AIA Virginia Newsletter: October 2021

We’re Baaaaaccckkkkkk!
As an association that is THE VOICE of the architecture profession, we cannot fully live out our mission behind a computer screen.

Registration Open for ArchEx ‘21
Join your colleagues at ArchEx ’21 Nov. 1-5 to hear from design leaders like Marlon Blackwell, Zena Howard, Chris Downey, Jonathan Moody, and more.

Making Space: Designing for Inclusion
Hear from pioneering researchers and advocates for inclusive design on Nov. 4. Chris Downey, AIA, Magda Mostafa, and Derrick Behm-Josa, will each share insights and research in individual presentations. Then, they’ll all come together for a panel discussion moderated by Janice Majewski.

Join Us in Elevating the Voice of the Profession
The membership recently voted overwhelmingly to support the governance change to open up service on the four advisory Councils of AIA Virginia to the membership.

Women in Design @ ArchEx ‘21
Join us for a half-day program curated by leaders of Women in Design and Women in Architecture committees in Virginia. (Free)

Annual Membership Meeting
Join us for the virtual Annual Meeting of the membership Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. You will be voting for 2022 officers and important governance changes.

ELA 2022 Applications Close Soon
Want to be in the 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture or know someone that should be? Applications are due Nov. 5.

Visions for Architecture
Join us Nov. 5 for our annual honors and awards celebration! This year, the audience can attend in person at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or online.

Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Training
Nov. 12 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 6.5 AIA LU | HSW

Emerging Leaders in Architecture @ ArchEx ‘21
Celebrate the achievements of the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Architecture and hear about this year’s class project. (Free)

Advocacy Corner
AIA Virginia Hosts First Community Dinner Since Pandemic. More>>
AIA Hampton Roads and AIA Central Virginia Tied for the 2021 “Rumble in the Jungle” AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award. More>>
Margarella Appointed to State Building Code Technical Review Board. More>>

COTE Corner: Did you miss the 2030 Challenge Panel Discussion?
Check out Va. COTE’s webinar which was recorded on Sept. 23, 2021, featuring an overview of the 2030 Challenge and a panel discussion about making the business case for investing in high-performance buildings with clients.

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

Support Scholarships for Architecture Students
Support Virginia’s only HBCU with an accredited architecture program by making a charitable contribution today.

Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
Only 14 discounted Amber Book subscriptions remain!

Making the Case for Historic Window Restoration
Va.’s Historic Resources Committee hosted a panel discussion last week on preserving historic windows. Watch the recording to hear from wood and steel window experts and get insights from speakers from the National Trust and DHR.

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

Designing for Fire Safety: Complying with NFPA 285 Test Standard for Exterior Walls
Sign up for this free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at noon and earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW (Free)

Meet the Fellows
Which new Virginia Fellow believes that it’s important to be involved and volunteer with the AIA as it will be what we collectively bring to it.

UVA SARC Winter 2022 Externship
The University of Virginia School Of Architecture invites your organization to host a student(s) for the annual winter externship program.

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.

Margarella Appointed to State Building Code Technical Review Board

Jonah Margarella, AIA was appointed by Governor Northam to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Building Code Technical Review Board (SBCTRB). Put forth by AIA Virginia, Margarella is a Studio Director at Baskervill and serves on the AIA Richmond Board of Directors.

The SBCTRB’s primary purpose is to hear appeals from enforcement actions under the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (VSFPC), the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, the Virginia Manufactured Home Safety Regulations and the Virginia Certification Standards. A secondary function of the SBCTRB is to provide interpretations to the provisions of the VUSBC and VSFPC and make recommendations to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development for future modifications, amendments, or repeal of such provisions.

AIA Hampton Roads and AIA Central Virginia Tied for the 2021 “Rumble in the Jungle” AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

There is currently a tie for the competition with AIA Hampton Roads and AIA Central Virginia having 60 points each. No local component’s Board of Directors is at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

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 has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective members.  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.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    • Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      • Yes = 20 points
      • No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    • Component with highest % = 40 points
    • Component with second highest % = 20 points
    • Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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AIA Virginia Hosts First Community Dinner Since Pandemic

On September 29th, AIA Virginia held its “Blueprint for Better Communities” Dinner in Norfolk. Created in 2019, this initiative is centered on a simple concept of bringing together architects and community influencers over a private dinner to discuss how we can work together to pursue the city’s vision. Suspended temporarily due to COVID-19, AIA Virginia reconvened our architects with city leaders last month at VIA Design for an inspiring conversation and time of fellowship. Special thanks to Haley Morgan who was instrumental in facilitating the logistics of the event.

Below are some of the key themes and topics that were discussed:

  • Resilience and improved infrastructure must be a focal point of the future.
  • There are many opportunities for architects to use their expertise in the development of solutions to mitigate flooding and sea-level rise.
  • City leaders are looking to architects to make sure the corporate build environment still thrives in the wake of COVID.
  • Through shaping the built environment, architects can lure people to live in Norfolk!
  • The city lacks public community spaces where people can just “hang out”.
  • How do we breathe “new life” into our areas that have intense poverty?
  • City leaders and architects both described the Norfolk as a city of potential, persistence, and partnerships.

