Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition


Historic Richmond recognizes the needs and challenges of designing new construction on empty lots within the City of Richmond’s Old & Historic Districts. We are committed to maintaining the historic architectural integrity of Richmond while accommodating new buildings that will create our future legacy.

In an effort to encourage thoughtful and creative design and dialogue, Historic Richmond is hosting Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition. We believe Richmond’s irreplaceable built environment defines its character, and are committed to maintaining and building on that unique sense of place.

We invite students and professionals to submit design plans for single or multi-family dwellings on standard size lots, using 1) the Standards for New Construction as defined by the Handbook and Design Review Guidelines; 2) sustainable building methods; and 3) affordable pricing.

In partnership with the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, designs will be exhibited at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. The competition will be judged by a panel of 3-5 professionals with multiple categories of recognition. Submission is free.



  • Overall best design will receive a cash prize of $500 sponsored by 3North
  • First place student/professional will receive cash prizes of $250 sponsored by Sadler & Whitehead Architects
  • Representative awards
  • People’s choice

The Jury:
Julie W. Weissend, LEEP AP ID + C | Vice President of Dovetail Construction Company Inc.
Sanford Bond, FAIA | Principal 3North Architects
Greta J. Harris | President & CEO of Better Housing Coalition
Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia
Sukenya I. Best | Artist and Instructor in The Fine Arts Department at Virginia Union University


January 19, 2016 Competition opens
May 20, 2016 Final call for submissions due by 5:00pm
June 1, 2016 Winners will be notified and announced
June 9- August 31, 2016 Best-of submissions exhibited at The Branch


Competition sponsored by:

3NorthSadler&Whitehead Architects


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