Jim Kovach

Jim Kovach

Senior Associate

Jim joined the VMDO team in 2002 and has twenty years of experience working with firms in Virginia and New York. He has since established himself as a key contributor to the firm’s higher education concentration, including some of VMDO’s most noteworthy campus master planning and learning environment projects. Jim’s design experience includes building, landscape, and furniture design, which contribute to his holistic design approach. He is adept at designing indoor and outdoor spaces that are both functional and beautiful. Jim is particularly interested is the design of library and learning commons that marry innovative technologies with beautiful architecture. His most recent project is the Liberty University Library, a 170,000 square foot space that opened January 2014.

Jim is deeply interested in the design process, and is the driving force behind VMDO’s new precedent image library, a database of nearly 20,000 images that architects can refer to for design ideas and inspiration. He also serves on the Design Resource Advocacy Committee, helping curate Design Thursday presentations that allow VMDO staff to share project work and experiences with the rest of the firm. Outside VMDO, Jim has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and was a Co-founder of the Charlottesville Community Design Center.