RAD Update

Hey guys!

It’s the summertime, it’s the middle of July, and so far, it’s been a really ‘rad’ year. I’d first like to give a shout-out to all Virginia component chapters: big ups to all the EPs in West Virginia, Richmond, Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, and my hometown Hampton Roads.

Jeffrey Butts, Jr., Assoc. AIA

Last month, I had the great fortune of being formally acquainted with this year’s ELA class on their visit down to my neck of the woods here in Norfolk, at VIA Design Architects. Although brief, it’s very likely this was perhaps the first time RAD and ELA had an intentionally direct engagement with one another. At the start of our meeting, I issued a brief survey to the group to gauge what issues and topics both affect and interest our current generation of emerging professionals. Further on, as the group exchanged their inspiring project ideas with me, I got to also witness the amiably kinetic camaraderie of this class—in another way of saying: they’re a very tight group that keeps it 100.

So what does the RAD do?

In our RAD ELA meeting, I got to share a few professional opportunities for emerging professionals, and also bring awareness to just what the RAD does, and shed light on the National Associates Committee (NAC), and the Center for Emerging Professionals. To keep this kept in one breath: a RAD (Regional Associates Director) is an appointed NAC member, for a term of two years, with the sole task of fostering communication between AIA National and their local region (in my case, AIA Virginia and West Virginia) and relay issues of importance that affect us associates (unlicensed design professionals with AIA membership) and assist AIA to devise opportunities that benefit emerging professionals. RADs are also placed in one of four NAC Work Groups—Future Practice, Knowledge, Mentorship, and Advocacy—to brainstorm with the other RADs throughout the country and implement new emerging professional opportunities and initiatives. If you have any questions relating to the NAC or RAD, feel free to contact me at jffrybttsjr@gmail.com.

Now on to those professional opportunities! Although there are many out there, here are a few in the pipeline:

ARE Scholarship

The Architects Foundation issues annually the Jason Pettigrew ARE Memorial Scholarship. Sadly, the deadline has passed (12 July), however, if you are thinking about studying for the ARE in the near future, keep this opportunity on your radar for next year! More access to additional professional and student scholarships through the Architects Foundation found here at the “Scholarships” tab.

AIA Leadership

If you are seeking further leadership opportunities within AIA National, apply here to volunteer on the National Associates Committee (NAC) or the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Advisory Committee.

Call for Design Entries

Support our AIA Virginia Political Action Committee (PAC) by submitting a design entry of a new PAC lapel pin via the PAC Pin Design. More information on the design challenge posted here.

As this is my first official RAD report to you guys, I intend to share updates quarterly and highlight opportunities and news that affect us Associate AIA members. In the meantime, connect with me if there’s something on your mind related to the NAC, or any queries you have to the leadership of AIA Virginia. I’m here to serve you.

One last thing: although this is called a “RAD Report”, let me know if you have any other creative ideas for what this report could be named.

Have an amazing summer!

Jeffrey G Butts, Jr. | Hanbury
AIA Regional Associate Director – Region of the Virginias

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Still Holds Narrow Lead in “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

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

As of July 1, no Board has reached 100% PAC participation.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

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

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

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 membership. 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 total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

YARD Update

Dear Region of the Virginias Emerging Professionals,

Last month I spent five days volunteering at A’19 in Las Vegas, so I’m excited to share information on the events I attended and new programs that were debuted and review YAF updates for the year.

Marie McCauley, AIA
Young Architect Regional Director (YARD)

First, AIA Center for Emerging Professionals debuted a revamped ARE 5.0 prep course at A’19. The program is titled ‘ArchiPrep’ and will be available soon. There will be a monthly fee associated with this study program. The EP booth on the expo floor held a sudden death tournament where architects battled to answer the most questions correctly. The questions were formatted very similar to test questions, so I think this platform will provide a real glimpse of the tests ahead. Stay tuned for the release date…

The EP Booth also held an Advocacy Civic Leadership networking pop-up event that partnered experienced architects in civic leadership positions with interested emerging professionals. This was a chance for younger architects to ask pertinent questions related to how to get involved in their local government and AIA leadership positions. I’m also proud to announce that the Q2 Edition of Connection is out now, and focuses on Architects as Civic Leaders. I encourage you to read the article I co-wrote featuring a female architect in the Virginias Region serving her community in a City Council position. Her inspiring message is that all architects should be serving their community in some way. You can access the issue of Connection here.

