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Main Street Station

Richmond, VA

22 Years at SMBW


Phone: 804.622.2172

Notable Projects

Activation Capital
Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club
Main St Station
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Fred Hopkins


Principal + Technical Director, Architecture

Pragmatic Producer

As the Technical Director at SMBW, Fred also serves as the Senior Project Manager for large projects. His work includes leadership roles in SMBW’s most technically challenging projects. His engagement includes quality control review and oversight of life safety design (code and ADA), building envelope detailing to manage air and moisture infiltration, coordination of civil, structural, and MEP work, and construction phase support to provide quality control and realization of design intent.

Design Motivation

As resident office fire extinguisher, Fred's flame is fueled by the task at hand. Tomorrow's deadline keeps him up at night and a hot cup of coffee keeps him moving every day.

What He's Known For

The design team leans on Fred to solve some of our most technically-challenging design dilemmas. His career and knowledge base are prolific, spanning scales, market sectors, industries, and locales.


Fred is drawn by the need to make things and the need to operate as an individual within a small firm. At SMBW, the highly collaborative studio environment keeps Fred challenged by his peers, while allowing him to lead project teams and to grow as a mentor and business owner.

After Work, Find Fred...

Whipping up homemade sausages and seasonal brews at home with his wife and three children.


Phone: 804.622.2172