LCA is a small practice offering personalized architecture and interior design services. We have experience in residential, commercial and community based facilities with an emphasis on sustainable design. Our work in the Triangle and North Carolina includes libraries, restaurants, schools (K-12, Community College and University), places of worship and a variety of buildings that serve communities.
We are rooted in the modernist tradition of functional beauty, where design springs from its use and purpose. We are always mindful of the larger context, designing buildings that contribute to their surrounding environments, whether urban or rural.
Louis Cherry, Principal Architect, FAIA, LEED AP
Louis Cherry has been practicing architecture in North Carolina since 1983. Trained in literature (Duke University), art (East Carolina University), and architecture (North Carolina State University), Louis was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2009 and is accredited as a LEED design professional (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design).
Cherry Huffman Architects, PA, was founded by Louis Cherry and partner Dan Huffman in 1992, and was selected as North Carolina's 2009 firm of the year by NC AIA. Louis has served on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and was a founder of the Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School community garden. Louis has taught periodically in the NCSU College of Design for over 20 years teaching design studios and professional practice. Louis Cherry Architecture is a small design practice focusing on modern residential, commercial and institutional design.
Jesse White, Architectural Designer
Jesse discovered his career ambition while working on an 18th-century house in Beaufort, South Carolina. Although his career began in science at UNC-Chapel Hill, the process of restoring and reconstructing this historical home cultivated within him a deep passion for architecture and an ever-growing interest in residential design. Jesse went on to complete a Masters of Architecture degree at Virginia Tech and focused his thesis work on the life of buildings in time and how artful detailing can narrate the process of a building's making.
After his first year of graduate school, Jesse volunteered as a design/build intern in Pass Christian, Mississippi to serve the hurricane stricken community and to explore the relationship between hands-on construction and the studio-driven design process. These questions led Jesse to become a Graduate Assistant for the Virginia Tech LumenHAUS project, a design/build solar home and winner of the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe. During his thesis year, Jesse was awarded by the faculty with the Kyrus/Wheeler Award and 1st Place for his team's entry in the WAAC Short Film Competition.
Bhavneet Birdi, Architectural Designer
Bhavneet was born in Hornchurch, England, a short train ride outside of London. Here, she followed in the footsteps of her aunt, a secondary school art teacher in Canterbury and became fascinated with the arts. The weekends and holidays were spent touring cities and museums throughout Europe.
Upon immigrating to the United States Bhavneet continued to pursue her interest in the arts. At each stage of her education she found a way to channel her creativity. First, through artwork, ceramics and theater in high school, then through a Bachelors of Interior Design at Florida State University and lastly in acquiring a Masters of Architecture degree at Virginia Tech.
These experiences led her to work at various architecture and interior design firms from Orlando, Florida to Alexandria, Virginia and finally finding a home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she joined Louis Cherry Architecture.
Alison Croop, Architectural Designer, LEED AP
Alison's path towards a career in architecture began at a young age when she helped her father build a tree fort in their backyard. The thrill of seeing her ideas become reality awoke a passion for design and building that she continued to nurture throughout her education. She received her Bacherlors in Architecture at Clemson University where she had the opportunity to study in Barcelona and New York City.
Taking a year off before graduate school, she moved to Raleigh where she fell in love with the rich history of modernist residential architecture in the Triangle area.
During her time at North Carolina State University, where she received her Masters of Architecture as well as the Energy & Technology Certification, she discovered a new passion for sustainability and became a LEED accredited professional. Before finding her place at Louis Cherry Architecture, she had also worked at another Raleigh firm primarily focused on large commercial projects.
Nick Owings, Architectural Designer
Nick is a native of Kansas. From an early age he had many opportunities to experience and understand the significance of architecture and place. He’d often spend Saturday mornings with his brother and grandfather exploring the grassy flint hills, farmlands and small rural towns of the Midwest. The agricultural vernacular buildings intrigued him. Especially by their complexity and beauty amongst the backdrop of the big sky country.
Nick’s early childhood influences would guide his educational path to an undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture degree, both at the University of Kansas. In 2004, he completed his final thesis semester of graduate studies as a member of Studio804.
Studio804 is a non-profit, interdisciplinary studio where students design and build a project in a semester. This particular year, the students were tasked with designing and building a modular prefabricated residence in a factory setting while site and foundation work was prepared. The collaborative process was rich with critical thought and design-think, design-make ideology. From this process, Nick's pursuit of creating an architecture of reality and significance emerged.
After graduating, Nick packed up his pick-up truck and headed east to North Carolina. He settled in to the triangle area: a region known for its exceptional modern architecture. He began his early career with a local design build residential firm. Thirteen years later, now a member of Louis Cherry Architecture, his passion and wonder for remarkable architecture continues.