Meet Robert Vickery, FAIA Emeritus

After graduating from Washington University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Robert Vickery traveled to Spain on a Fulbright Grant. In 1969, Bob was invited to join the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture as the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor in Architecture. During his three-decade tenure at UVA, Bob made an indelible mark on the University’s architecture program by helping to implement the school’s 4-2 architectural curriculum and by mentoring close to 4,000 students, both in Charlottesville and through travel programs in Venice and Vicenza, Italy.

Bob’s passion for education and providing opportunities for young architects was realized in professional practice in 1976 with the founding of VMDO Architects alongside three students – Robert Moje, Lawson Drinkard, and David Oakland.

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)

NOMA Interest

Minority individuals within the architectural design community are exploring the creation of a National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) chapter in the state. An Exploratory Committee has been formed to analyze the feasibility of such an endeavor. We ask that you please complete the following questions and information fields.

AIA Virginia Newsletter: October 2019

2019 Design Awards Announced
See the 22 winning projects from Virginia architects.

We Are Family
A great experience awaits you next month. Of course, you will grab some Learning Units, but you will also bond with your peers.

ELA Class Nominations Close Soon
Nominations are due Nov. 8th for the 2020 Class.

NEW DAY: Annual Membership Meeting
Join us on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6th at ArchEx for our annual membership meeting, election of officers, and toast to newly licensed members.

ArchEx 2019: Social Zone
Check out some of the tours and social events that help you reconnect with old friends and build relationships with new ones.

The Power of a Women’s Archive: Revealing Diverse Cultures
Submit your work for inclusion in Virginia Tech’s International Archive of Women in Architecture.

PAC Competition Update
“Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition Closes October 31.

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

In Memoriam
AIA Blue Ridge member Peter Ozolins, AIA

YARD Nominations Open
Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

Visions for Architecture
We are close to sold out for our annual design awards and honors gala on Nov. 8th.

ACE Joint Owners Forum
Join us in Roanoke on November 13th for our next local government event.

Unlimited Statute of Limitations
Read the results of the recent stakeholder survey.

YAF Connection
The newest issue of Connection, the YAF quarterly e-magazine, is out now! It includes “Mini MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture” written by our YARD, Marie McCauley, AIA.

Learning From Landmarks
The Branch Museum is offering a 20% discount for AIA members who register for this Oct. 21st event featuring Hugh Miller, FAIA. Use discount code LANDMARKAIA.

Small Firm Exchange (SFx)
Read about the work of the SFx: advancing the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms.

ACE Event Recap
Read a recap of the latest ACE Virginia Joint Owner Forum Recap with Northern Virginia Local Governments.

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

DPOR Introduces Digital Credentials
It is now easier for you to provide your license upon request.

Meet the Fellows
Which Virginia Fellow had her or his favorite meal in Costa Rica?

2020 AIA Virginia Dues
Important news about your 2020 AIA Virginia membership dues.

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.

PAC Competition Update

 “Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition Closes October 31

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 80 points
  2. AIA Central Virginia – 70 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.

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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 the 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.

AIA Virginia is thankful for the following 2019 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

$500 to $999

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
MG2 Corporation
William T. Brown, AIA
Robert Comet, AIA


R. Corey Clayborne, AIA
Theresa del Ninno, AIA
David King, AIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Lou Wolf, AIA
Dan Zimmerman, AIA


Husain Alam, AIA
Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Jim Boyd, AIA
Scott Campbell, AIA
Andrew Cheng, AIA
Tim Colley, AIA
Karen Conkey, AIA
Robert Dunay, FAIA
Robert Easter, AIA
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Lynden Garland, AIA
Genevieve Keller
Thomas Kerns, FAIA
Ed Gillikin, AIA
Eric Keplinger, AIA 
Jeanne LeFever, AIA
Jeremy Maloney, AIA
Gregory Powe, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA
Sean Reilly, AIA
Robert Reis, AIA
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA
James Scruggs, AIA
Charles Todd, AIA
Chris Venable, AIA

Up to $99

Anonymous (8)
Krystal Anderson, AIA
Sam Bowling, AIA
Scott Boyce, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Mickey Chapa, AIA
April Drake, AIA
Jori Erdman, AIA
Keesha Ezell
Braden Field, AIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
Jody Lahendro, FAIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Robert McGinnis, FASLA
Andrew McKinley, AIA
T.J. Meehan, AIA
Shawn Mulligan, AIA
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Gareth Ratti, AIA
Susan Reed, AIA
Amanda Schlichting, AIA
Damian Seitz, AIA
Marc Treon, AIA
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Jean Webster, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA
Fred Wolf, AIA

Young Architects Regional Director (YARD) 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.

