Newly Licensed

We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following member for passing their exams and gaining licensure. This is great news that thrills all of us and we are so proud to call you an architect!

Jeffrey R. Weiseman, AIA (Richmond)

Have you recently passed the ARE? Upgrade your membership to Architect using this AIA form. or send an email to your Member Services Director, Cathy Guske,

New Members

We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined the ranks of AIA Virginia.

New Architect Members

Kenneth Black, AIA (Blue Ridge)
Myra Prabo, AIA (Hampton Roads)
Alex Shifflett, AIA (Northern Virginia)
John P. Trevor, AIA (Central Virginia)

New Associate Members

Khalil Abdelmoumen, Associate AIA (Northern Virginia)
Cedric Gilliam, Associate AIA (Northern Virginia)
Marcin Kasiak, Associate AIA
(Hampton Roads)
Lisa Mayville, Associate AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ayse Elif Ozkan, Associate AIA (Northern Virginia)
Kevin Marcel Smith, Associate AIA (Richmond)

Transferred Into Virginia

Graydon Blakeslee, AIA (Northern Virginia) from AIA DC
Martin J. Hedrick, AIA (Richmond) from AIA DC
Magdy B. Ibrahim, AIA (Northern Virginia) from AIA DC
Rehanna B. Rojiani, AIA (Blue Ridge) from AIA Arizona
Hua Yang, AIA (Northern Virginia) from AIA DC

New/Renewed Allied Members

Dan Longenderfer, Director of Marketing, York Building Products

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

AIA Virginia Newsletter: NovDec 2021

Moving Forward United with Hope
In his final message to the membership, as AIA Virginia President, Sean Reilly shares his thoughts about the accomplishments of 2021.

2021 Design Awards Announced
AIA Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Design Awards. From a field of 150 entries, only 20 were selected by the jury.

Operation RRD: More Mentors Needed
We need you! We currently have students from Virginia Architecture Schools that want a mentor to help them navigate their college and post-graduation journey.

AIA Hampton Roads Wins the AIA Virginia PAC Award for the Second Time
As the winner, the local component will receive $1,000 from AIA Virginia for use during its 2022 Architecture Week to enhance its public outreach efforts.

ELA Class of 2021 Wrap-Up
View the Emerging Leaders in Architecture 2021 class project presentation and help support their plan for the community of Blackwell.

AEC Conference – SAVE THE DATE
Plan to join us at Virginia Beach, March 17-18, 2022 for the AEC Virginia Conference – hosted by the Virginia chapters of the ACEC, AIA, and the AGC.

YAR Call for Applications
Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

It’s a Wrap: ArchEx and Visions for Architecture
The profession came together for the first time in nearly two years at Visions for Architecture on Nov. 5, 2021, to hear a talk by 2020 AIA Gold Medal winner Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, and to celebrate the AIA Virginia Honors Awards and Design Awards.

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

Procrastinator’s Series
Did you put off your continuing education this year? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Sign up for our lunch and learn series Dec. 6–10 at noon and knock out those learning units!

Va. HRC Trivia Mixer
Join AIA Virginia’s Historic Resources Committee for a Virtual Trivia Mixer on Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m.! Mix up a cocktail (or mocktail) using one of our historic recipes and join us for a night of trivia and fun. Connect with the preservation community in Virginia and test your knowledge of the built environment. Win prizes and glory.

Thank You for Your Support
To date, you have donated $4,150 to Hampton University. The campaign will stay open through Dec. 31, 2021.

Connecting the Dots: From People to Planet
How can architects address the road to recovery, prevention, and ultimately resilience by connecting the dots from people to planet? Join us on Dec. 14 at noon for an engaging panel discussion. This program is a collaboration between AIA Northern Virginia CAE, AIA Virginia COTE, Virginia NOMA, and Baltimore NOMA.

Associated Thoughts: Unfinished Things
The world we inhabit is always being done and undone, and architecture is perpetually the business of unfinished things.

