Gaines Group Architects

Welcome our newest team member – Hannah Jackson, Allied ASID, CSI

 Welcome our newest team member – Hannah Jackson, Allied ASID, CSI Hannah studied at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design. While at UTC, she was involved as a student member in the Interior Design Alliance...

16. William McDonough is a visionary story-teller that happens to be an #architect #105architecturalinspiration

William McDonough is a visionary story-teller that happens to be an architect. When he moved to Charlottesville and took the post as Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1994, I had also just arrived. His ability to take this complicated process...

The Gaines Group, PLC adds depth and experience with James Halstead, Jr.

 For Immediate Release:  The Gaines Group, PLC adds depth and experience with James Halstead, Jr. Press Inquiries: Charles Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, CAPS, LEED AP 540-437-0012, cbhendricks@thegainesgroup.com Charlottesville, VA – The Gaines Group, PLC is pleased to announce the...
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Design of a Home: A Process of Discovery

Every client makes decisions differently and every project evolves in a unique fashion. However for the design of a home, the big steps are always the same. The initial meeting is a conversation to establish the goals, scope, and budget. The completion of this meeting usually...

Does Going Green cost more?

I get asked all the time “how much more does it cost to do all that extra green stuff“? So many people think of going green as an added burden or an option that you add to a design for a home or business. Is this really the case? We are seeing real impacts of climate...

Is your house custom or just new construction?

For those looking to build a new home, what is your motivation? Do you want a house that is new or do you want a new home that is specific for your needs? A custom home should be designed around the way you live, work, and play. It should work with your site and not simply sit on...

Citizen Architect – Design Matters

I believe that as an architect I have an ethical duty to design solutions that are energy efficient, durable, and healthy. It is my job to understand the materials that are available in the market today, know how to use the materials effectively, and to know the impacts on indoor...

You know you are an architect if _____________________

It takes a unique personality to be an architect. Many people tell me that they were going to be an architect, but…. So what does it take to be an architect? Here is a list of thoughts, please add your own. You know you are an architect if ______________________. Everyone...

Owners, Contractors, Architects, and Lawyers- Teammates in Green Building

Christopher G. Hill is lawyer and owner of the Richmond, VA firm, The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC, a LEED AP.  Mr. Hill has been nominated and elected by his peers to Virginia’s Legal Elite in the Construction Law category on multiple occasions as well as to...

Architectural Relationships

You never know where a relationship might lead you, do you take people for granted? I have been working in the architectural industry for over 10 years. I give at least one presentation on green building and design each month, usually many more. I volunteer for half a dozen...
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