BCWH Architects expands services to include Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture through merger with Van Yahres Associates

BCWH Architects, a Virginia based architecture, planning and interior design firm, and Van Yahres Associates, a nationally recognized campus planning and landscape architecture firm, have announced the two companies will merge as of February 1, 2013. The two firms unite from positions of strength, reaffirming their commitments to extraordinary client service and the design of quality educational campus environments. Together, they will bring a greater level of design integration from planning and project inception through implementation, to better support their educational clients.

The name of the combined entities is BCWH Architects. Campus planning and landscape architecture will be established as a new studio of BCWH Architects, The Van Yahres Studio. The Van Yahres Studio of BCWH Architects will maintain a Charlottesville office.

BCWH Architects will be uniquely positioned to provide award-winning design services in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and campus planning to higher education, independent and public schools, as well as local communities and municipalities.

Charles Piper, Principal of BCWH Architects, stated “We are enthusiastic about the opportunities to broaden and deepen our planning for higher education through the many relationships and experience that Van Yahres brings to our team.  With planning, landscape, architectural and interior design expertise we will be equipped together to shape the totality of the campus learning environment for our clients, from the quad to the classroom.”

Mike Van Yahres, Founding Partner of Van Yahres Associates and Syd Knight, ASLA, will be joining the leadership of BCWH Architects as Principals.

Mike Van Yahres will remain directly involved in all aspects of the firm’s campus planning and design efforts while concentrating on client development. A third-generation arborist, his years of experience in construction, arboriculture and forestry support his practical and innovative approach to design, construction and campus maintenance. Mike’s articles have been published in national magazines and he is invited to speak all over the country primarily on the subjects of campus design and arboricultural assessment.

Syd Knight, who also has a background in urban planning and design, will oversee many of the firm’s campus planning and landscape architecture projects. In his twenty-five years of working with college and university campuses, Syd has helped dozens of institutions shape their future in bold and practical ways.

About BCWH

BCWH is a Virginia based, award-winning full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm with a twenty-seven year legacy of design excellence and outstanding client service. Several of the firm’s recent projects include the new Fluvanna County High School, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Learning Commons, Henrico County’s Gayton Library Renovation and The Clover Hill 21st Century Academy in Chesterfield County.

 About Van Yahres Associates

Founded in 1980, Van Yahres Associates is an established campus design firm specializing in master planning and site design for colleges and universities. While they have concentrated almost exclusively on educational clients, their work has expanded to give them a regional and national reputation. Having completed over 700 educational projects, they have intentionally remained focused to providing personal service to each one of their clients. Because of their commitment, they have worked continuously for over ten years with many clients, including Bridgewater College, Hampden-Sydney College, Wright State University and Emory & Henry College. Other recent projects include work at Randolph Macon College, Hollins University, Roanoke College, the University of Dayton, Washington and Lee University, Shenandoah and Bucknell Universities.


For More Information Contact:

Gwen Davis: gdavis@bcwh.com / 804-519-4041

Christie Thompson: cthompson@bcwh.com / 804-788-7656


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