LeMay Erickson Willcox offers clients a complete range of architectural, planning, and interior design services. From the earliest concept phases through construction administration, our experienced team successfully plans, designs, and manages projects with an eye toward achieving exceptional design that meets programmatic needs, budgets, and schedules. We work closely with clients to ensure that our projects reflect their vision and their specific requirements.  Over the past three decades, we have created an acclaimed practice known for delivering award-winning results and enduring value for our clients.

LeMay Erickson Willcox also has built an extended network of close partnerships across the emergency response community, and construction and security industries. Our partners serve both domestic and international markets enabling LeMay Erickson Willcox to provide rapid and comprehensive solutions to facility and construction needs, as well as flexible multiple avenues for responsive support across industry-related supply chains. These close working relationships multiply LeMay Erickson Willcox’s talent and resources by involving many of the leading experts in the industry.


LeMay Erickson Willcox was founded in 1986 by Michael LeMay, AIA, and Paul Erickson, FAIA. Our first office was located in the basement of Mike’s townhouse in Reston, Virginia. As a result of the founders’ experience and stature in the profession, the firm began to thrive from the very beginning with important commissions in church and municipal architecture.

Jared Willcox, AIA, joined the firm in 1993, bringing strong credentials in commercial architecture and residential development. Neal Roseberry, AIA, joined the practice a year later, bringing extensive expertise in the design of religious facilities in particular. Christopher Kehde joined the firm in 2002 and was elevated to partner in 2015 to help lead the public safety and development studios.

Award-MedalIn 2005, LeMay Erickson Willcox was awarded the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Architecture Firm Award from the Virginia Society AIA. The highest honor to be bestowed by the society upon a Virginia-based architecture firm, LeMay Erickson Willcox is one of only three Northern Virginia firms to earn this honor. We have also received many other prestigious design awards for projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Thought Leaders

Hot Zone Design: Contain the Contaminants

19 June 2015

Why is it that emergency service professionals are so respected by the public at large? Is it because these men and women put their own personal well-being at risk by running into burning buildings, by cleaning up hazardous materials spilled on the highway or by controlling chemical fires? Are they admired because they are always on call, 24 hours a… READ MORE

Building on Purpose

22 April 2015

On behalf of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects, we would like to thank you for attending the Building on Purpose seminar on April 22 & 30, 2015, in Woodbridge, Virginia and Columbia, Maryland. The seminar and workshop, hosted by the Scott Long Construction, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects and Generis, was designed to help congregation leaders & volunteers understand the process of… READ MORE


A hands-on, collaborative environment…the ability to work side-by-side with leading experts in select markets…an opportunity to contribute to an award-winning portfolio of distinguished work in the mid-Atlantic…LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects offers the ideal work environment for dedicated architects and interior designers interested in the practice of commercial, residential, public safety, and religious architecture.

Our culture also embraces a philosophy that values mentoring and long-term professional development. Given our market specialization, the experience and insights of every team member are important. We believe in surfacing new ideas, new technical innovations, and new ways to improve our daily operations and our projects. We welcome input from our entire team.

Our three-story office overlooks a wooded preserve in Reston, Virginia. We are close to Reston Town Center and many major commuter routes, including the Dulles Access Road.

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“What sticks with me the most when I look back on the entire project is the level of trust we developed in LeMay Erickson Willcox, and I don't say that lightly. When issues arose, we looked for guidance from both you and your team. Without fail we received professional, well-researched information with which to make decisions.”

Andrew Frizzle, Deputy Chief Nokesville Volunteer Fire Department

To date, we have had the pleasure of constructing Nokesville VFD #25 and Antioch Fire and Rescue Station No. 24 ----both exemplary LeMay, Erickson Willcox projects. As Estimator on both projects, I am pleased to complement you on the clarity and accuracy of the Bid Documents. It is obvious that your design team fully understands the needs of a modern day Fire Station; further, your team provides the Bidder the information to clearly prepare the most competitive bids!! As Project Manager on the Nokesville project, your Construction Administration team proved itself to be a vital player to get the job done. Submittals were quickly reviewed and returned, progress meetings were conducted professionally and responsibly and most of all, when the everyday issues arose---your team rolled up its sleeves and pitched in to resolve each item.

J. Edward Watkins, Senior Estimator Whitener & Jackson, Inc

This station is a model for the future….We’ve been excited about this from day one. Every aspect of this station has been carefully thought out. LeMay Erickson Willcox has done a fantastic job.

John North, Battalion Chief Alexandria Fire Department, Virginia

The Station at Potomac Yard is a highly successful project for Whiting-Turner Contracting, thanks in part to the cooperation and team approach of LeMay Erickson Wilcox. From the early design process, through the final days of construction, LeMay Erickson Wilcox and Whiting- Turner worked extremely well together as a team to construct a complex project that will provide the City of Alexandria with an outstanding new facility.

Bryan Embrey, Project Manager The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company