Climate Change, Inequality, and Sustainability in Richmond

During the 20th century, local and federal officials reinforced racial segregation through a number of policies and practices in Richmond. Though these are no longer legal, the implications of these actions were profound: Neighborhoods once deemed hazardous because of their racial makeup are still predominantly black and brown and are areas of higher poverty. They […]

Ecological Resiliency and Design Inspiration — The 2019 Aga Khan Awards

Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world, […]

Adaptive Reuse in the Old Dominion (and Beyond)

What happens when a building or space outlives its purpose? Adaptive reuse refers to the process of converting a part of the built environment into something different than what it was originally designed. In this webinar, panelists will explore the many benefits, as well as challenges, of adaptive reuse in the Commonwealth of Virginia and […]

Healing Spaces – How the Coronavirus May Impact the Built Environment

The outbreak of COVID-19 quickly revealed how the design of hospitals, schools, offices, public spaces, and even entire cities were flawed in prevented the spread of the virus. How can architects, interior designers, and urban planners apply the lessons learned during the pandemic in rethinking the built environment? In this webinar, panelists will explore the […]

The Branch House Brickwork & Mortars

Brick has been a common building material in Virginia since the colonial era but the Branch Houses use of brick is unique.  You will see up-close drone images of the ornamental brickwork and sculpture that is typically seen from the ground. You will learn about brick restoration techniques and considerations that are factored into historic […]

The Branch House Roof, Trim and Windows

The roof and windows are defining features of the Branch House.  The diamond-patterned windows enhance the medieval character of the building, the exterior woodwork relied on skilled craftsmen to make adjustments on-site like medieval carpenters, and the roof system is a series of pitches with slate and flat surfaces now with modern coatings.  But these […]

HRC Storytime: My Weird Project

Grab your favorite beverage and join your fellow preservation professionals to swap stories about your weirdest, wildest, or most surprising project. Prefer to remain anonymous? No problem! Submit your story in advance and our hosts will tell it on your behalf. Earn 1.5 AIA LU Register

Cecilia Hernandez Nichols, AIA

Cecilia Hernandez Nichols has over thirty years experience working in architecture and is Design Principal at Formwork Design Office, LLC, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Formwork’s projects vary widely in scale, type and context. Cecilia earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the […]