Community members in attendance were

The Hon. Kenny Alexander, Mayor, City of Norfolk
The Hon. Martin Thomas, Vice Mayor, City of Norfolk
Larry Filer, City Manager, City of Norfolk
Chuck McPhillips, President, Greater Norfolk Corporation
Rachel McCall, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Downtown Norfolk Council
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University
Nancy Grden, Executive Director, Strome Entrepreneurial Center at ODU
Lynn Clements, Executive Director, Slover Library

Architects in attendance were:

Donna Phaneuf, FAIA, President, VIA Design
Andrew McKinley, AIA, Principal, VIA Design
Scott Campbell, AIA, Principal, VIA Design
Mel Price, AIA, Principal, Work Program Architects
Georgie Marquez, AIA, Partner, Andre Marquez Architects
David Keith, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer, Hanbury
Paula Loomis, FAIA, Sr. Architect, The Urban Collective
Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President, AIA Virginia

We’re Baaaaaccckkkkkk!

There is no secret that the last 18 months have been a challenge for many of our brothers and sisters in the profession. For AIA Virginia, I feel like we have been playing defense in the pandemic. It started as an urgent scramble to get our members the essential tools and resources to navigate the choppy waters caused by an intentional economic shutdown and public health crisis. Over time, we transitioned to a virtual environment which undoubtedly has its advantages and disadvantages. It allowed us to continue providing the needed human interaction that is necessary for positive mental health. Our Design Forum keynote presentation by Steven Holl, FAIA, felt like a fireside chat on Zoom.

On the other hand, I have yet to hear of a virtual meeting or event going viral where people continue to talk about it for months after it concludes. Those who you meet for the first time through a virtual environment are not very memorable after you hit the large red “Leave Meeting” icon. As an association that is THE VOICE of the architecture profession, we cannot fully live out our mission behind a computer screen.

So, in this letter, I want to yell from the rooftops:

“We’re Baaaaaaaaacccckkkkkk!”

We have wasted no time getting back to making memorable moments and demonstrating the value that each one of you offers to our world as an architect. Within the last 30 days, AIA Virginia has twice been a requested resource by our state and local elected officials.

On September 29th, we delivered a presentation to the Commission on School Construction and Modernization which will help our state’s leaders develop funding recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor. That same night, AIA Virginia hosted our “Blueprint for Better Communities” dinner in Norfolk. This event brought together our local architects and prominent community leaders, including the Mayor, to discuss the pursuit of the city’s vision together.

Just a few days later, we presented “School as a Community Catalyst: Happy, Healthy, and High-Performing” to our local elected officials at the Virginia Municipal League’s annual conference in Leesburg. And lastly, we held our first in-person Board meeting since the pandemic at the University of Virginia where we had an inspirational time engaging with students, faculty, School of Architecture Dean Malo Hutson, and Alice Raucher, FAIA (Architect for the University).

This is the time of year where we set our eyes on Architecture Exchange East and Visions for Architecture. Our conference will be mostly virtual and span the week of Nov. 1-5. However, the last day will have an in-person option at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. On this day, we will host Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, as our keynote speaker followed by the safe celebration of our 2020 and 2021 Visions honorees over cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Remember, if you purchase an in-person ticket, it includes the keynote and Visions!

I encourage you to register at: ArchEx 2021 Registration Open – AIA Virginia (

Many of you I have not seen in person since the beginning of 2020. Come join us and I assure you that we will safely have a great time!

In service,

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA, CAE
Executive Vice President

Meet David Keith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

David Keith, FAIA is a Design Principal and CEO of Hanbury in Norfolk, Virginia.David champions a model of practice driven by continuous talent development, creating a thriving culture of design excellence and transforming the firms that he leads and the communities and campuses in which he works.

David is a fierce advocate for growing the next generation of architects and professional leaders. Entering the profession in 1987, in the first Intern Development Program class, he observed that few firms had a clear approach to helping young architects grow professionally and personally. Ever since, he has analyzed how architects learn. Beginning with his first opportunity to mold practice culture, he has shaped teaching firms that deepen and accelerate that learning, providing intentional opportunities for growth with every project.

David structures his practice to create a continuum of education for young designers entering the profession. His expanding firm’s new offices are located near architecture schools. He works closely with schools to understand what students are looking for. Out of this exchange and his personal experiences, David developed his firm’s career development and talent recruitment programs.

