Gaines Group Architects

Staycation Destination

With summer vacations upon us, I was wondering, what is your favorite local landmark. In the places that you travel, what stands out, what interests you, where do you find comfort? Visit my facebook page and join the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/virginiaarchitect  
Ice House

How do you measure success?

How do you measure success? Is it the percentage of jobs in the local economy that exist in locally owned businesses? Or is it the ability for your community to be self-reliant for things such as food, shelter, energy, and water? Do you look for vibrant businesses that understand...

A day in the life of an Architect

One of the most common comments when I meet someone new and they ask me what I do for a living is “I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid.” I find it very interesting that so many people wanted to be architects and so many took another route for various reasons....

How green am I, better than some, but still work to do…

As an architect, I pride myself in being able to help people save money, live healthier, and conserve resources. I have used the terms, green design, sustainable design, and eco-friendly design to describe what I know how to do for my clients. The knowledge I have about these...
Green Drinks

Green Drinks

Green Drinks When I moved to Harrisonburg in 2009 I was worried that the green movement I was so involved in while in Charlottesville was not going to be vibrant here in the Valley. The only architectural firm that had LEED APs on staff was the one that only does large-scale...