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YAF Regional Director
Every two years, the AIA Region of The Virginias (Virginia and West Virginia) selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the Region as YAF Regional Director (YARD). Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 – 2021 YARD term.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA and to enjoy a rewarding experience that allows you to actively engage in shaping the future of the profession as well as to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally.

YAF Purpose
The AIA YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. The national YAF Advisory Committee (AdCom) encourages development of national and regional programs for young architects and supports the creation of YAF groups within local, state and regional components. YAF programs, activities, and resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

YAF Mission/Vision
“We ENGAGE recently licensed Architects in leadership to become agents of change within the Institute and the profession overall.

“We INSPIRE professional growth among recently licensed Architects through fellowship within the institute.

“We ADVOCATE for issues of particular relevance to recently licensed Architects to the Institute.

“We SERVE to make AIA memberships meaningful to recently licensed architects through programs and services that effectively anticipate, meet and exceed their needs.

“We PROMOTE mentorship at all career stages to enhance personal growth, community involvement, and professional development.”

YAF Goals
“To ENCOURAGE professional growth and leadership development among recently licensed architects through interaction and collaboration within the AIA and allied groups.

“To BUILD a national network and serve as a collective voice for young architects by working to ensure that issues of particular relevance to young architects are appropriately addressed by the Institute.

“To MAKE AIA memberships valuable to young architects and to develop the future leadership of the profession.”

YARD Responsibilities
The YARD is the primary connection between local, state and regional AIA components and the national YAF Advisory Committee.

The YARD keeps communication flowing between these groups by:

  • Maintaining quarterly communication with all YAF chapters within his or her designated region.
  • Serving as a conduit between local YAF chapters and the AdCom.
  • Collecting from and disseminating information to local, state, and regional components.
  • Submitting a regional report.

The YARD contributes to the direction and planning of the YAF by:

  • Participating in the YAF Annual Meeting.
  • Working with the AdCom on various national issues.
  • Working on at least one Area of Focus identified by the YAF annually.

The YARD is a connection at the regional level to other AIA groups by:

  • Communicating with COF Regional Representative and NAC Regional Associate Director quarterly about how to work together to support each other’s efforts.
  • Suggesting or encouraging young architects for nomination for regional or national awards, positions or committees/subcommittees.
  • Attending AIA National Convention, when possible.
  • Working within Region of The Virginias to ensure that expectations from regional leadership are clearly defined and met.
  • Attendance at regional meetings.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss the position with their Regional Representative to AIA Strategic Council or the current YARD to fully understand the responsibilities prior to submitting an application.

YAF Commitments

YARD are expected to engage with members as follows:

  • YAF/NAC Annual Meeting (Mandatory)
  • AIA Grassroots, New Orleans: February 2020
  • AIA Convention, Los Angeles: May 2020
  • ArchEx Regional AIA Conference, Richmond: November 2020
  • YAF Full Committee Monthly Conference Calls
  • YAF Area of Focus/Workgroup Monthly Conference Calls
  • Regional Reports – Quarterly
  • Regional Emerging Professional Committee Meetings and Programs

YAF Funding
National AIA covers the costs for YARD travel, food, and lodging to attend the YAF Annual Meeting. In addition, YARDs have the opportunity to attend AIA Grassroots and the AIA Convention, but expenses for these events, along with any other costs associated with other travel or conferences, will not likely be reimbursed and are the responsibility of the YARD. A stipend is budgeted by AIA Virginia to support these efforts. It is anticipated that AIA West Virginia will have a stipend available as its respective budget allows.

Application Requirements

  • AIA Membership – Applicant must be an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years and in good standing within The Region of The Virginias (the State Components of AIA West Virginia and AIA Virginia, including AIA Blue Ridge, AIA Central Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads, AIA Northern Virginia, and AIA Richmond).
  • Letter of Interest – From Applicant. Indicate understanding of the position, qualifications/experience, and reasons for seeking. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Nomination – From an AIA leader. Indicate connection between YARD position and the Nominee’s leadership qualities. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Recommendation – From an AIA member. Indicate Nominee’s qualifications for the YARD position. Limit one-page.
  • Personal Resume – Indicate education, employment history, organizations, activities, honors, and awards. Limit two pages (not a firm resume).

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Brian J. Frickie, AIA, Strategic Council Representative, Region of The Virginias ( and Corey Clayborne, AIA, EVP AIA Virginia ( NLT Monday, November 4, 2019.

We Are Family

Next Month’s Convening of a Family of Design Professionals

From November 6-8, we will be convening for AIA Virginia’s Architecture Exchange East at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. We will bring together hundreds, which include design professionals and students, from Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic to discuss the topic of Regarding Culture. Our keynote speakers are worth the wait! Dwayne Oyler, Pascale Sablan, and Patricia Gruits are the headliners that will take the stage and promise to leave you inspired about why we became architects.

