Calvert S. Bowie, AIA, NCARB


M Architecture, Yale University, Alpha Rho Chi Medal
BA Architecture, Dartmouth College

Cal Bowie develops the firm’s practice by focusing primarily on the needs of institutions for learning, culture, and enrichment. His experience ranges from academic centers at the nation’s leading independent schools and universities to civic, cultural, and educational institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

As an invited speaker on planning, design and historic preservation, Cal has participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s televised Satellite Town Meeting, “Modernizing Schools,” hosted by the Secretary of Education. He also co-presented a seminar at the AIA National Convention, “Schools as Center of Community,” and at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference discussing the master plan process for The American School in London


William C. Gridley, FAIA, NCARB


M Architecture, University of Virginia
BA, Cornell University

Bill Gridley is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recognized leader in institutional master planning and design. A veteran of over 200 educational and cultural projects spanning over 30 years, he specializes in crafting exceptional built environments for national and international academic and community institutions.

Bill is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), and the Dean’s Forum at the University of Virginia. He is a Peer Review Commissioner for the GSA’s Design Excellence Program. He has served as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education Facilities Working Group and on the United States Olympic Committee for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.


Stuart A. Billings, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB


M Architecture, Rice University
BA, American Civilization, Brown University

With nearly 35 years of experience Stuart Billings has served as Project Manager/Designer on educational, cultural, and civic projects throughout the U.S. In this capacity, he has provided leadership for complex renovation projects, new construction projects, and projects designed to fit within an historical context. A LEED™ certified professional in design and construction, he brings a deep of knowledge of and experience with sustainable design approaches to each project. He has been responsible for the design of several award-winning projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and his work has been recognized for design excellence in national publications.

Stuart is a member of the AIA Committee on Architecture in Education (AIA-CAE).


Jonathan S. Rodvien, AIA

Principal | Director of QA/QC

B Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Jonathan Rodvien directs the firm’s Quality Assurance program. With more than 30 years of experience, he has the design and construction experience of independent schools, cultural and community centers, and institutional projects. He has completed several residential and student life projects for independent schools throughout the Eastern U.S.

Jonathan has co-conducted a workshop on issues of international diversity in a boarding school student body and impacts on the design of physical facilities at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools in Boston. As an active community service volunteer, he served on the Board of Directors for “Christmas in April” in Alexandria Virginia.


Richard S. Salopek, AIA


B Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

During his more than 30 years of professional experience, Rich Salopek has planned and designed a wide array of building types for educational, civic and institutional clients. He has developed a special focus on campus master planning, K-12 education, public libraries, and sports and recreation facilities.

Rich actively participates in the profession’s discussions about how to best serve educational institutions. He drew upon his recent work with K-12 schools to conduct a workshop at the 2017 Conference of the Virginia Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (VA4LE) titled “Strategies for Creating STEAM-Focused Learning Environments.” Active in community affairs, he has served as a Director on the McLean Planning Committee since 2003 and was President in 2010-11 and 2013-14.


Elise H. Robinson, AIA


B Architecture, Cornell University
Rome Program 1994

Elise Robinson serves as a Project Manager for public, independent and charter school projects of various types.

She has recently guided Fairfax County Public School’s Newington Forest Elementary School Renovation, and has coordinated LEED Certification for BGA projects, including the award-winning Meridian Public Charter School.


David E. Marks, AIA

Associate | Project Manager

M Architecture, Rice University
B Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park

David Marks is a Project Manager specializing in projects for educational and institutional clients. During his more than 20 years of experience, he has made significant contributions to the design of high-profile projects for public institutions.

Liem T. Le, AIA

Associate | Director of Information Technology

B Architecture, University of Illinois

As a Project Architect, Liem Le has been responsible for design of a number of high-profile institutional projects. In the 1990’s, his interest in and subsequent passion for the fundamental role of technology in design and construction led to a new direction in his career.

Liem facilitated Bowie Gridley Architect’s integration of Building Information Management (BIM) several years ago and continues to support the implementation of this important technology as it further permeates building industry.

Karen M. Andrews

Associate | Business Manager

MS LIS, Syracuse University
BS, Elizabethtown College

Karen Andrews has played an integral role in the firm’s financial management during her more than 20 years at Bowie Gridley Architects. In addition to her accounting work she is the professional liability education coordinator.

Karen is an avid supporter of the Washington Architectural Foundation’s Architecture in Schools program and is a member of Beta Pi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.