Architecture Exchange East is the annual thought-leadership conference and expo curated by AIA Virginia. It will be held Nov. 2–4, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, with an audience of several thousand architects and allied professionals over the course of the three-day event. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to present talks that are future-focused on a wide range of subjects ― and to provoke important conversations among design professionals.

Though Architecture Exchange East has a 29-year history, we are looking forward to building on the energy of last year’s conference with a renewed and vigorous focus on curating exceptional, inspirational content. We hope you will consider being an integral part of this gathering of creative professionals.

Your talk could range from a one-hour session to a full-day workshop. We don’t want to box you into a particular format. We’re encouraging creative approaches to content delivery, including panel discussions, tours, and guided collaborative conversations. We welcome all proposals.

Propose an offering you think is relevant and timely, or pick something from the Suggested Topics list below. To propose an offering, complete and submit the Presentation Proposal Form by April 30, 2016. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted by July 2016.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Those vendors interested in presenting a sponsored, please contact Judy Cheadle at (804) 237-1777.


  • Submit a completed proposal form online
  • Proposals must be received by the deadline date
  • Expert speakers with public speaking experience are preferred
  • Presentation content must be sufficient for the proposed length of the session

Deadline is 10 p.m., April 30, 2016

Decision Process

All proposals are evaluated by AIA Virginia’s Program Advisory Group to ensure they address educational needs of the audience and that the program is well balanced. Course selections begin in May and will continue until the entire program is set.

Suggestions and Questions

Suggestions for potential speakers or questions about the conference can be directed to Marshall Dreiling, Education Manager at or (804) 237-1769.

Seminar Tracks

There are seven educational tracks: Design (includes all design-related topics, urban and universal, interior design, landscaping, Master Architects Series, etc.); Tech (trades, BIM, codes, software, emerging technology, regulations, contracts, AIA Documents, etc); Historic (includes tax credits, research, restorations, rehabilitations for alternative uses, etc.), Business (includes all business topics); Green (includes sustainable design, materials, building practices, etc.); and  General (includes AIA Virginia organizational meetings, activities and events, tours, Keynote, etc.)  

Suggested Topics

  • Master Architect Series — examining the work of a prominent or master architect, which may include someone of historical interest or a modern master
  • Tours — Projects of interest, in progress or recently completed, restoration, redevelopment, urban planning, historical architecture, etc.
  • Excellence in Design
  • New Uses of Technology
  • Codes
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainable Design

The topics below were identified by past attendees as desirable seminars for 2015

  • ADA
  • Building Codes
  • Business planning
  • Creativity
  • Mentorship
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Design/Build
  • New materials
  • Theory
  • Emerging professionals
  • Technology
  • Design process
  • Coping with changing nature of architectural practice
  • Office management
  • LEED and design/construction problems
  • Project collaboration systems/software
  • Envelope design
  • Moisture-proofing systems
  • Residential design
  • Emerging technologies
  • Adapting to challenging economic conditions
  • Affordable and practical ways to conserve energy
  • Evidence-based design
  • Websites and social media for architects
  • Green Globes vs. LEED
  • Innovative building practices
  • Climate resilience
  • Basic building materials
  • African American architects
  • Integrating research with practice
  • Use of BIM in the small firm
  • Designing spaces for alternative medicine
  • Wellness facilities
  • Zero-impact, self-contained structures in resource-development areas
  • Healthcare and wellness
  • Integration of trades, such as HVAC, electrical systems, communications, AV
  • Future of architecture as practiced in the U.S.
  • Retirement
  • Surviving unemployment during recession
  • Advances in BIM for Facility Maintenance
  • Balancing work and family/life
  • Related fields such as mechanical design
  • Common causes of Change Orders

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