Adrienne Stronge grew up in the small town of West Point, VA, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg. She moved to Charlottesville in 2002 to attend the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, fell in love with the area, and has been here ever since.
While at UVA, Adrienne participated in the ecoMOD studio’s second project, a Habitat For Humanity home in an area of Mississippi that had been recently decimated by hurricane Katrina. Before, during, and after design, Adrienne made trips to not only visit the site, but also to do construction-related relief work in New Orleans and Mississippi. The ecoMOD studio won multiple design-related awards for the finished product, a small-footprint, modular home with a lot of personality.
Adrienne has always been a hard worker with a diverse resume. She has worked as a day camp counsellor, a Subway manager, a bank teller for UVA Credit Union and Baylands FCU, a hostess / waitress at Legends Brewery and Timberwood Grill, an IT recruiter, a real estate assistant, and a buyer / cashier for the art and architecture store at UVA.
Adrienne joined The Gaines Group in June, 2006, just after graduating with her BS in Architecture. She earned her LEED AP shortly after joining the team, which has made her an asset on our LEED certified projects. Adrienne has a special interest in accessible design and designing for aging-in-place thanks to her father-in-law who has been confined to a wheelchair since a young age, due to MS. Watching him struggle to complete basic tasks due to design issues is frustrating, knowing that these situations can be easily addressed through good design decisions.
Adrienne serves on the board of CSI, the Construction Specifications Institute, and has won numerous awards for her graphic design work on their publications.
Adrienne lives at Lake Monticello with her husband, Andrew, and their three rescue pups. Adrienne and Andrew operate an illustration and graphic design business, Stronge Designs, which has a strong focus on Andrew’s creative art style. They exhibit Andrew’s work at many different venues around the state and beyond. They enjoy travel, exploring the outdoors, and seeking out additions to their robot, screen print, and vinyl toy collections.