Firm Profile

Enteros Design, P.C. is a full service architecture firm dedicated to providing high quality professional service to its clients. Our goal is to maintain an active partnership with our clients from a project’s earliest conception to its final construction and into the next project.

Enteros Design works to achieve design excellence. The result of our work should be appropriate to its context and environment, true to its materials and character, and expressive of its time and function. The firm’s name is derived from the prefix ENT- (to put into or within) and the words Expression, Rhythm, Order and Structure. Enteros Design strives to put into design all of these characteristics. We hope to increase human interaction and emotional experience within the built environment.

We offer extensive experience on large and small projects in eight states and the District of Columbia. Our project experience includes cultural/institutional, commercial, residential, planning/landscape, restoration, adaptive reuse, and recreational. The scope of our services includes feasibility studies, master planning, programming, design,construction documents, and construction administration.

Our Staff Members

  • Gil Entzminger, AIA, LEED AP

  • Gil Entzminger, AIA, LEED AP


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    Gil Entzminger founded Enteros Design in 2003 with the intention to expand his goal of creating meaningful experiences in the built environment.  His interest in evoking emotional responses to architecture is routed in the philosophy of Phenomenology.  Phenomenology studies the structure of various types of experience ranging from perception, thought, memory, imagination, emotion, desire, bodily awareness, embodied action, and social activity.  His design principle begins with what he has defined as the fundamental elements of design:  expression, rhythm, order, and structure.  The emotional experience of his architecture is enhanced by incorporating symbolism from the function, context, culture, and heritage of the clients, buildings, and communities he serves.  Following these principles, he creates built environments which are inspiring, appropriate to their context, respectful of the environment, and expressive of their time and function.

    Gil’s early career started in Washington, DC with the international firm Helmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum.  There he focused on large scale government and institutional projects.  He later focused on adaptive reuse, preservation, and renovation projects with the Georgetown firm Blackburn Architects.  Through over 20 years of experience Gil has led project teams on complex projects while building long term relationships with his clients.

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  • Thomas R. Freeman Jr., RA

  • Thomas R. Freeman Jr., RA


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    Thomas has a vested interest in modern architecture and design.  He believes that a buildings aesthetic should derive from its setting, function, and use.  Modern design philosophy was an integral part of his education at the Virginia Tech College of Architecture + Design.  During his education Thomas spent a semester studying urban master planning at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center where he enjoyed working side by side with foreign exchange students from South America and Europe.  In an effort to expand on the creative interaction between cultures Thomas spent the following semester studying architecture in Riva San Vitale Switzerland.  Exposure to both old world and modern construction has shaped his design aesthetic.

    His professional experience began in Leipzig Germany with the firm Weis and Volkmann where he worked on a number of adaptive reuse projects.  The award winning East German firm helped vanguard modern rehabilitation of structures abandoned during the mass migration of Germans following the fall of the Berlin wall.  After retuning to the United States and completing his architectural thesis Thomas continued his career by joining Enteros Design in 2006.  Since then he has executed and directed residential, cultural, and civic projects working hand in hand with clients and contractors to deliver thoughtful and efficient designs.

    Thomas owns a historic house in Richmond’s Jackson Ward Neighborhood which serves as a test lab for various architectural and design endeavors.  In his free time Thomas enjoys playing in a local soccer league and participates in regional autocross events.

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  • R. Scott Wheeler, LEED AP

  • R. Scott Wheeler, LEED AP


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    Scott is driven by his pursuit of creativity and quality throughout the design process. His long-term interest in the value of architecture’s connection to both people and the environment began during architecture school at Louisiana Tech University and continued on with his career with Cooper Carry Architects in Atlanta, BCWH Architects in Richmond, and now with Enteros Design in Petersburg. He continues to build on the connective nature of architecture and design through both technical details and creative solutions to better serve his clients and the environment they live in.

    Scott has experience on projects from large-scale institutional science and education buildings for both Higher Ed and K-12 clients, religious and cultural performing arts facilities, to small renovation projects. Throughout these projects he has developed a creative, but pragmatic design methodology that balances design with client objectives, technical coordination, and effective project execution. Scott strives to be involved in all aspects of the planning process and excels in developing project research and analysis to be used throughout the project.

