Heritage About


Our Purpose

Bringing the best of the Past into the Future.
We take an architectural resource, find a new use for it, revitalize it for future use, while maintaining and preserving the building’s architectural authenticity, character and spirit of the property.

We are a group of architects whose lifelong commitment and purpose and has to been to restore, revitalize, preserve and protect architectural assets.

There are dedicated and talented professionals and tradespersons we partner with to round out every aspect of architectural reconstruction and restoration. We have built relationships with our partners over the course of many projects and years. This allows us to handpick who we bring into a project based upon their expertise and skill-sets to provide innovative and appropriate professional services for your project.


Our Skills

Our team manages everything, from an idea and concept development to realization. We believe in traditions and incorporate them within our innovations. All our projects incorporate a unique artistic image and functional solutions. Client is the soul of the project. Our main goal is to illustrate his/hers values and individuality through design.






We know we have succeeded when our relationship transcends the initial client based relationship to a place of trust and give and take. Our goal is to not only yield a great project, but also a long-term relationship. We enjoy what we do and with whom we work.

Integrity drives our approach for every project. We have a genuine concern for historic resources that’s honest and passionate, with a lot of energy to make any project happen.

We assemble a team of preservation avengers tailored for your specific project’s needs. We work as an interconnected alliance of independent preservation, technical, and community resource professionals that match our expertise, energy, and passion.


Our Team

  • Deborah A. Griffin

    Senior Historic Preservation Specialist and Director of Operations

  • Steve Avdakov, R.A., NCARB -

    Principal and Owner

  • Gordon B. Loader

    Senior Preservation Consultant



Outstanding Achievement

Proud recipient of the "Outstanding Achievement Award in Adaptive Use" for the restoration of the Villa Providence.

Hallendale, Florida

Innovative Practices

Proud recipient of the "Innovative Practices Award" for the downtown revitalization and restoration efforts.

Xenia, Ohio

Dade Heritage Trust Award

Proud recipient of the "Dade Heritage Trust Award" for the restoration efforts on the historic Hampton House.

Miami, Florida

Stewardship Award

Proud recipient of the "Stewardship Award" for the heritage restoration efforts on the historic Cockney Residence.

Glen Dale, West Virginia

Steve Avdakov

Principal and Owner

In addition to being the principal architect, preservationist, and expert heading up Heritage Architectural Associates, Steve is also the Chief Relationship Officer. Steve is your first contact and is always ready to answer questions, offer solutions, and lead your project to successful completion. He is happiest when all three can be discussed sharing a fine meal and learning in-depth about your property, your town, and the challenges you face.

For 18 years, Steve has helped communities thrive. His curiosity, dedication, and passion fuels each and every project, inspiring sometimes unconventional commitment. It is not uncommon to find him helping set up street cones for downtown chamber events or guest starring in your community theater production while in town working on a project.

Deborah A. Griffin

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist and Director of Operations

Debbie has been with Heritage since 2008 and is the powerhouse that keeps the Heritage Architectural machine running smoothly and efficiently. Her expertise in cultural resources project management, building preservation and technology, and research skills are invaluable to the high quality, complex projects we complete.

Gordon B. Loader

Senior Preservation Consultant

Gordon is our Senior Consultant and has contributed to the heart of our architectural and preservation services since 2000. Gordon has worked in the preservation and architecture fields for over 30 years, both internationally and in the U.S. He helps us provide expert witness testimony and also maintains his own practice.



City of Xenia, OH

"As Community Development and Downtown Coordinator for the small heartland city of Xenia, Ohio, I am indebted to Heritage Architectural Associates for their architectural vision, leadership and perseverance in completing our pay-it-forward One Bistro project in Xenia’s National Register-listed historic downtown. Heritage took on perhaps the most challenging small project possible on Xenia’s historic Main Street, and delivered an award-winning community restaurant that is now a regional delight."

Mary Crockett

City of Hallandale Beach, FL

"The City is of Hallandale Beach utilized Durable Slate Company for the Curci Village/Village Providence historic renovation. Heritage Architectural Associates was a sub-contractor for the project.

"It was a pleasure working with Heritage. Staff was knowledgeable and professional."

Mary Francis Jeannot, PMP, CFM