AIA Virginia Newsletter: January 2021

Further Together
2021 AIA Virginia President, Sean Reilly, AIA, shares his thoughts as we embark on a new year.

Student Design Competition Launches Jan. 22
The 2021 AIA Virginia Prize launches on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. The competition is a design charrette that engages students at all the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia.

2021 Political Outlook in Virginia
On January 13th, the Virginia General Assembly will gavel into the 2021 session during an unprecedented time.

Showcase Your Objects and Graphics Work in Inform
Inform Magazine is seeking contributions for the February Objects and Graphics issue. Articles should be between 300-1,000 words may link to outside sources — including your firm or university website. Contact Rhea George if you’re interested.

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

Associated Thoughts: New Habits in a New Year
Other than a recent resolution to floss more consistently (stemming from the post-grad school financial shock of my first significant dental procedure), I have an admittedly poor record with immediate follow through on my resolutions.

AEC Virtual Spring Symposium
Registration is now open for the AEC Spring Symposium hosted by the Virginia Chapters of the ACEC, AIA, and AGC.

Announcing the New RAD
Sydney Huibregtse, Assoc. AIA has been selected as the new Regional Associate Director.

AIA Virginia Welcomes Cranford
Please help us welcome Jody Cranford to the staff of AIA Virginia.

Round Two of PPP Assistance: Economic Aid Act
An update on the CARES Act that now adds the Paycheck Protection Program to the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program.

Public Comment Open
Draft Final Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, 16 VAC25-220.

2021 Membership Dues
Do you need assistance paying your 2021 membership dues or updating your license or contact info?

New Fellows Regional Representative
Jane Rathbone, FAIA, has been named the new Region of The Virginias Fellows Representative.

Where Are My People?
Dr. Kendall Nicholson, Director of Research and Information for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is excited to share the next piece of the Where Are My People? research series that investigates how architecture interacts with race.

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Meet the Fellows
Which Virginia Fellow includes in his design innovations the first precast dome ever constructed and the world’s largest wood roof?

Latest Residential Firm Trends
The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey is a recognized source of emerging trends in residential design and business conditions at residential firms. The latest release shows that billings, inquires, and design contracts have rebounded at residential architecture firms after the record decline in Q1.
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Free Resume Review
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Highlights from the December Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.

AIA Virginia PAC
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New Fellows Regional Representative

Jane Cady Rathbone is Chairman and Design Principal at Hanbury. Through her 40 years of practice, she has had significant influence on the planning and design of university campuses and the strategic position of the firm, with work represented on more than 150 campuses throughout the United States and abroad. Jane has taught and shared frequently through presentations and teaches issues related to campus architecture, the creative process and the firm’s Legacy Programs, including nine years as an instructor for one of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design Executive Education summer courses.

Jane Cady Rathbone, FAIA

In addition to project and firm engagement, Jane has served on numerous design juries, the board of directors for the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, and several regional arts boards and higher education associations. In 2008 Jane was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA, in 2012 she was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, in 2017 she was honored by AIA Virginia with William C. Noland Medal, and in 2019 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Rhodes College for her leadership in transforming their campus.

Jane believes that architecture is a team sport and great outcomes are the result of great teamwork. As the new regional representative for the Region of The Virginia’s College of Fellows, Jane hopes to explore opportunities to collaborate with the Fellows of the Virginia’s to see how ‘the team’, individually and collectively, can learn from each other, enjoy time together and meaningfully give back to our profession.

Public Comment Open

Draft Final Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, 16 VAC25-220

The Department of Labor and Industry announces the publication of a Draft Final Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID19. The Draft Final Standard takes into account the comments already received during the ongoing comment period. Please click here for more information and the ability to make a public comment.

AEC Virtual Symposium: Registration is Open

The 2021 AEC Virginia Spring Symposium will be hosted virtually by the Virginia chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors on March 17-19. Its vision is to bridge together architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to collaborate, create, and build for the future. The symposium will give participants a preview of the 2022 in-person conference being planned for Virginia Beach.

Register through the symposium’s website here>>

The following speakers have been invited* or have already confirmed participation:

The Honorable Ralph Northam*
The 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Chris Chmura, Ph.D.
Founder of Chmura Economics & Analytics

Jason El Koubi
Executive Vice President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.*
Senate of Virginia – 24th District
Finance and Appropriations Committee

The Honorable Mark D. Sickles*
Virginia House of Delegates – 43rd District
Vice-Chair of Appropriations Committee

Round Two of PPP Assistance: Economic Aid Act

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule announcing the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Section 1102 of the CARES Act temporarily adds a new program, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program.  Section 1106 of the CARES Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The PPP is intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Subsequently, SBA published twenty-three interim final rules providing additional guidance on the PPP (some of which were jointly issued with the Department of the Treasury) and the Treasury published one interim final rule.  On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) became law.  The Economic Aid Act extends the authority to make PPP loans through March 31, 2021, and revises certain PPP requirements. 