    As one of the early adopters for sustainable design, Scott became a LEED Accredited Professional back in 2001. Since then Scott has worked on several projects in an effort to organize the right balance between good design for the client, the environment, and the “bottom-line”. He has also been an advocate for sustainability outside of the office by being a leader in the community. Scott was a founding board member for local chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council in both Atlanta and Richmond. He served on the JRGBC Board as head of Programs for over six years, and is still active today.

    Scott is also an avid cyclist and dreams of being able to take off and ride across the county someday. Outside of the office he is learning how to live sustainably by growing vegetables year round and tending his seven hens for eggs.

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  • Beth von Kelsch

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    Beth joined Enteros Design in 2008 having zero knowledge of architecture, and assumed all architects wear black tortoise shell glasses, scarves, and have German accents.  It turns out it’s true, it’s all true.

    Beth’s background is in the performing arts, and she moved from Chicago to Petersburg to help start a non-profit theatre in the City’s Old Towne District.  While mopping the floors of the bathroom after a production, she was spotted by Enteros Design’s Principal Architect, Gil Entzminger.  He thought, “If she’s willing to clean the floor of a men’s bathroom, she’ll definitely work for me!”  And so, Beth joined Enteros Design in late 2008.

    Beth focuses on business development, pursuing projects, proposal preparation, graphic design, and special events for Enteros Design.  She spends her weekends climbing volcanoes and reading Russian literature.  HA!  No, but seriously, she has a brilliant six year old daughter, through whom she is attempting to live vicariously.  Because she WILL BE an Olympic gymnast. Stop crying! Olympians don’t cry, little girl! Her rare moments of free time are spent in the gym, baking desserts that she can’t eat, and secretly judging other moms on their child-rearing techniques.

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  • Leanne Batten

  • Leanne Batten


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    Leanne has been playing with design for most of her life (like that one watercolor painting on her childhood home that never came out). Today as an interior designer, her skillset helps to write stories.

    Her first in-depth studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design brought together an understanding of how to work within historic structures properly and press forward in new architectural design. In order to direct focus on Interior Design, Leanne transferred and received her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

    Today at Enteros Design, she’s working with clients to establish visions of their spaces. Creating environments for people to write their desired story, such as community impact or office productivity, is what comes from the decisions that are woven together by design. Collaborating with the Enteros team to capture the story of someone experiencing the interior space keeps her inspired.

    Leanne is probably tied up in personal projects such as jewelry-making or sewing to keep her hands busy. When exploring Richmond, she is on the hunt for live music or a good latte.

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  • Maria Andrea Lizarzabal

  • Maria Andrea Lizarzabal


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    Born in Venezuela and living in the U.S for three years now, Maria has lived all around the continent (Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico) considering herself a “resident of the world”. Coming from a family of Civil Engineers, she always knew architecture was her passion. During college years she spent her last year focusing on restoring antique architecture at The Polittecnico di Milano in Italy. She graduated cum laude from college and continued her studies with a Project Management specialization. While living in Argentina she completed a Masters in Advance Architecture, where she had the opportunity to work with amazing architects such as Mariano Clusellas and Mathias Klotz.
    She has worked in every country she has lived in, which adds a touch of cultural openness on everything she does and how she approaches life. She speaks four languages and enjoys art. She has a very busy after work life with three young kids, two of them twins.

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  • Nick A. Monday, AIA

  • Nick A. Monday, AIA


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    Since graduating from Virginia Tech College of Architecture + Design, Nick has gained a wide variety of project experience.  The first five years of his career at Moseley Architects focused on education buildings in the K-12 market with additional experience in Higher Ed and local government.  Nick joins Enteros Design after  four years with Wendel Companies, where he focused on public transportation facilities including multi-modal transportation hubs, Richmond BRT PULSE station design, as well as operation and maintenance facilities.

    Nick’s undergraduate degree in Industrial Design gave him an appreciation for quality design.  This background has served him well when working through the design process and detailing a project.  His approach recognizes that the quality of the whole is greatly influenced by the quality and integration of the components and details.

    Outside of the office, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters… and outside of that, when conditions are perfect, you can find him sailing, playing golf, or smoking BBQ.

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