YAF sponsored several intriguing seminars at A’19 that were organized and led by emerging professionals. “Mini-MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture for Emerging Professionals” was a workshop that focused on the business side of architecture, a portion of our trade that many architecture schools do not cover. “Navigating Your Firm’s Culture” was another workshop that focused on assessing your own values and setting goals to strengthen your firm’s practice. I also attended seminars on interview prep, quality programs, BIM to VR, and exploring ethical dilemmas we face as architects. One goal of mine this year is to create a Workshop/Seminar Database so we can more easily bring these seminars to local conferences. As we share successful YAF programs among YARDS, it has become apparent that we need a better platform to share information among regional and local YAF groups. This will help give all components, no matter the size, the ability to see and share information with groups around the country. So many programs exist out there, and we’d like to eliminate duplicate efforts if possible. YAF is currently investigating utilizing a revamped KnowledgeNet page to share this information among local components. Hopefully, this will be up and running soon.

This only touches on a few things and as you can see, there is a lot of information out there if you are willing to seek it. I encourage you to get involved with your local YAF program. The resources and connections you can have are endless and priceless.

All the best,

Marie McCauley, AIA
Virginias YARD

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 what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Emerging Leaders in Architecture
Richmond
July 12

AIA State and Local Government Network Conference
Providence, RI
July 16 – 19

Firm Visits
AIA Hampton Roads
July 30

Ambassador Engagement
Construction Industry Collaboration Group
Richmond
July 22

2019 ELA Class Profiles

AIA Virginia’s award-winning Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program was developed in 2009 to jump-start the careers of young professionals. Conceived of and lead by a passionate steering committee of successful architects (and now ALL past ELA alumni!), the program was designed to share the things they wished they had learned in architecture school.

Each of the seven day-long-sessions focuses on developing essential skills like financial management, communication and negotiation, advocacy and public service, and much more.

Want to be a member of this elite group of leaders? The application for the 2020 class will be available later this summer. Contact Cathy Guske for information on how to nominate an emerging leader or with any questions about the program.

We asked members of the ELA class of 2019 the same five questions. Here are their inspiring answers.

Macy Anne Carman-Goeke

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

Macy Anne Carman-Goeke, AIAS

A: I recently had the chance to see the Pont Du Gard in person, and after all those years of studying it, it took my breath away to see it and appreciate the craftsmanship that brought such incredible engineering to life.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg for a fun read, and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert for a more sobering read.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I had an early knack for puzzles, and discovered that I was more interested in designing a building for my future-career-of-the-day in childhood than the career itself. A dolphin training center, veterinary hospital, and horse barn were just a few of the things I designed. However my curiosity about all things led me down some other roads, and I came back to architecture as a career change after spending time in the environmental and community policy sector, and seeing first hand the way the built environment impacts human lives and the health of our planet.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: To spend time outside hiking, cycling, running, or camping with my husband, taking photographs, traveling to new places, listening to a fascinating podcast, or reading a good book.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: To never box yourself in- we build in a complicated and messy world. Everything is related to architecture and the more you know about it, the better the architect you will be.


Annesley Cole

Annesley Cole, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: Most recently, the Royal Danish Library (the Black Diamond) in Copenhagen. It was incredible to experience how something as traditional as a library could be a vibrant modern destination, constantly buzzing with activity – both from visitors and locals.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (and – ongoing in the background – the Ballast ARE 5.0 book!)

