Design has taken Charlottesville architects Christopher Hays, AIA, and Allison Ewing, AIA, around the world during their careers. Now the couple wants to apply their global perspective to a regional approach to sustainability. In launching Hays + Ewing Design Studio, the partners – in marriage as well as business – have brought that understanding home.
The couple’s shift to a local focus may come as something of a surprise for those who know their previous work with William McDonough + Partners. Hays, McDonough, and Russell Perry started WM+P in 1994, and Ewing also was an early WM+P initiate, joining the effort to complete a competition entry for what became one of the !rm’s !rst signature projects, Of!ces for Gap, Inc. in San Bruno, California.