On Wednesday, the complimentary Meeting of the Roundtables will take place in the afternoon. Did I mention this is FREE and worth 3 Learning Units? Those who attend will break into Roundtable groups, based on firm size, to discuss the pressing issues to their organization and engage in meaningful dialogue on best practices and lessons learned. This year, in the same room, there will also be an Emerging Professionals Roundtable where our future leaders will be able to share their perspectives with current firm leaders. Later that evening, we will host our Annual Membership Meeting to share with you our organization’s accomplishments and how we continue to position our members to be increasingly relevant to society. As part of this meeting, the John Braymer Leadership Circle [AIA Virginia Past Presidents] will host our annual Prosecco toast to celebrate our newly licensed architects with NCARB and DPOR leadership.

The rest of the conference contains individual seminars that have been organized by unique zones to allow you to easily satisfy your interests and educational yearning. Content has been curated and placed into the Inspiration, Future, HSW, Practice, History/Community, Public Work/Public Good, and Crowd-Sourced zones. For example, check out how our 2019 Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) class is changing a community through design in the Future Zone. Friday night, we will celebrate our Design and Honors Awards recipients at our annual Visions for Architecture gala.

A great experience awaits you next month. Of course, you will grab some Learning Units, but you will also bond with your peers. Many call this event a “family reunion.” Various networking dinners and events will allow you to meet new friends and colleagues and reconnect with old ones whether you attend all three days or one.

I look forward to welcoming you to Richmond in three weeks!

With service,
Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

**NEW DAY** Annual Membership Meeting

Hear about vital developments with your professional society, elect officers and conduct other business at the AIA Virginia Annual Meeting of the Membership. The meeting will be held during Architecture Exchange East at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 4:15 to 5 p.m. in room B15c. There is no charge to attend the Membership Meeting. This years’ meeting will include a champagne toast to newly licensed architect members!

Meeting Agenda>>
Meeting Minutes from June 2019>>
Meeting Minutes from Nov. 2018>>

The 2019 nominating committee has placed the following members in nomination for 2020:

  • President-Elect: Sean Reilly, AIA (Northern Virginia)
  • VP of Government Advocacy*: Kathy Galvin, AIA (Central Virginia)
  • VP of Professional Excellence*: Krystal Anderson, AIA (Richmond)
  • VP of Member Services: Nick Serfass, FAIA (Richmond)
  • VP of Communications and Outreach: Rebecca Edmunds, AIA (Blue Ridge)
  • Treasurer: Mitch Rowland, AIA (Richmond)

The following nominee is presented as the 2020 Associate Director:

  • Associate Director: Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA (Central Virginia)

* Will fulfill an unexpired term

Update on Unlimited Statute of Limitations Meeting

For the past two years, the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) have introduced a bill in the General Assembly to provide a statute of limitations (SOL) clause for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although the proposals have not passed, the General Assembly directed the Department of General Services (DGS) via the 2019 Appropriation Act, to engage with industry stakeholders on this issue.

In August, a survey was sent out to 1,558 stakeholders in which 507 responses were received. The results of the survey were discussed on October 3 with industry representatives.

The following key points were presented:

  • 58% of respondents were not aware that the Commonwealth of Virginia does not have a SOL regarding construction and professional services contracts
  • 53% of respondents were from the A/E industry, 27% were from the construction industry, and the remaining responses were from attorneys, surety companies, state government/higher education stakeholders, and local governments
  • Most professional services claims come within less than a year after construction completion. By the sixth year, data seems to indicate that claims are non-existent to minimal on professional services
  • Most claims on construction services come between the fourth and sixth year, however, the data shows that significant claims can come at the 10-year mark and beyond

AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia had several practitioners that spoke to this issue in the meeting.

Our thanks to Donald Booth, AIA, Jim Lowe, Esq., Kathy Blanchard, and Dave Albo (our lobbyist) for providing comments on this issue.

The key points from speakers were as follows:

  • A/E firms design to the standards of the time. If a firm designed a project in 1979, then it was designed to the standards in place at that time – which would be much different than the standards of today
  • If the Commonwealth of Virginia has an unlimited SOL, then practitioners could be at a disadvantage with procuring professional liability insurance for the sole reason of having state agency clients
  • Small businesses are directly affected since they are often sub-consultants and would be subject to the same unlimited SOL terms with the Commonwealth of Virginia as the prime contract holder
  • Claims are often tied to confidentiality agreements which limits data sharing
  • Electronic storage of information changes over time – long term storage will be unreliable as technology changes
  • Claims to A/E’s usually cease after 3-4 years
  • A/E professional liability insurance is claims-based. This means the practitioner has to use the policy in place at the time of the claim regardless of when the project was completed
  • The industry must have certainty in order to manage risk

DGS asked all presenters what the SOL duration should be. The answer was that every firm developed a policy for record retention. The industry standard is usually five to seven years, although firms may decide to maintain records for up to 10 years.

