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Selection Jury

This year’s residences will be selected by an independent jury and chaired by neighboring architects from Richmond, Virginia.


Katie MacNelly, Jury Chair


Danny MacNelly, Jury Chair


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).


Park Avenue Apartment - ARCHITECTUREFIRM

Jury Members


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JILL NOLT – Glavé & Holmes Architecture – Jury Member

Jill Nolt, AIA ASLA, brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to her work as Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture. As an accomplished Architect and Landscape Architect, her portfolio of work focuses on the relationships between building and site.  Her experience with Urban Design, Higher Education and Residential projects offers a valuable perspective for design thinking across a variety of scales and human experiences.  Jill’s residential expertise includes both new construction and addition/renovation work in a variety of contexts in the Richmond community and her landscape design for the Canterbury Pavilions will be showcased on this year’s Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week.


Originally from the Philadelphia area, Jill received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She continued her education at UVA, earning both a Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture.

EVAN MANN – evan mann architect – Jury Member

evan mann architect is a New York-based architecture firm dedicated to beautiful, thoughtful, and efficient solutions for both commercial and residential spaces. The firm sees the Client as a critical partner in the design process and approaches each project with a spirit of collaboration, openness and attention to detail. Over the past 7 years, his experience with New York City living spaces has led to the successful completion of over 20 residential renovation projects, ranging from townhouses, to apartments, to apartment combinations. The firm’s projects focus on the efficient utilization of all available square footage to maximize usable space for growing families while simultaneously creating a unified and well-detailed whole.

With over 20 years of experience, Evan Mann established the firm in 2010 with an emphasis on smaller projects and direct Client engagement, predominantly in the residential realm. Prior to that, he was a Senior Associate at Gruzen Samton Architects (NYC), staff architect at RTKL (Washington, DC), and designer at FJ Clark Architects (Anderson, SC). He is a registered architect in the state of New York and a LEED-accredited professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University and a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (via the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium in Alexandria, Virginia).

ADAM RUFFIN – Thomas Phifer and Partners – Jury Member

Adam Ruffin joined Thomas Phifer and Partners in 2003. He became an Associate in 2009 and an Associate Director in 2014. He is currently the project manager for the Cine Colombia Headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia and a private residence in Dallas, Texas. He was project architect on the Corning Museum of Glass North Wing in Corning, New York as well as the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina and the Chelsea Arts Studio in New York City. He also served as a project designer on the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Fishers Island House on Fishers Island, New York, the Salt Point House in the Hudson Valley, New York, and the Midwest House in Des Moines, Iowa.

Informed by his experience with solar and sustainable design, Mr. Ruffin has a passion for simple, rigorous architecture that blends progressive technology with elemental form.

Prior to joining the office, he was a Project Manager at the University of Virginia and a Project Designer at Bushman Dreyfus Architects in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Ruffin has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is a registered architect in the state of New York.