Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition


Read the official Drawing On History Report here!

Historic Richmond, in partnership with The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, hosted a juried architectural design competition – Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition – to develop a design catalog of original, creative designs for infill construction in the City of Richmond’s Old and Historic Districts. Our goal was to cultivate a dialogue about the design process for new construction within the fabric of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods with consideration given to sustainability, affordability, and maintaining each neighborhood’s own unique sense of place.

Competition winner’s submissions will be on exhibit at The Branch through August 31st, 2016!


  • 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

Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition Winners

Grand Prize:
Kevin Svenson

First Prize Professional:
Forrest Frazier

First Prize Student:
Michael Abbott, Tom Walsh, Bruno Souza, Jamerson Seay, Ceara Chambers

Design Excellence:
Emma Fuller, Michael Overby
Katherine Lanni
Henry Tenser, Catherine Fletcher, Katie Thomas
Brian Evan Thompson
Joseph F. Yates, Architects (Joseph F. Yates & Edward J. Mulreany)

Honorable Mention:
Madge Bemiss, Jillian Chapin, Mary Lorino, Bill Church
Kathleen Cortez
Marcellus Wright Cox, Arch.: Ben Cox, Clyde Fernandes, F.H. Cox, Jr., FAIA
Kevin W. Jones
Beau Woodrum



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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