Founded in 1972, The Hopkins Company, AIA established its first office in New Orleans at 1546 Magazine Street in an historic nineteenth century double townhome designed by renowned Architect Henry Howard. A second office on North Street in Baton Rouge was renovated to work on projects for the Governor’s Office of State Planning. Twelve years later, the firm moved to the tenth floor of a newly constructed office building next to the Louisiana Superdome. Other offices were subsequently established in St. Tammany Parish and Houston, Texas. Our present office on Ridgelake Drive in Metairie, LA was opened in 2005.
The Architectural Studio at The Hopkins Company, AIA includes a staff of five Architects having an average tenure of over 20 years. George Hopkins (Principal) founded the firm in 1972. Steve Quarls (Director of Architecture) joined the practice in 1977. Eric Grieshaber followed in 1996. Laura Goodson joined the Architectural Studio in 2008 and Robert Schindler followed in 2012. Every member of our Architectural staff has received a Bachelor of Architecture, Masters or Doctorial degree in Architecture. Jennifer Ferran assumed Administrative responsibilities for the firm in 2015.
The Hopkins Company specializes in upscale residential architectural design. As a fully integrated team of experienced Architects, we are uniquely qualified to listen to our Clients’ needs and translate their programmatic requirement into the desired architectural configuration. Every Client has an individual set of objectives based on the composition and special interests of each member of their family. Having designed hundreds of private homes, our staff understands that each new residence we create is a personal expression and visual representation of the Owner’s functional, aesthetic and practical design requirements.
New Orleans is a city renowned for its exceptional Architectural heritage. From the original French and Spanish occupation to the America sector, the city is replete with a multiplicity of Architectural styles. With this background of Architectural diversity, The Hopkins Company became proficient in serving its Clientele in a variety of Architectural styles rather than concentrating on a particular type or style of home. We are proud to present a portfolio of residential designs featuring the following Architectural Styles: French, Italian, Neoclassical, Georgian, Colonial, West Indies, Gothic and Contemporary homes.
Honors and Awards
- Best Homes in Mississippi Award, Mississippi Magazine.
- Houses Architects Live In, New York: The Viking Press: George D. Hopkins, Jr. residence featured in an International Collection of architect’s homes.
- Design Award, American Institute of Architects, New Orleans Chapter: 7331 General Haig Street.
- Award for Excellence in Renovation Architecture, Louisiana Architects Association: 700 Camp Street.
- Vieux Carre Commission Award: Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Historic Preservation: 623 Bourbon Street.
- Historic District Landmarks Commission Award, Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Renovation: 636 Baronne Street.
- Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Renovation, Central Business District Historic Landmarks Commission: 528 South Peters Street.
- Commercial Renovation Award, Best Local Architecture, Gambit Newspaper
- Tchoupitoulas Corridor Project recognized nationally and presented by George Hopkins at the Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board.
The Hopkins Company and/or George Hopkins Jr. has been licensed to practice Architecture in 25 states. Residential projects have been designed and permitted in 98 jurisdictions. New residences currently in design or under construction in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas. The Hopkins Company has previously designed new homes in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York and Oklahoma. Active Architectural registrations include: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, KY, LA, ME, MA, MS, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA and WV.
Years of operation: 47
Architectural Projects: 1,497
Project Jurisdictions: 98
Architectural Licenses: 25 states
Feature Articles Published: 275
Residences Designed Annually: 30
Residences in Design: 13
Residences Under Construction: 15
States where homes were built: 13
Average Staff Tenure: 20+ years
Publications depicting homes designed by The Hopkins Company first appeared in national magazines in the 1970s. Since that time, over 275 articles featuring residences designed by the firm have been published in upscale magazines, journals, newspapers and have appeared in Architectural books. Among those publications are Garden and Gun, Luxe Magazine, Elle Décor, Southern Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Art & Design, D Magazine, Dallas Home & Garden, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, Baton Rouge House & Home, Inside New Orleans, Inside Northside, the Louisiana Architectural Review, The Times Picayune and a National Geographic feature about New Orleans. Homes designed by our firm are also featured in Creating Your Architectural Style by George Hopkins that is available nationally in bookstores and has sold over 3,500 copies.
George Hopkins dissertation “Urban Ecology through the Adaptive Use of Existing Buildings” qualified for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Architecture and Engineering in 1984. The dissertation theorized that a new 5 mile corridor separating Port of New Orleans truck traffic from automobiles travelling along the riverfront would stimulate redevelopment of the Tchoupitoulas Corridor, connect the Port to the Interstate Highway System, and eliminate truck routes through urban neighborhoods. Hopkins’ concept for the Tchoupitoulas Corridor was embraced by local, state and federal officials resulting in a $100 million infrastructure redevelopment project that has dramatically revitalized New Orleans neighborhoods from the Mississippi River Bridge to Audubon Park. Subsidiaries of the firm were subsequently engaged by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to design the Tchoupitoulas Corridor and a Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.