Located at the crossroads of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay is Virginia’s independent city, Newport News. The historic city is imbued with numerous leisure spots, breathtaking scenery, accessible amenities, and a great neighborhood—making it the perfect city for people to live in. With that in mind, shaping the ideal setting of your next hometown is a tremendous responsibility.

Our team has prepared a list of the best residential architects in Newport News, Virginia to aid such folks in picking the right designer capable of managing any architectural demands they may have. These firms were selected for their skills, credentials, and expertise. Furthermore, each of these companies has garnered several honors in the form of industry awards, client feedback, and press features.


PMA Architecture

10325 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601

Enriching the familial environment through remarkable and timeless spaces is what PMA Architecture is dedicated to achieving. Founded in 1975, PMA Architecture is the longest-running firm on this list, with almost half a century of experience in the industry. Jeff Stddghill, AIA leads the firm with over 30 years of practice in building design, facility planning, and more. Under Jeff’s leadership, the firm is committed to improving family life through proper design. This commitment has allowed the firm to garner numerous awards over the years, including the 2018 HRACRE Award of Excellence and the 2008 HRACRE Design Excellence for Architecture. The firm has also been featured in several publications in 2021, including The Virginian-Pilot, Distinction Magazine, and VEER Magazine.

PMA Architecture’s portfolio encompasses a wide range of services and initiatives in projects of different scales. The firm’s work on this contemporary suburban house reflects its devotion to perfecting the architectural craft of residential homes. The protruding chimney is perhaps the highlight of the house, significantly enhancing the design of the home. The use of brick, concrete, and stone adds to the precise scale and an angle in the elevation, both of which make it stand out. The design on the inside of the house is also incorporated with contemporary crisp, clean lines. 


GMF + Associates

4356 Bonney Road, Building 3, Suite 102, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

GMF + ASSOCIATES is a registered trade name for DESIGN FOUR, INC., which was founded and licensed as a Class A contractor in 1984. Since its inception, founder Gregory Martin Frech has poured vision into a wide range of renovation, addition, and design projects in Ranch, Traditional, and Colonial homes. The firm has designed hundreds of houses and residential expansions, some of which have garnered awards, including the 2010 Best Master Bathroom Award from the Tidewater Builders Association. The firm’s quality craftsmanship and business approach allow it to be one of Virginia’s leading residential architectural firms. 

This featured project is GMF + Associates’ remarkable take on a Traditional house in Norfolk, Virginia. The conventional two-story column porch evokes the architecture of a colonial plantation. The design accentuated the historical simplicity while maintaining an atmosphere that is ideal for family life. The design was heavily inspired by classical revival details, which the customer requested to incorporate.


Hopke & Associates

1156 Jamestown Road, Suite C, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Since its inception in 1990, Hopke & Associates has helped communities in the region by delivering thoughtful solutions to complex architectural difficulties. Led by Principal John Hopke, LEED AP, RA the firm has built extensive expertise in a wide range of project types over the past three decades. The firm is known in the area for design of unique residential spaces suited to the particular needs of the client. The firm’s ability to take a client’s vision to a real, unique concept has led to the firm being featured in Traditional Building Magazine.

Featured below is one of the firm’s most recent additions to a private residence. This new home office is attached to the original residence by a light-filled space affectionately called “the commute”. The bay window of the home office overlooks a beautiful rain garden, designed to capture rain from the new roofs and add a delightful view from the space.


Matthew G Burton Architect

109 Nat Turner Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606

Despite having just over one decade’s worth of experience, Matthew G Burton Architect has proven itself one of the top architectural firms clients can depend on for residential services. The firm can deliver exceptional results through a specialized team of professionals that understand that creating and designing spaces is an essential part of life. The firm uses state-of-the-art technology, including 3D design, to visualize then execute the entire architectural phases and processes. 

Leading the firm is Matthew Burton, AIA and LEED AP. For over 30 years, Burton has been excelling in the field of architecture, designing and providing strong performance to each of his clients. And when he realized that he could take it to the next level, Matthew decided to establish his own firm which is now accredited with several certifications such as AIA, LEED, NCARB, and SWaM Certified Small Business. 

Provided below is the Chesapeake Bay House, an elegant mix between brick and traditional styles of design. The design incorporates the two styles to provide an elegant, timeless building that will ensure stability and appeal for several generations to come. This home has two levels for the framework, including two-floor plans to accompany the design. The house provides a relaxing and inviting atmosphere for both residents and guests.