Visiting Exhibitions

2016 Awards for Excellence in Architecture: An Exhibition of Winning Work

Nov. 10, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017

“We love to share the best of the best,” says The Branch Museum Director Dr. Craig Reynolds. “Virginia-based architects and designers never cease to produce exceptional and creative work designed to improve our lives and better our communities.”

The Awards for Excellence in Architecture are given each year by the American Institute of Architects Virginia to recognize projects no older than seven years that contribute to the built environment as clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design. This year juries reviewed nearly 150 entries in categories of Architecture, Residential Design, Contextual Design, Historic Preservation and Interior Design. The 19 projects receiving top awards are featured in the exhibition.

View the award winning projects.

The Branch would like to thank Keith Fabry and Pace Collaborative for support of this exhibition.

Reuse The Box 

Sept. 29, 2016 – Feb. 5, 2017

Look across Virginia and you will see it, the abandoned big box store. These large, vacant former retail warehouses often sit in weed-infested, crumbling parking lots. The design team, consisting of an international group of architecture graduate students and Architecture Professor Kay Edge of Virginia Tech, began with a plain vacant big-box building. The resulting exhibition, a collaboration between this team of designers and The Branch, showcases how thoughtful architecture and design approaches can initiate positive change through adaptive reuse of untapped potential in our communities.


The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design would like to thank the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design for their support of this exhibition along with White House Catering for sponsoring the opening reception.

ballet pas de deux: an exhibition of dance and architecture

Sept. 8 – Dec. 23, 2016

Moody Ballet Shoot by Josh & Serena

Love by Serena Photography

ballet pas de deux: an exhibition of dance and architecture presents a striking exploration of two primal expressions of human creativity, dance, and architecture. Building off the traditional ballet term pas de deux, meaning a duet by two dancers, this exhibition started with a simple theme—motion. What resulted is a unique juxtaposition between the artistry of ballet and the aesthetics of architecture. Composed of a series of 30 stunning photographs and an installation of video and sound, ballet pas de deux showcases two of Richmond Ballet’s prominent stars, Valerie Tellmann-Henning and Kirk Henning, dancing through the historic halls of the Branch House.


The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design would like to thank Richmond Ballet for their support of this exhibition along with these sponsors:

East Made Event Company
Love by Serena Photography
Josh Gooden Cinema
Adorn Company
Alexandra Grecco Bridal
Amanda Burnette Floral Design
BRIDEface Richmond
Elizabeth Dye Bridal
Event Hair by Lauren
MOSAIC Catering + Events
Paisley & Jade
Poppy & Scooter
Sweet Fix RVA
Trumpet & Horn



On Permanent Exhibit

The House That Branch Built

located in the chapel gallery

Virginia Center for Architecture headquarters and its architect, John Russell Pope, FAIA

Architect John Russell Pope, FAIA, is renowned for the design of a number of national landmarks, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (West Building) in Washington, D.C., as well as Richmond’s Union Station, headquarters of the Science Museum of Virginia. The House That Pope Built includes photographs, narrative, and other educational media that shed light on the house — a 27,000-square-foot Tudor-Revival mansion — in addition to John Kerr Branch, the patron who commissioned its construction; the architect; the house’s interiors; its setting on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue; and Compton Wynyates, the 15th/16th-century English country house that inspired the building’s design.

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design thanks a private Richmond foundation and Tourism Cares for their generous support of this exhibition.

Livable Communities for Virginia

located on the lower level

What makes a community “livable?” Explore the American Institute of Architects’ 10 Principals for Livable Communities and find out how they apply to the diverse cities, towns, and villages in the Commonwealth of Virginia.