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We believe great design has the power to inspire great moments in our lives, our work, and our communities.

Beliefs

At 3north, we are motivated by a curiosity for the tangible and intangible identity that defines a place, an organization, or a community. This grounding fuels our passion for using design to help inform the full range of human experiences that can make a setting unique, functional, and inspiring.

We share a belief that the end product of our efforts is not a structure or a space, but a set of future experiences that include architecture, interior design, landscape, graphic elements and other factors that can affect the way the space is used, enjoyed and remembered. We strive to make settings unique, functional and inspiring.

Our Values

Intelligence

We believe people, places, organizations and communities possess identities that should be considered as part of the design process and we are deeply committed to learning, understanding and acting with intelligence.

Intangibles

We believe intangible qualities shape experiences. Through our work, we strive to design holistic experiences, integrating a variety of design disciplines and styles.

Integrity

We believe great work and great people possess integrity. We are driven by a desire to be honest in our work and relationships. We understand that a culture of integrity creates strong bonds and lasting partnerships.

Erin Webb named Young Architect of the Year at AIA Honors and Awards

Committed to community

We’re deeply committed to supporting and advocating for non-profit organizations in our local community. Aside from these projects, we have most recently lent our time to partnering with developers, city officials, and community members on proposed locations for bike racks and tree wells throughout Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. Individually, our staff dedicate their time to several committees and organizations throughout our city.

Our staff have been involved with or have served the following organizations:

  • AIA Richmond Chapter
  • AIA San Francisco Chapter
  • Virginia Society AIA
  • The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
  • Capital Region Collaborative James River Task Force
  • Capital Trees
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Dwell with Dignity
  • EarthCraft Virginia
  • GOOD Ideas for Cities
  • Greater Virginia Green Building Council

  • Groundworks RVA
  • Historic Richmond
  • James River Association
  • Junior League of Richmond
  • Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation
  • Monroe Park Conservancy
  • Richmond Chamber of Commerce Richmond’s Future
  • Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
  • Salvation Army
  • Sausalito Historic Landmarks Board
  • Sausalito Planning Commission
  • Scenic Virginia

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Sportsbackers
  • Storefront for Community Design
  • TEDxRVA
  • The Steward School Alumni Board
  • Tricycle Gardens
  • City of Richmond Urban Design Committee
  • Urban Forestry Commission
  • Virginia ASLA
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Visual Arts Center of Richmond
  • Venture Richmond