COTE Corner: Are You a Carbon Counter?
Holistically measuring the embodied carbon or CO2-equivalent emissions associated with a building’s materials is tricky (and vital). Are you interested in sharing resources and best practices?

Want to Make an Impact? Get Involved in the Code Development Cycle
The 2021 Code Development Cycle is underway, and it is critical for architects to have a seat at the table! Submit changes or get involved in a workgroup.

Congratulations to VANOMA
NOMA has chosen to recognize VANOMA as the 2021 Chapter of the Year for Large Chapters and as a 2021 Five-Star Chapter, its highest ranking for healthy chapters.

Upcoming VANOMA Events
Join VANOMA on December 16th at 7:00 p.m. for their next monthly spotlight event.

New Architects
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.

Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
Only twelve $50 Amber Book subscriptions remain!

COVID-19 Free Legal Advice for You
AIA Virginia and O’Hagan Meyer Attorneys + Advisors have partnered together to provide up to 30 minutes of legal counseling for AIA Members.

Meet the Fellows
Which new Fellow from Virginia thought they wanted to be an artist, but in the process of taking many art history classes, realized that architecture was their calling?

Highlights from the Last Board Meeting
Read about the items discussed and voted on during the October AIA Virginia Board meeting.

Where’s Corey?
Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, is back to traveling around the state to visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

AIA Virginia PAC
If you want to opt out of giving to the AIA Virginia PAC from your 2022 dues payment, please click here.
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ELA Class of 2021 Wrap-Up

Emerging Leaders in Architecture is a year-long professional learning and service program created by the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects This program brings together students and young professionals from across the state for monthly sessions on topics that will deepen our understanding of professional practice, alongside a year-long project to create a meaningful deliverable for a particular community. For the class of 2021, our focus was the neighborhood of Blackwell in Richmond, Virginia. We were tasked with developing a design proposal that addresses the needs of a community on the verge of significant redevelopment while considering the preservation of its history and culture.

View their ArchEx project presentation

Blackwell is a predominantly Black, low-income residential neighborhood in the city of Richmond. Like many inner-city neighborhoods, its history is linked to urban renewal, gentrification, and cultural erasure. White flight and urban divestment have resulted in much of the surrounding neighborhood fabric and culture being erased to make way for newer development, highways, and outpriced housing markets. The residents of Blackwell feel as though they have been continually left out of the conversation and are now being driven out by increasing property taxes and cost of living.

To properly address the historical and present-day inequity, as well as the physical and economic challenges that impact the community of Blackwell, we focused our initial efforts on listening to community members to learn and prioritize their needs. We heard that Blackwell lacked access to resources, especially fresh produce, affordable housing, and physical places for people to gather. Without these resources, the residents will likely be pushed out of their neighborhood due to the redevelopment happening all around them.

As our group discussed how to honor, secure, and support the existing community and culture of Blackwell, we acknowledged that, as outsiders with limited time on this project, we cannot pretend to be experts on the community and cultural identity of Blackwell. The only people who can decide what Blackwell needs are the people who live or work there. So, instead of focusing on a specific structure or a location, we explored ways that we could connect residents with resources that already exist so that they can assert their own agency regarding the future of their community. We have since assembled a “community tool kit” for Blackwell: an entry-level, user-friendly guide for starting a grassroots effort to support whatever improvements the residents decide are most important. These tools have been developed for and in conjunction with the community of Blackwell.

Over this past year, this project and process have taught us all so much about the vital role that community engagement must play in all our projects as designers. We prioritized listening to the Blackwell community, and in response to what we heard, did our best to produce a tool for them that is tangible and practical. We have also partnered with local organizations that are willing to store and distribute this community tool kit so that this information is made continually available to Blackwell long after our ELA 2021 class has disbanded. Now, we look to your financial and professional assistance to put this tool into the hands of the community so that they can continue this initiative in their own unique way. If you are able, please consider financial support of this project to help bring this community tool kit to life.

