Management Team


Martha J. Chester, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP


“As the daughter of an engineer and an art teacher, architecture was a natural fit.” Collaboration and teamwork are a hallmark of Martha’s approach to every job. Whether managing an individual project or guiding the entire firm, she uses both analytical skills and artistry to achieve a unified vision. She values the inspiration she receives from working with clients as well as her colleagues. Martha has chaired the Virginia Society of AIA Knowledge Community, the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), which provides education to architects throughout the Commonwealth on the role architecture plays in creating sacred spaces and enhancing religious communities.


Michael Woolwine

Michael Woolwine

Vice President

Mike is well-known for improving the world around him. Believing that a well-designed site enhances the lives of its users, he creates solutions that are practical, sustainable, and complementary of the architecture and the surroundings. He provides leadership not only to the firm but also to the community-at-large, serving as chair of the Roanoke City Board of Zoning Appeals, as a member of the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Governmental Affairs Committee, and training future entrepreneurs as a Director of Junior Achievement of Southwestern Virginia. Mike is experienced performing under pressure as he is the father of three teenage daughters.


Alan Downie


Alan Downie, AIA, LEED AP


As HAA&E’s leader in healthcare and multi-family projects, Alan provides clients with creative and practical solutions to meet their unique program needs. He has been involved in a wide range of project types, including environmental design. He oversees HAA&E’s sustainability initiative and designed the first LEED-Silver project in Botetourt County. Since studying great literature was never assigned in school, Alan is making up for it now by reading electronic editions of the classics.


Mark Ayles

Mark Ayles, PE

Civil Engineer

As a former VDOT engineer, Mark has experience negotiating from both the public and private sides of the table. His extensive knowledge of stormwater management systems allows him to meet stringent requirements in a way that saves the client money. Mark also heads up HAA&E’s Information Technology and Standards programs. His affinity for numbers carries over into his leisure time as he passionately follows baseball.  (Go Sox!)



Earle Shumate, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Senior Designer

Creative and innovative design solutions are a hallmark of Earle’s work. With over 23 years’ of experience at a design-build firm before joining Hughes in 2005, he is able to integrate his extensive knowledge of construction sense of a mature designer. He works closely with clients to help them focus on both their programmatic needs and aesthetic desires. Incorporating the philosophy that good design does not have to be expensive, his goal in every project is to create durable and sustainable spaces that inspire their users, improve operational efficiencies, and meet budget and scheduling goals during construction. Leading his church youth group on construction mission trips to Appalachia, he offers his skills to communities in need while teaching youth that they can make a difference in the world.


Past Presidents

D. Jeffry Parkhill, NCARB, AIA

President 2000-2011

Jeff has over 41 years of experience in architecture with diverse experience from planning and feasibility studies to complete design projects. Jeff supervises all aspects of the design process from conceptual design to construction administration. He specializes in the programming, space planning, and master planning for a variety of projects and offers design experience for a wide range of facility types, including religious assembly, commercial buildings, corporate offices, elderly and retirement complexes, and healthcare-related projects.


Richard M. Hughes, NCARB, AIA Emeritus

President 1985-2000

For over 50 years, Dick has been involved in virtually every aspect of the architectural world. He is gifted with the ability to combine straightforward, economical solutions with aesthetic building design. His thorough knowledge of the construction industry and the construction methods makes Dick valuable to clients in conventional services, as well as consulting and forensic architecture. Although partially retired, he continues to be involved in the firm and still manages select projects.