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VergesRome Architects was retained by Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College to assist with their Strategic Plan, looking ahead to the next 100 years for the monastery and seminary, focusing on future and existing facilities, site planning, and protection of the Monastery’s cloister. Multiple stakeholder groups and the Strategic Planning Committee worked collaboratively to achieve a unified vision of operational, educational and facility goals.

VRA collaborated with nationally renowned Landscape Architect, Reed Hilderbrand, integrating proposed architectural building conversions and renovations with planned improvements to campus pedestrian and vehicular circulation, site lighting, and creation of special landscapes throughout the campus. A new chapel for seminarians is in design for a wooded site overlooking the river behind Vianney Hall. The design will correspond to the campus’ Mid-Century Modern vernacular – clean and clear aesthetic, materials, and scale that support contemplation, vocation and prayer.

VergesRome Architects and Reed Hilderbrand developed design solutions that capitalize on the unique architectural features and landscape opportunities of the Seminary campus, unify campus circulation and function, and bring back the Monastic “cloister.”


VergesRome Architects teamed with the developers at St. Joe Land Company, and MSI Landscape Architects of Ohio, to develop a master plan and residential design guidelines for a sustainable rural farmstead community located near Tallahassee, Florida. The natural characteristics of the site, which includes protected wetlands, open pasture, gently rolling meadowland and heavily wooded landscapes, were carefully considered in planning for the community and each individual farmstead homesite.

Envisioned as a modern farming community embracing sustainable practices from farmstead site planning to crops and cultivation, the wide-open spaces along roads typical to a working farm community were maintained, and as much of the natural topography and vegetation protected as possible.  Wetland buffers on many farmstead sites protect water quality throughout the community, and setbacks preserve the feeling of open farmland while minimizing the impacts, both visual and ecological, of building in the unique natural environment.