Randy is the founder and CEO of BLUELINE. Prior to the firm’s formation in 2004, Randy worked in Northern Virginia and Indiana, including time at the award-winning firm, CORE, in Washington, D.C. “My goal as an architect is to help clients create buildings that further their ambitions and dreams. I believe a building can and should reflect the tastes and values of its owners and occupants,” a philosophy that permeates the entire firm. Randy graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He enjoys traveling with his wife and never likes to “come back the way I went.” His dog, Howie, sometimes tags along to the office.
Anna is Vice President of BLUELINE. She is well-known as The Code Queen for her thorough knowledge and understanding of building code. Anna completed a five-year program in architecture and town planning and earned a Master Engineer Degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Szczecin. After playing the cello for 12 years, she chose to not continue music and a friend suggested a career as a doctor or an architect. We think she chose correctly. She is an avid bookworm, loves to travel, and occasionally exchanges her stilettos for fuzzy pink slippers around the office.
Welby joined BLUELINE in 2008 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Master of Architecture. He believes that architecture is for the service of the occupants. “Creating a building that people want to be in, look at and treasure for a long time is the goal.” Always building things as a child—tree houses, snow igloos, forts in the woods—architecture is a natural fit. His involvement with Habitat for Humanity showed him the social impact that designers can have. His style is neither stark nor excessive, preferring complexity with order. He claims he doesn’t have time for hobbies, but will always make time for a Hokie football game.
With 15 years of experience in architectural design, Mike uses his knowledge and drive for helping others achieve their goals to create significant works. Through his strong work ethic, his projects, and his values, Mike Wittig has created a unique place for himself at Blue Ridge Architects. A plethora of project opportunities ranging from restaurants and banks to medical offices and places of worship have not only shaped and formed his skill, but have contributed to his growing talent here in the Shenandoah Valley and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Mike takes pride in BLUELINE'S office culture and is a solid team player who backs the firm's strategy and lean toward modern design. Free time away from the office usually entails hiking, camping and off-roading as well as playing ``grill sergeant`` in the backyard.
Heather has over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential interior design throughout the East Coast. She has had the good fortune of working on projects have ranging from large to small, commercial to residential, and low to high end. Her favorite projects are always the one’s where all parties involved are heavily invested in the successful outcome of a functional and harmonious space. Heather believes that regardless of the use of the space, the interior should be not only efficient and functional, but inspiring. Even outside office hours, Heather’s interests don’t stray far. She can often be found treasure hunting in local shops, sewing something (badly) for her home or nagging her husband to slow down on trash collection day.
Jose earned his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Louisiana-Lafayette and worked for both an architectural firm and a contractor in Little Rock, Ark. before landing in the Shenandoah Valley. Jose believes that architecture should be influenced by the vernacular, incorporating local styles, building materials, and architectural vocabulary and reflect the historical, cultural, and environmental context in which it exists. Born and raised in Honduras, he is fluent in both Spanish and English and has a unique list of hobbies: shooting pistol for the Honduran Olympic Team, artisanal baker, talented barista and latte artist, and avid runner and cyclist.
As a firm believer in serving others through his craft, Kevin desires to build relationships and unified teams in order to make a dream project a reality. With 30 years of extensive experience in the construction field, he has achieved working on a vast amount of projects ranging from small residential remodels to multi million dollar jobs. Because BLUELINE has set standards and possess values very similar to his own, Kevin finds his position fitting and rewarding. His ambition to think outside of the box and explore new courses of action make him an asset to the firm. Outside of the office, you can find Kevin spending time with his family or coaching football.
Kevin is a focused and diligent designer whose interest in architecture stems from a curiosity about how everything operates and functions. “Insert ‘I wanted to build stuff since I was a kid’ cliché here.” Did we mention his dry sense of humor? He believes designs and structures should provide a service at both the human and urban scale. He’s worked on everything from (mundane) to an exciting 450 linear foot cast-in-place concrete retaining wall, associated site work and renovation of a circa 1906 schoolhouse. But his dream project is designing a factory and test facility for Ferrari. Because his hobby is motor racing, we imagine he’d like driving one, too.
