Roger Birle  AIA


After studying at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roger earned a Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia in 1991.  While at UVA, he researched housing design in Berlin and Vienna as the winner of the RTKL Traveling Fellowship.  Upon his return to Charlottesville, he was the in-house architect for Shelter Associates, a custom design/build firm, for five years.  He then joined William McDonough and Partners, where he worked on residential projects, one of which was awarded the Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design and named Custom Home of the Year by Custom Home Magazine.

Roger joined Dalgliesh Gilpin Paxton in 1998 and became a partner in 2008.  As a principal in the firm, he focuses on residential and estate projects, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.  His collaboration with Bob Paxton on the restoration of Esmont Farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, earned design awards from the AIA and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.  This project was featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Writers of the American South.  Two of his more recent residential projects earned the covers of Southern Home and Abode.  Roger is committed to environmentally responsible design strategies and recently completed the firm’s first net zero project.  Through sketches and renderings, his artistic hand is evident today in much of the firm’s work. 

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