Lora J Katz, AIA


New Construction & Renovation

Architectural Feasibility Studies

Historic Building Adaptive Reuse

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Residential Design & Interiors

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Commercial Design & Interiors


Master of Architecture – North Carolina State University 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interior Design) – Virginia Commonwealth University 

Firm Experience 

Lora J Katz, AIA Architecture/Interior Design – Roanoke, VA 

Gilliam Katz Architecture + Design – Roanoke, VA 

Clark Nexsen- Roanoke, VA 

AECOM (formerly HSMM) - Roanoke, Virginia and Washington, DC 

Katz + McConnel - Roanoke, VA 

Marriott International – Washington, DC

Selected Project List 


Wallace Building – Historic tax credit project; commercial building conversion into 7 apartments and ad agency – Roanoke, VA

Habitat for Humanity – Five recent housing prototypes – Roanoke, VA

Aurora - Conversion of historic building into 24 apartments – Roanoke, VA 

Scott and Quinn Graeff Residence, New Country Home with stables and guest house – Botetourt County, VA 

Hyre Knick Residence, New residence – Roanoke, VA 

204 Jefferson, Residence for Ed and Katherine Walker – Roanoke, VA 

204 Jefferson, Residence for Warner and Barbara Dalhouse – Roanoke, VA 

204 Jefferson, Residence for Rupert and Gladys Cutler – Roanoke, VA 

204 Jefferson, Residence for John and Mary Jean Levin – Roanoke, VA 

204 Jefferson, Lobby and Elevator Cab Renovations – Roanoke, VA (historic tax credits) 

The Fairfax, Residence for Dave and Cindy Caudill – Roanoke, VA 

Bernard / Meade Residence, Kitchen Renovation and Exterior Additions – Roanoke, VA 

Bernard / Meade Residence, Addition and Extensive Interior Renovations and Interior Design – Naples, FL

Corporate & Commercial 

Wells Fargo, Western Virginia Operations Center, Lobby Renovation - Roanoke, VA 

Wells Fargo, Western Virginia Operations Center, Dining Renovation - Roanoke, VA 

HomeTown Bank, New River Bank, New branch interior architecture and design – Christiansburg, VA 

HomeTown Bank, Salem, New branch interior architecture and design – Salem, VA 

HomeTown Bank, Downtown Headquarters – Roanoke, VA 

HomeTown Bank, South Roanoke Meeting and Training Facility, Roanoke, VA 

HomeTown Bank, Realty Loan Offices Renovation – Roanoke, VA 

Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore, Conference Facility and Office Expansion – Roanoke, VA 

Clark Nexsen, Regional Office - Roanoke, VA 

Virginia Credit Union, Headquarters and Downtown Branch - Richmond, VA 

Christian Children’s Fund, International Headquarters – Richmond, VA 

Hewitt and Associates, Offices in Riverfront Plaza – Richmond, VA 

The Roanoke Times, Master plan and Multiple Interior Renovations – Roanoke, VA 


Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, Extensive Renovations and Additions – Staunton, VA (historic tax credits) 

The Homestead, Lobby Bar and Sports Bar – Bath County, VA 

Fort Lewis Lodge, Dining Room Interior Design – Millboro, VA 

Hotel Roanoke, Study for Restaurant Bar and Porch Enclosure – Roanoke, VA 

Macados, Wilson-Walker House conversion to Restaurant and Bar – Lexington, VA 

Doyle Washington Hotel, Extensive Interior Renovations – Washington, DC 

Marriott City Hall Annex, Conversion of office building to hotel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (historic tax credits) 

Tan-Tar-A, Renovations – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri 

Hyatt Arlington, Lobby bar and Restaurant Renovations – Arlington, VA 


Virginia Tech, West End Dining Renovations and Additions - Blacksburg, VA 

Virginia Military Institute, Indoor Physical Fitness Training Facility Study - Lexington, VA 

Virginia Military Institute, Leadership and Field Training Grounds - Lexington, VA 

Virginia Military Institute, Kilbourne Hall Plaza Renovations - Lexington, VA 

Radford University, Renovations of President’s Boardroom – Radford, VA 

Radford University, Renovations of Art / Pottery Studios – Radford, VA 

Roanoke City Public Schools - multiple projects under on call contract - Roanoke, VA 

Patrick Henry High School, Culinary School – Roanoke, VA 

Grandin Court Elementary School, Gymnasium Addition – Roanoke, VA 

Preston Park Elementary School, Gymnasium and Classroom Addition – Roanoke, VA 

Jackson Middle School, Additions and Renovations - Roanoke, VA 

Mary Washington University, Dodd Hall Theatre Renovation and Interior Design - Farmville, VA 


Beth Israel Synagogue, Renovations and Additions – Roanoke, VA 

Young Life, Dining Hall Renovations – Rockbridge County, VA 

Center in the Square, History Museum, Renovations – Roanoke, VA 

Public Service

Roanoke City Planning Commission – Current Member 

Roanoke City Arts Commission – Current Member 

Canstruction SWVA – Past Chair 

Radford University, Interior Design Department – Guest Critic 

Cherry Hill II Condominium Association – Board of Directors and Current President 

United Way of the Roanoke Valley – Past Board Member, Planned Giving Chair and Executive Committee Member

Lora is a registered Architect and Interior Designer with varied design experience that includes commercial and residential projects. With degrees in architecture and interior design, her focus is the integration of design into a cohesive, functional and exciting environment. The project program requirements, function and budget are combined to create an environment that tries to exceed expectations. Lora believes that public service is key to improving our community and has served on numerous boards and charitable events. 

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