Start Talking
If indeed “knowledge is our currency” then it’s time to start sharing that “knowledge” with others and those who are making important decisions that impact our lives, the ecology environment, the built environment, the human experience, and the very profession which we practice.

Appreciation, Gratitude, and Applause
After more than fifteen years of dedicated service to AIA Virginia – no less than five thousand six hundred fifty-one days to be precise – Rhea George is moving on.

SAP Training Feb. 24
Last Call! Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides you with the knowledge to provide evaluations of facilities and buildings in the aftermath of a disaster.

ArchEx ’23: Call for Presentations
We’re seeking polished presenters as well as fresh voices to share their research and expertise at ArchEx ‘23 in person in Richmond on Nov. 1–3, 2023.

General Assembly and Advocacy Update
This work requires consistent action. It is never finished. It requires constant engagement, and education, at the local, state, and federal levels.

Welcome These New Members
We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined AIA Virginia.

AIA Virginia Prize Competition Launched
The 2023 AIA Virginia Prize competition kicked off the spring semester by offering students the opportunity to win a $2,000 prize. The brief was released on Friday, Feb. 10. Students at schools in Virginia with accredited architecture programs worked over the weekend to create a design solution by 9 a.m. the following Monday. Each school will send up to 10 entries to be juried at the state level.

Knowledge Community Grants
Started in 2022, AIA Virginia awards $2,000 a year to statewide knowledge communities to enhance reach and programming. Applications are now being accepted for 2023!

AEC Spring Conference this April
Speakers, presentations, and roundtables will address important issues such as leadership, business development, legislative advocacy, risk management, recruitment and retention, and the economic forecast for the industry.

Featured Job Posting>> Glave & Holmes, Richmond, VA

Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following member for passing their exams and gaining licensure.

Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
AIA Virginia associate members can get a 60-day subscription to the Amber Book for only $50.

2030 Commitment reporting season is here!
As we enter 2023, we look to continue the program’s steady growth, with signatory firms now numbering almost 1,200, and further our reporting numbers to achieve a carbon-neutral built environment.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Feb. 24 @ 8:30 a.m.: Online Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Training
Earn 6.5 AIA LU | HSW

How Architecture can Combat Loneliness
On March 6, the Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community is hosting a course that will share an evidence-based framework to design for social connection, examine scalable strategies—some unexpected—that lead to social environments that promote meaningful connections. Earn 1.00 AIA LU/HSW credit. Learn more and register here >

Deck Design Refresher
The 2018 Virginia Residential Code establishes the standards for deck design and construction in Virginia and addresses these key areas>>

Renew Your 2023 AIA Membership
Take a moment to make sure your 2023 AIA dues have been paid. You can renew your membership online at or call AIA National at (800) 242-3837, option 2. Payment plans are also available. If you are struggling financially, please contact Cathy Guske today to discuss how you may be able to reduce your dues payment for 2023.