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Throughout his nearly 15-year career, Kevin Jones, AIA, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, has pursued rigorous design work, robust community engagement, and mentorship of young designers.
As a member of the leadership team for AIA Blue Ridge, and as a current and former member of design-focused groups like Beer+Design and Modern Richmond, Kevin has made communicating the value of architecture an integral part of his extracurricular pursuits. (Just ask his wife and kids, who are frequently ‘invited’ along on these “architect–nerd” adventures.)
Kevin’s early interest in community-engaged design was solidified as a member of the 2012 AIAVA Emerging Leaders in Architecture program. Since then, he has worked as a practitioner and teacher with a variety of community and student teams in support of rural and urban communities throughout the state.
Kevin works to introduce real-world scenarios and community-focused experiential learning opportunities into his courses at Virginia Tech. In the studio, this has manifest with design-build collaborations with the music department as well as the introduction of client voices to studio critiques. Last spring, he turned the professional practice course into the “Spatial Practice Lab.” This effort saw student teams engaging questions of practice (fees, schedules, communication, etc.) by designing real projects for members of an under-served neighborhood in Roanoke. Learning architecture by practicing architecture.
Kevin has also been faculty co-leader of the Malawi Studio – a vertically-integrated studio of undergraduate and graduate students working collaboratively with faculty to realize a singular work: a new campus library for the University of Mzuzu in Malawi, Africa. In collaboration with architects in Malawi, the project is slated for construction in 2019.
A director at 3north, Erin established the firm’s Residential Studio, where she leads a five-member team. Erin’s design sensibility was shaped by her childhood in Asia followed by undergraduate study in both Europe and the UK. After graduating cum laude from Virginia Tech, Erin chose to put down roots in Virginia. Her passion for residential design emerged in Fredericksburg, where she worked for a sole-proprietor, and flourished in Richmond when she joined 3north in 2007.
At 3north, she has embraced notable historic restorations of Bottomley, Duncan Lee, and Baskervill residences, along with the current renovation and landscape transformation of the Rice house, a mid-century modern landmark, by Richard Neutra. With over one hundred residential projects to her credit, Erin’s award-winning work ranges in scale from estate master plans to casework details. With her energetic and thoughtful approach, Erin helps clients articulate their true needs, dreams, and desires to create spaces that celebrate the way they live. Erin’s work extends to non-residential projects including restorations to St. John’s Church, a Historical survey of Dinwiddie County, and Master Plan studies of Nauvoo, Illinois.
Throughout her career, Erin has been engaged in student mentorship and community service. In 2012, the AIA Richmond honored Erin with the inaugural Richard L. Ford, Jr. FAIA Award for her personal contributions as co-chair of the Young Architect and Intern Forum (YAiF), which provides networking and mentorship programs for emerging design professionals. In 2013, she led an Explore Design Seminar on modular design as part of a larger program for high school students sponsored by Baskervill Architects. At the 2017, Full STEAM Ahead Conference by CodeVA, she presented two classes designed to educate young women about the fields of architecture and landscape architecture. A longtime facilitator of 3north’s summer high school intern program, Erin has also spearheaded 3north’s fundraiser to support local families during the holidays and led the firm’s Canstruction team to raise funds for the Central Virginia Foodbank.