About Us

About Us

Patrick Farley, AIA/LEED BD+C

Patrick Farley, AIA/LEED BD+C

As founding principal of Sunflower Studio, Patrick has advocated for ecologically-sound design and building practices for nearly 30 years. A licensed architect since 1995 and a class A contractor since 2010, he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia and was the first LEED accredited architect in central Virginia. He was also a founder & Vice Chairman of the Greater Virginia Green Building Council (formerly the JRGBC) and has served on the boards of several local non-profits as well as the City of Richmond Green City Commission. As a Richmond native, Patrick currently divides his time between his local office and his growing practice in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The Studio

With offices in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, Sunflower Studio is an award-winning professional architecture firm that was founded with a mission to support and improve the health of communities through socially responsible and ecologically-mindful design and building practices.

Our work relies upon a holistic approach to the design of buildings and landscapes that are healthful, low-impact and client-and site-responsive. At the core of our work is the belief that deep connections to the natural world are essential to human health and well-being; as such, we are long-time advocates of biophilic design in concert with a wealth of experience in deep energy conservation, solar harvest systems, alternative building practices and construction.

The firm has served private clients, non-profit organizations, municipalities and the U.S. Government with a portfolio covering a range of projects – – from educational to affordable housing developments. Sunflower offers a comprehensive range of integrated design services covering architecture & master planning/landscape design and has also served various projects in Central America, West Africa and Haiti.

Certifications and Awards

Dominion Virginia Power Energy Efficiency University (1999)

Virginia Class A Contractor (license #2705134585)

LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional (2001 – 1st accredited architect in central Virginia)

American Lung Association, “Health House” certification (2003)

Bau-Biologist Training – International Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology (2003)

Photovoltaic System Designer Certification – Solar Energy International (2006)

Virginia Green Innovation Award “Top Green Designer”, Virginia Sustainable Building Network, (2006)

Go Green Merit Award, James River Green Building Council, Littlemore (residence), (2007)

AIA, Richmond Chapter Honor Award for Design Excellence, Rappahannock House, Deltaville, Va. (2008)

Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods (ACORN) “Green Hammer Award”, Kendler-Miller Residence, November (2010)

Henry David Thoreau Environmental Conservator Award (Better Housing Coalition), (2011)