The Grove Arcade, Asheville, North Carolina


ROWHOUSE ARCHITECTS is a client based architectural firm located in Asheville, North Carolina.


The mission of Rowhouse Architects is to create significant places of lasting value. Respectful of the traditions and context in which we build, we work collaboratively with our clients and the community to produce innovative solutions to complex design problems.


Our award winning designs have been widely recognized. We are proud of these awards, but we measure our true success by the satisfaction of our clients and the people who occupy the buildings and space we create.


Our expertise is wide ranging and includes:




We specialize in affordable and market rate housing and have worked on projects at multiple scales throughout the southeast, midwest, and southwest. Since 1997 Rowhouse has produced over 3000 units of housing.




We have produced a number of adaptive reuse historic tax credit projects. Often working with historic mill buildings, we have created market rate condominiums, affordable housing for families and seniors, as well as mixed-use and commercial spaces.




Rowhouse has restored buildings of historical significance throughout the country. Our work includes the award winning restoration of the Grove Arcade in Asheville which is on the National Register of Historic Places.




We are proud to be a part of Asheville's thriving cultural scene and have recently helped our clients complete the design and construction of successful boutique hotels, breweries, restaurants, and shopping destinations.

Jeff Dalton

Robin Raines

Shawn McKeever

JEFF DALTON is the founding principal and President with over 30 years of experience in architecture and urban development. He has worked extensively on urban housing, adaptive re-use, historic renovations, and mixed-use projects. His background in city planning and urban design provides a base of knowledge for how cities are built and how the practice of architecture relates to the social, physical and economic context.


He was the lead designer and architect of record on the $25 million restoration of the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville which was the winner of the North Carolina AIA Honor Award in 2003. Jeff earned his Master’s Degrees in City Planning and Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology

ROBIN RAINES is Vice President and has 16 years of experience in architecture. As director of affordable housing, she is responsible for maintaining Rowhouse's high standards in design and construction documentation for the firm’s affordable housing projects. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Virginia Polytechnic and State University’s College of Architecture and studied at the school’s Urban Center in Alexandria.


Prior to joining Rowhouse, she worked in Chicago for one of the leading design firms in the field of affordable housing. She also has experience with adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects, such as the Grove Arcade and the Biltmore Village Condominiums in Asheville.


Recent affordable housing projects include Garfield Park Apts. in Milwaukee and Asheboro Mill Lofts in Asheboro, NC

SHAWN MCKEEVER started his career with a focus on office, multifamily and hospitality design. In his 10 years of professional experience, he developed an appreciation for architectural detailing, digital media, and team collaboration. Shawn moved to Asheville in 2012 and has worked on many office and multifamily projects, while further developing his digital and BIM software skills. He has also been the Continuing Education Director for AIA Asheville for the last two years.


He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson in 2008. Shawn is currently licensed in Georgia and a LEED AP BD+C