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LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects Joins FGM Architects

FGM Architects (FGMA) is pleased to announce that LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects (LEWA), located in Reston, Virginia is joining our firm.



"LEWA’s culture and core values center on the idea that architecture and design can improve the human experience. We are excited to join with the FGMA team, expanding our collective opportunities to build communities and provide exceptional places to live, work, protect and play.” Christopher Kehde Managing Director FGMA NoVA



Lemay Erickson Willcox Architects was founded in 1986 by Michael LeMay, AIA, and Paul Erickson, FAIA. The founders’ experience and industry stature were such that their firm thrived from its inception with significant commissions in religious, community and municipal architecture. The firm has been recognized for decades of design excellence, leadership within the profession, and active community service. In 2005, Virginia AIA bestowed the chapter’s highest firm honor, the David Fitzgibbon Award, on LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects to recognize the firm consistently producing distinguished architecture for more than 10 years. In 1993 Jared Willcox, AIA, joined the firm bringing strong credentials in commercial architecture and residential development. Neal Roseberry, AIA, joined the practice in 1994, bringing extensive expertise in the design of religious facilities. Christopher Kehde joined LEWA in 2002 and became a partner in 2015 to lead the public safety portfolio.



Paul Erickson, a founding partner of LEWA says, “Both LEWA and FGMA are award-winning firms that share core cultural values in our commitment to quality, services and enhancing communities. Each firm is well-known for working collaboratively with community partners, fostering enduring client relationships and designing buildings that have a positive impact on the people who use them. LEWA’s strengths will be bolstered by FGMA’s robust operational infrastructure, new practice areas as well as regional markets. Collectively, we have expanded our skills, manpower and resources to serve both national and international clients.”


LEWA is a nationally recognized expert in the design of public safety, faith based and multifamily/mixed-use projects.

Beachwood Public Safety Center Fire Station 2, Beachwood, Ohio
Kincora Safety Center, Sterling, Virginia
Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia
Heritage Fellowship Church, Reston, Virginia
Station at Potomac Yard, Alexandria, Virginia
Elms at Signal Hill Station, Manassas, Virginia
Elm at Century, Germantown, Maryland
Engine Company 1, Washington, DC


FGMA’s nationally-known expertise in municipal/public safety design (municipal buildings, police/fire stations, 911/Emergency Response Centers) will be enhanced by LEWA’s expertise in the design of national fire and training facilities. Both firms are well-known for the design of faith-based facilities for all denominations. FGMA will maintain its existing federal practice which is national in scope.


Tim Kwiatkowski, FGMA’s President says, “We’re excited to gain LEWA’s expertise and experience in the design of multifamily/mixed-use facilities and looking forward to sharing FGMA’s expertise in PK-12/Higher Education and Recreational facility design with our new colleagues.”



"With the addition of LEWA, FGMA furthers our strategic goal of growth through diversification, both in terms of practice expertise and geographic reach. FGMA now has a distinct presence in the Mid-Atlantic region in addition to our already strong footprint in the Midwest and Texas. We anticipate being able to demonstrate a wider array of quality design solutions to our clients in all these regions, helping to build better communities in the process.” John Dzarnowski, FGM Chief Executive Officer



In addition to fortifying the the public safety and faith based practices, the acquisition of LEWA aligns with FGMA’s federal, higher education and pk-12 practices.

Together FGMA has increased our team to 160+ professionals with seven offices in five states.



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