About Us

225916Construction 002Our Philosophy

Each client comes to us with unique practical needs and requirements but more importantly, their dreams. Architecture must be poetic as well as pragmatic. We do not force an agenda, but carefully listen and guide our clients to a place where function meets art. There is a timeless place where the spirit of the project exists. We seek to transform this essence into a physical reality, meeting our client’s vision. There are essential qualities we believe thoughtful architecture embodies; a strong integration with nature and the topography; careful regard to orientation for light, sun, wind, and views;  respect for context; appropriate use of materials, size and scale, and a design that considers the realities of budget without sacrificing attention to detail. We believe that it is at the intersection of these elements where inspiring architecture is created.

About James

James Hricko received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Notre Dame, followed by a Master’s Program at Catholic University of America in City and Regional Planning. After receiving his license as an architect from the Commonwealth of Virginia, he worked for medium to large sized firms in Washington D.C. and with the Department of the Navy as an Architect/ Planner before starting his own firm.

Contributions to the Community

“Truth be known, serving the community is the fun stuff and one of my greatest pleasures as an architect. Community projects bring people together – even people who don’t ordinarily cross paths come together for a common cause”.  ~Jim

James Hricko is currently involved with Fauquier Habitat for Humanity and designed the Sterling Court Duplex Community for fourteen families in Warrenton, Virginia, and is also on the board of directors.
Mr. Hricko has served in his community as Chairperson of both the Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board for the Historic Town of Clifton, Virginia where he wrote and illustrated the “Architectural and Planning Guidelines” for the town during his tenure.

Other Community Contributions

  • Primitive Baptist Church restoration, Clifton, Virginia
  • The Clifton Park Gazebo
  • The Clifton Footbridge over Popes Head Creek, Clifton, Virginia
  • The Theater and Arts Barn restoration, Clifton, Virginia
  • Clifton Creative Play Center, Clifton Elementary School
  • Pedestrian Plaza Design at the Caboose, Clifton, Virginia
  • Guard Rails at Popes Head Creek Bridge, Clifton, Virginia
  • Sketch of Webb Art and Nature Center, Clifton, Virginia
  • Drawings for First Day Covers, Clifton, Virginia

Professional MembershipsAIA

  • American Institute of Architects – National
  • AIA Virginia Society
  • AIA Northern Virginia
  • International Code Council
  • Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce

Work Experience

James Hricko – Work Experience

The Perkins + Will Partnership – Architect Planner
Washington, DC

  • Comprehensive Campus Plan for Emory and Henry College
  • Detailed Planning for Medical and University Facilities
  • Architectural Construction Documents

Naval Facilities Engineering Command – Architect/Planner
Washington, DC

  • Master Plan, U.S. Naval Station, Annapolis, MD
  • Master Plan, Henderson Hall, U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, Arlington, VA
  • Project Planning, U.S. Naval Facilities, Washington, DC
  • Housing Studies:
    • U.S. Naval Air Station, Annapolis, MD
    • U.S. Naval Communications Station, Cheltenham, MD
    • Detailed Planning Studies, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Gwathmey + Duke Architects, Inc. – Chief Designer + Project Architect
Springfield, VA

Planning and Architectural Design for:

  • Multi-Family Housing, Educational and Public Buildings
  • Land Use, Urban Design, Feasibility Studies, Land and Site Analysis
  • Project Planning, Development Phasing, Circulation Planning
  • Landscape Design, Project Layout and Massing Studies
  • Architectural Conceptual Drawings

James Hricko Architect, LLC
Warrenton, VA

  • Residential: New Homes, Multi-Family Housing, Beach/ Vacation, Additions, Remodeling
  • Commercial: Athletic, Conceptual Site Design + Planning, Conference Center, Educational, Industrial, Interior Space Planning, Office Complex, Religious, Remodels, Restaurants, Retail
  • Historic: Adaptive Reuse, Remodeling, Restoration