Dan Brockwell was a self-taught Virginia Beach architect who grew up in Portsmouth and co-founded HBA Architecture in 1974.
He was a leader in bringing the design-build concept to our region. He was a generalist who designed a variety of commercial and residential buildings throughout our region.
In 2003 Dan arranged for an unrestricted fund that he wanted to become a scholarship fund when it had grown to an appropriate size. Before he passed away in July 2013, Dan made arrangements through his estate for a second scholarship fund for architectural students.
Dan graduated from Portsmouth’s Cradock High School in 1963, served in the Virginia National Guard and started working as a draftsman at Williams & Tazewell architecture firm in Norfolk. He attended only a year or two of college but taught himself to be a fine architect and passed the American Institute of Architects exam. Most people never knew Dan didn’t hold a formal architecture degree.
Dan was known for being innovative, helping the underdog and finding ways to give people better lives.