Rosella Kern brings her lifelong interest in housing and design to the homes she has been creating since 1984. A native of Jefferson County, West Virginia, she received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Duke University. She took architectural prerequisite courses at the Corcoran School of Art and George Washington University and earned her master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. After apprenticing at architectural firms in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., she returned to historic Jefferson County, where George Washington’s family had built eleven of their homes. His brother Charles developed Charles Town, the county seat, and set it against the backdrop of the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge. Rosella remains ever mindful of the rich natural, historical, and architectural heritage of Jefferson and surrounding counties. Her home designs show respect for that heritage, as they meet the client’s unique and present needs. In addition, she brings to her work the knowledge of a wider architectural tradition, which she has gained from her training, travel, and experience.
Rosella’s interest in preserving her historic community led her to a twelve-year term on the Jefferson county Planning Commission, where she served as vice president and chair of the comprehensive plan committee. She currently sits on the Charles Town Historic Landmarks Commission. Her desire to address the need for affordable housing is reflected in both her cottage designs and her continuing tenure as founding board member of the Partnership for Affordable Housing, a Jefferson County nonprofit.