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John H. Spencer, FAIA

Mr. Spencer has over fifty years of experience as an Architectural Educator and as a practicing Architect. Mr. Spencer rejoined The Livas Group in 1970 when he returned to Hampton, Virginia to Head the Division of Architecture at Hampton Institute (Hampton University).


Over the years Mr. Spencer has been project Manager/Architect on a broad variety of building types but has been especially involved in the renovation/restoration of academic buildings. These buildings include:

  • The renovation of the Memorial Chapel at Hampton University. This building is on the state and national Historic Registry.
  • The renovation of Bemis Laboratories which houses the Department of Architecture.
  • The renovation and complete refurbishing of Ogden Hall, which is the Concert Hall for Hampton University. This included new structural, HVAC, electrical and plumbing, removal and refurbishing of old theater seats, new curtains, and new stage lighting. The major problem was to integrate these elements into a building built in 1917 and preserve the building character and acoustic qualities. The original building was designed by Ludlow and Peabody, the Architects for Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.
  • Renovation of Virginia Cleveland Hall Dormitory, Hampton University – New HVAC/electrical/plumbing, all fire code issues to meet current building codes. This building is on the National Registry for Historic Buildings.
  • Renovation of Johnson Memorial Library, Virginia State University.
  • Renovation of Lindsey Montague Building for temporary use to house the Library and Archives, Virginia State University. New HVAC and electrical systems.

Each of the above projects involved considerable structural work; HVAC/electrical/plumbing for the introduction of new heating and cooling systems and upgrading to meet current Health and Safety Standards.