This interim final rule incorporates the Economic Aid Act amendments required to be implemented

by regulation within 10 days of enactment. 

IFR #1 (82pp)

IFR on Second Draw Loans (42pp)

Guidance on accessing capital for minority underserved veteran and women owned businesses (3pp)

Announcing New RAD

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects Region of The Virginias has selected Sydney Huibregtse, Associate AIA, as Regional Associate Director for the 2021 – 2022 term on the AIA National Associates Committee.

Sydney Huibregtse, Assoc. AIA

Sydney graduated from Auburn University in 2016 and works for KGD Architecture, where she has been since 2019. She previously worked for MTFA Architecture in Arlington, from 2017 to 2019 and studied abroad at the Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Unitec Institute of Technology (Auckland, New Zealand). She is a 2019 graduate of AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture program and was recently awarded the 2020 Service to the Chapter Award by AIA Northern Virginia.

Chief Operating Officer of Little, Charles Todd, AIA describes Huibregtse as a “passionate young professional with great potential as a leader within the AIA and in the community.” Sonia Jarboe, AIA who is the 2021 AIA Northern Virginia President-Elect added that Sydney is “committed to fostering better relationships between AIA and AIAS members and recent graduates as well as AIA Associate members.”

The National Associates Committee (NAC) serves Associate AIA members in the advancing their careers. The NAC wants to be a catalyst by becoming agents of change, by challenging the status quo, by representing a diverse membership, and by promoting mentorship, fellowship, licensure, advocacy, and service.

The Regional Associate Director (RAD) serves as a vital link between Associates and the national organization. RADs work with other association counterparts, are responsible for gathering information about issues facing Associates within their Regions and help disseminate information about national/regional activities and resources for use at the local level.

Where Are My People?

Dr. Kendall Nicholson, Director of Research and Information for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is excited to share the next piece of the Where Are My People? research series that investigates how architecture interacts with race. The third part of the series, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander in Architecture, explores what it means to navigate architecture as a person who is raced and read as Asian in America.

Read it here>>

It’s the third of a longer series exploring the interaction of race and architecture using standard metrics of assessing diversity in architecture and follows the Where are the Women, Where are my People? Black in Architecture and Where are my People? Hispanic & Latinx in Architecture research reports ACSA published in 2020.

Kendall A. Nicholson, EdD, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
Director of Research and Information
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

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Associated Thoughts: New Habits in a New Year

On the last day in December, I was listening to a ​podcast piece about habits​–about how to start new ones, how to disrupt unhelpful or unhealthy ones, how to break them down into tiny bits and ultimately try to become a better person with the new habits that I will implement smoothly, effectively, and with no trouble or sacrifice at all–as I confidently assure myself every January. It will be like magic, right? Yet more often than not, my track record suggests otherwise. Other than a recent resolution to floss more consistently (stemming from the post-grad school financial shock of my first significant dental procedure), I have an admittedly poor record with immediate follow through on my resolutions. I am an aspirational person, but usually by the grey days at the end of January, my big goals have shrunk to small goals, if they still exist at all. I suspect I am not alone.

Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA

And yet, I look back and realize that even if those resolutions did not immediately pan out, that resolving myself to stretch and grow in new ways each year has positively bent the arc of my life in the long run. In the act of reflecting every new year, I can clean off the dust of the everyday chaos of deadlines and redlines and take stock of who I have been–and more importantly–who I want to be. Not just trying to go to the gym more often, but someone who takes action on my holistic health more intentionally. Not just checking off the next professional credential, but understanding what is piquing my curiosity and holding my creative attention. Not just trying to quantify ways to appease my internal sense of my own racism, but undertaking the steady, consistent work to undo the white supremacy where it shows up in my life.

For me, this realization helps shape the often slow, sometimes frustrating back-of-house efforts that begin the new year. As the AIA Virginia representative for unlicensed professionals across the commonwealth of Virginia, I am looking ahead to how to bend the arc of our emerging professional architectural community more towards excellence, more towards equity, more towards connection in a challenging year for designers everywhere. In serving your needs, I am committed to the following:

  • To connect our five distinct chapters in more concrete ways, building bridges across professional networks and universities to celebrate and share what each of our components does really well.
  • To increase opportunities for allyship and equity-building for women, LGBT, BIPOC, folks with disabilities, and non-traditional professionals.
  • To find ways to better serve our design outposts in under-resourced cities and the rural areas outside of Virginia’s traditional design geographies.
  • To supporting entrepreneurship and design organizations (and the people running them) that don’t always look like traditional architectural practice.

