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 joined The Gaines Group in June, 2006, just after graduating, and is now a project manager in our Charlottesville office. She earned her LEED AP shortly after joining the team, and recently earned her CDT (construction document technologist). Adrienne has a special interest in accessible design and designing for aging-in-place thanks to her father-in-law who had been confined to a wheelchair due to MS. She also serves on the board of CSI, the Construction Specifications Institute.
Adrienne lives at Lake Monticello with her husband, Andrew, and their rescue pups. Adrienne and Andrew operate an illustration and graphic design business, Stronge Designs, which allows them to travel extensively to comic cons, craft shows, and punk rock flea markets along the east coast to exhibit Andrew’s work. They also recently turned an antiques and collectibles hobby into a business to sell online and at their booth in Richmond, VA. Adrienne enjoys travel, hunting and collecting (especially vintage books and space toys), and going on adventures with her niece, Laila.