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I’ve always loved puzzles, and figuring out how to make things fit together. We moved a handful of times in my childhood, and each time my parents had the option of a move-in-ready house or one on the verge of collapsing. Needless to say, they always took on the challenge, and I spent many hours watching my mom (an author by trade) hand sketch over the architect’s blueprints to make each house work best for our family of 6. I loved seeing the way a building could shape how and where we spent our time, and continue to love the puzzle that is figuring out how a building will work best for the end user.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: At the end of a long day, I love to go down and sit on the beach with my husband (and our dog!) and just catch up and unwind.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Know that this field is a constant learning curve and that you will make mistakes (especially in the beginning!), and that is totally okay. Make friends with your coworkers, because work is a lot more fun when you have people to push through deadlines with, joke with, and collaborate with – not to mention someone who will answer your dumb questions. Also remember that acknowledgment of, credit to, and gratitude for others goes a long way. Everybody likes to know they are appreciated!


Ashley LeFew Falwell

Ashley LeFew Falwell, AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: Lately, I’ve loved opportunities for bird’s eye city views. In Paris, Sacre Coeur is glowing in the distance from many vantage points. Then once you’ve arrived, the perspective it provides is awe-inspiring.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The 12th book in the Gamache series by Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning. This is a mystery series, but I most enjoy Penny’s lovingly flawed protagonists, brilliant descriptions of art, and thoughtful reflections on human nature. And Book 13 features an architect!

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: My grandmother started teaching me to paint and draw when I was very young. Through her mentorship, I learned how to really slow down and see. I was equally drawn to all of the core subjects in school, but I craved subjectivity in response to an emphasis on memorization and testing. I found a counterpoint in art classes and enjoyed the intuition and embodied knowledge involved in making things. Through travel opportunities and over time, I became more and more interested in large-scale installation and the built environment. I see architecture as the fascinating intersection of many disciplines in physical form; it’s at once technical and empathetic.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Reading is high on the list. It’s even better when combined with the outdoors, a cat, or a cup of coffee. I also love knitting, walking, and meaningful conversations with my extraordinary family and friends.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: One of my professors always said, ‘It takes forty years to become an architect.’ At the time, I thought he was exaggerating. Once I began practicing in an office, his words rang true to me. Becoming an architect is a lifelong process. If you embrace a love of learning and a sense of curiosity, you will never lack for inspiration.


Ojima Glover

Ojima Glover, AIAS

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: The Research and Development Center at Virginia Tech. Reason being, I am currently working in the space and seeing how we can take the original design, and mold it to what Virginia Tech needs today. I have had the opportunity to talk to the building’s designers and see why they made certain design decisions. Having the opportunity to compliment the design is a wonderful learning experience for me and has reiterated for me that it is possible to work on an existing building without taking away a lot of its character.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The Warm of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. This book highlights the migration of African-Americans from the south to the north.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: That is a funny story. I grew up wanting to go into law because I felt that was the best way to help people. I didn’t want to do Architecture for a long time because of the math involved and I didn’t know how involved with people one could be. My mom pushed for me to look into it because I loved creating things and she didn’t want me to let that go. So after doing a days worth of research about what Architects do, I was hooked and knew that this was the field I wanted to go into. (With a complementary degree in contractual law of course.)

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: I love to spend time with friends, read, and SLEEP!!

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Don’t come in with any preconceived notions of what you must do or know. Enjoy your time exploring architecture and have fun with your designs! Push the boundaries and see what can come out of it. Find what’s important to you in design and let it influence your design and the firms you choose to go for!


Karim Habbab

Karim Habbab, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: The Garage in Charlottesville, VA. It is a single car garage located on a side street across from Market Street Park. Every once in a while the garage door opens, people gather on a grassy hill across the street, and a band performs live music. It is a gem hidden in plain sight and a wonderful use of space.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Growing up having architect parents instilled in me the importance of design excellence at a young age. I was privileged to have accompanied them to job sites as a child. It was when I saw their sketches become reality that I decided to pursue architecture as a career.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Reconnect with nature and get some fresh air. I currently live near the blue ridge mountains, so I usually hop on over to Shenandoah national park and go on a quick hike.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: You will excel if you are passionate about your work. I challenge you to wear many hats when analyzing your work and never be afraid to go back to the drawing board.


