Modern Richmond Board
Lanre Ajibola is a self-styled design nerd, creative problem solver, avid networker, pop culture aficionado, and enthusiastic conversationalist. An architect by training, he is currently pursuing a graduate degree from VCU's da Vinci Center for Innovation. He maintains an enthusiastic crowd of followers @arch851a
David Bass is the public relations and communications director at the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants where he oversees and provides strategic direction for VSCPA public relations and communications efforts. A graduate of the University of Richmond, David’s prior experience as a public relations practitioner includes working on media and public relations at a Richmond-based agency for Fortune 500 companies, special events and nonprofit clients. David is an enthusiast for all things related to cities and Richmond and is founder and president of the Manchester Alliance representing the Manchester neighborhood where he has owned a modern-style loft since 2006. David has always pursued architecture, design and modernism as a hobby with a special interest in mid-century modern design. He has enjoyed the process of completely furnishing his loft with 20th century design icons. David has been involved with Modern Richmond since its inception and looks forward to serving on the board and helping showcase Richmond’s contribution to modernism and design.
Mindie Ballard is a self-described “multitasker” with a love for history, design, and architecture. She is currently a member of Atlas Realty Group where she does residential home design, marketing, staging, and admin. Mindie has been in the design industry since 2005 and plans to grow with Richmond’s future.
Stephanie Caperton. After working several years in the Motion Picture Industry, Stephanie & her chef husband moved from Atlanta, GA to Seagrove Beach, FL where they opened The Larder, a wine bar/small plate’s establishment which was mid-century modern in design. While her husband was running the restaurant, Stephanie became a Realtor selling luxury resort homes in planned communities such as Rosemary Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, and Alys Beach - a New Urbanist, green building community situated along the Emerald Gulf Coast. This is where her continued passion for modern design blossomed. Fast forward several years to now residing in Richmond, VA, where Stephanie is a Realtor at The Steele GroupSotheby's International and selling residential homes and properties. Her passions remain: modern design, an appreciation for historic buildings and homes and all things food & wine.
Patrick Farley, AIA/LEED. A native of Richmond, Patrick is the founder of Watershed Architects, an award-winning design-build firm focused on environmentally and socially conscious architecture. With nearly 25 years experience in the field, Patrick earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia. He was the first LEED Accredited architect in central Virginia and is a founder & former vice chairman of the James River Green Building Council (JRGBC). A passionate voice for conservation, he founded a renewable energy company, Sunflower Solar, and serves on the board of the Virginia Solar Energy Association (VSEA). As an early adopter of sustainable design principles, Patrick continues to push the idea that modernist architecture should also be the product of ecologically intelligent design.
Jay Huggins is the outsider on the MRT board who is delighted to hob-nob with the insiders. He started college with the intent of studying Architecture but detoured into business and soon found himself fiddling with computers, software, and networks. In addition to an appreciation of Modernism in all its forms, Jay's interests include photography, wine, design, cycling, travel, Scrabble, and world cuisines. He occasionally posts on his blog and a bit more on Twitter. You can find out more about Jay here.
Andrea Levine, REALTOR, GRI, ABR, EcoBroker has been a Richmond resident for over 20 years. She has a strong background in design and is very knowledgeable about the renovation process. Prior to becoming a Real Estate professional, Andrea worked many years in the motion picture film industry, where attention to detail, problem-solving, and thorough communication were integral characteristics of the job. Andrea possesses a love for 20th century architecture and design, from arts and crafts to mid-century to modern. Her expertise shines through when dealing with unique or unusual properties. She is a co-founder of Modern Richmond, a public monthly forum with hands on education of Modern Architecture. As a Richmond resident, Andrea stays involved with the community. She is an active member of the James River Green Building Council and The Maymont Civic League, among others. She is also a bus tour guide for the annual Venture Richmond Loft Tour.
Steven Reiss, AIA. Born and educated in Chicago, within the shadows of several Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Steven, is a registered architect, and has moved progressively farther south over his career. Having practiced in Chicago, Baltimore, Alexandria and the District of Columbia, he now resides in Richmond splitting his time between advocating modern architecture and writing. Steven has recently completed a book on Wright's Pope-Leighey House. He is passionate about modern design and always eager to chat about the benefits of living "small and simple." Being a part of Modern Richmond allows him to share his interest and discoveries about Richmond's unique legacy of modern architecture, from it's 20th century beginnings to today's exciting contemporary designs. His on-going personal project is the renovation of a mid-century modern house in the Northern Neck area of Virginia designed by the noted Richmond architect Alan McCullough. When not doing architecture or writing Steven can usually be found cycling in the Richmond area or locales around the world.
Trey Tyler is the owner of RenderSphere Inc., an architectural visualization company that works closely with designers and project stakeholders to illustrate building designs, often before construction begins. With 20 years combined experience in both the design industry and the digital arts, Trey enjoys helping his clients realize their “completed project vision” – whether that vision is a new building or a historic structure of the past. A Richmond native originally, Trey grew up on the South Side (in Midlothian) and then ventured down to NC State's School of Design (Go Pack!), where he developed a deep appreciation for all things modern, especially modern architecture and furniture. Prior to founding RenderSphere, Trey practiced Architecture in Charlotte and Raleigh, then returned to Richmond, settling down in the Fan District. Recent projects include the digital renderings of One Shiplock, a modern condominium building planned for Tobacco Row and a complete virtual reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello that includes 24 “lost” Jefferson-Era buildings along Mulberry Row.
Wendy Umanoff, principal of UMANOFF DESIGN LLC, has been a part of the design community in Richmond for the past 12 years. She credits her passion for architecture and her love of abandoned antiquities with greatly influencing her unconventional approach to design. For the past four years Wendy has focused her talents on designing custom, one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. She works closely with residential and hospitality clients across the country, creating lighting that helps to establish balance as well as inspire their personal and professional spaces. Her work can be seen hanging in restaurants, hotels and homes across the country and Canada.
Wendy has been featured in prominent regional and national media, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine, Virginia Living, Distinctions Magazine and R.Home Magazine, Young House Love and 3 Rings Designer Pages.