Jim Kovach

Jim Kovach


Jim joined the VMDO team in 2002 and has twenty years of experience working with firms in Virginia and New York. He is a key contributor to the firm’s Higher Education concentration, designing some of VMDO’s most noteworthy campus master planning, arts, academic, and student-centered projects. He has helped establish VMDO’s concentration in academic and public library design, and is currently helping modernize his childhood library in upstate New York – New City Public Library. 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.

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