Gaines Group Architects

My name is Charles Hendricks and I am an architect, Rotarian, and father living in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. I design projects of all types and styles (residential, multi-family, office, commercial, school, ecclesiastical, 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.

installing solar at EMS

In 2014, our firm was named “best small architectural firm” by the United States Green Building Council Best of Building Awards due to 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 to have clients that wanted to create buildings, businesses, and homes that are healthy, energy-efficient, and durable.

cleaning up black's run

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 Gaines Group Architects 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, a 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 with the skills to be able to better deliver efficient and functional design solutions.

chamber awards

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 to Eastern Mennonite School, Park View Mennonite  Church Creation Care Committee, Rotary Club of Rockingham County, Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby, Bowl for Kid’s Sake, Real Men Wear Pink, Harrisonburg City Schools, and Massanutten Technical Center Foundation.

campaigning with H valley 4th run

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

 Honors and Awards

April 2022: Rotary District 7570 110% Award

May 2022: Fixr Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry

January 2022: Best of Houzz

June 2021: Best of Houzz

May 2021: Fixr Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry

June 2020: Rotary District 7570 110% Award

January 2020: Fixr Top 200 Experts in the Construction Industry

September 2019: Top Rated Local Architectural Firm in Virginia

June 2019: Best of Houzz

January 2019: Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Community Champion of the Year

June 2018: Rotary Club of Rockingham County Rotarian of the Year

May 2018: Massanutten Technical Center Outstanding Member of the Year

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