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RONNIE MCGHEE

R. McGhee & Associates

SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Meeting new people, listening, teaching, and learning new ways to solve problems, lessen inequity and create exciting spaces

RONNIE MCGHEE

Bio:

The great architect, Ronnie McGhee, FAIA, has thirty years of professional practice in architecture, specializing in new construction, existing building rehabilitation, and restoration. He has designed and completed work on numerous landmark and US Park Service National Register Listed properties. Ronnie is also an Associate Professor at Howard University and has mentored hundreds of architectural students over the past 16 years at Howard. He is a strong advocate of the AXP program and is a member of the NCARB Board

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I loved taking things apart and putting them back together: I would build structures out of all kinds of materials to be part of my childhood Imagineering: forts, houses, caves and bridges. Creating buildings that affect people’s lives excited me.

What do you do?

I am a principal at my own 15-person Architecture firm. We specialize in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects while focusing on K through 12 schools, and other community focused projects: recreation centers, libraries, and housing.

What excites you in the work you do?

Communicating and engaging with people about their physical environment and creating something that never existed before. Creating healthy, wellness-based environments and observing structures or open spaces being used and enjoyed in creative ways.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Meeting new people, listening, teaching, and learning new ways to solve problems, lessen inequity and create exciting spaces

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

The number of students, interns, architects I have trained/taught and learned from AND the number of historic African American structures I have restored and/or brought back to service, in particular the National Register listed Whitelaw Hotel in DC.

Featured Project Name: 

Ward 5 Short Term Family Housing

Featured Project Location: 

1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20018

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Summer 2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Architecture, Preservation, Interior Design

 

Featured Project Description:

The District of Columbia is replacing its DC General shelter for homeless families with a network of smaller family housing facilities in each ward of the city. The newly constructed Ward 5 Short Term Family Housing (STFH) facility includes 46 STFH family units; computer labs for the residents; administrative space for staff and providers; outdoor playground and recreational space; age-appropriate indoor recreational space; homework/study lounge for residents; and other amenities.​

Photography Credit:

Ken Wyner/ken@kenwynerphotography.com