Most Beautiful Room

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Richard Chenoweth is a nationally recognized architect and artist. Recently, Richard won a Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America for his sculpture of Princeton University's Dean of the Chapel. He has exhibited watercolors in juried group exhibits, and lectured at Johns Hopkins' Evergreen Museum on the lost treasures of Jefferson's Capitol. His 2016 article for the journal of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society discusses the difficulty (and ultimate success) of early American designers and sculptors to create a "Statue of Liberty."


Chenoweth was lead designer of a prototype steel and glass entrance canopy for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority's Metro system (WMATA). The team of Chenoweth, Jon Lourie, and Richard Houghton won a national design competition for the canopy in 2001. Lourie & Chenoweth LLC contracted with WMATA as Architect of Record, and designed and built 30 canopies between 2002-2007. Arup (Boston) was the Engineer of Record, and Grunley Walsh was the builder. New designs are pending for Dupont North Station and six sensitive sites owned by the National Park Service.

Richard also specializes in residential architecture and particularly enjoys using formal languages that are both modern and historical. Simply put, architecture needs to fulfill people's needs, adhere to structural reality, and create of uplifting, beautiful spaces for people to live and work in. This is a typological approach to architecture, not strictly a stylistic one.


In 2001, Richard won the Gabriel Prize for the study of French architecture. The Gabriel Prize funded a three month sabbatical to France. He stayed mostly in Paris, drawing 18th century buildings, especially ones that were known to have influenced Thomas Jefferson, or ones that Jefferson may have known. French architectural ideas appear in Monticello, the University of Virginia, and the U.S. Capitol.

New Media

A lot of Chenoweth's current artistic subject matter relates to design and architecture and involves photography, sculpture, synthetic environments, film and video, and various digital media.


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