At The Branch, it is our mission to elevate awareness of the transformative power of architecture and design.

designVA is an organization for young professionals who share a passion for architecture and design. The goal of designVA is to foster educational, outreach, and networking opportunities for young professionals and advocates throughout our community; while continuing its support of The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.  Membership is open to individuals ages 21 to 40 of all backgrounds and skills.

Calendar of Events 2022


designMORNINGS are an opportunity for designVA members to explore, tour, and learn in depth about the dynamic and diverse architecture throughout the Richmond area.

February 10  Guided tour of the 2200 at Cary

April 14  Guided tour of the VCU Engineering Building

June 9  Guided tour of the VCU Scott House

August 11  Guided tour of Fairfield Area Library

October 13  Guided tour of Hollywood Cemetery

December 8  The Branch Holiday Museum Tour


designHOURS are the perfect chance for designVA members to socialize, network, and discuss the world of architecture and design over drinks while discovering some of Richmond’s best breweries, bars, restaurants, and event spaces.

January 20 Three Notch’d Brewery

March 10 Hotel Greene

May 12  Guided tour of the Byrd House at The Graduate

July 14  The Veil Brewery

September 8  The Jasper/CanCan 

November 10  Guided Tour of the General Assembly Building followed by drinks at Penny Lane Pub

December 6   designVA Annual Holiday Party followed by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Festival of Lights

2022 designVA Board

President:  Web Martin –

President Elect:  Guillermo Najar –

VP Governance:  Jacob Dyer –

VP Finance:  Mike Saferight –

VP Outreach:  Tyler Benckert –

VP Events:  Eddie Sharp –

Members at Large