AIA Virginia | 2019 Board of Directors
April 12, 2019
Hampton University | Bemis Laboratory

Motions Made and Approved:

The Board of Directors of AIA Virginia voted as follows:

  • Approval of the February 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of the Nominations for Appointment of the Disaster Assistance Committee
  • Approval of Candidate Endorsement for APELSCILDA Gubernatorial Appointment
  • Approval of Appointment of Virginia Architect Licensing Advisor

Written reports were provided for the following consent agenda items:

  • Blueprint for Better – National Mall Initiative
  • Art of Practice Review
  • PAC Update
  • Inform Update
  • Membership Update
  • Architecture Exchange East 2019 Update
  • ACE Update
  • Formation of Honors Committee Diversity Task Force
  • Grassroots Visit Response from Sen. Kaine

Questions regarding the written reports were answered to provide additional clarification.  Members may request a copy of these written reports by emailing AIA Virginia Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, AIA at

Jeffrey Butts, Assoc. AIA explained his role as the Regional Associate Director which is to serve as the informational conduit between Virginia/West Virginia and the Institute on issues impacting the Associate membership.  He attended a meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he was a part of a work group that focused on how technology and equity are impacting the practice of architecture.


Position Architects as vital contributors to our built environment:

  • A motion was presented by the Government Advocacy Advisory Council recommending appointments to the AIA Virginia Disaster Assistance Committee.  The motion passed unanimously.
  • A motion was presented by the Government Advocacy Advisory Council to endorse the reappointment of Mel Price, AIA to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA).  The motion passed unanimously.
  • It was noted that Kathy Galvin, AIA is running for the Virginia House of Delegates 57th District seat.

Become a model of a strong non profit and vibrant membership organization:

  • The draft Memorandum of Understanding between AIA Virginia and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) for the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program partnership was reviewed and discussed.  The draft document will be sent to the Deputy Commissioner of DVS for review and comment.  The Board empowered the Executive Committee to oversee the finalization of the MOU.
  • A motion was presented by the Member Services Advisory Council recommending appointment of Michael Hammon, AIA as Virginia’s Architect Licensing Advisor.  The motion passed unanimously. Jeanne LeFever, AIA recused herself from the vote.
  • A summary was provided of key takeaways of the Member Satisfaction Survey responses.  In March 2019, the survey was sent to 2,338 AIA Virginia members and allied members and received a 19.5% response rate.  The survey inquired about membership satisfaction, perception of organizational effectiveness, and membership value.  A discussion was held about how to engage the media more frequently at events and how to communicate our advocacy work more effectively.


Treasurer’s Report:

The organization’s Balance Sheet indicates the cash and cash equivalents is approximately $88k greater than at this point last year. Expenses are currently at 75% of the budget.  To date, the organization has an excess of revenue over expenses of $253,857.  This funding is used for operations during the spring and summer months when program revenue is minimal.

The draft 2019-2020 budget was reviewed and discussed.  It was noted that the digital release of Inform was not yet depicted in the budget.  There was a consensus that the draft budget was tracking successfully toward a final submission.

EVP Report:

It was shared that the staff is continuing to work on budget preparation while exploring a contingency plan in the event of an economic downturn.

President-Elect’s Report:

A joint task force consisting of AIA Virginia and Branch board members was formed at the beginning of 2019 to look to the future, determine recommended collaboration strategies, identify tactics, and develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that can be supported by both boards.  At its February meeting, the task force identified the key items of inclusion for the document. 

New Business:

  • The Branch will celebrate the Virginia by Design Awards on April 27 with “Brunch at the Branch”.
  • A discussion occurred regarding the 2019 Candidates for National Office.
  • The Region of The Virginias breakfast will be held at A’19 on Friday, June 7.

The next meeting of the 2019 AIA Virginia Board of Directors will take place Friday, June 21, 2019, in Richmond.