The Cultural Studio was generated out of one of the core focus areas throughout the history of Glavé & Holmes Architecture. Our founder’s original passion and interest was in revitalization and preservation. That focus often manifested itself through museum projects and work with cultural sites. The firm’s long standing relationships with small museums such as the Valentine Richmond History Center, and large cultural organizations, like the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation helped define the contextual architecture focus of the firm. So, as a studio, the ongoing focus is on these cultural facilities – places that draw the community for congregation, learning and reflection. The places that do this most effectively are the focus of the Cultural Studio: Museums, Visitor Centers, Galleries, Interpretive Centers, Historic Properties, Libraries and Churches. These are the properties that reflect the culture, personality and uniqueness of communities from the micro to the macro scale. They often have multi-faceted and unique missions. They are facilities that are the storerooms of our collective and community identity, knowledge and experience.