Kelley Holmes

Kelley Holmes, AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: I recently visited Paisley Park – the home, music studio, and playground of one of my music idols, Prince Rogers Nelson. The 65,000 square foot multi-purpose facility, constructed in 1987, blew me away in regards to its overall scale. Though many parts of it still felt of the 1980s/1990s era of postmodern architecture, it was an amazing and emotional experience to be in the same spaces where much of Prince’s music was recorded and where two of his films and many music videos were created. The 1500-person sound stage was by far the most jaw-dropping space, but I found myself especially intrigued with seeing samples of his handwriting on display.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The Hike: A Novel by Drew Magary. Filled with extraordinary characters, this fantasy saga is an exciting read with lots of twists and turns. The novel follows a suburban family man in an epic quest of life-or-death proportions. The essential lessons of the author’s overall narrative are to 1. keep moving forward in your journey and 2. practice the art of empathy by truly understanding what it is like to be in another person’s shoes.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?      

A: Like many young children, I was enamored with Legos, Lincoln Logs, and building forts in the woods. However, it was in 6th grade (’95-’96) when my father purchased a new desktop computer that came with several free programs, one of which was a very basic 3D modeling program. For me, this instantly sparked a deep interest in design, encouraging me to seek out additional programs and shadowing opportunities to explore, as well as encouraging me to include classes like drafting, art, and advanced math courses into my curriculum during middle school and high school.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Being in nature, especially near water is my preferred way to relax. But, when that option is not available, I enjoy singing along to music and listening to podcasts.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

Maintain a love for curiosity and exploration, as well as learn to ask the ‘right’ questions that will result in a thoughtful and informative response – whether it be in a job interview or during client meetings.


Sydney Huibregtse

Sydney Huibregtse, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: Midtown Center by SHoP Architects at 15th and I in DC. Utilizing bridges to connect the two sides make for a unique and fun feature, especially for DC.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: My mother is a graphic designer and my dad was in the construction field. Once I got old enough to understand what they did for a living, I realized my passion for wanting to design. I knew architecture was the path I wanted to take when I took a summer architecture course in high school at Cornell.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Running or paddle board

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Set goals and break boundaries. Enjoy what you do and don’t let anyone dim your light.


Breanna LaTondre

Breanna LaTondre, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: Biscuitville in Danville, Virginia. It is the most charming, little yellow shack in the middle of the city. I’m absolutely obsessed.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The Color of Law: Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I’ve always loved bridges, for as long as I can remember. For a while, I actually thought I wanted to be a civil engineer, but in high school, I came across the work of Santiago Calatrava. His work just absolutely changed everything I thought I knew about architecture. I thought I could design both bridges and buildings. But now, I understand my love for bridges is really driven by my love for the expression of structure, no matter what I’m designing.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Try everything. Having just graduated a year ago, I see how we can put so much pressure on ourselves to land the best job right out of school, and I have to love what I’m doing every day or I’ve failed. But that’s just not the case. You’ve got to start somewhere, taking on roles in your firm that maybe weren’t in your job description, or taking on a responsibility that you might never have done before, but it’ll stretch you to grow so much faster. Slowly figure out your strengths and weaknesses in order to shape your career for the long haul.


Divya Nautiyal

Divya Nautiyal, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Pruitt Igoe – mostly negative, but a reminder that architecture does not exist in a vacuum. Public policy, environmental & social psychology are not separate from architecture.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Design Like You Give a Damn by Cameron Sinclair and Beyond Shelter – Architecture and Human Dignity, by Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Patrick Coulombel, Teddy Cruz, Deborah Gans, Victoria Harris, John Norton, Sergio Palleroni, Anita van Breda, Sandra D’Urzo, Marie Aquilino.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Totally by accident but when I realized architecture had the capability to address social issues is when it truly became a passion for me.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Napping, sketching and cooking, in that order.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: To develop a discerning eye for everything around you.


