Attendees tell us that some of the most important work that happens at Architecture Exchange East is reconnecting with colleagues AND expanding their professional networks. In fact, some business leaders assert that networking is the most important benefit of attending a professional conference.

Here’s what the experts at the Harvard Business Review say:

“[E]ven if you’re an introvert who dreads the multi-day extravaganza of breakout talks and cocktail-infused networking sessions, you must resist your impulse to stay home, says Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School. ‘Skipping conferences is problematic because you’re missing out on the benefits of networking,’ she says. ‘Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives.’”

Excerpted from How to Get the Most Out of a Conference, Harvard Business Review

View the complete agenda or register online today. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme. 

Check out some of the tours and social events that help you reconnect with old friends and build relationships with new ones.


05: AIA Virginia Annual Meeting and Toast to Newly Licensed Architects
Join your colleagues for a toast to Virginia’s newly licensed professionals – plus elect officers for the 2020 Board.

06: Exhibitor Appreciation and Welcome Reception
Kick off the first evening of ArchEx with a welcome reception. Grab a drink and help us thank our exhibitors for all of their support.


Explore 3north’s renovation of the Martin Agency’s lobby and atrium.

107: Tour: Martin Agency Lobby and Atrium
The Martin Agency envisioned their lobby as a gallery. Explore this inviting and dynamic space – embedded with the character of Richmond.

108: Tour: The Future of Engineering Research at VCU
Get a first look at this research hub at Richmond’s VCU campus.

Before heading out to dinner, join your colleagues (old and new) for drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall.

351: ELA Reunion Dinner
Reconnect with your fellow ELA alum and check out AIA Virginia’s new office space.

352: Women in Design Dinner
Join Virginia Women in Design at for dinner, drinks, and fellowship. All are welcome!


807: Tour: Ancient Space Planning Principles in Residential Design
4525 and 4529 Springfield Rd. homes are based on the ancient Vedic principles of space planning. The design is minimalist and functional in nature and is devoid of futile bells and whistles normally found on builder homes that serve to impress neighbors rather than enrich the lives of the homeowners. The homes are designed keeping in mind a busy young family and features 3300 sq. ft. of usable space. These homes are an architect’s answer to the builder and realtor driven cookie cutter housing market.

Join us for a tour of this dynamic conversion project by Poole & Poole Architecture.

808: Tour: Converting a Barn into a Home
Built in 1977, the barn is not technically historic but having been built by the Cochrane family who founded Overnite Trucking and were incredibly generous to Hanover County, it is considered an important part of the county’s history. When the current owners saw the stately hay barn with a “for-sale” sign they knew they would save it by making it their home. Their design goals were clear; on the exterior there was to be minimal changes to respect the original Dutch gambrel design. On the interior it was important to express the impressive two story volume of the barn, to keep the existing structural elements and to re-use and re-purpose any materials removed.

About Architecture Exchange East

ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference and expo. This year, it takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from Nov. 6–8, 2019. The program is curated to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore the theme of culture.

All ArchEx seminars offer 1 AIA/CES learning unit unless otherwise noted in the agenda.