Gaines Group Architects

Who is Charles Hendricks?

My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect and father 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, and 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, my 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 last 19 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.

1014348_10152343380992206_198954749_nI 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 lifeguarding, 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 have given me a great perspective, 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, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. In addition, I volunteer my time at Eastern Mennonite School and Parkview Mennonite Church Creation Care Committee.

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My greatest joy in life is being a father to Charlie’s Angels, my girls, Hannah and Sophia.


Honors and Awards

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