The American Institute of Architects Richmond was founded in 1976.

Susan Reed

What age were you when you knew you wanted to be an architect?

After falling in love with Art and Architecture in Florence when I was 18, I decided I wanted to be a painting conservator and majored in Art History (with a Minor in Architectural History). It wasn’t until I was 27 that I decided to get my Masters in Architecture with the intent of restoring buildings.

What architect would you like to take to dinner?

I’d like to pick up Carlo Scarpa on the way to dinner at Eileen Gray’s house.

Where is the first place you want to travel (or have you already traveled) since the pandemic?

Venice – before it gets too crowded again!

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last year?

How fortunate I was to have had such a great Dad who taught me gratitude and how to put things together.

Where did you study architecture?

University of Virginia

What is the place you have visited and enjoyed the most?


Biggest pet peeve?

The phrase “Highest and Best Use”. Highest and Best according to whom?! The greatest monetization of a property often ignores the cultural and historical value to a community.

What would your superhero power be?

Infusing people with Peace and Love by smiling.

Favorite local restaurant?

Chez Foushee

Proudest moment?

Getting my license is high up there, but also starting the Historic Preservation Studio at Glave & Holmes in January 2020.

What Committee(s) are you on?

Public Relations – supporting The Pedestal since 2017!

Susan at La Scala
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