Columbia Baptist Church celebrates their New Sanctuary!

At the end of February, the long-awaited Sanctuary at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church opened its doors and celebrated their first service. The sanctuary’s 1100+ seats were filled for this emotional and blessed event. Before and after the service, the adjacent Foyer was full of happy church members, guests and friends. HLR Architects is Read More

HLR Architects Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary

FAITHFULLY SERVING OUR CLIENTS FOR 50 YEARS HLR Architects Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary Our firm’s history began in the early 1970s, when young architects David Lipp, Tom Helbing, and Paul Salditt left the Alexandria VA firm of VVKR, an architectural firm that that launched several other Northern Virginia firms. The three young entrepreneurs began producing Read More

Immanuel Anglican Church; Dedication of the Mission Outpost

On Saturday, January 14th I attended the dedication of the new Immanuel Anglican Church’s Mission Outpost, the culmination of a journey that began in 2016 when they asked HLR Architects to design their new home. It has been such an honor to plan and design this new church for such a special congregation. I had Read More

Christmas Update from HLR

Merry Christmas, everyone! With the holiday season around the corner, I wanted to give everyone an update on our current projects and what we are looking forward to in the new year! In 2022, we completed projects for Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Vienna Assembly of God, Arlington Church of Christ, Oakton Montessori School, and Read More

We Are Sponsoring the WAVA’s Pastor’s Luncheon and Conference!

We are excited to announce that Helbing Lipp Recny Architects is sponsoring the WAVA Radio’s Pastor Conference and Luncheon on November 8th at the Museum of the Bible! We are looking forward to meeting the pastors and attendees this year and learning about the building and expansion goals of the faith community in the DMV. Read More

HLR’s Summer Update

  This summer is going to be a busy one for us! We have recently wrapped up renovation projects with Arlington Church of Christ and Pleasant Valley United Methodist. And the Church of Pentecost‘s new sanctuary building is being dedicated in July. Construction is nearly complete on Immanuel Anglican Church in Prince William County. The Read More

Spring Update from HLR Architects

As winter and Covid finally recede into the past, we are looking forward to an exciting and busy spring.  Our Church of Pentecost project in Lorton is complete and the church is starting to move into their new building, which features two sanctuaries and a large fellowship hall.  Immanuel Anglican Church in Manassas continues to Read More

Merry Christmas 2021 from HLR Architects

  As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to express our gratitude to our amazing clients and our wonderful consulting network, friends, and colleagues. This year we have been busy, and we are so grateful so many have trusted us to design their buildings. We celebrated the completion of several of our projects Read More

Groundbreaking at Immanuel Anglican

It was a glorious Sunday afternoon in October, with the sun brightly shining in a crisp, blue sky, when Immanuel Anglican Church celebrated their groundbreaking ceremony at their new property on Hoadly Road in Manassas.  Bishop John Guernsey joined Pastor Travis Hines, members of the church’s Move Team, and church leaders to officially break ground Read More

A Tour of Rivendell School’s New Facility

(By Haley Roddie)  As the newest employee of HLR Architects and a Tolkien fan, I was intrigued at the idea of a school with a Rivendell or Lord of the Ring’s “theme” that was designed by my new employers. and completed earlier this year.  I had the opportunity to tour the school with my friend, Read More

Local Car Wash Gets A Tune Up – Vienna Car Wash Renovation

A few years ago, HLR Architects worked alongside a building owner and an entrepreneur in Vienna to renovate an old dry cleaner space into a new bubble tea restaurant called Gem Tea. After completing the renovation, the building’s owner returned to HLR Architects to design a space for his next tenant’s space, an old car Read More

The AMP in Jefferson County Proves Patience is A Virtue

In 1975, when Sam Michaels Farm was designated as a West Virginia State Park, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation had an excellent opportunity to develop something for future generations to love and cherish. Fast forward to 2003, the Jefferson County park authorities hired HLR Architects (then “Helbing Lipp Ltd”) to develop a master plan for Read More

The Columbia Baptist Church

Columbia Baptist Church Grows Stronger In Pandemic – Church Renovations Timeline Improves

Sometimes great things come out of challenging situations. In 2021, it’s more complicated than not to think of things that benefited from the Coronavirus Pandemic. With fewer activities at the Columbia Baptist Church due to Covid-19, the timeline for the renovation and addition designed by HLR Architects has continued to improve. Columbia Baptist Church is Read More

From a Concrete Plan to a Concrete Pad – New Church Construction Moves Forward

Original site photo for the Church of Pentecost. Lorton, Virginia, will soon be the home of a new church with help from HLR Architects. For this project, we developed the master site plan and designed the enormous 37,200-square-foot structure. This is no ordinary church. What makes the Church of Pentecost unique is that it will Read More

The History & Legacy Of The Jefferson County School District

  HLR Architects has designed many projects for the Jefferson County School District over the last 35 years. Last week, HLR Architects President & Principal John Recny, decided to give the drawings for those projects to the Jefferson County Schools. The drawings include not just HLR designs, but also many of the drawings prepared by Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from HLR Architects

Merry Christmas from Helbing Lipp Recny (“HLR”) Architects to all of our clients, our consulting network, and our friends and colleagues. In 2018 we have been very busy and are grateful that so many have entrusted us with the design of their buildings.

EQUIP: WAVA’s Pastor’s Luncheon and Conference

We’re doing it again! We had such a great time meeting many pastors and representatives of the local faith community in May, that we have decided to sponsor the next WAVA Pastor’s Luncheon, which will be held THIS COMING THURSDAY, October 11th. This event will be at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC Read More

Updates on some of HLR’s exciting projects!

