Affiliated Dermatologists Of Virginia


The new clinic for Affiliated Dermatologists of Virginia is an intentional departure from the typical Richmond medical facility. The complex was conceived as a pair of Zen pavilions in a partially wooded landscape, spare and elegant in their design. The site preserves the tree canopy along the road frontage, locating the buildings and parking to the rear of the site. The grove serves serves as a storm water management area, bio-filtration device and a visual screen from the road. The overall use of the site reflected the owner’s concerns for the environment and her desire that the building would reflect her values and those of the practice.

Market Sector
9,000 SF
Year Completed


Create a non-traditional medical facility

Preserve the landscape and design with sustainable practices

Engage with the landscape and connect patients to nature

Provide functional model designed for maximum efficiency in the movement of patients, physicians, staff and supplies



The two pavilions, a 6,500 sf clinic and a 2,500 sf cosmetic/surgery center, form an inward-looking composition and define a walled garden. A high sheltering roof floats over the waiting areas, connecting the two buildings and framing a garden view. Waiting areas and lobbies open onto this contained landscape, providing a serene and day lit environment for waiting patients. This ordered and geometric space presents a contrast to the natural woodland that has been preserved on the site.

The layout of the interior was driven by a functional model designed for maximum efficiency in the movement of patients, physicians, staff and supplies.The orderly layout is easily navigable by patients, who no longer get lost in a maze of corridors and small rooms. The light and crisp interior palette, coupled with Modernist and sleek furnishings, reinforce the value of clinical efficiency. In a marriage of architectural design and practice considerations, the two-building concept creates a pleasing engagement with the landscape and admits filtered daylight into each of the exam rooms, providing the best lighting for color rendition during the performance of skin exams.

Measuring Outcomes

  • 6 Providers offer a full range of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological services due to optimized layout.
  • 100% Of exam rooms have natural light available, providing the best color rendering for skin examinations.
  • 1 State-of-the-art facility that engages with the surrounding landscape and connects patients to the natural environment.