Webinar: Placemaking and the Future of Monument Avenue

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST

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How do we create places that are meaningful and inclusive in a community? In light of the recent removal of several Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, these newly vacated public spaces have been, or will need to be, reimagined and remade into places that reflect Richmond’s values. This webinar brings together several subject matter experts and stakeholders who will examine the concept of placemaking and its relevance on Richmond’s “Grand Avenue.”


Nick Cooper, Principal and Design Director, HKS Architects and AIA Richmond President

Nick Cooper is a Principal and Design Director for HKS Richmond who leads the design of projects and the pursuit of new work across the entire Mid-Atlantic region. His 18-year career has focused on mixed use, commercial, multifamily, adaptive reuse, healthcare, and master plan projects emphasizing a cross-sector influence where the most innovative solutions emerge. Nick is known for his award-winning design around the world but is most proud of his community-based work through thought leadership and service to Richmond’s Storefront for Community Design and as a Steering Committee member of Citizen HKS, the firm’s public interest design and community engagement initiative.

Zena Howard, FAIA, Principal and Managing Director, Perkins&Will (North Carolina)

Zena Howard is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will. Zena is known for her success leading visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and the Motown Museum Expansion in Detroit, MI. Her current projects include LA’s Destination Crenshaw, the City of Vancouver Hogan’s Alley initiative, and the City of Greenville Town Common Sycamore Hill Gateway project. Zena helps these and other clients envision and create cultural destinations that will celebrate the history and context of displaced, forgotten communities.

Burt Pinnock, FAIA, Principal and Chairman, Baskervill Architecture and Planning

Burt Pinnock, FAIA is a Principal and Chairman of the Board at Baskervill, a 123-year-old design firm. For Burt, architecture and design isn’t a job; it’s his personal contribution to the well-being and vitality of our communities. Over his 30-year career Burt’s commitment and passion has created impactful work for neighborhoods, cultural institutions, forward-thinking companies, and more. Founder of Storefront Community Design, he currently serves as Chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Art and Architectural Review Board amongst numerous other board and committee engagements. Burt is a graduate of Virginia Tech and calls Richmond, Virginia home.

Noah Simblist, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University

Noah Simblist works as a curator, writer, and artist with a focus on art and politics, specifically the ways in which contemporary artists address history. His most recent project is Commonwealth, a multi-year project at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and in partnership with the Philadelphia Contemporary and Beta Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is also Chair of Painting + Printmaking and Associate Professor of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sam Daniel, Daniel & Company and member of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society

Sam has been involved in the construction industry for 42 years, growing up in the family’s general contracting business and developing the full range of skills, to successfully operate a general contracting business which led to establishing Daniel & Company in 1996. A full-service general contracting and construction management firm, Sam has developed a specialized niche for distinguished projects of historical significance, as well as executing new construction, renovations and additions, and complex phased projects such as museums and instructional and religious facilities for both the public and private sectors. Sam is also the Chair of the Advisory Committee for The Branch Museum for Architecture and Design and is a member of the Monument Avenue Preservation Society.


Stephanie Burr, Education Manager, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design