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W. Douglas Gilpin Jr. FAIA NCARB, Principal

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W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. is registered in Virginia, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Maryland. His architectural work has been featured in magazines, video, and tours such as Bob Vila’s ‘Restore America’, The Old House Journal, Southern Accents, Virginia Business, and The Garden Club of Virginia’s ‘Historic Garden Week’.

Work Includes

  • Custom Residences and Estates,
  • Historic Conservation of National Landmark Structures,
  • Cultural Institutions, including Museums and Historic House Museums,
  • Churches and other religious structures,
  • Transportation projects, including historic Railroad Stations,
  • Collegiate and Secondary School Institutions,
  • Fraternities and Sororities.

Design Awards

  • Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of President James Monroe
  • (Robert E.) Lee Chapel and Museum, Washington and Lee University
  • Massanutten Lodge, Shenandoah National Park
  • Manassas Railway Depot, Manassas, Virginia,
  • Gibson-Sowell House, Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, Virginia,
  • ‘Oak Lawn’, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Other significant projects

  • Brooke’s Bank Restoration (1751), Essex County, Virginia,
  • Morven Park Restoration (early to late 19th Century), Virginia,
  • Private Residences at The Greenbrier, West Virginia,
  • Private Residences in Virginia, West Virginia, and Rhode Island,
  • Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia,
  • Union Station, Charlottesville, Virginia.


  • University of Illinois, Master of Architecture
  • Unité Pedagogique No. 3, Versailles, France (former Ecole des Beaux-Arts)
  • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
  • Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Lake Forest Country Day School

Doug is a member of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Architectural Review Board at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, and Bundoran Farm in Albemarle County, Virginia. He is also a former member of Block Island, Rhode Island's, Historic District Commission which oversees the historic character of this landmark New England seaport. He served on the Capitol Square Preservation Council, which oversees the environs of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia State Capitol (1788), and was appointed to this position by the Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates. Doug is Past President of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, as well as of AIA James River and the Charlottesville-Albemarle AIA. In 1999, Doug was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, the second highest distinction bestowed by the Institute, and has received the Marcellus Wright, Jr. Award from AIA James River.

Memberships include

  • American Institute of Architects,
  • Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce,
  • Block Island Chamber of Commerce,
  • Bishop's Committee, St. Ann's By-the-Sea, Block Island,
  • Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society,
  • Preservation Piedmont,
  • Preservation Virginia,
  • Block Island Historical Society.

In addition to architecture, Doug’s interests include hiking with his wife and Labrador retriever, general aviation, culinary adventures, clamming, single-malt whiskies, and Jaguars.