Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Design surrounds you all day, every day.  At The Branch, you will find the inspiration, tools and space to explore the impact of design – and even to influence it.

  • We will meet you where you are and invite you in through compelling offerings that are relevant to your interests.
  • When you visit, you will explore design in a way that is often interactive, frequently provocative, and always engaging.
  • When you leave, it will be with insights, questions, and ideas that stay with you – and draw you back for more.

Board of Trustees:

John H. Crouse, AIA, LEED BD+C, Chair
Samuel W. Daniel, Vice Chair
Robert A. Steele, FAIA, Chair Elect
Robert A. Boynton, FAIA, Secretary
Beth Schulhof, CPA, Treasurer
Laura B. Cameron, Immediate Past Chair

Patteson (Pat) Branch III, Trustee
Sally Brown,
Stephen A. (Kip) Caudle, Trustee
Stephen (Steve). Coor, Hon. AIAVA, CSI, CMI, Trustee
Walter M. Dotts, Trustee
Meril Gerstenmaier, Trustee
Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Trustee
Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP, Trustee
Susan Reed, Trustee
Penelope C. Fletcher, Executive Director

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Advisory Council:

William Greer
Bruce Kay
Thomas A. Lisk
Calder Loth
Vernon Mays
Will G. Payne, AIA
Jacquelyn Pogue
Joe Seipel
Evelina M. Scott, AIA
Edwin Slipek, Jr.
Curtis H. Straub
Julie W. Weissend, LEED AP
Fran Zehmer
Bucci Zeugner


Penelope C. Fletcher,Executive Director
Kathleen Bagenstose, Event Director
Chelsea Kashani, Special Projects Associate
Emily Stava, Development Assistant
Jeremiah Williams, Facilities Coordinator

All other inquiries can be directed to our Front Desk 

Images on our home page generously provided by Sarah Catherine at S Catherine photography

CZC Compliance is documented here: CZC Compliance 2019