Galvin Architects Charlottesville Architecture Charlottesville

Kathy Galvin, Architect, AIA Kathleen M. Galvin, Principal



Scott Collins, PE Civil Engineer

Ashley Cooper, AICP
Land Planner and Property Analyst

Gary Okerlund,
Llandscape Architect and Urban Design Consultant
on Transit-Oriented Communities
























Kathleen M. Galvin, Architect, AIA, CNU-A

Professional & Educational
Since 1993, Kathleen M. Galvin has been the principal of her own practice, Galvin Architects, specializing in urbanism, new urban site design, form-based codes and guidelines, sustainable land use and transportation planning, and architecture (with an emphasis on residential and commercial storefront design and remodeling in urban locations.) She has been registered to practice architecture in Virginia since 1989 and a Virginia “Woman-Owned Small Business” since 2007. Ms. Galvin is a CNU-Accredited (CNU-A) member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has successfully completed the Form Based Code Institute's three-course training series on form-based coding. She most recently developed a Form-Based Code for in the Uptown North Orange (UNO) project in the Town of Orange, VA (adopted by the Town Council in January, 2010) which she presented at the Virginia AIA Arch-Expo Conference in Richmond, VA in November 2009. Ms. Galvin was also the principal urban designer for the Mt. Jackson Master Plan (in conjunction with Milt Herd of Herd Design and Planning) and the site design architect for Old Trail Village in Crozet (currently under construction.) From 2005 to 2007, Galvin Architects collaborated with Community Design + Architecture (CD+A) on the Places29 Master Plan/Transportation Study and from 2001 to 2007, Ms. Galvin worked with the Renaissance Planning Group (RPG) on such projects as the Eastern Planning Initiative and the Crozet Master Plan (winner of the 2005 CNU Award for the Region.)

Ms. Galvin received a BA in Economics and Geography from Boston University in 1978 with “Distinction in Economics” for her work in housing policy, affordability and public housing redevelopment and management. In 1979 she was hired by the architectural, planning firm Community Planning and Research (CPR) to manage a feasibility study of the Commonwealth Housing Project for the Boston Housing Authority. It was that experience that steered Ms. Galvin toward architecture. She received her MA in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1986.

From 1997-2000 Ms. Galvin chaired the Albemarle County Development Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) which gave rise to the County´s growth management policy known as the “Neighborhood Model” (winner of the 2004 CNU Award for The Region.) In 2002 she received the AIA Central Virginia Chapter Community Service Award for her work on DISC, the Design Resources Center and the Charlottesville Housing Improvement Program. In November 2007, Ms. Galvin was elected to the Charlottesville City School Board. In that capacity Ms. Galvin currently sits on the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee and CRHA Redevelopment Committee. Ms. Galvin was also instrumental in instituting an urban design course at Charlottesville High and she will be presenting a paper entitled, "Reimagining Urban Form and Educational Reform" at the 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference (IMCL) in October, 2010 in Charleston, SC. Since 2001, she has been an adjunct faculty member in the University of Virginia, Department of Planning, teaching courses in Neighborhood-based Design and Planning and Graphics.

References available upon request.
Master List of Projects (Downloadable PDF)
Kathleen M. Galvin Comprehensive Resume (Downloadable PDF)