Anthony “Ankie” Barnes FAIA, LEED AP

Anthony “Ankie” Barnes FAIA, LEED AP

FOUNDER, PRINCIPAL

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Ankie received his education at the University of Witwatersrand (B. Arch) and Yale University (M. Arch). In between his studies, he traveled extensively and gained professional experience working in London, Cape Town, and Guatemala. Being trained in both traditional and modern architecture, his experience while at Hartman Cox Architects in the 1980s, where he met Steve Vanze, was impactful with opportunities to design contextual institutional, educational, and civic projects across a stylistic spectrum. Particular emphasis in the classical and traditional realm later became the philosophical design basis of BVA’s well-known residential work.

Since establishing BarnesVanze Architects in 1989, Ankie and Steve have grown the practice to realize a range of constructed projects every year. Ankie’s design agility and passion for merging traditional design with advanced technologies is widely recognized. In 2014, he was named a member of the AIA College of Fellows for his distinctive contributions to the profession and society. A knowledgeable, expressive communicator, Ankie is an inspiring public speaker on the practice of architecture and its influence and responsibilities. He serves on the executive committee of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) and has served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ICAA and as a founding member of the Leaders of Design Council.