Katie Cortez AIA

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 from 2003-2007, 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 2010.

In eight 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.

    Josh McCullar AIA

    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 from 1996-2000 and then earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2002. 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 sixteen 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.


    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:

    • Atlantic Geotechnical Services
    • Chase Architectural Metal
    • Gregg Bleam Landscape Architects
    • Kelly Brown Interiors
    • Louisa Engineering
    • Lu + Smith Engineers
    • Martin Star Millwork
    • RVA Construction
    • Taylor and Parrish Construction
    • Tektonics Design Group
    • T Dunn Construction
    • Water Street Studio
    • Will Payne, AIA