Welcome To Cornerstone

Founded in 1991, Cornerstone Architects is a full service architecture and interior design firm specializing in healthcare, corporate/office, residential (single and multi-family), and commercial (industrial and retail). Having worked together at Marshall Erdman, a national design/build healthcare firm, founders Richard Morse and Richard Peterson felt strongly their years of experience coupled with their depth of knowledge in this branch of design would lead to success in the start of their new business. This path was not only a logical choice, but strategically smart for a small business in a difficult economic climate. Though the years, Cornerstone has become a leading competitor in this arena and has completed many successful projects working with developers, hospitals, private practices, as well as the Veterans Administration.

Who We Are

To create a built environment that makes a distinguished statement and contribution to the community while remaining environmentally responsible.
We help clients make value-based decisions and achieve clear, quantifiable results. We apply our extensive knowledge and collaborative process to achieve innovative solutions that are beautiful, functional, and inspiring. We continually seek to understand the client’s experience and we integrate what we learn into our design solutions.
In all our projects, regardless of scale or location, we celebrate our client’s values, goals, and intentions. Rather than solutions derived from preconceived notions, we pledge to respond to each client’s needs individually and deliver innovative solutions that keep practicality, economics, and environmental concerns in mind.

Our Strengths

Healthcare 98%
Government 95%
Corporate / Office 91%
Historical Restoration 91%

Meet Our Team

Richard K. Morse, AIA
Richard K. Morse, AIAPrincipal
Mr. Morse has over 30 years of experience in architecture, project management, and construction, and is responsible for Cornerstone’s business management.
Richard T. Peterson, Jr., AIA
Richard T. Peterson, Jr., AIAPrincipal
Mr. Peterson’s robust professional history includes over 30 years of experience in pre-contract activities, programming, architectural design and administration through project delivery for a variety of design-build projects.
Erik Quackenbush, AIA
Erik Quackenbush, AIAAssociate
Erik was born and raised in Virginia, but has spent time overseas in various pursuits. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 and has since worked in healthcare design. He enjoys spending time outdoors, and serves in volunteer capacities in his community.
Charles Selden
Charles SeldenArchitectural Designer
Charlie comes from an architectural family, and while he has worked in several allied fields (set design, furniture design, exhibits design, illustration), his interests lay in the built environment. He has a passion for tackling complex design challenges.
Audra Powell, CID
Audra Powell, CIDInterior Designer
Hailing from Lynchburg, Virginia, Audra joined Cornerstone Architects in 2009, from her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. This multifaceted artist not only excels in her field, she is a talented furniture and clothing designer as well.
Amanda Monger, CID
Amanda Monger, CIDInterior Designer
Amanda received her degree at Eastern Michigan University. She relocated to Richmond and created Cornerstone’s interior design arm of the business. She ventured around, gathering experience in corporate and healthcare design, then returned to Cornerstone in 2013. Amanda enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Johanna Huddle, LEED AP BD+C
Johanna Huddle, LEED AP BD+CArchitectural Designer
After graduating from Virginia Tech with degrees in both Architecture and Spanish, Johanna began her career in architecture leading volunteers in building houses at Habitat for Humanity. She then switched into the more traditional office environment and joined Cornerstone in 2015. Johanna enjoys singing and exploring Richmond.
Qi Liu
Qi LiuFinancial Administrator
Qi is responsible for our firm’s accounting operations. She also works with project managers on project budgeting, planning and management needs. Qi earned her Masters of Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Our Services

Project Delivery

The key to any successful project is the open and honest participation of people from all aspects of design; mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, landscape, architectural, and interiors.  Not only does Cornerstone have experience with traditional Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build methods, we also possess the knowledge and experience to act as an effective collaborative partner using any project delivery method.

Communication

At Cornerstone Architects, we realize constant communication and understanding amongst the architects, vendors, contractors, and clients are essential ingredients to a successful design and a happy client  As a result, we begin our design process by actively “walking in the shoes” of our clients and their customers.  We do this by immersing our team members in the lives of our clients as well as working closely with key individuals to study and explore their functional “wish lists” for optimized operations.

Why Choose Us

      • We provide full-service architectural and interior design services led by an award-winning design team
      • We offer project management services for both small and large-scale projects, regardless of their complexity, from concept site planning and engineering to architectural/interior design with on-time, on-budget delivery.
      • We utilize a collaborative working relationship with clients while maintaining an intense focus on project cost and schedule management