If you find that you are inspired by something in these goals–please please please get in touch with me. Our AIA Virginia team is always looking for new team members–emerging leaders who can take on the big and small things that serve each other and our communities in better ways. Will you come join me?

In that podcast that I mentioned, the host suggested breaking down new goals into the tiniest bits possible, to build on small successes consistently. As 2021 gets underway, I wonder what these first small successes will look like over the next weeks and months, as we work together to build and celebrate the good daily work of design in ourselves, our neighborhoods, and across Virginia.

In solidarity and action,
Michael Spory, Associate AIA

Just a few fun things to click on:

Some dope projects. ​The Architect’s Newspaper announced its ​2020 Design Awards​ list, which features Virginia’s own ​Memorial to Enslaved Laborers​ at the University of Virginia as Project of the Year.

Something to listen to. ​Speaking of habits, this ​podcast from Hidden Brain​ explores how to build better habits–and maybe even break some of the worse ones. Plus, it features an “irresistible staircase” in the Miller Hull’s ​Bullitt Center​ in Seattle.

Something to jumpstart your ARE studying. ​AIA Northern Virginia is gearing up another round of ARE prep courses, which will all be virtual for the time being. If you are anything like me, having others to share the ARE studying gauntlet with is an invaluable resource and motivator. More info ​here​.

Something to join. ​VANOMA (recently founded in the fall of 2020) is up and running. Get info and connected to its efforts, and join the meetings to learn more. They can be found on social media ​here​.

2021 Political Outlook in Virginia

On January 13th, the Virginia General Assembly will gavel into the 2021 session during an unprecedented time. As Virginia grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, legislators convened for a 65-day regular session and 84-day special session last year resembling traits of a full-time legislature. And as COVID-19 continues to snatch lives, the Virginia Senate was not immune. Senator Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) recently succumbed to his battle with the virus.

In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly convenes for a “short session” which is 30 days as prescribed by the Constitution. Since the Constitution was amended in 1971, both political parties have voted to extend “short sessions” to 46 days. This year, Republicans announced that they will not vote for the extension which requires two-thirds approval from both chambers. In response, the Governor has stated he will call a special session at the conclusion of the 30-day regular session to finish any necessary business.

What we know is that the House of Delegates will continue to meet virtually for all its meetings and the Senate will meet in person at the Science Museum of Virginia. This adds a sharp complexity to advocacy as impromptu meetings with legislators in the hallway and office visits to discuss issues are now eliminated.  As a replacement, elbowing for Zoom meeting slots, texting, and emailing legislators will be the unfortunate norm this year as modes of communication. In conclusion, it will be paramount to make each “touch” with a legislator count and being judicious on how often we hit the “send” button on any email or text message.

Please note the following key dates of session:

  • January 13 – General Assembly session convenes
  • January 22 – Bill cut-off
  • February 9 – Bill crossover
  • February 27 – Sine die
  • April 7 – Reconvene session

AIA Virginia’s Legislative Priorities

This year, legislators will have tighter limits on the number of bills that can be submitted. Members of the House will be limited to seven bills while members of the Senate may submit 12 bills. This, combined with lawmakers meeting virtually and offsite, have led to a change in advocacy strategy this year. Due to these challenges, AIA Virginia will not file any bills this year. However, please be on the lookout for weekly General Assembly updates on the bills we are actively engaging and monitoring once session commences.

Instead, we will use this year to relentlessly focus on connecting legislators with their architect constituents – thus positioning you and our profession as a valuable resource to them. The result is that our elected officials will have a face to go with the terms “architect” and “architecture”. The AIA Virginia Advocacy Advisory Council is working on a virtual program to deploy in 2021 that will accomplish this goal. Stay tuned!

We tested this concept successfully on January 6 with Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-Richmond). In conjunction with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, AIA Virginia held a one-hour industry roundtable discussion that covered the environment, infrastructure, schools, affordable housing, and energy. The result is that Sen. Hashmi recognizes AIA as a valuable asset on any of these topics.

Special thanks to the following roundtable participants who either live or work in Sen. Hashmi’s district:

Lori Garrett, FAIA: Senior Principal at Glave & Holmes Architects
Stephen Halsey, AIA: Principal at Moseley Architects
Burt Pinnock, FAIA: Chairman of the Board at Baskervill
Jacob Sherry, AIA: Architect at 510 Architects

These individuals were joined by Advocacy Vice President, Kathy Galvin, AIA.

Also, please support our advocacy efforts by investing in our PAC at Virginia American Institute of Architects PAC.  We can’t do the great work we are doing without your support.