INTREPID Architecture, PA was founded in Greenville, North Carolina by Albrecht N. McLawhorn, AIA, NCARB in 2020 to deliver quality, locally owned professional design services.
Being INTREPID, we believe design is a vehicle for exploration; a way to celebrate the unique character of Eastern North Carolina while simultaneously being intrepid about the infusion of new ideas. Crafting imaginative environments which meld diversity, sustainability, and tradition in celebration of the human spirit is who we are.
President & Owner
As founder and President of INTREPID Architecture. 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 Ayden-Grifton High School and subsequently graduated with honors from UNC Charlotte where he was a 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.
As the daughter of a contractor and artist, Danielle grew up immersed in the building and design world. She worked beside her father from the time she could hold a hammer, and it was natural for her to choose architecture as her life passion and career as a way to combine her love for art with building and construction.
With over 13 years of experience in the design and construction industries, Danielle has extensive experience in markets including higher education, institutional, and community-centered projects. She is adept in leading the design direction and technical execution of many projects ranging from small upfits to large complex facilities. She is an expert at providing creative and efficient design solutions to complicated problems, collaborating and building consensus with clients, users, consultants, and contractors, building envelope evaluation and detailing, and utilizing BIM software to enhance the design and collaboration processes.
Danielle is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where she earned a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. She currently lives in Greenville with her husband and their two children. She and her family enjoy Sunday dinners with family and friends, and running from one after school activity to another.
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*Work prior to 2020 while at MHAworks