A small firm in a small city—that’s how Sean Porter describes Loveless Porter Architects LLC. The firm, originally known as Robert B. Loveless, AIA, Architects, has provided full architectural and engineering services to clients since 1975. It became a partnership in January 2007, a year after Porter joined Loveless in business.
“Rob and I were 25 years apart [in age], so we balanced each other well. Once he decided to retire, I purchased his share of the firm,” said Porter.
Porter became interested in architecture when he was in high school. “It was the only thing I was good at,” he said. “I was good at math and art, and the old ‘job-or-career test’ pointed to architecture.”
Porter attended high school in Vienna and moved to Manassas shortly after college, giving him plenty of years to grow to love and appreciate the area. When asked what is most attractive to him about the Prince William County area, he said, “My wife, my place of work and the atmosphere of a small city.
“I love the coziness of walking through historic Manassas and being able to walk down the street and wave to someone you know. It’s a great feeling.”
Attending his teenage sons’ sporting events, socializing with people in the community and exploring new area vineyards also top his list of favorite pastimes. And just a glance at his involvement within the PWC community makes it clear how committed he is to the area.
Giving Back Is a Verb
Through Loveless Porter Architects (LPA), Porter has made a personal commitment to give back in a variety of ways. One such venture is through his support of Semper K9.
Semper K9’s mission is “to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs.”
The nonprofit trains rescued and donated dogs as service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges and provides the service dogs free of charge to wounded service members.
With Loveless retiring and Porter getting a grasp on LPA as a sole owner, he began searching for ways to support the Prince William community.
“Semper K9 was brought to my attention by my marketing company, Imagine,” said Porter. “They had a very large project at its beginning stages, and I thought it was a great opportunity to bring our services and talents to their aid,” said Porter.
Porter provides LPA’s services to Semper K9 pro bono and has encouraged his consultants to do the same.
But Porter and LPA didn’t stop at providing free services to one organization. He also teamed up with Steven Liga, CEO of ACTS of Prince William County. ACTS (Action in Community Through Service) provides assistance to the homeless, victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and those struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Liga and Porter became fast friends and discussed Porter’s desire to give back. This led to LPA providing construction documents for the building renovation and expansion of the ACTS program free of charge, as well as additional financial support.
Loveless Porter Architects also supports a number of other nonprofit organizations in the area. Their support comes at both the staff and corporate level, through charitable giving, volunteer hours and their Community Builder program.
“With the Community Builder program, we partner with a deserving organization to provide pro bono or deeply discounted consulting and design services,” said Porter.
Some of the organizations they work with include The Boys and Girls Club, CASA CIS, Habitat for Humanity and The Arc of Greater Prince William. The company is also associated with Leadership Prince William, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Historic Manassas Inc., and the Fraternal Order
of Police. Porter serves on the board of CASA CIS and the Manassas Business Council.
Loveless Porter Architects practices commercial architecture and provides full-service construction options. Operating in a laid-back atmosphere, with a collaborative approach to their work, Loveless Porter Architects is a small firm in a small city, making a big impact by giving back.
Find out more about Loveless Porter Architects at lovelessporterarchitects.com.