Gaines Group Architects

My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect, rotarian, and dad living in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I design projects of all types and styles (residential, multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, new construction, renovation, modern, traditional, contemporary) for a variety of clients. There is no project too small or too large, if you value design, I am thrilled to help.

In 2008, our firm was named “best green designers” by Virginia Sustainable Building Network through our work on sustainable, LEED Certified, EarthCraft Certified, and Energy Star projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial segments. We have been fortunate over the years that I have been with the firm, to have clients that wanted to create buildings, businesses, and homes that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable.


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I have dedicated my professional life to learning as much as possible about building science and functional design solutions. After graduating from Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, where I grew up, I graduated from the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture. I then spent several years working with Ray at The Gaines Group learning the trade before going to and graduating from The University of Tennessee School of Architecture with a MARCH degree. I have a diverse background of work experiences, from life-guarding, delivering newspapers, managing Burger Kings, line cook in the kitchen at The Virginian Restaurant, and selling t-shirts at Mincer’s. All of these opportunities coupled with my studies at UVA, Tennessee, and hands on in the field have provided me the skills to be able to better deliver efficient and functional design solutions.

I am active in many community efforts including the Construction Specifications Institute, American Institute of Architects, National Home Builders Association (Shenandoah, Augusta, and Blue Ridge), Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. In addition, I volunteer my time to Eastern Mennonite School, Park View Mennonite Church Creation Care Committee, SVBA Home and Garden Show, and the Harrisonburg Park(let) Project.

My greatest joy in life is being a father to Charlie’s Angels. My girls, Hannah and Sophia and I live in Harrisonburg, VA. Whether my girls are helping me in the garden, watching the quilts at the Mennonite Relief Sale, riding the swings at the Rockingham County Fair, or just playing in the yard they keep me on my toes.

 Honors and Awards

December 2016: Top 200 influencers in the Construction Industry in 2017

January 2016: Houzz 2016 “Best of Houzz” Award for Customer Satisfaction and Design

January 2015: Houzz 2015 “Best of Houzz” Award for Design

January 2014: Houzz 2014 “best of Houzz” Award for Customer Satisfaction and Design

January 2014: Associate Member of the Year – Shenandoah Valley Builders Association

January 2013: Houzz 2013 “best of Houzz” Award for Customer Satisfaction and Design

January 2013: Engineering News Record Top 20 Under 40 Mid-Atlantic Region

January 2012: Houzz 2012 “best of Houzz” Award for Customer Satisfaction and Design

June 2011: VSBN Best Green Residential Renovation

June 2010: Associate Member of the Year – Shenandoah Valley Builders Association

2009: Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Silver Medal

2009: Construction Specifications Institute President’s Plaque

June 2008: Best Green Designer – Virginia Sustainable Building Network

June 2008: Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center Contributor of the Year

June 2008: American Institute of Architects Central Virginia Chapter Community Service Award

2008: Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Gold Medal