Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden IQ Richmond, VA Civic & Cultural

Completion Date
Services Provided
  • Master Planning
  • Intangible Qualities
  • 2017 • ASLA VA Professional Awards, Communications Merit Award


The IQ Study process discovers and identifies a myriad of interconnected characteristics, qualities, elements, and issues by studying the history and context of a property; designers then translate them into visual forms and design concepts. Merged with historical and contextual studies are a clear identification of the Garden’s goals and aspirations for growth, and development.

In addition, the IQ Charrette, a significant part of the process, brings together a number of expert speakers, board members, select garden staff, community members, and the design team to explore and discover, in depth, all aspects of the garden in order to build consensus and envision its future.

As the design process progresses over time, emerging conceptual themes become interrelated and expressed physically in elements of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphics design, and artwork. As a result, they help to form a consistent, unified aesthetic for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and all its interconnected parts.