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Conversation: A Forum of Ideas



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave. Richmond, Va. 23284


During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art's (ICA) Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design (IDES) faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA's architect), the students examined design challenges presented by the ICA's forum, a space defined by a lofty ceiling, curved wall, glass facade and a sweeping grand staircase.

To conclude the project, participants (including students, architects and faculty) will discuss the process, outcomes and lessons learned. The program will be followed by a reception.


  • Liz Reineberg (BFA '07), Certified Interior Designer
  • Emily Smith, Assistant Professor
  • Camden Whitehead, Associate Professor
  • Select students
  • Craig Reynolds (moderator; PhD '15), Director of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
This event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libaries Events Office at (804) 393-2951 prior to Nov. 14, 2016.


Registration is now closed.

Exhibit Video

Watch the video presentation on the exhibit, "A Forum of Ideas," for a sampling of objects in the exhibit and a behind-the-scenes look at the contributors' creative process.


This event was by the VCUArts Department of Interior Design with support from VCU Libraries and the Institute for Contemporary Art.

Image: Installation views of select work ©Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU and VCU Department of Interior Design



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