David has created teaching practices that use these tools to ensure continuous professional and personal growth:

  • Research: David incorporates researchinto studio practice, to enable individuals to explore subjects(building systems, program outcomes, evidence-based design, sustainability and resiliency, etc.)about which they are passionate. David works to build each designers’ confidence that they can complete outstanding projectsthat reflect their passions and interests.
  • Mentoring:David’s Responsibility Matrix (presented as a case study inThe Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice) enables young designers to assess abilities, identify personal growth agendas, and communicate those agendas to teammates. This process takes place at every project phase kick-off, when young team members identify both the strengths they will bring to the project and five or six goals for professional growth. The project manager is expected to incorporate two or three of these goals into the team’s work plan, thus ensuring growth with every project and providing an opportunity for each employee to shape their career track in a personal way. This approach creates motivated and highly effective teams that often over-perform.
  • Expectations of Senior Staff: The incorporation of goals for growth into work plans is a core expectation of senior staff. Because it puts young people in unfamiliar situations, they will at times make mistakes. David closely guides how senior staff responds to such mistakes, enforcing a strict “No Assholes Rule”: no getting mad, no beating people up, no blaming. It is a moment for teaching.

Summer Scholars Research Projects

A pivotal element of David’s approach is the Summer Scholars program, which has brought young people from more than 25 prestigious schools of architecture throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, India and China to engage in research and design that achieves real-world significance.

Design Excellence

The outward fruit of systematic talent development is design excellence across a wide range of contexts, from conventional practice, focused on higher education, civic and commercial projects; to pro bono practice, advancing the missions of organizations like Operation Smile; to rigorous design-build work for the US military; to regional community development. 

Firm Transformation

The inward payoff of talent development is firm transformation. The most vivid measure of David’s success is the transformation of Clark Nexsen. In the 15 years he was its Director of Architecture and Design Director it won over 200 design awards — more than 40 of them from the AIA — and rose to #11 in the ARCHITECT magazine 50. His current firm, Hanbury, with David in his fourth year as President and CEO, is on a similar trajectory.

The profession has long sought better models for bridging between school and practice. David Keith’s teaching office, its success abundantly proven, is just such a model.

Where did you go to college? 

I’ve been a Virginian most my life. Born in Northern Virginia, grew up in Charlottesville, attended Virginia Tech and have spent most of my professional life in Richmond and Hampton Roads.

I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech (1987).

What does it take to be an architect?

Curiosity, passion, humility, and leadership mixed-in with a strong desire to learn and solve problems in creative ways.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?

I am most inspired and grateful for the many teachers/mentors that have influenced my career….Olivio Ferrari, Doug Gilpin, Marley Carroll/John Walters, Rohn Price/Dave King, Sandy Bond/Rob Comet/Doug Westmoreland, Brad Tazewell and Jane Rathbone along with many others. 

What are you currently reading?

I love books about art, architecture and design, however my reading has tailed-off dramatically…I’m currently reading Vishaan Chakravarti’sA Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America

and I found Henry Ayon’s book Egyptian Placesto be a delightful journey to a place I haven’t been.

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

It’s not a single meal, but my favorite meal by far is Thanksgiving Dinner. We celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving with Turkey, Country Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie (with Cool Whip), Green Beans, and Yeast Rolls. Most of all, I enjoy the gathering of the family (and it’s always a 4-day weekend which more often than not includes a Hokie win over the Hoos).

Why do you volunteer with AIA?

I believe that our profession has much to offer the world, and the AIA is the one organization that brings together architects from all backgrounds and provides opportunities to make an impact beyond our projects. It’s important to be involved and volunteer with the AIA as it will be what we collectively bring to it.

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!

Sarah E. Kimble, AIA (Northern Virginia)

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,

2022 Membership Dues

Over recent years, AIA Virginia has undertaken significant steps to improve member value while reducing organization expenses. In 2020, Supplemental Firm Dues were completely eliminated! This means there are no other dues obligations outside of individual membership dues.

You spoke loudly—the most important thing we at AIA Virginia do for you is advocacy. You expressed a desire for us to be more proactive on issues that elevate the importance of architects and good design. We heard you.

The AIA Virginia PAC supports legislators who understand our agenda and support our goals without regard to political party affiliation. By speaking with a unified voice, architects can influence legislation affecting our profession and the quality of life in our communities. For more information regarding the AIA Virginia PAC, please click here to read the FAQs.

How much of my 2022 dues payment will go to the AIA Virginia PAC?
$5 for Associate AIA members
$10 for Architect members
$10 for International Associate members

If this investment is acceptable, no action is required on your part. If you wish to divert your 2022 PAC allocation to our general operating account, please let us know by going to

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA at Thank you for believing in what we do.

2022 Dues PAC opt-out

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Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to travel around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s his recent travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
AIA Richmond Golf Tournament
October 18

NOMA National Conference
October 20-22

Architecture Exchange East
Virtual + Richmond
November 1-5

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Event with Del. Hodges
October 12

Legislative Reception with Sen. Barker
Northern Virginia
October 13

Lead Virginia
Danville and Southside Virginia
October 14-16

Legislative Reception with Sen. Hanger
October 19