Service to others is the core reason to be an Architect

“Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary.” ~ Samuel Mockbee

As an architect we have been trained to use our imagination to solve problems. This of course works when designing buildings. We create structures that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable to benefit future generations as well as current occupants. We design buildings that enhance a site and offers aesthetic beauty. However, as an architect, our work does not stop at just buildings, we have an obligation to our community to design solutions to benefit everyone.

As architects we have the training to see solutions on a larger scale and offer holistic solutions. As architects it is our duty to be in service to others in every aspect of life using this training. There are many ways to serve the community – teaching, design, public service, mentoring, and volunteering with community organizations. I am proud to see the tradition of volunteerism that Ray embraces has resulted in our entire team working outside of the office to better our community.

James is a reserve Sheriff’s Deputy.

albemarle sheriff's deputy

Deborah volunteers with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance on two committees.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Hannah volunteers at her church.

Hannah Jackson

Ray volunteers with CSI and still does set design for the drama department at a local high school.

Ray Gaines

Meg is a volleyball coach and now a JV soccer coach at a local high school and is spending her summer advocating for affordable housing.

Meg Carpenter



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