Our firm has been busy this month with multiple exciting new and ongoing projects! We've been lucky enough to work with James Rumsey Technical Institute, Purcellville Children’s Academy, Knollwood Community Church Family Center, the Sam Michael’s Amphitheater, the W. Randy Smith Rec Center and much more in Northern Virginia and West Virginia. We've also been featured on the cover of Christian School Products 2018 Buyer’s Guide for our works. Check out our blog post to learn what else we've been getting into!

We’re excited to announce WAVA’s Pastor Conference & Luncheon

Our firm is excited to announce that we are a proud sponsor of WAVA Radio’s Pastor Conference and Luncheon being held on May 16. We are enthusiastic about this year’s event because it is being held at a church that we designed – Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia!

Merry Christmas from Helbing Lipp Recny Architects

As we celebrate the miracle that is Christmas, we at Helbing Lipp Recny Architects would like to send a warm “Merry Christmas” greeting to our clients, our consulting network, and our friends and colleagues. We are very thankful that 2017 has been a good year for our firm, with construction completed on Sterling United Methodist Read More

What’s New in West Virginia Architecture?

We always like sharing good news – especially when it’s related to architecture. We’ve been busy with several exciting community, commercial and religious projects in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia over the last few months. Community Architecture We’re fortunate to work with some really great, really lucky people. Take W. Randy Smith. The former Read More

Helbing Lipp Recny’s Summer Round-up

Faithful Service to Our Clients, Exceptional Design Solutions Summer comes and goes so quickly. That’s why we want to take a moment to slow down and remember all of the great projects we have worked on during this very busy season. We’re excited to share the latest news about our religious, educational and commercial architecture. Read More

Congrats Kent State!

Stunning New Architecture Building Opens From the desk of our President John Recny There’s nothing like setting foot on your college campus. Decades later, it still brings back memories of late nights and big dreams. With my wife Susan, I walked this memory lane at my alma mater, Kent State University. On this visit, my Read More

Now Hiring: Architectural Interns

We are looking for full and part time Architectural Interns. We can offer the right candidate an excellent opportunity for “hands-on” growth and experience. We are experts in the design of religious, educational and institutional buildings, and we also design a wide array of restaurants, banks, and other commercial projects. We collaborate to provide innovative Read More

Homegrown Success: Trinity Christian School Thrives, Accepts More Students

In the heart of Fairfax, Trinity Christian School overlooks a lake, its brick walls reflected in the rippling water. The school is a mainstay of faith-driven education for local children, instilling compassionate values into young hearts and minds. Trinity has grown over the years to accommodate more students. Christian School Products magazine reports that the Read More

Setting our Designs on the Future

After over 43 years of designing churches, schools, restaurants, businesses and much more, our co-founder David Lipp has announced his retirement. Serving clients in Virginia and West Virginia, David will be missed by long-time clients and coworkers alike, although he intends to remain in the area for a time and offer his expertise to our Read More

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Each year around Christmas, we take stock of what keeps us going every day. Faith, family and friendship will always inspire our designs. We hold our Judeo-Christian values in our hearts as we sketch each church, school, restaurant or business. We are blessed to work with passionate professionals and committed clients. Thank you so much Read More

Opportunities for Architects

Do you have your Architect’s license — but are asking yourself “now what?” Think about your career, your current position, and what YOU really want to accomplish during the rest of your working life… • Are your ideas brought to fruition?• Do you want to have a more of a say in improving your firm’s Read More

Helbing Lipp Recny Architects is the Jefferson County West Virginia 2016-2017 Business of the Year

We are very pleased to announce that Helbing Lipp Recny Architects has received the 2016-2017 George C. Vickers Business of the Year Award from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.  David and John accepted the award at the Chamber’s annual banquet in June.  The award was given “in recognition of your long-time business and being a Read More

Happy New Year – and Thank you to our Clients

We’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and say THANK YOU to all of our clients, especially those who completed their projects in 2015.  We are honored to be their Architects! Rankin Physical Therapy – Hedgesville, West Virginia – new facility Third Baptist Church – Alexandria, Virginia – sanctuary renovation Arlington Church of Read More

Ribbon Cutting at Third Baptist Church of Alexandria

Recently Third Baptist Church dedicated their newly-renovated sanctuary for service and celebrated their 152nd anniversary in historic Alexandria, Virginia.   Helbing Lipp Recny Architects designed the renovation, which converted the interior of their sanctuary into a contemporary and vibrant new space while maintaining the existing exterior appearance.  We were proud to be a part of this exciting project, Read More

WFX is November 18 and 19 – see you there!

        Helbing Lipp Recny Architects will be in BOOTH 640 at the upcoming Worship Facilities Conference and Expo in Nashville on November 18 and 19.  If you are there please stop by and say Hello!

Arlington Church of Christ Celebrates Gound Breaking

  On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the congregation at Arlington Church of Christ “broke ground” on their new project, designed by Helbing Lipp Recny Architects.  The ambitious project renovates and updates their existing 70-year-old facility, and includes a prominent addition that houses a new entrance, stairs and an elevator, making the entire building accessible.  A Read More

Helbing Lipp Recny Architects Featured in Magazine Article

  We are pleased to announce that our firm was featured in the current issue of Metro Architect Magazine, as one of three firms included in this issue.  Here is the link to the article: Metro Architect Article – Helbing Lipp Recny Architects

Immanuel Bible Church Wins Innovation Award

Our Immanuel Bible Church project received an award from the National Association of Church Design Builders, for the special glass in the atrium that darkens electronically. We worked closely with the folks at SAGE GLASS, who is a member of NACDB. They applied for and received the award.

We Are Helbing Lipp Recny Architects

Since 1973, Helbing Lipp Ltd. provided architectural and engineering services to the DC Metro area and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With our firm now being operated by architects David Lipp and John Recny, we are pleased to announce the new firm name of Helbing Lipp Recny Architects and the launch of our new website,