VIA design focuses on collaborating with clients, communities, and local organizations to design impactful, elevated architecture and landscape architecture. We are client focused, site driven, and dynamic in skill. We believe in bringing the best imaginable idea forward and celebrating that journey.
Our clients are more than customers, they are partners. We take great pride in the relationships we build as we would be nowhere without these strong relationships. Through a collaborative process we gain unique insights into our client’s needs and create designs that fully embrace and reflect the client’s core culture.
As a firm, we plan and design projects that range from large public spaces to small private properties. Regardless of project size, type, or market segment we believe that each design is anchored by the surrounding environment and cultural elements. This practice enables each project to be a unique piece of architecture that fits our client’s needs and surrounding environment.
Our design team is creative and nimble in the ability to adapt to new environments and challenges. VIA transformed the Essex, a structure permitted for construction in 1905 in Downtown Norfolk, to become our new home and design headquarters. We honored the original design elements and structural intention of the building while simultaneously “future proofing” it. This piece of demonstrational architecture exemplifies our mission to inspire, design, and elevate the daily lives of our clients and the surrounding communities. VIA’s growth in leadership and expansion of services to include landscape architecture and site planning, along with the enhancement of our interior design capabilities, graphic design capabilities, and wayfinding and branding services, allows us to offer a full suite of essential design services. These integrated services enhance each project’s potential and enables us to further care for our client’s design needs to help them find the unrealized potential before them.
VIA is the first architectural firm in Virginia to produce a JUST 2.0 Label. The JUST Label program is an extension of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and is a voluntary operational transparency tool for organizations. The label has been graphically designed as a nutritional label to rate the scale of each reporting organization’s commitment to the policies presented by ILFI. VIA went through a self-initiated organizational audit to create a baseline of where our policies previously stood.
This audit provided VIA’s Leadership the opportunity to sit down and analyze a number of company policies that had been in place for many years. Through this exercise, VIA was successful in adding new initiatives and updated policies to our day-to-day professional values. VIA is excited to continue the conversation about our policies with employees, recruitment candidates, current, and future clients. We will strive to keep “raising the bar” by doing more frequent policy audits and always striving to do the right thing with everyone we partner with.
VIA is proud to showcase our JUST 2.0 Label here, but it can also be found on the publicly viewable database hosted on the ILFI website.
Our Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and Values
“Inspire, design, and elevate” the daily lives of our clients and the communities we embrace. We believe imagining together is foundational to creating enduring relationships.
Curate an experience for our clients and communities of positive inspirations, a new awareness of “why” design matters, and an elevated appreciation for impactful architecture and site design.
- A positive, respectful, and collegial environment for our team
- Impactful, healthy lifestyle habits that attract, support, and nurture
- Doing the right thing
- The honor of our profession and the unrealized potential before us
Project Team Management
Public Hearing Presentations
Design Charrettes / Workshops
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Rendering
Landscape Architecture and Site Development
Parks and Open Space
Campus Planning + Design Community Infrastructure
Site Signage Design
Color Palette Selection
Finishes and Materials
Furniture, Fixtures, + Equipment Selection
Custom Furnishing Designs
Spec Book Creation
Building Signage Design
LEED® Project Certification