Commonwealth Architects
August 20, 2014

Commonwealth Architects’ Volunteers Engage the Community

Bryan Clark Green has been elected Chair of the City of Richmond’s Commission of Architectural Review.

Bryan Clark Green, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Director of Historic Preservation at Commonwealth Architects, was recently elected chair of the City of Richmond’s Commission of Architectural Review. Bryan, formerly Vice-Chair, will be joined by Joe Yates as the new Vice-Chair.

The Richmond Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) was established by City Council in 1957. The CAR is the city’s official historic preservation body and is charged with reviewing all exterior changes to structures within the city’s Old and Historic Districts and issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for those projects that it deems to be appropriate. The CAR is composed of nine members appointed by City Council.

“I am honored to serve with such a talented group of colleagues,” Green said of the appointment. “It is always important to look after the historic resources of the City of Richmond, and with the improvements in the economy, we look forward to seeing many new projects coming before the Commission.”

Susan Reed Serves as Chair of the City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission.

Susan Reed, Associate with Commonwealth Architects, is the Chair of the City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission. Having served on the Commission since October 2008, Susan fills the Architecture Representative seat. In September 2012 she was elected Vice-Chair and in January 2013 she was elected Chair.

Formalized in 1997, the Public Art Commission (PAC) administers the Percent-for-Art Program. Richmond’s Public Art Program receives a 1% allocation for art from the City’s Capital Improvements Budget of appropriate new or renovation construction projects having budgets over $250,000. As projects arise, Site Selection Teams from the community, city staff members, and PAC members carry out an open Call-to-Artists and implement a detailed selection process to ensure the highest quality public art will be placed in the community.

“Public Art is an essential component of a vibrant community,” said Susan. “It is very exciting to be a part of the public process serving with the 10 other PAC members of diverse expertise with the common goal of bringing the best possible public art to the City of Richmond. We look forward to assisting the community with the selection of additional works throughout the City as a source of beauty, inspiration, enjoyment and pride.”

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