Athens Flats Corner View Goodall-Brown Historic Watts Johnston Lofts Palmetto Apartments University Flats


Since 1999, Rob Walker, AIA has been on the forefront of loft design in Birmingham and throughout the Southeast. With experience in nearly 655,000 square feet over 385 units, the focus has been providing a distinctive design integrating the comforts of contemporary living (large kitchens, open floor plans, and walk-in closets) with the older industrial/warehouse character of the existing building elements and structure. Utilizing large operable windows and high ceilings that filter natural light throughout the loft, the primary design strategy has been to orient the loft space to look outward to views of the Downtown area.

Working throughout the southeast across six states, Rob Walker Architects, LLC has developed a comprehensive architectural resume of not only Loft design, but corporate offices, restaurants, custom homes, educational facilities and retail developments. This broad knowledgebase of projects has been integral in the expertise required for multi-use developments. Also, the Firm’s experience with the complexities of building codes, historical guidelines, zoning ordinances, permitting requirements, and construction methods found within a Downtown area has provided clients a consistent history of excellent service.

Specializing in Urban environments, Rob Walker has been involved in not only adaptive re-use multi-family residential projects, but also a wide range of mixed-use developments ranging from new construction to historic building renovations. Rob Walker Architects, LLC was recently recognized by the Birmingham Historical Society with a Preservation Award for the design of their office on First Avenue South in Birmingham, Alabama.

Currently, we are developing an urban infill, mixed-used prototype; where work-live units are combined with residential units on two upper floors.

Recent Birmingham loft work includes the following:

Project Location Area (sq.ft.) Units
Dent Loft 1st Avenue North 7,000 1
Watts Tower Lofts 20th Street North 42,000 20
Johnston Lofts 1st Avenue North 30,000 23
Athens Flatts 2nd Avenue North 79,500 34
Goodall-Brown Lofts 1st Avenue North 70,000 36
Fix-Play Lofts 1st Avenue North 50,000 24
Highland Gardens 2131 Highland Ave 25,000 16
Highland Court 2700 Highland Ave 18,000 12
Acme Condos 1105 26th St. South 11,000 12
Limerick Place 1318 31st St. South 10,000 6
Kassouf Loft 2nd Avenue North 10,000 1
University Flats 1101 11th Ave. South 80,000 60

Current work and on the boards located in other areas:

Project Location Area (sq.ft.) Units
Urban Townhomes Chattanooga, TN 16,000 10
Williams St. Lofts Chattanooga, TN 40,000 40