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, including overseeing the planning of Liberty University’s campus master plan and associated $1 billion building campaign. 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.

A frequent presenter, Jim has shared findings on the evolution of flexible, student-centered libraries, learning environments, and multidisciplinary facilities in a variety of conference and professional settings including: ACRL, ALA, and Library Journal (libraries); ICFAD, Learning Resources Collaboratory, SCUP (learning environments); and NIRSA (recreational, multidisciplinary facilities), among others. Jim is deeply interested in the design process and learning space design. Jim has co-authored many publications, including VMDO's Academic Library Design and Learning Spaces Design reference materials.

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.