2019 Newly Licensed Reception

Help us celebrate those who have become licensed architects in 2019! The toast will be part of the AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:15-5 p.m. as part of Architecture Exchange East at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

2019 JBLC Sponsorship of Newly Licensed Reception

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AIA Virginia Newsletter: August 2019

In September, AIA Virginia will Unveil Groundbreaking Initiative to Connect Architects with Local Community Leaders over Dinner

Pascale Sablan Announced as ArchEx Keynote
Pascale was named one of 25 Young Architects to Watch in 2019 by Architizer and recognized with the 2018 AIA Young Architects Award.

ELA Class Nominations Open
Who do you know who should be in the 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture?

New Architect
Congratulations to the following member for passing his exams and gaining licensure.

Resiliency Week Events
Register for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Seminar and SAP Training Being Hosted During Resiliency Week.

Designs Due Friday
Don’t forget to submit your design for the next AIA Virginia PAC pin.

Co-Founder of Oyler Wu to Speak at ArchEx
The firm is widely recognized for its experimentation in design, material research, and fabrication.

SAY IT LOUD Exhibition: Call for Entries
Be part of an exhibition by diverse design professionals.

Meet the Fellows
Which Virginia Fellow just earned an honorary doctorate degree?

Early Advocacy Victory
New law now in place that benefits firms who design schools.

Call for Volunteers
Want to attend Architecture Exchange East 2019 for free?

Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members, and AIA Virginia Allied Members.

Advocacy Matters
Sean Reilly, AIA, gives a recap of what happened at last months’ State and Local Government Network conference.

AIA Virginia Looks to Address Removal of Uninsurable Language in Design Contracts

AIA Launches National Leadership Academy
Applications are due Sept. 9, for AIA’s new Leadership Academy.

Visions for Architecture
Save the Date for this year’s Gala!

NCARB Live: Architecture Career Tips
Join NCARB on August 15 for a live webinar on career tips for emerging professionals in architecture.

NCARB Vice President Harry M. Falconer Jr. Receives Honorary Degree

Thank You
AIA Virginia is Thankful for the Following PAC Investors

Virginia Values Veterans
Governor Northam Announces More Than 50,000 Veterans Hired. Find out how you can be part of this program.

PAC Competition Update
AIA Hampton Roads Continues to Hold Back Competitors in “Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition.

New Firm Directory
The new AIA Virginia Firm Directory helps connect clients with architecture firms. Is your firm listed?

Where’s Corey
Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities. Here’s his recent travel agenda.

Meet Harry M. Falconer, Jr., FAIA, NCARB, HonD, Hon. FCARM

As Vice President, Experience + Education, Harry Falconer leads the department to provide professional support for the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP™) as well as NCARB’s education-related programs including the NCARB Education Standard, Scholars in Professional Practice, Education Alternative for Certification, Foreign Architect Certification programs, and continuing education initiatives. He is responsible for the administration of the Council’s outreach initiative to schools, professional conferences, and firms; and management of the Architect Licensing Advisors Community program. Falconer also leads the development and management of the Council’s international mutual recognition arrangements and relations.

Harry M. Falconer, Jr., FAIA, NCARB, HonD, Hon. FCARM

Falconer’s career in architecture includes over 22 years in practice prior to joining NCARB’s team. He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is licensed to practice architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, has been certified as a construction documents technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute, holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity, and is an honorary member of the Federatcion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana. In 2010, Falconer was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, for his leadership in the Intern Development Program (IDP). In 2019, The Boston Architectural College conferred the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa upon Falconer, recognizing his transformative vision and work within architectural education and the profession.

NCARB Vice President Harry M. Falconer Jr. Receives Honorary Degree

Where did you go to college?
Virginia Tech

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Absolutely! And particularly if they mention they want to be an architect. I recommend it whenever presented the opportunity – to individuals of any age. As I travel the country for work, I still hear the urban legend… you need to be good at math to be an architect. We all know that’s not true! My sales point – what other course of study allows you to investigate and develop your skills as an artist, scientist, engineer, counselor, humanitarian, etc.? Studying can be fun if you plan it out correctly.

