Randy Seitz, AIA
Randy is the founder and president of Blue Ridge Architects. Prior to the firm’s formation in 2004, Randy worked in Northern Virginia and Indiana, including time at the award-winning firm, CORE, in Washington, D.C. “My goal as an architect is to help clients create buildings that further their ambitions and dreams. I believe a building can and should reflect the tastes and values of its owners and occupants,” a philosophy that permeates the entire firm. Randy graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He enjoys traveling with his wife and never likes to “come back the way I went.” His dog, Howie, sometimes tags along to the office.
Anna Campbell, AIA
Anna is vice president of Blue Ridge Architects. She is well-known as The Code Queen for her thorough knowledge and understanding of building code. Anna completed a five-year program in architecture and town planning and earned a Master Engineer Degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Szczecin. After playing the cello for 12 years, she chose to not continue music and a friend suggested a career as a doctor or an architect. We think she chose correctly. She is an avid bookworm, loves to travel, and occasionally exchanges her stilettos for fuzzy pink slippers around the office.
Senior Project Manager
Welby joined the firm in 2008 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Master of Architecture. He believes that architecture is for the service of the occupants. “Creating a building that people want to be in, look at and treasure for a long time is the goal.” Always building things as a child—tree houses, snow igloos, forts in the woods—architecture is a natural fit. His involvement with Habitat for Humanity showed him the social impact that designers can have. His style is neither stark nor excessive, preferring complexity with order. He claims he doesn’t have time for hobbies, but will always make time for a Hokie football game.
Mike Wittig, AIA
Jose Thompson, LEED AP
Jose earned his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Louisiana-Lafayette and worked for both an architectural firm and a contractor in Little Rock, Ark. before landing in the Shenandoah Valley. Jose believes that architecture should be influenced by the vernacular, incorporating local styles, building materials, and architectural vocabulary and reflect the historical, cultural, and environmental context in which it exists. Born and raised in Honduras, he is fluent in both Spanish and English and has a unique list of hobbies: shooting pistol for the Honduran Olympic Team, artisanal baker, talented barista and latte artist, and avid runner and cyclist.
Kevin is a focused and diligent designer whose interest in architecture stems from a curiosity about how everything operates and functions. “Insert ‘I wanted to build stuff since I was a kid’ cliché here.” Did we mention his dry sense of humor? He believes designs and structures should provide a service at both the human and urban scale. He’s worked on everything from (mundane) to an exciting 450 linear foot cast-in-place concrete retaining wall, associated site work and renovation of a circa 1906 schoolhouse. But his dream project is designing a factory and test facility for Ferrari. Because his hobby is motor racing, we imagine he’d like driving one, too.
Heather Hopkins, LEED CI
Heather has over 15 years of experience in commercial and residential interior design. Designing for the commercial realm has been a rewarding and educational experience. I have honed my craft working on 100,000+sf projects as well as more intimate 300sf projects. Having a personal investment in each project, I enjoy delivering beyond client expectations. My accumulated knowledge, variety of experience, acute understanding of the client’s point of view, and ultimately my passion for design is what truly sets me apart.
As someone who loves the challenge of keeping “the trains running smoothly and on time,” Melanie certainly has her work cut out for her in our busy office. She is a calm, confident and incredibly capable manager. She has spent most of her career working with banks in a variety of positions and enjoys the different tasks that come across her desk at Blue Ridge Architects. “I love the energy in the office and the people I get to work with.” Melanie likes spending time with friends and family, but can often be found with a good book by a roaring fire.
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Christopher Eads, AIA/LEED AP
Design Manager/Cost Engineer