AIA Virginia’s new conference focused on the practice of architecture kicked off for the first time on March 31st. The conference, titled Art of Practice, brought together firm leaders and emerging professionals from throughout the state to discuss firm culture topics ranging from equity and diversity to leadership development and building effective teams. The Mid-Sized and Small Firm Roundtables were also launched during the Art of Practice.

Conference Chair Maggie Schubert, AIA, welcomed attendees to the conference along with AIA Virginia President for 2017 Bill Brown, AIA, and AIA Virginia Executive Vice President Helene Dreiling, FAIA. Each spoke to the importance of the Art of Practice going forward and how the Art of Practice can grow to help reach our Strategic Plan goal of advancing the knowledge and expertise of our members with a focus on educational opportunities surrounding the business of architecture. Firm Culture breakouts followed along with a regulatory update by Kate Nosbisch from the APILSCIDLA Board and legislative update from Patrick Cushing from Williams Mullen.

The afternoon focused on building knowledge communities within the profession with the ongoing dialogue at the Large Firm Roundtable and the founding of the Mid-Sized and Small Firm Roundtables. AIA Virginia sees these Roundtables as an important piece of the future of the profession as we continue to promote the sharing of ideas on how to grow and strengthen the profession. If you would like to be a part of any of the Firm Roundtables in the future, please contact Helene Dreiling at

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