M. Kirk Train, FAIA
M Kirk Train, FAIA, is the design partner at Train Architects, a 6 to 8-person design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. The firm, founded in 1990, concentrates on general design within the commercial, institutional, and residential markets. The firm is known for its straightforward, yet tightly organized design solutions, which embrace the varied context of site, client, budget, program and sustainable issues, in well conceived forms emphasizing the quality and nature of the materials and organization used.
After receiving his M. Arch. degree from Yale University in 1978, he worked for I.M. Pei & Partners (intern), Eisenman Robertson Architects (Associate), and Cooper, Robertson & Partners (Project Architect) before founding Train Architects. He also taught design and theory at Mississippi State University and at the University of Virginia. In 1983 he was registered to practice in Virginia. He is currently registered and practicing in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, New York and has NCARB certification.
Kirk Train has won over 20 design awards since his firm’s inception, most notably for the Inger and Walter Rice Education Building at the Rice Rivers Center (Virginia Commonwealth University). It has been awarded the Governor’s Green Innovation Award, Project of the year and Best Green Project of the Year by Mid- Atlantic Construction Magazine, Honor Award, Excellence in Architecture by AIA Virginia and the Rice Building was awarded the first LEED Platinum certification in Virginia. In 2014, the AIA Virginia bestowed him with the Noland Medal, their highest award. The medal is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, which spans a broad spectrum of the profession, and which transcends the scope of normal professional activities. Kirk has received recognition from the AIA Central Virginia and the AIA Virginia for Community Service and Distinguished Achievement. In the past he has served in numerous positions in AIA Virginia, including President in 2009. An accomplishment that he takes great pride in is the Virginia Center for Architecture, now called Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. It was a distinct honor to have served as Chairman of the Foundation at the Center’s Opening in 2005 and he is currently a Trustee Emeritus. Other civic responsibilities have been President of the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Chairman of the Albemarle County Architectural Review Board, a United Way volunteer, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and a member of the Steering Committee for Scenic 250, a Citizens advocacy group for 250 West in Albemarle County.
He lives west of Charlottesville in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife, Cathy, President of the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area. They have two children: Kelley, CEO and President of Plainfields Media, and Sam, a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy out of San Diego, CA.