself in the landscape.

Designed using the principals and august materials of the Arts and Crafts tradition, the houses contemporary building systems includes sustainable technologies such as a geothermal mechanical system and insolated concrete foam block (ICF) walls.

The mild winter has enabled the site preparation, excavation, and construction for the 10,000 square foot home.