Hiring Architectural Associate / Design Professional

Hiring Architectural Associate / Design Professional

Attention Architects and Interior Designers, we are looking for community-focused team members to join our growing team. Gaines Group Architects, an award-winning design firm, continues to grow and we are looking for additional architectural graduates to add to our team. If you are just getting ready to graduate or 5+ years of experience and would enjoy a firm that is dedicated to design that builds stronger communities, please reach out to us. We have positions open in both Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.

Depot Harrisonburg

The architectural designer position will serve to support the development of all types and styles of projects with a focus on healthy, energy-efficient, and durable design solutions. You will get experience in all phases of design as well as client relationship building. We collaborate on everything in our office and work as a team on all projects.

We are looking for someone dedicated to community service that loves all types and styles of architecture. We will help you along the way to learn and grow as a designer. A strong applicant will have a desire to understand building science and constructability of all project types.


We are more interested in finding the right addition to our team than in a particular skill set.

Send your resume and portfolio to Charles@thegainesgroup.com

Tasks you may do on a typical day:

  • Construction Documents
  • Rendering
  • Client meetings
  • Job site visits
  • Field Verification

Required Qualifications:

  • Architectural or Interior Design degree from an accredited university
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe, and Sketch-up
  • Reliable, self-motivated, independent, adaptable, and versatile with an enthusiastic collaborative spirit.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and Acrobat.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills with exacting attention to detail.
  • An ability to manage multiple priorities and diverse responsibilities.
  • Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of construction documents and the design and construction processes.

With 36 years of experience in Virginia, this award-winning architecture and interior design firm works hard to deliver excellent service at an affordable price. With offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, Gaines Group Architects can serve design needs anywhere in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or North Carolina. Constantly looking for the best answer, we work tirelessly to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices in the construction industry. We believe strongly in being in service to our community and the right person for this position will share that passion.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Based on Experience

Send your resume and portfolio to Charles@thegainesgroup.com

Historic Farmhouse Renovation in Luray

Almost at the end of a dead end road overlooking the South Fork River a beautiful historic farmhouse was deteriorating. The structure had seem many renovations over the years for what I could imagine was a growing family that enjoyed the beautiful setting. A storage room was added, a kitchen was “fit” into a space, some outdoor decks to enjoy the views – but there was never a holistic plan to preserve the beauty and make the home efficient and comfortable. As many of these historic farmhouses do over time, it lost its luster and the owners just could not maintain it anymore. Our clients however, fell in love with the beauty and purchased it with a goal of bringing it back to life and restoring the former beauty. I am pleased to say that this historic farmhouse renovation in Luray is well underway.

Our clients have worked hard to balance the costs of renovation while thinking through the building science impacts of an old house. You cannot just “add insulation” for instance without thinking through the impacts of such a decision. Sealing up a house that is used to being able to dry out can be very hazardous to the existing old and very dry structural members. You have to protect the old bones while working to make the home comfortable and durable for many years to come. You also run into those past decisions that are now a challenge to handle, like the wet crawl space caused by a new deck and poor grading or a buried cistern that is now under part of the house that was added without thoughts to how that impacts everything.

We were able to design a functional addition that will blend well with the historic structure, but also consult with the builder, home owners, and insulation contractor on how to deliver the goal of preserving the house on a budget. There is not one right answer that will solve all the issues and not all right answers are right for every home. It takes a team to get it just right and we are thrilled to be part of the team working on this historic farmhouse renovation.

Gaines Group Architects Elevates New Partners

Gaines Group Architects has elevated four new partners to the leadership of the firm: James Halstead, Deborah Smith, Adrienne Stronge, and Paul Tassell. They join Raymond Gaines and Charles Hendricks in the leadership of the firm. Raymond founded the business in 1987 and Charles joined as a partner in 2008. This leadership expansion provides resiliency and stability. Charles says, “This is a huge step forward for the business allowing us to better serve our communities. I am very excited to continue to work with each of our new partners for many years to come. Ray has set up an incredible partnership model for how to do business as friends while serving others. This was an obvious next evolution for the firm.”

Learn more about James here: James Halstead

Learn more about Deborah Smith here: Deborah Smith

Learn more about Adrienne Stronge here: Adrienne Stronge

Learn more about Paul Tassell here: Paul Tassell

About the firm: Gaines Group Architects is a firm that has a commitment to designing for the future. We have assembled a remarkably talented and experienced team of professionals to pull all building elements into a single elegant and functional design. Integrity, budget control, effective and timely communication, and a thorough knowledge of current technology, construction methods, and materials turn our promise and your dream into a delightful reality.

Mission statementGaines Group Architects is committed to designing for the future and having a positive impact on the lives of the people who live and work in the communities we serve.

Why we do it: Because we want our clients to have comfortable beautiful healthy spaces to live, play, and work.

Celebrating 2022 Architecture Fun!

We loved celebrating together in 2022 all the architecture fun things, special days, and events! We are a small team and many of us have been together for many years understanding the overall goals of the firm and joining together to achieve them. We look for ways to infuse fun into every project while supporting our community and each other.