What does it take to be an architect?
Key Words: desire, commitment, tenacity, thoughtful, attentive, confidence
It takes a person who wants to be an architect. Someone that appreciates design; someone who appreciates the environment; someone who appreciates technology; and someone that wants to impact the lives of many.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
I can’t say that one architect that has inspired me. I have been, and continue to be, inspired by many different architects that I have met throughout my career. Many of my employers/supervisors have inspired me. And I feel lucky to say I have many mentors – each offering inspiration and encouragement in various aspects of my career and life. More is better than one.

What are you currently reading?
Honestly? Correspondence, documents, rules, regulations, and promotional materials. I read a lot for work… and look forward to the day I make time to read for pleasure.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
I’ve finished a lot of meals thinking “this is the best meal I’ve ever had.” I think it’s safe to say though that the meals have featured lobster and/or crab. I do think the best appetizer I’ve ever had was just recently at A’19 in Las Vegas: “Cotton Candy Foie Gras.” Foie Gras on a stick, wrapped in cotton candy!

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
Simply put – hoping to make a positive difference, whether in an individual’s career or more broadly in the locale, or the profession. Fourteen years ago I can say I didn’t believe volunteering with the AIA could make a difference. Today, after working closely with AIA members across the country, I’ve experienced the power, commitment, and success of the volunteer community. I now know volunteers do effect change!

How to Stay Engaged in ELA

The Emerging Leaders in Architecture program now has 150+ alumni members! The first ten years of this program have shown that a majority of these alumni become more engaged AIA members, citizen architects, and leaders in their firms/industries.

Here’s how you can stay engaged with ELA:

  1. Sponsor class sessions/happy hour
  2. Follow/Like through Social Media Channels
    1. ELA Facebook page
    2. Current class social media
      1. 2019: Instagram – @elaclassof2019
    3. AIA Virginia Facebook and Instagram pages
  3. Attend the local event happy hours – when the class seminar day is in your area, plan to attend the happy hour afterward to connect with the current class and network with your alumni peers.
  4. Attend the annual networking dinner at Architecture Exchange East (November)
  5. Become part of the local steering or executive committees. View the Leadership structure.
    1. Work on planning sessions in your area
    2. Work on researching class project ideas. Be on a project advisory council for the class when it’s in your area.
  6. Nominate potential class members (August-October)
    1. Work with local AIA board or help with open applications
  7. Networking/Social events
    1. Help plan quarterly alumni socials around the state
    2. Help plan the annual summer reunion for all alumni and families

To get involved, or if you have any questions, email Cathy Guske, Member Services Director at AIA Virginia, cguske@aiava.org

2020 ELA Class Nominations Open

AIA Virginia announces the call for applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA): An Honors Academy of AIA Virginia.

The application and more information is available here>>
The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2019.

ELA is an intensive program of educational sessions structured around presentations, discussions, team exploration, analysis, consensus-building, collaboration, and case study activities undertaken over the course of a year by a small cadre of participants selected for their potential to be outstanding contributors to the profession and the community. Facilitators and mentors who are established leaders in the building, finance, non-profit, development, university, legal, consulting, and design professions and in the community at large develop and deliver the sessions, designed to provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills related to specific areas of leadership and practice.

The program consists of monthly, day-long seminars, work sessions, or class project presentations, culminating at a presentation at Architecture Exchange East in November.

The seminars are interactive, drawing on real examples and actively involving participants. They rotate among sites in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Alexandria, and Norfolk in conjunction with the firms, schools, and the local AIA component in each area.

The class project for 2020 will be in Norfolk, VA, so many sessions and the project workdays will be located in the Norfolk area.

