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About Kepley Architecture

ABOUT US

Kepley Architecture, LLC is a dynamic architecture and planning firm dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through innovative design. Our expertise spans various sectors with a primary focus on collaborating with senior living and educational clients. We specialize in the comprehensive planning and design of new buildings and communities, as well as the repositioning, revitalization, and transformation of existing structures and campuses. In addition, we work with clients in residential and other markets. We find that these projects help inform and improve our other specialties and vice-versa.

Our approach is rooted in open communication and deep understanding of our clients' needs and aspirations. We begin by actively listening and engaging in discussion to gain valuable insights. We meticulously analyze existing site and related factors to formulate a range of options and creative solutions, all of which are presented for team and stakeholder evaluation. As we progress, we navigate the intricacies of the detailed design and construction phases, working closely with our clients to bring their visions to life.

At Kepley Architecture, we partner with our clients to create environments that inspire and enrich lives.

PEOPLE

Drew Kepley, Principal

With over three decades of project experience, Drew is dedicated to creating inspiring environments where people live, work, learn and heal. His extensive career spans various building types across the United States and abroad, establishing him as a thought leader in the Senior Living design field. Drew has shared his expertise at numerous state, national, and international conferences, covering a wide array of subjects and trends within the field. His professional work has been recognized and published in numerous publications and his experience encompasses master planning, design, and construction phase services.

Currently, Drew serves as the Chairman of the Roanoke City Architectural Review Board and holds positions on the Board of Commissioners for the Roanoke Regional Housing Authority and DesignCorps. In the past, he served on the Boards of Zoning Appeals for the City of Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Adult Care Centers of Roanoke, the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, and as rec league basketball coach.

Before establishing Kepley Architecture, Drew was a principal in the firm of SFCS Inc. Architects and Engineers for over twenty-one years. Earlier in his career, he gained valuable experience working with renowned architects such as Paul Rudolph, Architect in New York City and with Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill in both Washington, D.C. and New York. During his time at SOM, Drew collaborated on projects with architects David Childs, the designer of the Freedom Tower.

Following his studies in architecture at the University of Virginia and work with SOM, Drew attended the Yale School of Architecture, receiving advanced standing, a merit scholarship, and ultimately a Master's Degree. At Yale, Drew was a teaching assistant to Vincent Scully, the noted American art historian, and had the privilege of learning from prominent practitioners including Frank Gehry, George Ranalli, Werner Seligmann, Denise Scott Brown, and Robert Venturi.

Drew is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, LeadingAge, and the U.S. Green Building Council, where he holds the distinction of being a LEED Accredited Professional. He is an NCARB Registered Architect and holds licenses in over a dozen states.

Outside his professional pursuits, Drew and his wife enjoy supporting and cheering for their three kids from the sidelines. He also serves on the Property Committee at their church.

Mike Kummer

Mike Kummer, Designer

For nearly forty years, Mike Kummer has been producing architectural production and presentation drawings. He has a diverse project type background ranging from large institutional projects to defense department work to smaller residential jobs. He is a key team member in architectural production and the integration of technology for the firm. 

A William & Mary graduate, Mike has a variety of interests and activities, including music, art, history, and sports. Mike and his wife enjoy hiking, reading, bird-watching, and their two cats. 

Mike Kummer

Natalie Gabrielle, Architect

Natalie Gabrielle is a registered architect with over fifteen years of experience. Her work has included senior living, institutional, education, and civic projects. She is a strong leader in guiding projects from programming through design and on to construction completion. Natalie also has extensive experience in renovation and historic preservation, and believes that beautiful architecture, both historic and new, strengthens our connection to place and to each other.

Natalie holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. She and her husband have two daughters. 

OFFICE

The firm's headquarters are in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia, centrally located for easy client access and connection with consultants and other collaborators. Roanoke, which grew with the expansion of the Norfolk Southern Railroad, still retains many of the grand structures built by the railroad in the urban core, juxtaposed with the beautiful surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our offices are located in a former warehouse/showroom, constructed in 1902. Modern enhancements have been made over the years. Recent renovations included a new studio lobby and support spaces. The updates feature new windows and skylights, high ceilings, and exposed brick interiors. The open work spaces foster a collegial atmosphere and collaborative process.

SERVICES

At Kepley Architecture, we recognize that each client brings unique priorities and specific needs to the table. That's why we provide a range of services that are custom-tailored to meet the individual requirements of every client we serve. Our services include options/feasibility studies, master planning and architectural services, all rooted in a profound respect for our clients' goals and guided by our extensive experience in the field.

Our planning and design processes are inherently collaborative, ensuring that the end result is a one-of-a-kind project that truly reflects our client's vision. We understand that multiple disciplines are involved in effective planning and prioritize team and stakeholder involvement throughout. Our aim is to deliver solutions that our clients not only endorse but also embrace with a strong sense of ownership. We don't offer one-size-fits-all solutions; instead, we work together to craft designs that are uniquely their own.

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