brw-new city arts

Bruce Joins New City Arts Board of Directors


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.

Bernard Tschumi - Parc de la Villette

Leigh Miller Accepted to U.Va PhD Program


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.


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.


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

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.


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.”