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, Vice President
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.
Welby Lehman, AIA, 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, Project Manager
With 15 years of experience in architectural design, Mike uses his knowledge and drive for helping others achieve their goals to create significant works. Through his strong work ethic, his projects, and his values, Mike Wittig has created a unique place for himself at Blue Ridge Architects. A plethora of project opportunities ranging from restaurants and banks to medical offices and places of worship have not only shaped and formed his skill, but have contributed to his growing talent here in the Shenandoah Valley and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Mike takes pride in Blue Ridge Architect's office culture and is a solid team player who backs the firm's strategy and lean toward modern design. Free time away from the office usually entails hiking, camping and off-roading as well as playing "grill sergeant" in the backyard.
Heather Hopkins, LEED CI, Interior Designer
Heather has over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential interior design throughout the East Coast. She has had the good fortune of working on projects have ranging from large to small, commercial to residential, and low to high end. Her favorite projects are always the one’s where all parties involved are heavily invested in the successful outcome of a functional and harmonious space. Heather believes that regardless of the use of the space, the interior should be not only efficient and functional, but inspiring. Even outside office hours, Heather’s interests don’t stray far. She can often be found treasure hunting in local shops, sewing something (badly) for her home or nagging her husband to slow down on trash collection day.
Jose Thompson, LEED AP, Associate Architect
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 andreflect 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 Bowman, Project Manager
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.
Kevin Bailey, President, Blueline Building Solutions
As a firm believer in serving others through his craft, Kevin desires to build relationships and unified teams in order to make a dream project a reality. With 30 years of extensive experience in the construction field, he has achieved working on a vast amount of projects ranging from small residential remodels to multi million dollar jobs. Because Blue Ridge Architects and Blueline Building Solutions have set standards and possess values very similar to his own, Kevin finds his position fitting and rewarding. His ambition to think outside of the box and explore new courses of action make him an asset to the firm. Outside of the office, you can find Kevin spending time with his family or coaching football.
Caitlin is a 2016 University of Virginia graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture. After gaining some graphic design and fabrication experience in Charlottesville, Va., she is excited to be working with Blue Ridge Architects and immersing herself in the field of architecture. She enjoys running horseback riding and caring for her pet tortise, Benny.
Juwan graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors Degree is Architecture. Since his early school years, he had an interest in design and curiosity for how things work. He believes architecture should enhance the site for which it is designed, adding to the built and natural environment around it, as well as creating spaces where occupants feel both comfortable and inspired. Juwan's love of art soars beyond the drafting board, working as a theatrical director, choreographer, performer and set designer in his spare time. He aspires to combine both one day and design large-scale, urban theaters, bringing energy and modernity to the theater world.
Melanie Eby, Practice Manager
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.
Tessa Bennetch, Administrative Assistant
Tessa began her career as an administrative support assistant in 2008 with HDR Engineering in Austin, Texas. Throughout her professional career she has consistently demonstrated commitment and passion to her work, clients, friends and family. Tessa brings a unique spirit and energy to those she welcomes into Blue Ridge Architects. She currently resides in Harrisonburg with her husband Joshua Bennetch and children London, Kingston and Raleigh. In addition to providing administrative support for the office, you can find her writing lyrics, playing music, painting, or spending a beautiful day at a JMU football game with her family.