Hope For Architecture is a building initiative that seeks to develop affordable, multi-century structures. Focusing on both construction and education, HFA provides both clients and students alike the ability to better their built environment. Orthodox Masonry is a proud member of HFA. Below is a brief introduction to the initiative and its key members:

We are developing an alternative way to build and proving an idea: That traditional, structural masonry applied in a pre-WWII, utilitarian manner, provides a practical remedy for a host of contemporary building challenges:  sustainability, rising energy costs, and housing affordability.

Call it an experiment—an attempt to subvert our disposable culture with acts of permanence. The HFA model couples old technologies with new systems of building to establish faux-free, energy efficient expressions of our built environment with millennial potential. We’ve adopted the long-view in regard to the future. We are convicted by what this means for Architecture, conservation, and our identity as a people. This site explores an evolving process, detailing our triumphs and pitfalls along the way.  Learn, as we learn, through a candid narrative explaining what we are doing, and why we are doing it. You may even pick up ideas of your own to take forward. This is our hope.


“Our grandchildren, our grandchildren’s grandchildren, will be charged with rebuilding 80 percent of our current structures. As a designer and builder, I felt I needed to do something about this. Find a way to take the architecture from the past and apply it with todays building techniques”

Clay Chapman


 " We like to imagine a world where buildings are durable, adaptable, frugal and most importantly, loveable. When they meet these qualities, they will be conserved for hundreds of years. And to meet the durable criteria? Well, there is really only one way of building that last hundreds of years. And that is masonry."

Austin Tunnell


"A problem with designing and building things that rely on their newness to captivate is that once they begin to age, and the honeymoon is over, the only answer is to replace. Let's begin building things that age well. Let's build things worth repairing, not things that are instantly replaceable."

Patrick Lemmon


"We don't strike our joints, but cut away excess mortar with a trowel. 
This means no section is identical, but all are related.

It's good to let a material made from the earth appear earthy rather than overly groomed by the hand of man."

Wes Stiner


"Let building incite wonder and celebrate possibility - then call it architecture"

Clay Chapman