About Henningsen Kestner

Whether your property overlooks blue water or nestles among rolling green hills, we’ve got the artistry and practical experience to maximize its potential.

Too often, we see property owners suffer thoughtless design flaws.

If your current space is too bright or too dark, your gorgeous view languishes behind obstructions, or the flow of traffic through your space is wildly inconvenient, chances are high your previous designers did not take the strategic approach.

With Henningsen Kestner, you get fresh eyes and ideas without abandoning functional details. By thinking through problems unique to your location, we design architecture that enhances the value of your space.

Our background includes 20+ years of architectural design for golf clubhouses, country club facilities, commercial offices, mixed use, multi-family, and custom residential homes up and down the East Coast, from Florida to Massachusetts.

No matter what project you want to bring to life, our vast range of experience with different materials, structural systems, and client personalities makes it possible.


Architectural design for golf clubs, country clubs, and pool and tennis facilities define the quality of their member experiences. If you want your guests to savor the pleasure of living the dream in your space, you need to make it easy for them to relax, connect with friends, and indulge in total comfort.

We make it simple for you to solve the problems previous architects may have created. You get strategic insights and solutions from a small team of committed designers who put communication first. Let us improve your social center and help your community thrive. Click here to see our featured resort and hospitality projects.


We design custom homes, multifamily developments, and condos that are creative, effective, and efficient. With adaptable, carefully thought out plans, you, your family, or future residents will experience living spaces that actually enhance your lifestyle.

From a master bath or screen porch addition to a complete renovation of historic properties, our work solves your unique design challenges while delivering long-term value. (We like to say that we can enhance everything from 250 to 350,000 square feet.)

As artists, we thrive under challenging restraints. If you’ve got complex site conditions, sensitive in-fill projects, neighborhoods and architecture review board influences, or historic district limitations, we know how to transform your constraints into the house you long for. Click here to see our featured residential projects.


We love what we do—and that includes a wide variety of projects. Though mixed-use developments are a staple of our portfolio, other favorites include professional office spaces, shopping centers, preschools and even a fire station.

We’re a small firm, but we stay small on purpose. It allows us to connect directly and listen hard to our clients, remain nimble and adaptable to new projects and hurdles, and flex our design skills on a remarkable breadth of fun concepts. Click here to see our featured commercial projects.

From the historic walls of our design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia, we prioritize three things:

  • Smart problem solving. We don’t give you the obvious solution—we give you the best one. So you get results that not only look good, they stand the test of time.
  • Long-term partnerships. We take the time to get to know you upfront and stay in touch after project close. So you have more fun during the process and ongoing support after it ends.
  • 100% integrity. Our collective commitment to loyalty, honesty, and transparency means you get to relax and spend your time where it matters most.

Designing the facility your members deserve can be easy and rewarding. Let us show you how.