Riggs Ward


About Us

RWD's philosophy is that no project is too big or too small - a belief that is evidenced by our many years of success working with organizations as expansive as the Library of Congress on to the smallest of heritage sites. Our creative process is one of inclusiveness, immersion, and inspiration.

Riggs Ward Design is an award-winning development and design firm located in Richmond, Virginia. Our team of talented associates provides exhibition and graphic design, strategic master planning, research, content analysis, and storyline development for established, new, and emerging museums, visitor centers, and similar cultural institutions. Our unique range of services, combined with our staff of established and well-respected professionals, provides each institution with a single source for all of its design needs.

RWD was founded in 1997 by its two Principals, Robert Riggs and Brent Ward. Since that time, our firm has become nationally recognized for its work with organizations such as the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. RWD firmly believes that our success stems from maintaining long-term, repeat client relationships: a core belief that is embraced by each member of our team.



  • Interactive Design Awards, Best of Show HOW 2009
  • Best of Show Self Service Excellence Awards 2009
  • Muse Awards, Bronze, Interactive Kiosks AAM 2009
  • Interactive Design Awards, Best of Show HOW 2009
  • Best of Show Self Service Excellence Awards 2009
  • Muse Awards, Bronze, Interactive Kiosks AAM 2009
  • Creative & Commerce, Honorable Mention Print Magazine 2009
  • Annual Design Competition, Informing AIGA 2009


  • American Association of Museums
  • Southeastern Museums Conference
  • Virginia Association of Museums


  • American Library Association
  • Black History Museum & Cultural Center
  • Blenheim House and Visitor Center
  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • City of Durham, North Carolina
  • City of Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
  • Council for America's First Freedom
  • Library of Congress
  • Library of Virginia
  • National Bean Market Museum
  • National Library of Medicine
  • North Carolina Division of Aquariums
  • North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation
  • North Carolina State University
  • Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
  • Richmond Historic Riverfront Foundation
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Steamboat Era Museum
  • The Whalehead Club
  • University of Virginia
  • Valentine Richmond History Center
  • Virginia Association of Museums
  • Virginia Center for Architecture
  • Virginia Historical Society
  • Virginia Tech
  • Woodrow Wilson Birthplace



Staff Size


Riggs Ward


  • Exhibit Design

Typical Project Budget

Not Specified

Location 1

2315 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
United States


Brent Ward
phone: 804.254.1740
fax: 804.254.1742
Website: Riggs Ward info@riggsward.com

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