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ELA 2021 Project Funding

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Architecture Class project. Whether you attended our presentation at ArchEx, are an ELA alumnus, AIA member, or a community member of Richmond, we appreciate your support. As we near the end of the year, we are completing the first iteration of our community tool kit and need your financial and professional support to produce and distribute our book to the Blackwell community (and anyone else who would like a copy for their own use). We are so thankful for any assistance you can provide, and hope that this can be a valuable tool for Blackwell and other communities and designers going forward.

ELA 2021 Project Funding

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AEC Conference – Save the Date

The 2022 AEC Virginia Conference will be hosted by the Virginia chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors on March 17-18 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Its vision is to bridge together architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to collaborate, create, and build for the future.  Preliminary information is available at Summary – 2022 AEC Virginia Spring Conference (

Young Architects Forum Regional Director (YAR) Applications Open

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.
Every two years, AIA Virginia (formerly part of the Region of The Virginias) selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the state as YAF Young Architect Representative (YAR). Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 – 2023 YAR term.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA. This rewarding experience will allow you to be actively engaged in shaping the future of the profession and to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, and nationally.

If you are interested, here’s the full job description>>

Application Requirements
AIA Membership – Applicant must be an AIA member in good standing within AIA Virginia (AIA Blue Ridge, AIA Central Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads, AIA Northern Virginia, and AIA Richmond) and must be licensed not more than 10 years at the time of submission.

Letter of Interest – From Applicant. Indicate understanding of the position, qualifications/experience, and reasons for seeking election. Limit one-page.

Letter of Nomination – From an AIA local or state component Board Member. Indicate the connection between the YAR position and the Nominee’s leadership qualities. Limit one-page.

Letter of Recommendation – From an AIA member. Indicate Nominee’s qualifications for the YAR position. Limit one-page.

Letter of Support – From Employer. A Principal (or Officer) within the candidate’s firm must commit to supporting the candidate in fulfilling the role’s obligations. Limit one page on company letterhead.

Personal Resume – Indicate education, employment history, organizations, activities, honors, and awards. Limit two pages (It is NOT in the applicant’s best interest to simply submit a firm resume with project experience).

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Donna Dunay, FAIA, Region of The Virginias Representative to AIA Strategic Council ( AND Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia NLT Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Selection Process
The AIA Board of Directors will elect the YAR during its Board retreat scheduled for January 7-8, 2022.

AIA Hampton Roads Wins the AIA Virginia PAC Award for the Second Time

For the second time in four years, AIA Hampton Roads won AIA Virginia’s annual PAC Award termed the “Rumble in the Jungle”. As the winner, the local component will receive $1,000 from AIA Virginia for use during its 2022 Architecture Week to enhance its public outreach efforts. AIA Hampton Roads was the only team to have 100% investment participation from its Board of Directors which was the difference between winning and losing. In addition, 5.4% of its total membership was invested [the 2017 statewide participation rate was roughly 2%], and the average contribution per member out of the total component membership of 352 individuals was $24.25.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The award criteria are based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Invest at

AIA Virginia is thankful for the following 2021 PAC Investors:

$2,500 to $4,999

PMA Architecture
VMDO Architects

$1,000 to $2,499

Glave & Holmes Architecture
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Quinn Evans
VIA Design Architects

$500 to $999

MG2 Corporation
MTFA Architecture
William “Bill” Brown, AIA
Jeremy Maloney, AIA


Conkey Architects
Frazier Associates
Galvin Architects
Scott Campbell, AIA
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Eric Keplinger, AIA
David King, AIA
Jeanne LeFever
Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA
J. Mitch Rowland, AIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA


Alloy Architecture & Construction
Architecture AF
Colley Architects
Galvin Architects
Kerns Group Architects
KGD Architecture
Powe Studio Architects
Reader & Swartz Architects
r4 llc
Colin Arnold, AIA
JW Blanchard, AIA
Robert Dunay, FAIA
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Nathaniel McCormick, AIA
Rob Reis, AIA
James Scruggs, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Chris Venable, AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Steve Wakeman, AIA

