DESIGNMONTH RVA: APRIL 2016 / by Modern Richmond

RICHMOND, VA— Look for a variety of architecture and design-related activities and events in April as The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design and Modern Richmond Tour join forces for the first DesignMonth RVA

“We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with The Branch,” says Modern Richmond Tour co-founder Andrea Levine, “and are honored to be their modern design partner in this new annual program that will continue to position Richmond as a leader in the discussion of the impact of great design.”

“Richmond is a vibrant area with beautiful historic and modern examples of design and architecture,” says The Branch Museum Director Dr. Craig Reynolds. “We’re filling the month of April with presentations, tours and roundtable conversations to engage in meaningful dialog with Richmonders on the benefits of thoughtful design in 2016 and in the coming years.”

Look for more details on these DesignMonth RVA events:

  • Thursday, April. 7, 6-8 p.m. Beauty in the Details: The Classical Tradition of Downtown Richmond. Join architectural historian Calder Loth for his presentation held in partnership with Historic Richmond at The Branch. Tickets are $20. Register at https://www.historicrichmond.com/event/beauty-in-the-details-the-classical-tradition-in-downtown-richmond/
  • April 10 – 16, 2016 National Architecture Week (NAW). A public awareness campaign from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. NAW is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).
  • Wednesday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tour Richmond’s New Quirk HotelEnjoy this insightful tour hosted by Modern Richmond Tour as a part of the AIA Richmond Architecture Week in celebration of National Architecture Week. Sponsored by Quirk Hotel, LaDiff and Arias LLC Design + Build Studio. Look for upcoming registration details at www.modernrichmondtour.com
  • Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m. Exclusive Tour of the Branch House and Garden. Take a behind-the-scenes look at rarely seen rooms at the Branch and get a more in-depth understanding of its significance and that of its architect John Russell Pope. Hosted by The Branch. Register at www.branchmuseum.org.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tour 5500 Riverside DriveExplore this beautifully renovated 1950s-era Westover Hills home hosted by Modern Richmond Tour. Sponsored by Patrick Sullivan of One South Realty and developer Jeremy Connell. Look for upcoming registration details at www.modernrichmondtour.com
  • Thursday, April 21, 5-7:30 p.m. Community Roundtable: Cohousing and Sustainability. Examine concepts of community cohousing and sustainability with members of Richmond Cohousing at The Branch. Sponsored by Richmond Cohousing, John Zeugner and The Branch. Register at www.branchmuseum.org
  • Saturday, April 23, 1:30 p.m. Curator led Gallery Tour of the Historic American Buildings Survey: Documenting Virginia’s Architectural Heritage exhibition. Free event at The Branch. 
  • Thursday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island. Discover the work of Long Island’s best post war architects and designers in this film at The Branch. Sponsored by Arias LLC Design + Build Studio and LaDiff. Register at www.branchmuseum.org

Modern Richmond Tour is committed to the concept of understanding and appreciating modernism in all of its forms. We believe that Richmond has the resources and the potential to be a significant platform for modern projects. Our hope and mission is to promote and explore these original expressions of modern aesthetics in a way that both engages and delivers modernism to a larger audience. Learn more at www.modernrichmondtour.com

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is located at 2501 Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia's historic Fan District. The mission of The Branch is to reveal the inherent beauty of the created form and space, igniting a passion for design. The Branch is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.branchmuseum.org.