Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!


A successful little lunchtime surprise celebration for the mom to be! We can’t wait to meet the new bundle of joy!

Special shout out to Kristen Horst for baking the delicious cupcakes!

Careers at PF&A


PF&A Design has immediate positions available for highly motivated individuals who are talented designers with strong verbal communication, production, design and graphic skills. The ideal candidates have the natural ability to prioritize a litany of tasks, negotiate schedules, garner trust and credibility, nurture relationships and communicate with extreme proficiency.

PF&A seeks innovative candidates in pursuit of a long established career with the firm.  We support growth towards licensure and engage the candidate as a long term investment. PF&A is a national award winning firm with recognition in architecture and interiors.


  • Licensed Architect with 8 years minimum

  • Diverse knowledge of architecture principles and practices

  • Uses advanced techniques and has responsibility for finished plans, specifications, and material approval

  • May supervise small staff of architects and designers

  • Revit experience

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.


  • Licensed Architect with 10+ years’ experience

  • Plans and develops medium to large scope projects with many complexities, executes and coordinates projects and oversees staff

  • Manages project fees, budget, and project schedules

  • Proven management skills from past experience must be shown

  • Excellent communication skills inherent of the position for managing staff, clients, and consultants

  • Revit experience

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.


New Kent, VCU Break Ground on New Emergency Center

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Local and state dignitaries, along with representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University and PF&A Design, attended the press conference and groundbreaking at 2495 Pocahontas Trail in Quinton, the site of the new facility.

The $16 million facility will consist of a 17,000- square foot building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and feature 12 treatment rooms, advance imaging services, CT scans, digital x-rays, ultrasounds, and a helipad.

Update! CHKD Pediatric Behavioral Health Tower

“CHKD’s new $224 million psychiatric center will keep children from being sent out of state” - click on first image for link to The Virginian Pilot article.

The concept for the building is “transformation”. All patients coming to this facility for care are on a journey; recognizing that the journey for some patients is learning how to be the best version of themselves.

We are proud to be a part of the design team helping to bring this very important program to our community!

Project Collaborators:

Array Architects
Cerami Associates
Healthcare Building Solutions
O’Donnell & Naccarato
PF&A Design
Smith Seckman & Reid
TLC / PACE Collaborative
VHB, Inc.
WM Jordan Company
Zipf Associates

Among the Giants

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Building Design + Construction magazine is a leading industry publication reporting on news, projects, awards, and trends in the AEC industry. The annual Giants 300 report is its feature piece which ranks architecture, engineering, and construction firms’ annual revenue across more than 20 building sectors and specialty services.

In the 42nd annual Giants 300 report, PF&A Design was named #140 overall Architectural Firm in the nation across all sectors and #10 firm in the nation serving the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PF&A also appeared in the rankings for healthcare facilities (#65), all government (#90), and reconstruction (#139).

Annoucing Newly Licensed Architect: Stella Collinsworth

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PF&A Design is proud to announce that Stella Collinsworth, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Assoc., successfully completed her Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and is a newly licensed architect.

The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The ARE is designed to assess aspects of architectural practice that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building. The exam also assesses an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.

Stella joined PF&A in 2018 and is an integral part of the firm and our architecture practice. Stella earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of South Florida. Her experience includes all phases of design through construction management. She has worked on several large projects including a 32,000SF Interventional Radiology Suite for VCU Health and an MRI addition in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Congratulations Stella!

ACHA Certificant Spotlight: Sharon Szalai

Sharon is the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Spring 2019 issue spotlighted Certificant!

Click on image on the left, turn to page 3, and find out how what motivates her and excites her about healthcare architecture!

Happy Retirement Lynne!

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Please join us in extending best wishes to PF&A Design Associate Lynne Manning who is retiring!

Lynne has been an esteemed member of the firm for five years and she will be greatly missed by staff and clients alike. We have all benefited from her talent as an interior designer and amicability as a leader, colleague, and friend!

We know she is eager to catch up on time with her family and the community work that she loves so much. We wish Lynne well as she starts a new chapter in her interesting life!

Health Hub @25th Progress


PF&A's VCU / VCU Health collaboration project to provide health and wellness programs to Richmond's under-served East End residents is almost complete.  We had a chance to inspect the work this week.

The Arthritis Foundation: Beef . Bourbon & Blues Event


PF&A is a proud sponsor of The Arthritis Foundation!

The Arthritis Foundation is partnering with Committee Chair, Todd Rauchenberger, at Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Inc to host their inaugural Beef, Bourbon, and Blue’s event with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. We hope you can join us on February 9th!

Click on the following link for tickets and for more information on this event:

Pediatric Behavioral Health Tower

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The new Medical Tower for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia, which is currently in design, will support both hospital-based outpatient clinics and an inpatient pediatric behavioral health program. The current base floors serve a variety of program types including outpatient programs such as General Academic Pediatrics, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

The inpatient program is a brand-new service line that CHKD is creating to serve an historically under-served population. The concept for the building is “transformation”. All patients coming to this facility for care are on a journey. Recognizing that the journey for some patients is learning how to be the best version of themselves. Also how being different can be something that is celebrated and valued.


Array Architects
Cerami Associates
Healthcare Building Solutions
O’Donnell & Naccarato
Smith Seckman & Reid
TLC / PACE Collaborative
VHB Engineering
WM Jordan Company
Zipf Associates

5th Annual Soup Day


Fifth Annual Soup Day today! What an awesome way to warm our bellies on this very cold winter day in Norfolk! Terry, thank you for the delicious spread of homemade soups and corn bread. You have spoiled us once again!

A long time friend and partner of PF&A’s, Terry Umberger works as an Account Executive for Interface.

Holiday Cheer!


A few snapshots from our PF&A holiday party. Thanks to everyone there - you made our party wonderful! (Bob Ross and your Christmas squirrel too!)

A special shout-out to Norfolk’s Brick Anchor Brew House for providing us with the perfect venue, tasty food and the most clever drink menus in town!

PF&A Names New Associates!


Join us in congratulating our newest Associates, Sara Heppe, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT and David Peronnet, NCARB, AIA! Sara and David joined PF&A as project architects in 2015 and 2016 respectively and have since, with their talent and leadership, greatly contributed to the success of the firm. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara has more than ten years of professional experience in architecture. Along with her award winning design skills, Sara is fully committed to sustainability and high performance buildings because of their benefits to their owners, their communities, and their environments. Her experience encompasses projects for higher education facilities, labs, and a variety of healthcare spaces ranging from inpatient behavioral health to new outpatient buildings. David offers over twenty years of professional architectural experience and holds several degrees including a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. David has a diverse design background that includes graphic design work for major USA companies, design education and publishing, and architectural work that ranges from single family residences, laboratories, liturgical buildings, and healthcare facilities. Congratulations!