How to Apply
The committee seeks applicants from three categories:

Component Nominees: Each of the five AIA Virginia local component Boards may nominate one or more individuals for admission to the program. One participant will be selected from each component for a total of five. If interested, please contact your local AIA chapter representative. Each chapter sets its own deadline and application requirements for these positions.

Student Nominees: Each Virginia Architecture School (UVA, VT, Hampton, and WAAC) may nominate one or more students for admission to the program. One participant will be selected from each school for a total of four. If interested, contact your department Chair/Dean.

Open Applications: Applicants may apply on their own or be nominated by someone else. Seven participants will be selected from among these applicants.

The application and more information is available here>>
The application deadline is Nov. 8, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Guske, Member Services Director at AIA Virginia, cguske@aiava.org

Resiliency Week Events

Register for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Seminar and SAP Training Being Hosted During Resiliency Week

During the 2019 General Assembly, AIA Virginia was proud to endorse Senate Joint Resolution 277 which designates the first week of September as Resiliency Week.  For this inaugural occurrence, AIA Virginia will host two events: a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) seminar in collaboration with the USGBC in Reston and a Safety Assessment Program Training in Richmond.  Please consider joining us for one or both of these events.

Sustainable Building through Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) in Northern Virginia

Develop more efficient, more competitive, and more valuable buildings with C-PACE financing for Existing Building retrofits and New Construction projects! This Lunch & Learn will demonstrate the value proposition from C-PACE to commercial real estate owners, developers, and service providers. Plus, the event will summarize the addressable market for C-PACE across the NOVA Region and provide the latest on progress toward C-PACE in several jurisdictions. Interest in C-PACE across NOVA is growing; this is one event you won’t want to miss!

Learning Objectives

  • List C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing benefits to building owners, developers, and service providers, and general eligibility requirements for existing building and new construction projects.
  • Describe how C-PACE financing impacts the economics and accessibility of energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, stormwater management, and resiliency measures.
  • Discuss how to integrate C-PACE into client discussions and project proposals to improve building performance, sustainability, and competitiveness.
  • Describe the addressable market for C-PACE in existing buildings and new construction across NOVA today and one year out.


  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch & networking
  • 12:00-12:20 p.m. Panel 1: C-PACE Financing Value Proposition for Owners, Developers, and Service     Providers
  • 12:20-12:40 p.m. Panel 2: C-PACE Addressable Market in NOVA
  • 12:40-1:00 p.m. Q&A & networking


Panel 1:  Scott Dicke, Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, Director of VA C-PACE Programs. Daron Coates, Thinkbox Group, Managing Director of Finding Opportunities

Panel 2:    Rich Dooley, Arlington County, Arlington C-PACE Program Manager. Dennis Cumbie, Loudoun County, Loudoun C-PACE Program Manager. Bill Eger, City of Alexandria, Energy Manager

DPR Construction
109 Sunset Hills Road
Suite 200
Reston, Virginia 20190

Date:  Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

  • 1 GBCI CE Hours + 1 AIA LU

Registration link:  https://cpacenova.eventbrite.com

SAP Training – Limited Seats Remaining

Registration is open for Safety Assessment Training on Sept. 6, 2019, in Richmond. Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides architects, engineers, and building inspectors with the knowledge to provide evaluations of facilities and buildings in the aftermath of a disaster. Learn more.

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures.
  • Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card.


Date: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Richmond, VA

Fee: $70 members; $175 non-members

Earn 6.5 learning units | HSW

Register today>>

PAC Competition Update

AIA Hampton Roads Continues to Hold Back Competitors in the “Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 60 points
  2. AIA Central Virginia – 50 points
  3. AIA Richmond – 40 points
  4. AIA Northern Virginia – 20 points
  5. AIA Blue Ridge – 0 points

The winner receives $1,000 for its use for Architecture Week 2020.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Below outlines point allocations:

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

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be 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 is 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.