Up to $99

B. Grace Design, LLC
MSStudioarchitecture, LLC
Anonymous [ 9 ]
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Krystal Anderson, AIA
Ron Anderson | Nello Wall Systems, Inc.
Kelly Batchelder
Scott Boyce, AIA
Debbie Burns, Hon. AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Phoebe Crisman, AIA
April Drake, AIA
Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Braden Field, AIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
John Glenn, AIA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Charles Hendricks, AIA
Stephen Kulinski, AIA
Michael Lawson, AIA
Roland Lemke, AIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Joe McCoy, AIA
Joshua McKenrick, AIA
Shawn Mulligan, AIA
Marci Parrish
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Gareth Ratti, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Amanda Schlichting, AIA
Kristen Smith
Mark Treon, AIA
Nick Wade, AIA
Chris Warren, AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA

Moving Forward United with Hope

As 2021 comes to a close, I first want to express my gratitude to our members for the many unique contributions and excellent work you all have accomplished this year.  Each of you makes a difference in improving the lives of people and communities we serve through your work. Thank you for being members of the American Institute of Architects, which now has over 95,000 members. 

Shared Heritage

Thank you for believing in the AIA, the collective voice of our profession in our state, our country, and around the world.  The AIA has come a long way from its humble, 1857 founding when 13 architects gathered in New York. The AIA in Virginia has come a long way too since 1914 when five men rode their horses to meet in Richmond and form an AIA chapter. Hard to imagine the challenges faced during their first two decades; impacted by World War I, the Spanish Flu, and the Great Depression. The Founders’ steadfastness may have had something to do with the conviction of their shared vision for what the profession could become; that the profession could have more impact united as a collective group.  That, as a united group they could better promote the profession, advance the standards of architectural education, practice and in turn, be of ever-increasing value to society.  Our shared heritage still unites our profession today.

2021 in Review:  AIA Virginia Activities

We’ve all had our thirst quenched by a well we did not dig.  AIA Virginia today is part of a continuum with core values and a vision that empowers its members to improve the quality of people’s lives and the built environment through their work.  AIA Virginia’s Mission guides our organization’s work toward our vision.  The heavy lifting of the mission is carried out by the Board of Directors and our four councils, which are populated with board members from around the Commonwealth and staff liaisons.  The organization’s finances are healthy and recent governance changes will enable us to move forward with efficiency and inclusivity; presided over by the treasurer and secretary respectively. Here are a few highlights of 2021 AIA Virginia activities:

Advocacy Advisory Council

  • The level of membership support in the AIA Virginia PAC has increased six-fold since 2016 allowing us to significantly extend our influence and relationship building with state lawmakers.
  • One notable General Assembly success:  we defeated a bill that would have given the Governor unilateral authority to issue architectural licenses regardless of education, experience, or examination requirements. 
  • Launched the inaugural ARCHITECTS Speak Up! Initiative.  Over 50 AIA members participated and built relationships with members of the House and Senate.  

Education Council

  • As envisioned by the AIA Virginia Strategic Plan, we collaborated with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) on the Architecture Engineering Construction Symposium in March. 
  • We planned and organized our Biennial business symposium, Art of Practice, held virtually in August with 70 attendees, with program content on emerging technologies, trends in risk management and decarbonization and the latest developments in employment law. 
  • Our annual conference, Architecture Exchange East, was held virtually last month with thought provoking speakers and outstanding program content curated under the umbrella of “Making Space:  Designing for Inclusion.”  

Member Services Council

  • Mentoring continues as a key element of Member Services, evolving from the pandemic. Operation:  Reach, Retain and Develop, initiated in 2020, continues with a second year into 2021-2022. 
  • For the second consecutive year, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design has graciously sponsored our Amber Book Scholarship program for ARE prep.
  • We welcomed 125 new members in 2021, bringing total membership to 2,365 as of October 1, 2021.  

Outreach Council

  • Conducted the 2021 Design Awards, which incorporated the “Framework for Design Excellence” into submission criteria; added Small Project and Extended Use Categories. 
  • Continued to produce the digital version of Inform regularly to bring forth exceptional curated content to members and our external audiences.
  • Resumed AIA Virginia’s “Blueprint for Better Communities Dinner” series in September at VIA Design in Norfolk after being temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.
  • Continued our commitment to strengthen the pipeline to our profession through our special and important relationship with the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.


