Gaver Nichols Architect is a full service architectural firm specializing in the design of additions and renovations, whole house remodeling, infill housing developments and adaptive reuse of older buildings. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the firm has completed over 300 projects, more than 100 of which, are located within a one-mile radius of the studio. Believing that potential clients like to see examples of finished projects, Mr. Nichols lives in a renovated farmhouse designed by the firm. His studio is located within an infill housing project designed and built by the firm.

The principal, Gaver Nichols, AIA, a member of the American Institute of Architects, has a varied background with experience as the Architect, Builder, Developer and Building Owner.

Mr. Nichols is certified by the NCARB (National Counsel of Architectural Registration Boards), and is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.


” Gaver Nichols, Architect has over the years built a reputation of designing projects that are respectful of their historical roots yet creatively and sympathetically remodeled to fulfill client needs.”  -DEL RAY CITIZENS ASSOCIATION


Established in 1988, the firm has created a body of work that seeks to enhance clients lives and the historical context of the neighborhoods in which they are located. Many of the firm’s projects have been featured in various publications and on HGTV’s (Home and Garden Television) “Old Homes Restored”

The design philosophy of the firm is to emphasize designs that are “simple but elegant” and designed to blend seamlessly with the existing home or structure.