Victor Vines, AIA
President + Principal
Founding his practice in North Carolina in 2008, Victor Vines has spent the last eighteen years producing design work in the South Atlantic region by inspiring clients, colleagues, himself and the studio of Vines Architecture to do their very best work. As President of Vines Architecture, Victor Vines has been responsible for the management and Wdirection of a vast number of architectural and special projects. Victor infuses over 25 years of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the firm. His design portfolio ranges from libraries, museum and cultural institutions, educational/university facilities to large-scale urban projects with a particular focus on “visitor based” design solutions that inspire. Within his portfolio are the AIA award winning NC A&T State University School of Education, the AIA award winning Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture and the Programming and Planning of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. During his career Victor Vines has worked closely with his design partners contributing to projects receiving over sixteen AIA design awards (regional, state and local) and has led and directed over forty projects over a thirteen-year period with flagship public clients.
Vines is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED®AP) in the studio and has directed the design of over 700,000 square feet of LEED certified, environmentally sensitive, and high performance buildings. Although Victor Vines is ultimately responsible for guaranteeing the success of the practice, he is known for his very hands-on project involvement; deliberate efforts to share his knowledge with firm members, students, interns, and clients; and an intense collaboration with other associate firms and highly accomplished specialty consultants such as Buro Happold, HLB Lighting, Silman Associates and Andropogon. His style of “comfortable vulnerability” and approach is to actively participate in each project with the community and stakeholders to assure the overall client needs and project requirements are achieved at the highest level. This responsibility resides from the pre-design and conceptual phases through project close-out with a heavy emphasis on client/project development and unquestionable commitment to his design partner through the execution of the firm’s work.
Across an incredible array of environments, building types, scales, visual expressions, colleagues and human circumstances, Vines’ career illustrates that Architecture is a full-bodied calling. He shows us that as Vines Architecture continues to emerge, it demands our best humanity, intellect, tenacity and commitment.