It is good governance practice to evaluate Board structure and efficiency periodically in order to remain vital and relevant as a membership association.  The Secretary’s Advisory Committee (SAC) engaged a series of charges in 2020 to make recommendations on moving forward. In June 2021, the membership voted to implement the first phase of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee’s recommendations, which decoupled service on the four advisory Councils from Board service.  As a result, the Advisory Councils for Advocacy, Education, Outreach, and Members Services are open to all members as a service opportunity, of up to nine members in each.  In November 2021, after extensive outreach and discussion with local chapters, the membership voted to implement the second and final phase of the SAC recommendations which streamlines the size of the Board to better align with non-profit best practices.

In summary, between the Board and Councils, there will now be 50 opportunities to serve and advance the mission of AIA Virginia.

AIA Virginia Staff

I am deeply grateful for AIA Virginia’s amazingly dedicated, hard-working staff who were collaborative partners in the work of the 2021 Board. They are incredible people and a joy to work with.  AIA Virginia is very fortunate to have this group:

  • Rhea George, Hon. AIA Virginia, Managing Director
  • Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA Virginia, Member Services Director
  • Keesha Ezell, Hon. AIA Virginia, Director of Finance
  • Jody Cranford, Sales Representative

I can’t say enough about our EVP, Corey Clayborne, FAIA.  He is a visionary, regularly looking toward the future and at the same time, able to focus on detailed tasks and their successful execution. He is passionate and driven about improving the AIA to better serve our members and is also a humble person and amazing team player.  A true servant leader, we are very fortunate to have Corey as our EVP.

Moving Forward

Thank you to all AIA Virginia members for the incredible opportunity to serve as your 2021 president. It has been an honor and a privilege.

I will soon hand over the reins of leadership to my friend and colleague Robert Easter, FAIA.  Robert is an accomplished architect and educator, running his Richmond-based practice and serving as Chair of the Architecture program at Hampton University. Robert has been serving on the board as Hampton University’s Director for many years and is a past president of NOMA National.   Robert is also currently serving as chair of our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.  AIA Virginia leadership will be in thoughtful and experienced hands in 2022.

AIA Virginia members come from varied backgrounds and have many different perspectives.  Yet, we are united by a shared heritage and shared values.  We are united by a shared vision to make a difference in the quality of the built environment and the lives of all people who experience our collective work, not just the 2% that are our clients.  In this challenging era that we live and work in, one often marked by differences, we are called to work together with justice and understanding, to encourage and build each other up.  It is our call within the call…. let us move forward with expectancy and hope to create the future of the profession we want to see. 

Sean E. Reilly, AIA
AIA Virginia President

AIA Virginia 2021 Board

  • Ryan Alkire
  • Krystal Anderson
  • JW Blanchard
  • Karen Conkey
  • Corey Clayborne
  • Phoebe Crisman
  • Bob Dunay
  • Robert Easter
  • Rebecca Edmunds
  • Eliza Beth Engle
  • Forrest Frazier
  • Kathy Galvin
  • Bill Hopkins
  • Christopher Kehde
  • Spencer Lepler
  • Anca Lipan
  • Jeremy Maloney
  • Beth Reader
  • Sean Reilly
  • Mitch Rowland
  • Maury Saunders
  • Nick Serfass
  • Michael Spory
  • Stephen Wakeman
  • Chris Warren
  • Rob Winstead

Upcoming VANOMA Events

December: NOMAS Spotlight

Join VANOMA on December 16th at 7:00 p.m. for their next monthly spotlight event featuring the work of NOMAS Architecture students from across the state.

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January & February: Upcoming Regional Open House Series

Save the Date! Coming in early 2022, VANOMA will be hosting (4) Regional Open House events across the state in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville. Stay tuned and visit for more information coming soon.