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.
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)