Kevin Svensen, Judson Univ. M.Arch.’09 Architect (Glavé & Holmes Architecture Palladio Award 2016)

Kevin SvensenChristopher Newport Hall dome Kevin SvensenKevin Svensen, raised in Illinois, attended the B.A. Architecture program at Judson University, near Chicago.  After a career-transforming internship with Thomas Rajkovich, Architect, in Evanston Illinois, and summer Tuscan Classical Academy, Kevin returned to Judson’s graduate architecture program.  He pioneered Judson’s concentration in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism in studios directed by Christopher C. Miller, Ph.D., and completed his professional education with a Master’s in Architecture, 2009.  For an area of Elgin’s downtown razed in the 1960’s, Kevin proposed a new urban design and, building on Elgin’s architectural style, a  classical city hall.

Christopher Newport Hall Kevin SvensenKevin, and his family, have spent the formative years of his career in Richmond.  He has had extraordinary opportunities at Glavé & Holmes Architecture that have turned into a number of awards.

The Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Kevin the Alice Lehmen Sunday Prize Merit Award in 2012 for his analytical drawing of the Student Success Center Dome at Christopher Newport University (pictured above).

Kevin works with kids in the Church Hill Activities & Tutoring program and, for the past 3 years, teaches high school students in their Nehemiah’s Workshop work leadership institute.

This year, 2016, has been a big year!

Kevin was chosen one of sixteen in the 2016 Emerging Leaders of the Virginia Society AIA in the expectation of their outstanding contribution as architects and to the community.

He has completed all the examinations in achieving architecture licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

From the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter Kevin has also earned the Richard L. Ford Jr. Award, “the highest award presented to a young architect, associate member, or intern…. based on nominations by the Honors Committee, as a person who has demonstrated vision, passion, and excellence to the design community.”

Most recently, Historic Richmond and The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design partnered in Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition to produce original, creative designs for the City of Richmond’s Old and Historic Districts.  In July 2016, Kevin’s watercolored project for Union Hill was awarded the Grand Prize.

Christopher Newport Hall Svensen Ashley Oaks-Clary
Christopher Newport Hall. Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virgina. Glavé & Holmes Architecture; Richmond, VA. Kevin Svensen, Project Designer. Photo: Ashley Oaks-Clary
Christopher Newport Hall Virginia Hamrick
Christopher Newport Hall; view of eastern elevation. Christopher Newport University; Newport News, Virginia. Glavé & Holmes Architecture; Richmond, VA. Kevin Svensen, Project Designer. Photo: Virginia Hamrick.

Capping this remarkable year, Glavé & Holmes Architecture is one of twelve firms announced as winners of the national Palladio Award.  The honor will be presented July 19 during the Traditional Building Conference at the Lawn Club, New Haven, Connecticut.  Christopher Newport Hall, by Glavé & Holmes Architects, is the centerpiece for Christopher Newport University. This project, for which Kevin was the Project Designer, will also be published in the forthcoming Classicist.

Kevin has been the principal designer of the Greek Housing Village, also at Christopher Newport University, and is the Project Architect and Project Manager for the Longwood University Admissions center, now in design.

LWU Admissions Perspective
Longwood University Admissions Hall (in design). Glavé & Holmes Architecture; Richmond, VA. Kevin Svensen, Project Architect and Project Manager.
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