AIA Virginia Looks to Address Removal of Uninsurable Language in Design Contracts

In an effort to build a stronger relationship with those who procure professional services, AIA Virginia and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Virginia have partnered on a joint sponsorship of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) Fall Symposium. The event will be held September 29 – October 1 at the Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg. VAGP represents over 1,100 procurement professionals employed by public entities across the Commonwealth. This year’s Fall Symposium will emphasize professional development in the procurement of professional services and construction.

Matt Gough (Partner at Ames & Gough) and Jonathan Shoemaker (Managing Member at Lee/Shoemaker) will present on behalf of AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia. The title of the presentation is “We Agree to What?” and will cover problematical indemnity, insurance, and standard of care terms.

Thank You

AIA Virginia is Thankful for the Following PAC Investors

$5,000 to $9,999
Architecture, Incorporated

$2,500 to $4,999

$1,000 to $2,499
Glave & Holmes Architecture
Quinn Evans Architects
Kenney Payne, AIA (also gave in 2015, 2016, and 2018)

$500 to $999
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
William T. Brown, AIA (also gave in 2012-2018)
Robert Comet, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA (also gave in 2014-2015 and 2017-2018)
Theresa del Ninno, AIA (also gave in 2015 and 2018)
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Nick Vlattas, FAIA (also gave in 2012-2018)
Lou Wolf, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Dan Zimmerman, Alloy Architecture & Construction llc (also gave in 2016-2018)

Husain Alam, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Jim Boyd, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Scott Campbell, AIA (also gave in 2016 and 2018)
Tim Colley, AIA (also gave 2012-2018)
Karen Conkey, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Robert Dunay, FAIA (also gave in 2018)
Robert Easter, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA OBO r4 llc (also gave in 2018)
Thomas Ellis, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Eliza Engle, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Lynden Garland, AIA (also gave in 2014 and 2016-2018)
Genevieve Keller
Thomas Kerns, FAIA (also gave in 2015 and 2017-2018)
Ed Gillikin, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Eric Keplinger, AIA (also gave in 2015-2018)
Jeanne LeFever, AIA (also gave in 2013 and 2015-2018)
Jeremy Maloney, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Gregory Powe, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA (also gave in 2013-2018)
Sean Reilly, AIA (also gave in 2015-2018)
Robert Reis, AIA (also gave in 2013-2015 and 2017-2018)
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA (also gave in 2015 and 2017-2018)
James Scruggs, AIA
Chris Venable, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)

Up to $99
Anonymous (9)
Krystal Anderson, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Sam Bowling, AIA
April Drake, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Keesha Ezell
John Burns, FAIA (also gave in 2013 and 2015-2018)
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA (also gave in 2015-2017)
Jody Lahendro, FAIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Robert McGinnis, FASLA
Andrew McKinley, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
T.J. Meehan, AIA
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Gareth Ratti, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Amanda Schlichting, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Marc Treon, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Jean Webster, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Rob Winstead, AIA (also gave in 2016 and 2018)
Fred Wolf, AIA (also gave in 2018)

Give today at www.aiavapac.org

Early Advocacy Victory Benefiting Firms Who Design Schools

During the 2019 General Assembly, AIA Virginia worked closely with legislators on a bill for school safety that would require every new public school building or renovation to have its plans and specifications reviewed by an individual or entity with professional expertise in building security and crime prevention through building design elements. The law went into effect on July 1, and it was initially, the Department of Education’s intention to make the design professional certify this review. This certification requirement would have created significant risk management and liability concerns for our members. Architecture can deter crime, but can’t stop a mentally ill individual from carrying out a heinous act of violence at a school. In fact, the best solutions require a combination of design and non-design related elements (ex: counselor to student ratios). AIA Virginia successfully worked with the Department of Education to not make it a requirement to have the design professional certify this review. Instead, our organization has offered to work with the Department in helping shape the policy to execute the new law.