Ryan Oldach

Ryan Oldach, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Not so much a single building, but an entire district – The Art Deco Historic District in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach felt like taking a step back in time. The colorful, retro, and iconic structures reminded me of how architecture from different eras can still be appreciated for their uniqueness and groundbreaking styles.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: What the Health by Eunice Wong with Kip Anderson & Keegan Kuhn

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I have always gravitated towards the creative realm of hobbies including drawing, music, and building with Legos from a very young age. When I no longer wanted to build Lego sets per their step-by-step instructions and instead come up with my own designs, I think is when I realized I wanted to be a designer.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Give me enough sunscreen and water, you can find me soaking up the sun on the beach all day long with my favorite music at my side.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Do not be afraid to speak up and ask questions – there are individuals in our profession with an immense amount of knowledge that are willing to share. All too often I found myself being too timid to ask the question of “Why?” within architecture but once I really grasped the idea that our professors, mentors, and colleagues were there to help, it opened a new world. The best advice I was ever given was by an architect with much more experience than I: “Wisdom comes from experience, and experience comes from a lack of wisdom.”


Jeff Rynes

Jeff Rynes, AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Palladio’s Villa Rotunda

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Lectures on Architecture Vol. 2 by Viollet-Le-Duc.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture? 

A: Playing with Legos and drawing when I was 5

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Spend time with friends and family

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Follow your passion, make the world a better place, and have fun!


Kelsey Sinichko

Kelsey Sinichko, AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently-either positive or negative?

A: The White House.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Building forts in the woods behind my house growing up

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Sunday morning ritual of coffee, piano, and easy crossword puzzles

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Surround yourself with people excited about what they do; be one of them


Ianta Summers

Ianta Summers, AIAS

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: At Fort Monroe, I am working with the National Park Service interpreting a museum house from civil war times. It is important to me that everyone’s story is told correctly so there is a lot of emotion put into my efforts.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Dear America, The Diary of a Freed Black Girl

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: On accident! I never knew this profession was something I wanted to do until I came to school and tried it out. I love how I was able to stay creative and precise at the same time.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: I love sitting by the beach. Sadly, I always have something running through my mind and never feel truly relaxed though.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: To my aspiring architects: do your homework, never stop sketching, and keep up with architectural news!! I see you’re already doing that and it’s appreciated this time 🙂


Zakiya Toney

Zakiya Toney, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: I was recently on a trip to Philadelphia and the Philadelphia City Hall building brought me to a standstill. The incredible grandeur of older masonry buildings – specifically those of more ornate architectural styles – will always be awe-inspiring to me.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: The last book that I read was the Site Planning and Design Handbook because I am currently studying for the Architect Registration Exams. (3 down, 3 to go!) I also started reading Becoming by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: I came across architecture as part of a career research project in high school, but I discovered my passion for architecture at NC State College of Design’s Design Camp in 2010. After being a camper, I applied to NC State for undergrad that fall (c/o 2015) and later returned to the camp as a Counselor and Teaching Assistant.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: My favorite way to relax is by listening to music (since taking a private jet on a quick overseas vacation is currently not a financially feasible option). It is the quickest way to calm down, ground myself and refocus.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Remember your “why.” No matter what the first projects that you are given may be, remember what got you into the profession and stay inspired. Hold on to the principles of design and principles of architecture that align with your purpose.


Jeanne Vick

Jeanne Vick, AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: I’ve never been a huge fan of Antoni Gaudi’s work, and even when standing in front of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona a few summers ago, I wasn’t “wowed.” I could appreciate the intricacy of the sculptures and was amazed by the sheer scale of the building, but it wasn’t until I stepped inside that my entire perception of his work changed. It was truly magnificent. Pictures don’t do it justice. You must see it in person.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Growing up in North Carolina, my parents took me to visit Biltmore in Asheville one summer. I was around ten or eleven and already had a passion for art and drawing. I left that house in complete awe and my desire to be an architect was born.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: Sit on a back porch with a drink and someone I love, or joyrides out into the countryside with my husband in his convertible.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Surround yourself with people that are better than you and don’t be intimated by it. They will keep you on your toes and will encourage you to reach your highest potential.


Alex Zondlo

Alex Zondlo, Assoc. AIA

Q: What building evoked a strong reaction from you recently—either positive or negative?

A: Notre Dame Cathedral because of the worldwide response in the wake of the fire.

Q: What is the last book you read?

A: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Q: How did you discover your passion for architecture?

