We take an entrepreneurial view of design.  We love the idea of long term relationships and always think in terms of partnership.  We understand that our client’s success is our success.


Services are provided according to a process of collaboration between all primary parties.  Goals, tasks, and desired outcomes are organized around client approved parameters.


We are design advocates for our client’s best interests, mentoring them through what can be a daunting process, often happening in an area outside of their normal business practice



Gaddis Architect specializes in all phases of retail design, design management and construction. If maximizing the success of your business by optimizing the performance of your store, or commercial space design is a goal, then attending the following “Insights” could provide some very real benefits. Many common, and some not so common, design challenges are analyzed. Solutions aimed at increasing retail traffic, creating visual presence in various environments, and expressing not only a particular shopping experience but also the business’s brand, are presented. We think that all design is, on some level at least, retail design.  Please scroll on, start a dialogue, contact us anytime.

Despite Covid19, Gaddis Architect has completed a project for a startup business

Cynthia Cole, Ph.D. Founder of Fontanelle Academy of Early Learning had a vision for a new infant care and early childhood education facility.  One which, last fall, ran directly into a vacant plumbing warehouse on Dove Street in a lesser known semi industrial section of town.  The building, at just over 13,000 sq. ft, was spacious.  With access too public transportation, both on site and legal street parking, room for an outdoor play area, and even adjacent to a small city owned lot that had potential as a “pocket park,”  there was nothing to dislike about the site.  That is, until one was faced with bringing an old warehouse into compliance with Local Code and Childcare Regulations.

Cynthia, on a recommendation from the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, asked us, since we often work with small businesses, to carry out the conversion, i.e.,  the miracle of assimilating old and new bricks n mortar, public safety, expert advisors, skilled tradesmen, products, services, technologies, and most of all a client’s dream into an artful, safe and inspiring place for a child to be.  It is what today’s architects must do.

There were many challenges, not the least being the consequences of an unexpected pandemic.  There were delays due to, reduced access to city staff, slow delivery on products, limit hours of building material suppliers, the necessity of implementing new work safety precautions, and just plan worry about the future.  The team nevertheless persevered until now there is a badly needed, lovely new childcare facility in Alexandria just in time for the “Phase 3” business reopening in Virginia.   It is encouraging news at a time when positive outcomes are in short supply.

The team members:
Ralph Badette
Cayes, LLC

Rich Curry
BC Engineers

Randy Granzow, PE

Hello New “Sub-Urbanism:” Market & Design Trends Before, After, & Way Way After COVID19 Part II?

You may like to check out the referenced articles here, and here.
Photos: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
Recommended Reading:
Stores are more visible than Brands
Some said it is impossible to actualize a brand without bricks n mortar
Some said stores not online are the future of retail
You will find an important read about the difference between marketing and design here.

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