This year several of us kicked off the new year by attending the Young Architect Winter Series. This gathering of like minded designers focused on making us better people so we can be the best architects possible. Read more here.

Young Architect

January 26 marked National Shelfie Day – see what we have on our shelfs here.


February 9th we joined together to celebrate #NationalPizzaDay by sharing some slices.

February 17th we celebrated kindness on #nationalactsofkindnessday

March 8th we celebrated the women of the firm on #internationalwomensday including Adrienne, Deborah, Annie, and Maggie

In April we celebrated the beautiful spring weather by playing in the Eastern Mennonite School golf tournament.

May 7 we celebrated #NationalTrainday at the Depot by remembering Tinky Bryant.

May 15th we celebrated James for #nationalpoliceweek

June 17th #nationalmascotday, want to see Charles with the Virginia Tech mascot – a lot of people requested it.

In June, the Harrisonburg Urban Forestry Program partnered with Rocktown Urban wood to host a birdhouse build day and we had the chance to design the birdhouse!

In June we celebrated Deborah’s graduation from the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Leadership traning program: leadership graduation

June 21 we looked back at some of our projects that feature amazing natural lighting #NationalDaylightAppreciation

At the end of June we all gathered to wish Roger well in his retirement.

In September several of us attended the Fan the Flame Auction to support our client Eastern Mennonite School.

In September we were able to support Big Brother Big Sisters by playing a round of mini-golf together.

Charles joined other Rotarians to assist with a Give Solar barn raising in September.

Sept 16 Many of us in the office balance being parents and architects and this marked the day to celebrate #NationalWorkingParents

Each month of the years from March – December we celebrate local arts with our First Friday gallery openings.

August marked the return of the Sing me high festival hosted at the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center – another of our clients.

Oct 3 was #worldarchitectureday and we celebrated healthy and happy designs that build a better future for all.

In October we joined the Rocktown Energy Fair to help cut our community carbon footprint and share energy efficiency strategies with the community.

October featured #teamErika, the team we sponsored for Fake Singing, Real People, supporting a great cause: Any Given Child.

WMRA Book and Brews is held at Pale Fire Brewing company and we sponsor the event. We have had some amazing authors.

We sponsor the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale each year and Deborah volunteers! So much good food for a good cause.

October Charles joined the EMS We Serve club to pick up trash along Rt. 42.

We had plenty of opportunities to learn more from industry expects while sharing lunch.

The Pints for Polio event was a great time to come together to support Rockingham Rotary Club and help fund Polio vaccinations around the world.

Oct 15 was #universalmusicday and we all shared what we were listening to with Annie compiling it into one playlist.

We also got to visit a Job site this Fall while getting some photos of this beautiful home we designed.

HDR’s Celebration this year took place in November celebrating many incredible people and projects supporting downtown.

November featured a tour of Explore More Museum.

Dec 23 we aired our grievances to celebrate Festivus

December Charles stuffed stockings with EMS We Serve club.

Christmas at the Depot was an amazing party again this year!

Finally in late December we all came together for a party with our families! It was a really good year and this was a really good way to celebrate it!

Construction progress highlights this year

We have had some pretty awesome projects come up out of the ground this year. While it is super fun to design a home or business, there is nothing better than seeing the design take physical form and the parts become a whole. Check out some construction progress highlights this year in the below projects.

This house on Afton Mountain is the first in a series of homes in the same neighborhood. It features amazing views and traditional details. Click here to see photos. Blue Ridge Mountain Home

An amazing home with amazing views, this modern cottage is incredible. Click here to see photos. Muddy Creek Modern House.

We don’t just do houses, we have a lot of commercial projects on our resume including this addition to the Petro truckstop in Raphine. If you have not stopped to shop, you should. Click here to see photos. Petro 2 Addition and Renovation.

We love supporting Habitat for Humanity in their mission to mentor and empower home ownership. Click here to see photos of the New River Valley Habitat for Humanity project.

Our Ruckersville multifamily project started taking shape this year and the clubhouse is incredible. Click here to see photos of The Knoll.

There is something special about loving a historic home. This one had lost its porch and we were able to design a new “old” one to bring this lady back to life. Click here to see photos of the Historic Minor-Nelson House here.

We do love to save old buildings and Deering Hall is an important one in the history of Broadway Virginia. Click here to see photos of this renovation project.

minor nelson house

Our design for a cabin in the mountains of West Virginia is design for gathering of family and friends. Click here to see photos of this cabin project.

On top of Afton we have a modern home design finishing up and it is looking very cool. Click here to see photos of this modern beauty.

This Winchester community continues to take shape and save trees. Click here to see photos of this project.

A home designed for family and connection to outdoor entertainment space is taking shape on a hilltop in Rockingham County. Click here to see photos.

A cabin retreat that needed a little more space and an updated kitchen over in Luray is just finishing. Click here to see photos.

Needing a little more space we were asked to design a detached barn and workshop in Shenandoah County. Click here for photos.