A: Through Legos (way too many Legos) and a high school teacher who taught drafting classes.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

A: I enjoy being outside, whether camping, hiking, or walking around DC. and also reading.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring architects?

A: Go shadow a firm and see what it is like to be an architect. If possible, participate in an experiences program during high school.

What Advocacy Means to Me

Jeremy Maloney, AIA

As architects, we have an inherent social mission to better the world, but it takes more than design to elevate the profession. Investing in the AIAVA PAC is an opportunity to empower our leaders, increase awareness, encourage growth, and ensure that all our voices are equally valued, appreciated, and heard. It is this faithful and honest support of our advocates that will promote, preserve, and increase the vitality of our profession.
Do more; support our advocates! Donate to the PAC.

Jeremy S Maloney, AIA, NCARB, SEED
Architect, President
Altruistic Design

The New Firm Directory

The new AIA Virginia Firm Directory will help connect clients with an architecture firm that meets their needs. Clients can search by firm name, ZIP code, distance and areas of practice.

View the Firm Directory

Listings are free to firms with an office in Virginia and an AIA Virginia member Principal. To have your firm listed in the directory, click on the “Create a Listing” button inside the directory.

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

Mr. Frank Rogg, AIA (Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members

Mr. Cody C. Dodd, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Ms. Antoinette C. Ford, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ms. Anna Kniceley, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Ms. Silika Kona , Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mrs. Nikki O’Regan, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Mr. Nagin B. Prajapati, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Miss Beliz B. Saltik, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Mrs. Sophia Sarver, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mr. Julian I. Washington, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)

New/Renewing Allied Members

Dan Longenderfer, Director of Marketing, York Building Products
Patrick Cushing, Partner, Williams Mullen
Kathy Blanchard, Senior VP/Professional Liability, McGriff Insurance Services
Shipta Chawla, Architectural & Design Rep., Benjamin Moore & Co.
Michael Galli, VP, Chesapeake Branch Manager, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
George Kyriacou, VP Architectural Division, MARVA The Galleria of Stone
Amy Hegarty, President, Foodservice Consultants Studio

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New Partnership To Employ Veterans

AIA Virginia partners with Virginia’s Department of Veterans Services to Support those in Architecture School who have Served in the Armed Forces.

If your firm is interested in supporting this cause, then click here to let us know.

Background
Virginia has a unique opportunity to help Veterans gain career employment. Our Commonwealth has one of the youngest Veterans population in the United States, and the fastest growing Veteran labor force in the United States. Thousands of new Veterans enter Virginia’s workforce each year, and that number is projected to rise in the coming years. The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program was created by the Department of Veterans Services in 2012.

It is an employer-focused program that aims to:

  1. Educate employers on the value of hiring veterans
  2. Train organizations on how to effectively recruit/hire/train/retain veterans
  3. Connect engaged certified companies with qualified veterans

View more info here: https://dvsv3.com/

Purpose
This initiative is a product of Section 3.2 of AIA Virginia’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020. Section 3.2 states to “Re-envision University and collegiate programming to enhance positive relationships and improve the professional pathway for students.” In addition, this partnership aims to strengthen the relationship between AIA Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate opportunities for veterans to gain professional architectural experience while enrolled in Virginia schools of architecture.

AIA Virginia expects to deploy this program for the Summer of 2020.

Partnership Approach and Responsibilities
V3 Training for Firms

  1. AIA Virginia will solicit and recruit a select number of firms from around the Commonwealth to receive the training.
  2. The Department of Veterans Services provides free two-hour training which can be completed either online or in person.
  3. By committing to the V3 training, firms are committing to hire a veteran who is enrolled in an accredited Virginia school of architecture program for a summer internship.
  4. Due to the limited number of veterans in architecture school, it is the goal of this partnership to ensure that each veteran has a summer internship to begin earning AXP hours.
  5. AIA Virginia will track and display on its website the participating firms and the region of Virginia each firm is located.

Again, if your firm is interested in supporting this cause, click here to let us know.

Virginia Values Veterans

V3 Interested Firms

Let us know you are interested in learning more about the Virginia Values Veterans program.