Gaines Group Architects

Calling all Artists!

First Fridays at the Depot are a special time to gather in celebration of the arts and have become a bit of a tradition around our office. We love opening our doors to celebrate the arts and artists who share their talents with our community. After far too many months in...
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Nicole

First Friday Featured Artist: Nicole Clatterbuck

“Growing up in extremely rural Virginia, I have always been inspired by my number one muse, nature, and the materials that are derived from it. After working in a jewelry-crafting supply store in Richmond, I began making jewelry about 10 years ago...
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Art & Community

Whether we notice it or not, art will always have a seat at the table in every community. Art has been used as not only a form of self-expression but a form of communication that can convey more than words ever could. When speaking about art in the context of community it...
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Renovation Before Harrisonburg Depot

Today I start over…. as I seem to do everyday

Today I start over…. as I seem to do everyday I have lost my blogging mojo. Maybe I have said everything I had to say or maybe this is just the break so many told me I needed to take from trying to do too  much. I have tried to write several posts over the last few weeks,...

The Park(let) Project is today. Want a park downtown, love green space? This event is for you.

The third annual Harrisonburg Park(let) project is taking place today. This event was created three years ago when a group of us got together to figure out how to bring an event downtown that encouraged more green spaces in an urban space, promoted interaction among citizens, and...

Engaging our community in pictures

We believe strongly that it is our ethical duty to serve our local community. Here is a look at some of the ways we put our beliefs in action. How do you serve your community? Celebrating a ribbon cutting of our rooftop garden Promoting local events Hosting local artists Named...

Architecture cannot exist without function and beauty. DESIGN MATTERS.

Architecture is an interesting profession. You begin to notice things in your community that others overlook. You see inefficiencies that others simply accept as status-quo. The joy in our profession for me exists in the ability to design solutions, solve other people’s...

Harrisonburg Parklet Project – In Pictures

First step, find the best spaces Next Advertise the event on social media and place community posters Spaces reserved 24 hours in advance Construction of the spaces Parklets begin to take shape Spaces open to the public An incredible event with lots of foot traffic,...

Harrisonburg Parklet Project – TODAY!

  I am very excited to see the Harrisonburg Parklet Project take shape today in Downtown. At 1pm artist, residents, students, and professors are coming downtown to take over 13 parking spaces to create their visions of  green spaces the encourage unscripted social...

Design in the Valley – starting a conversation.

Design matters. Taking time out to develop the idea is an activity that should NOT be considered a luxury,but should be seen as a required planning tool that cannot be overlooked. In our fast paced society we look for solutions that are fast and simple. We don’t want things...
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