Visiting Exhibitions

Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition

June 9 – Sept. 4, 2016


What does it mean to build new within an existing urban neighborhood that has both historic significance and a distance identity?  Join The Branch and Historic Richmond for this exhibition to learn more!  This engaging exhibition brings together 14 different design approaches, each addressing the challenges of creating a new building on a vacant lot within a historic district.  Each design was reviewed by a panel of judges from the Richmond design, architecture, and housing community.  With consideration given to issues like historic context, sustainability, affordability, and the neighborhood’s own unique sense of place, this exhibition is the beginning of a dialogue about the modern design process and its relevance to the fabric of historic neighborhoods.

The Jury
The jury was comprised of a group of architects and design professionals who have a variety of experiences with the City of Richmond’s Standards for New Construction, historic preservation, infill construction, academia, and broad artistic design considerations.

▪ Sukenya I. Best, Professor of Fine Arts, Virginia Union University
▪ Sandy Bond, Principal Architect, 3north
▪ Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Executive Director and CEO, AIA Virginia
▪ Greta J. Harris, President and CEO, Better Housing Coalition
▪ Julie W. Weissend, LEED AP ID+C, Dovetail Construction


The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design and Historic Richmond thank 3North, Sadler & Whitehead Architects PLC, and Keithfabry for their generous support of this exhibition.




On Permanent Exhibit

The House That Branch Built

located in the chapel gallery

Virginia Center for Architecture headquarters and its architect, John Russell Pope, FAIA

Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design thanks a private Richmond foundation and Tourism Cares for their generous support of this exhibition.

Livable Communities for Virginia

located on the lower level

What makes a community “livable?” Explore the American Institute of Architects’ 10 Principals for Livable Communities and find out how they apply to the diverse cities, towns, and villages in the Commonwealth of Virginia.