Since our founding in 1986, BCWH has focused our architectural practice on collaborative placemaking experiences that enrich and inspire. Working closely with clients and colleagues, we are proud to have created many distinctive, award-winning buildings and landscapes that have enhanced both culture and community throughout Virginia and beyond.

Today, our collaborative spirit leads us to make an important announcement—one that presents BCWH and our clients with access to deeper expertise, resources, and geographic reach. As of November 1, our 30-person office will become part of Quinn Evans Architects, a nationally renowned design firm with five offices and 140 employees throughout the East Coast and Midwest.

Charles D. Piper, AIA, LEED AP, will serve as the office director, which will operate under the Quinn Evans Architects name. The BCWH leadership team and all project teams and administrative staff will remain in place. In particular, BCWH president and founding partner Robert E. Comet Jr. AIA, LEED AP will focus his efforts to support his clients and ensure a smooth transition into Quinn Evans Architects’ organization. Our Richmond roots run deep, and we will continue to serve our clients from our current office at 1840 West Broad Street. This location will become QEA’s sixth office and first in Virginia.

We have been fortunate to team with Quinn Evans Architects on two important projects for Virginia Commonwealth University. Through this productive association, we found that BCWH and QEA not only share a similar portfolio in civic, academic, and library projects, we share a strong belief in what matters most: our clients, our employees, and our legacy of meaningful, impactful design work.

Quinn Evans Architects offers nationally recognized expertise in historic preservation—a specialty that has transformed properties here in Virginia and across the U.S. Currently, QEA is overseeing the renovation of Old City Hall for the Virginia Department of General Services, and we are already working together on an adaptive use study for the historic West Hospital on the Medical College of Virginia campus.

Like BCWH, QEA has focused much of its practice on lifelong learning, completing many exceptional K-12, higher education, campus planning, library, and civic projects. The firm is widely known for its work in museums and cultural facilities, and recently completed the design of the modernization of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.—the largest renovation ever undertaken by the Smithsonian Institution.

This is an exciting transition for us. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to QEA’s diverse and talented team of professionals, and to share with you the benefits of our combined resources and expertise.


Charles D. Piper, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal
Robert E. Comet, Jr., AIA, LEED AP
Syd Knight, ASLA
Roger D. Richardson, AIA, REFP
Charles Tilley, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, BD+C
Charles W. Wray, Jr., AIA, LEED AP