DGS indicated that the final determination was going to be a number that brought a “little pain” to both sides. They will review all of the comments and provide a report to the General Assembly in December.

ACE Virginia Joint Owner Forum Recap with Northern Virginia Local Governments

ACE is a joint venture of the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, to educate and promote best practices of the design and construction industry. In 2018, its inaugural year, ACE held three collaborative forums that connected the design and construction professions with those that hire them. What resulted was an improved understanding of what makes projects successful from the perspective of all stakeholders, an intimate forum for business development, and an opportunity to learn about future projects.

On September 24th, ACE had its third Joint Owner Forum of 2019, sixth overall, in Arlington. This year, we have engaged various local governments from around the Commonwealth. This forum hosted stakeholders and decision-makers from the City of Alexandria, Arlington Public Schools, and the Counties of Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun.

The panel consisted of the following participants:

Jeff Chambers, AIA – Director of Design & Construction [Arlington Public Schools]
Lou Ann Dorrier, RA – County Architect and Division Chief [Prince William County]
Patti Innocenti, CPPO – Deputy Director of Purchasing & Supply [Fairfax County]
Jeremy McPike – Director of General Services [City of Alexandria]
Cheryl Middleton, CPPB – Division Manager of Procurement [Loudoun]

Below is a snapshot of the key points discussed:

Project Delivery Methods:

  • Design-Bid-Build is still the most frequently used method
  • Arlington Public Schools use CM-at-Risk for projects over $10M
  • PPEA and PPTA are used in specific circumstances such as transportation projects and parking garages
  • City of Alexandria uses all methods and makes its selection based on risk mitigation
  • Job Order Contracting is used for expeditious results are required on small projects
  • Prince William County has adopted the habit of soliciting pre-planning studies before releasing RFPs for large projects. The studies help to fine-tune the program and budget for the CIP

How to Get Work in Each Locality:

  • “We don’t interview firms, we interview people” – they want to get to know the team members who are going to work on the project. Don’t bait and switch
  • The resumes of the individuals is equally, if not more, important than the firm experience
  • Establish your reputation through successful completion of small projects
  • Volunteer in their community every now and then
  • Similar projects mean more than your firm’s proximity to the locality
  • Know the issues involving the community such as zoning, historical issues, sensitivities, etc.
  • You better proofread your proposal
  • Size of firm does not matter – in fact – sometimes the best customer service comes from small firms
  • References are checked. Make sure your references know that they are being used as references
  • In a project interview, be prepared to explain how the project will still be successful if a key player leaves the firm
  • Organize your RFP response to match the structure of the RFP
  • RFP language is being revised to encourage new firms to pursue projects in the respective localities
  • Call it out if an individual gained the relevant experience at another firm

Design and Construction Quality

  • “Why are you delegating so much design?”

This conversation progressed into the Owner’s concerns about losing control of product quality and the Design + Construction industry voiced concerns about increasingly compressed project schedules. Our industry felt that they were often being asked to do the impossible – significantly reduced schedules and expectations of greater quality. It concluded with the request from Owners for us to share if the proposed schedule is unobtainable during the RFP phase.

  • The design industry suggested holding “pre-qualifications” meetings before advertising large projects. This would be an opportunity to learn more about the project’s intimate details which may result in greater value received by the Owners. This thought was embraced by all.


  • Designing to LEED Silver seemed to be the baseline standard. The locality may or may not pursue actual certification.
  • Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing structures are being explored and adopted
  • Net-zero buildings are a reality – Arlington Public Schools has two
  • Fairfax has invested in the creation of an Energy + Efficiency Department
  • Commissioning is just as important as the upfront sustainability project decisions

The next forum will take place on Wednesday, November 13 in Roanoke with Southwest Virginia area local governments. Register today>>

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. Nicholas Duncan, AIA (AIA Blue Ridge)
Mr. Brian Fraser, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Yu Ouyang, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Amy Stunder, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. George B. Williams, AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Eric M. Zeldis, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members

Miss Ana M. Daley, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Albert H. Eck, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Gary Garner, Assoc. AIA (AIA Hampton Roads)
Mr. Paul Wesley Herman, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Miss Bharathi Ilango, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Elizabeth R. Parry, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Victoria Pollard, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Ms. Stephanie Smid, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Dominick B. Valenti, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Matthew Williston, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)


Mr. Neil A. Salmon, Intl. Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia) from AIA Florida
Mr. Roland G. Lemke, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia) from AIA|DC

New/Renewing Allied Members

Kevin Allen, President, Thompson Consulting Engineers
David Mykins, President, Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers, PC
Matt Cheadle, Business Development Manager, PC&A Business Environments

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members