James Vea, CID, Partner

Education: Holds Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Interior Design, Virginia Commonwealth University. Cum Laude

Experience: James has 23years experience in interior and architectural design and construction administration. James has held positions as both a designer and Project Manager for Ai (both Washington and Richmond offices), Group Goetz Architects, Gold Mantis Design and Construction (Suzhou, China), and Commonwealth Architects. He has also held an Adjunct Professor position with VCU teaching the Introduction to Interior Design Studio. He has been involved with both new corporate projects, restaurant design, and historic adaptive reuse projects. His project experience history includes:


  • Mayton Transfer Lofts, warehouse conversion to 111 condo and rental units in Petersburg, VA
  • Colonial Marble Building, warehouse conversion to 81 rental units in Petersburg, VA
  • Virginia Insulation Building, warehouse conversion to 27 rental units in Petersburg, VA
  • Bridge Street Lofts, warehouse conversion to 70 rental units + commercial space in Danville, VA
  • Hylton Hall, historic office conversion to 82 rental units in Danville, VA
  • Miller and Rhoads Hotel, mixed use adaptive reuse, condo design
  • Cary Court Shopping Center, restaurant and retail design of Jean Jacques Bakery, Schwarzschild Jewelry, and Richmond Camera
  • Academy of Fine Arts, adaptive reuse of an historic warehouse into a Black Box Theater in Lynchburg, VA
  • Heilig Myers, corporate headquarters interior design and detailing
  • Tanners Landing, new waterfront condominium construction with 42 units in Norfolk, VA
  • 2129 Park Avenue, 4 unit, 3 story apartment house, Richmond, VA
  • 2025 Monument Avenue, 8 unit, 2 story multi-family apartment building, Richmond, VA
  • Tropical Smoothie store fitout, Fairfax, VA
  • 5 East Marshall St, 24 unit, 3 story apartment adaptive reuse, Richmond, VA
  • 14 East Broad St., 4 unit, 3 story apartment adaptive reuse, Richmond, VA
  • 404 North Sycamore St., 8 unit, 4 story apartment  with 1st floor retail adaptive reuse, Petersburg, VA
  • Woodlake Animal Hospital Renovation & Addition, Chesterfield County, VA
  • Holiday Barn Pet Resort Kennels Additions, Glen Allen, VA
  • Lee Medical , 7 story conversion to 50 apartments.
  • Sauer Center Headquarters Offices and Factory Renovation, Richmond, VA
  • Sauer Center 2000 W. Marshall Base Building fitout, Richmond, VA
  • Sauer Center 840 Hermitage Base Building Fitout, Richmond, VA


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