INTREPID Architecture, PA was founded by Albrecht N. McLawhorn, AIA, NCARB in 2020 to deliver quality, locally Owned professional design services to Eastern North Carolina. Prior to founding the firm, Albrecht served as Partner and Executive Vice President with MHAworks. Under his direction, the MHAwork's Greenville Office grew from a two person operation into an integral part of the firm's overall portfolio. During the last 20 years Albrecht has led over 100 Higher Education projects including NCSU's first freestanding LEED Gold building, ECU's 79,000 SF Health Science Campus Student Center, multiple high-rise residence hall renovations and a 500+ Building ADA Assessment for the NC DOT.
Early in his career, Albrecht worked in Switzerland and Germany; places he has family connections. While abroad, his work included planning for a new music school for Germany's largest school for the blind, renovations to a 700 year old castle, and a free-range two story cow stall with safety features developed in the wake of the mad-cow scare. His experience is diverse, but deeply rooted in his Pitt County upbringing.
Albrecht grew up on a small farm just outside of Ayden, in the Renston Rural Historic District. His parents renovated the Renston three-room school into a home. The environment provided a foundation for Albrecht's interest in design, construction, and a can-do hands on approach to life. Albrecht graduated at the top of his class from Ayden-Grifton High School and subsequently graduated with honors from UNC Charlotte where he was an E.K. Fretwell Scholar.
Albrecht and his family reside in Greenville, where he enjoys volunteering, fishing, kayaking, and as much travel as his schedule permits.
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*Work prior to 2020 while at MHAworks