Patrick Farley Architect

Design With Nature

Biophilia

| bio·​phil·​ia | \ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lē-ə |

Love of life and/or living systems.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, my practice was founded in pursuit of authentic, meaningful design that has a positive effect on people’s lives.  At its most inspiring, I believe that good architecture must elevate human culture and its relationship with the natural world.

Thoughtful modern design, therefore, entails a generalist’s touch guided by an abiding sense that deep affiliations with Nature are essential to human health and emotional well-being.  My process seeks this balance in the design of buildings, spaces and places that are careful extensions of the native landscape, client-and-site responsive and well-crafted with quality, sustainable methods and materials.

Design with nature

Biophilia

| bio·​phil·​ia | \ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lē-ə |

Love of life and/or living systems.

My practice was founded in pursuit of authentic, meaningful design that has a positive effect on people’s lives.  At its most inspiring, I believe that good architecture must elevate human culture and its relationship with the natural world.

Thoughtful modern design, therefore, entails a generalist’s touch guided by an abiding sense that deep affiliations with Nature are essential to human health and emotional wellbeing.  My process seeks this balance in the design of buildings, spaces and places that are careful extensions of the native landscape, client-and-site responsive and well-crafted with quality, sustainable methods and materials.

Patrick Farley

AIA/LEED BD+C

Most recently under the banner of Sunflower Studio, my experience covers a broad range of project types, including single family & multifamily residential, mixed-use, cultural, retail, commercial and environmental education facilities.  I have served private clients, non-profit organizations, municipalities, the federal government, as well as international interests in Haiti, West Africa and Central America.  

My background includes sustainable development, affordable housing, master planning, landscape design, permaculture, solar energy systems design and alternative/natural building methods.  From 2010 to 2018, I lead a design-build team in delivering over $10 million in construction services, thus I also bring a wealth of builder/contractor experience into my process as an architect.  My 30+ years of practice was preceded by studies at the University of Virginia, where I earned my B.S. in Architecture (1988) and my Master of Architecture (1993).

Certifications

1995

Licensed architect


1999

Dominion Virginia Power Energy Efficiency University

2001

LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional (1st in central virginia)

2003

Bau-Biologist Training – International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology
Health House certified, American Lung Association

2006

Certified Photovoltaic System Designer, Solar Energy International

2010

Class A contractor

Awards

2019

Best of houzz (design)

2018

Best of houzz (service), 10K+ saves

2011

Henry David Thoreau Environmental Conservator Award (Better Housing Coalition)

2010

Green Hammer Award, Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (ACORN), Grove Avenue House

2008

Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA, Richmond Chapter, Rappahannock House, Deltaville, VA

2007

Greater Virginia Green Building Council Go Green Merit Award, James River Green Building Council, Littlemore (residence)

2006

Top Green Designer, Virginia Green Innovation Award, Virginia Sustainable Building Network