ArchitectureRichmond documents and examines the buildings, spaces, and urban textures of Richmond, both celebrated and undiscovered. It also offers a critical look at the community’s ongoing development and provides an open discussion of broad design issues.
Mario Accordino is currently an architecture student at Northeastern University in Boston with a focus in Landscape Urbanism and a minor in Urban Studies. Born in Richmond, his 18 years there helped foster his appreciation for architecture and urbanism. He has worked for local firms and organizations including Johannas Design Group, H&G Landscape Architects, the Virginia Center for Architecture and Virginia Supportive Housing. His Richmond residence is on Forest Hill Ave, and his favorite building in the city is the Hand Craft Cleaners in Scott’s Addition.
A native son, Edwin Slipek has examined Richmond’s every block and alley. After studying at Boston University and Virginia Commonwealth University he remained in his home town to study its past. Formerly architecture critic for the Richmond Mercury, Slipek is currently senior contributing editor at Style Weekly where he has been architecture critic for 15 years. He is an adjunct professor of architectural history at VCU and teaches at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. For his writing and teaching Slipek was awarded Honorary Membership in the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.
Born and raised in Richmond’s south side, Don O’Keefe has a passion for intelligent urban development in the city. He has interned with SMBW Architects in Richmond and Brett Webber Architects in Philadelphia. His interests include art, design, architecture, urbanism, fabrication, architectural history, nature, and spending time with his family. He currently lives in the Fan.