Gaines Group Architects

Gaines Group

“Best Small Architectural Firm” ~ 2014 USGBC Best of Building Awards

best green residential renovation” ~ 2011 Virginia Sustainable Building Network

best green designers” ~ 2008 Virginia Sustainable Building Network

2008 & 2009 Va Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Winners

The Gaines Group, PLC ( is an architectural design firm dedicated to strong ideas, ecological stewardship, and client satisfaction. As an award-winning firm, The Gaines Group, PLC has established a strong reputation of sophisticated designs through addressing the specific needs and place for which a project is to be built. As an award-winning graphic design firm and a leader in the “green” movement in Central Virginia, our team has the ability to deliver the complete package for your projects, from architecture, marketing, design, specification development, LEED consulting, to construction administration. Our primary focus is to provide our clients with thoughtfully designed high performance buildings that achieve the healthiest living and working environments.

The Gaines Group, PLC was awarded the Best Green Designer award by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network due to their long commitment to the promotion of green building and sustainable development principles in Central Virginia. The firm has worked on a multitude of green projects including the first LEED for Homes certified project in the Southeast United States,a LEED for Homes Certified high school student built project , and the first LEED NC certified industrial project in Central Virginia. Other projects include a historic tax credit LEED for Homes project, a LEED ND neighborhood project, and a LEED CS office project as well as various projects certified under the EarthCraft program. Our services span from intimate house addition to large-scale residential community planning. Our areas of specialization include residential architecture, commercial development and redevelopment, residential communities, site planning, residential additions, historic renovations, interior design, ecclesiastical design, Specification Consulting, graphic design, and LEED consulting.

The Gaines Group, PLC 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.