Biophilia: “The innate emotional affiliation between human beings and living systems” - E.O. Wilson

Sunflower Studio

is an architectural firm based in Richmond, Virginia specializing in residential, commercial and small scale institutional projects. With over 30 years of commitment to ecologically mindful design and nearly 10 years of experience in residential design-build, architect Patrick Farley’s design approach entails a site and client-responsive process that ensures a sensitive building solution that is unique to its place. At Sunflower Studio, we take environmental and social consciousness to deeper level through biophilic design to ensure that our buildings, places and landscapes elevate and enhance the human experience and sense of connection with the natural world.

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LEED Accredited

We are seasoned early adopters within the green building movement and thus bring a broad spectrum of experience to the process of creating buildings and landscapes designed to reduce environmental and human health impacts.

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Biophilic Design

The benefits of strengthening the innate human-nature connection are becoming increasingly well-known, so we are deeply committed to creating places that elevate and enhance our clients' health, well-being and productivity.

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Solar Architecture

As a namesake of perhaps the most popular of the "heliotropic" plants, we have long been following the sun and realizing its power to enhance the environmental and economic performance of our built environment.


We are busy with several projects representative of a diverse range of interest & experience, from low-energy living to sustainable food systems.


Our core competency has always been provision of shelter in all of its forms, from the most basic/affordable to highly customized, super-performance homes.


Over 30+ years of practice, our reach has extended into the corporate, educational and cultural realms and into countries such as Nicaragua, Africa and Haiti.