ARCHITECTUREFIRM is a collaboration of architects and designers in Brooklyn, New York and Richmond, Virginia, led by Danny and Katie MacNelly. We strive to create architecture that is simple, beautiful, and economical of both means and gestures. We believe that architecture should be integral with its place and that the best buildings allow people to fully experience the light and nature of that place. Our chief pursuit is a timeless expression of architecture that is appropriate to its users and their purpose, that blends progressive technology with elemental form.
Katie MacNelly graduated with a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 2002. She joined Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel Architects in New York upon graduation, working on the design and construction of several new high rise residential buildings in New York City. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, Katie started ARCHITECTUREFIRM in 2009, focusing on single family residential work. In 2017, Katie began teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Danny MacNelly received a Bachelor of Arts in both Physics and Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before receiving a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 2002. He worked for Audrey Matlock Architects and FXFOWLE in New York, where he worked on, among other projects, The Lion House Renovation at the Bronx Zoo and The Center for Global Conservation, both at the Bronx Zoo and both LEED accredited (Silver and Gold, respectively). Danny moved to Richmond, Virginia and joined 3North, where he became a Director. He managed the design of many projects there, including The Greater Richmond ARCenter, The Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School and The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. A sampling of his hospitality work includes leading the renovations at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, and The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, as well as a new hotel and new hotel brand at Quirk Hotel in Richmond. Danny joined ARCHITECTUREFIRM in 2015. He is a licensed architect in the state of Virginia and is a LEED accredited professional in building construction and design (LEED AP BD+C).