History of Moseley Architects
In 1969, the Beatles recorded “Abbey Road”; 400,000 people converged on Max Yasgur’s farm for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair; Neil Armstrong walked on the moon; John Wayne earned an Oscar for his performance in “True Grit”; and the Boeing 747 made its initial test flight. It was amidst these events that William Ward Moseley left his position as a principal in a prominent Richmond, Virginia, architectural firm to establish his own practice in the city. Notable early commissions won by Bill’s young firm included a new courthouse in Danville, Virginia, and the New Market Hall of Valor, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
James H. Hening, Jr., joined Bill as a second owner in 1971, at which time the firm became known as Moseley-Hening Associates, or MHA. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, MHA’s work included numerous and diverse building types ranging from private residences to schools, commercial buildings, government and military facilities, and more.
Under Bill Moseley’s leadership, the company grew steadily in size and by 1988 had a staff of 40. Its projects became increasingly larger and more complex as well. Bill remained president, CEO, and chairman of the board until 1988 and has enjoyed retirement since 1990.
In 1988, ownership of the firm passed to a new generation of leaders who remain among the principals and owners of Moseley Architects today. In that same year, Robert L. Mills, PE, became president, CEO, and chairman of the board, having previously served as business development director and board member. Bob’s limitless enthusiasm for life and for people energizes everyone around him. Infused with that spirit, the firm enjoyed continuing growth and success under his leadership, ultimately becoming known simply as Moseley Architects. During Bob’s tenure, Moseley Architects opened multiple offices in the Carolinas and Virginia, entered the higher education and detention/corrections markets, and became a leader in sustainable, high performance design. Bob remains a trusted advisor to the firm’s board of directors.
Stewart D. Roberson, current chairman, president, and CEO, joined the firm in 2011. Since that time, Moseley Architects has expanded to nine offices serving clients across the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and China. Throughout the firm’s history, Moseley Architects has been repeatedly ranked among the top design firms in the nation by Architectural Record, Building Design & Construction, and Engineering News-Record.