“In the coming months, you’ll see the changeover as The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design name replaces current references to the Virginia Center for Architecture,” says The Branch Executive Director Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA. “Our trustees have renamed the museum The Branch to honor its Tudor revival home — The Branch House — a 1916 Monument Avenue jewel designed as the Branch family residence by esteemed architect John Russell Pope. We have also broadened our mission and vision statement to encompass design as well as architecture, so look for new innovative exhibitions, educational programs and partnerships here that will elevate our understanding of design and its influence on our lives.”


Our Mission

The Branch elevates awareness of the transformative power of architecture and design.

Our Vision

We envision a society that appreciates, supports, and embraces exemplary architecture and design … past, present, and future.


“I was delighted to learn of the Virginia Center for Architecture’s transformation to The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design,” says Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Alex Nyerges. “This new identity as a museum is inclusive and welcoming, and heralds an enhancement of their programming throughout the Commonwealth. Additionally, their emphasis on architecture and design should nicely complement the focus of other statewide museums and will afford the design-conscious public an expanded cultural palate.”