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Josh McCullar Architects LLC is a full-service Architecture and Design practice founded to create site-specific and meaningful projects that enliven and bring purpose to the places in which we inhabit. We create timeless architecture that establishes and cultivates community, memories, and relationships.


Our buildings are extensions of the landscape, responsive to context, filled with natural light, and highly crafted of authentic and natural materials.  We design modern houses, cultural and community spaces, and vision-driven private sector projects - each striving to create places of authenticity, beauty, and meaning.

As we are guided by a deep belief in the power of design to transform the simplest rituals of our lives, we aim to make places of evolutionary beauty - that celebrate the passage of time - and we believe that architecture at its best, strengthens the inherent qualities of the landscape to become a clarifying agent in affirming a sense of place. Through place-making, we manifest the most fundamental task of architecture – to make shelter. Buildings should be beautiful and well-crafted, because the most sustainable building is a permanent one.

We are architects who listen, solve problems, engage community, and are inspired by our client's deepest aspirations. While remaining committed to the art of design, we provide a high level of focus in solving pragmatic needs, and transform constraints into exceptional opportunities.

Ongoing commissions includes projects across the region for a very diverse profile of clients.





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Josh McCullar

Josh is a native of the Virginia Piedmont region and grew up in a handful of small towns throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, where embedded remnants of old textile mills, tobacco barns, railroad tracks, forests, rivers, and farms formed an abiding love of the land at an early age.

He studied architecture and environmental design at North Carolina State University’s School of Design, and then earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, studying under WG Clark, Peter Waldman, and Edward Ford.

Upon graduation, Josh spent a year in Pittsburgh with the preeminent national firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson before moving to Richmond, Virginia to join SMBW Architects where most of his career was based until launching the firm in the summer of 2016.

In over seventeen years of practice, Josh has worked on a range of public and private projects for civic and institutional clients, additions to the UVA School of Architecture, expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia War Memorial, restoration of Richmond's historic Main Street Station train shed, offices for a non-profit foundation, academic buildings for the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University, three regional public libraries, and a handful of private houses.

Josh is a licensed architect in Virginia.

Katie Cortez

Katie is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia. The landscape and vernacular building traditions of that region helped cultivate her love for architecture and its ability to create a profound sense of place. Katie developed an early interest in the relationship between history, culture, and the built environment, and the ways in which these legacies can be brought together to create and influence community.

While at Lehigh University, Katie focused her work on exploring the relationship between historic and modern architecture, and cultivated methods for studying place-making. These interests and approaches were then further developed at the University of Virginia where she earned a Master of Architecture.

In nine years of practice, Katie has worked simultaneously at a variety of scales and project typologies, which range in scale from: the intimacy of private residential architecture, technology-driven boutique retail and urban commercial spaces, and larger cultural projects, such as the restoration of the historic Main Street Station train shed in downtown Richmond. In her work, Katie seeks relationships that strengthen architecture's role in building community.

Katie is a licensed architect in Virginia.

Collaborators & Consultants


We collaborate with other architects, craftspeople, designers, and select engineers who bring additional talent pertinent to specific projects. As such, the firm is intentionally nimble and responsive to a variety of scale. Our recent and current collaborators include: