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Patterns in Place: Panel discussion investigating methodologies of study used to examine regional and vernacular patterns

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Feb. 02, 2021

With the support of a VCUarts Dean’s Exploratory Research Grant, the Patterns of Place research team has, over the past two years, engaged professional designers in pattern documentation exercises. Seven professional designers have submitted nearly 100 pattern observations to the research team, investigating patterns in natural and built environments. They documented their research in photography, hand-drawing, stenciling, digital composition and watercolor, allowing viewers to see patterns individually or as part of a larger whole. This panel discussion will share research outcomes and the varied, thoughtful processes used by the designers that participated in Patterns of Place.

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  • Sara Desvernine Reed, Ph.D., design historian and assistant professor in the VCUarts Department of Interior Design
  • Emily Smith, interior designer and assistant professor in the VCUarts Department of Interior Design

Proposed panelists

  • Kevin Jones, architect and president, Loughridge & Company LLC, and assistant professor, Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design
  • John Malinoski, graphic designer and retired faculty member, VCUarts Department of Graphic Design
  • Helene Renard, architect and interior designer and associate professor emerita of interior design, Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design
  • Mimi Sadler, founder and historical architect, Sadler & Whitehead Architects PLC
  • Camden Whitehead, architect, Sadler & Whitehead Architects PLC, and associate professor, VCUarts Department of Interior Design


VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220


Kim Catley
(804) 828-2787