LoCh Design is a full service, woman owned, architectural and design firm, located in Richmond, Virginia. Partners Mary Lorino and Bill Church have been practicing together for the past 14 years. Our broad project experience ranges from small scale residential, to large scale commercial, and a good deal in between. Our projects are connected by a thoughtful approach to design, dedication to our work, respect for others, and commitment to our clients.
LoCh is a SWAM certified business with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is registered with the City of Richmond's Minority Business Development office as a Emerging Small Business. We have numerous repeat clients who have worked with us for years and throughout many changes, evidence of our ability to respond to their needs and concerns.
Our mission is simple – to practice architecture and to do it well.
Mary Lorino has over 25 years of professional architectural experience. As a founding principal of Richmond’s BAM Architects, she established her reputation for providing excellent design work and of possessing a broad knowledge of the architectural profession. Her projects range in scale and type, as does her client base which includes small business owners, Richmond Public Schools, The University of Virginia and Dominion Resources. Mary prides herself on her ability to listen to her clients and develop solutions that respect their needs and concerns. She has worked as a licensed architect in both Richmond and New York City. Her project experience ranges from new construction to adaptive reuse, masterplanning to interior design, and large scale commercial renovations to residential additions. She is particularly well versed in historic preservation tax credit adaptive reuse work, feasibility studies, and small commercial developments. Mary’s projects reflect her own creative versatility. What was once an auto dealership became a branch office dedicated to children’s in home healthcare services, complete with a garden terrace, gym, and music room; a cement plant shed its skin and emerged as a public park. Her interest in the community and environment have lead her to an array of work outside the office, including serving on the Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee, The Church Hill Zoning Committee, The Linwood Holton Elementary School Outdoor Classroom and Garden Committee, and most recently as a Richmond Tree Steward Trainee. She was a founding board member of Tricycle Gardens, served as Secretary for the Scott’s Addition Business Association, and served on the City of Richmond’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Her wide array of professional experiences have led her to a certain ease with every facet of construction, and she’s just as likely to survey and detail a roof as she is to plan a program and design a branch YMCA.
Before joining forces with Mary to establishing LoCh Design, Bill Church had accrued over two decades of professional design skill, knowledge and experience. As a partner of Richmond’s BAM Architects, he has served as Project Manager on a wide variety of project types and scales that include new corporate facilities, adaptive reuse of historic structures, and cultural projects. Prior to his tenure at BAM, Bill worked as a Project Architect with Art & Architecture in Petersburg, Virginia, and with Baskervill in Richmond where he gained extensive design experience in the project types of healthcare and manufacturing. Earlier in his professional career, Bill worked overseas in Zürich, Switzerland, where he focused on mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings. With an analytical mind, keen eye and extensive practice with both domestic and international projects, Bill is the resident oracle of construction details. He’s the guy to whom the rest of the project team looks to answer the question: “so…how does this really work?” Thirty seconds and one free-hand sketch later, he’ll provide the answer complete with a thorough explanation, optional approach and preferred material palette. And that free-hand sketch will be to scale.