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Master of Fine Arts


Interior Design

First Advisor

Christiana Lafazani

Second Advisor

Emily Smith

Third Advisor

Camden Whitehead


This project explores the juxtaposition of classical and contemporary architectural forms as they coexist within Richmond City’s urban fabric. It is an assessment and understanding of how the built environment can reinforce transitions between old and new in ways that both integrate architectural differences and embrace historical identity.

Richmond, and a large part of Virginia in general, has been shaped by the historical events of its existence. The sights of the city reveal a clash of the old and new. It is a city where newer developments and traditional elements have been trying to co-mingle.

The design incorporates a contemporary architectural language that joins with the building’s historical surroundings without breaking the balance of the composition.


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