As someone who loves the challenge of keeping “the trains running smoothly and on time,” Melanie certainly has her work cut out for her in our busy office. She is a calm, confident and incredibly capable manager. She has spent most of her career working with banks in a variety of positions and enjoys the different tasks that come across her desk at BLUELINE. “I love the energy in the office and the people I get to work with.” Melanie likes spending time with friends and family, but can often be found with a good book by a roaring fire.
Tessa began her career as an administrative support assistant in 2008 with HDR Engineering in Austin, Texas. Throughout her professional career she has consistently demonstrated commitment and passion to her work, clients, friends and family. Tessa brings a unique spirit and energy to those she welcomes into BLUELINE. In addition to providing administrative support for the office, you can find her writing lyrics, playing music, painting, or spending a beautiful day at a JMU football game with her family.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in interior design at James Madison, Kristin has been fortunate enough to call Harrisonburg home for a number of years. She started at Blueline in 2017; coming from a background in both residential and commercial interior design here in the Valley as well as the Washington DC area. Her experience has taught her that the most successful and rewarding projects are those that allow the occupants to feel connected to their space through a sense of comfort, safety, and inspiration. When she’s not working with clients, she looks for her own inspiration through travel. She can be going for a run around the neighborhood or flying across the world as she is always looking for new design ideas.
Phil brings to Blueline a strong desire for excellence combined with a servant leadership approach. A true problem solver, he enjoys digging into the details of how things are created and designed for a specific purpose to ensure they function smoothly. His vast experience and training in coaching, teaching and administration, combined with a composed demeanor, allows him to develop confidence in any client as they navigate the complexities of a project from “soup-to-nuts”. Leisure time for Phil revolves around his love of family, finding any excuse to be outdoors, and wrenching on classic automobiles.
Ivan has more than a decade of experience designing buildings and products. Prior to a career in architecture, he practiced Industrial Design as a consultant with global brands, and as a senior designer with General Electric Appliances. Ivan received a Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2016. As a proud Virginian, he is happy to be living and working in his home state. When not designing buildings, Ivan enjoys strumming his 6-string, vintage motorcycling, and reveling in the great outdoors.
Christine Kiracofe is known to excel and shine in areas of creativity and execution in Business Development & Marketing. She energizes the team by offering new marketing concepts and fresh approaches to business processes. She loves people and creating long lasting business partnerships. Before making her way to Virginia, she worked for Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid, NY, Russell Stover Candies in RI, Kraft Brands in MA & CO & SYSCO in VA, specializing in Sales and Marketing. She still dreams of one day living on the Amalfi Coast, Italy and owning an Italian ice truck.
Beth is a business graduate of James Madison University and has spent over 20 years working for a local company before venturing out on her own in a bookkeeping and employee benefit administration company. Beth loves to learn and is currently taking online classes in Construction Financial Management., and anything else she feels might be useful for the team. In her downtime, she can be found reading on Kindle or exercising her brain playing Sudoku.
Vanessa Miller joined the BLUELINE team in 2019 after graduating from Iowa State University with a major in Architecture and a minor in Sustainability. Vanessa has served as a Habitat Humanity construction coordinator and a design peer mentor. Her dedication to serving the community as well as students defines her well rounded leadership skills. When she’s not at work, Vanessa enjoys experimenting with materials such as fabric and concrete.
Kirsten joined BLUELINE in 2019 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. She had previously interned for an architectural firm and general contractor, developing a unique skill set and hands-on experience before joining the BLUELINE team. Kirsten is passionate about developing a strong and innovative concept at the start of each project and seeing that concept through the brainstorming stages to development. Raised in the Shenandoah Valley, she could not imagine herself landing anywhere else after graduation and loves to spend time here, outdoors with her family and dogs. She is a newlywed! Got any great advice for her?