New Architects

We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure. This is great news that thrills all of us and we are so proud to call you architects!

Mr. Christopher N. Ames, AIA (AIA Hampton Roads)
Justin M. Beckner, AIA (AIA Blue Ridge)
Kelley Davies, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Oleg “Alec” Yuzhbabenko, AIA (AIA Hampton Roads)

Have you recently passed the ARE? Upgrade your membership to Architect using this AIA form. or send an email to your Member Services Director, Cathy Guske,

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

Ms. Jenny C. Alvarez, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mrs. Adele Boyle-Denning, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Steven R. Griffin, AIA (AIA Richmond)
Mr. Chris J. Nakamura, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. John B. Oduroe, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Richard K. Perkins, AIA (AIA Richmond)

New Associate Members

Mr. James K. Atkins, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Ms. Kayla Bromley, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Nastasia T. Buckley, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Miss Wenpei Chen, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Ms. Kristen D. Hill, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mrs. Kaitlyn E. Hubert, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Amr A. Ibrahim, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Thomas J. King III, Assoc. AIA (AIA Blue Ridge)
Mrs. Kerri A. Kite, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Miss Victoria Lasecki, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Mr. James B. McDonald, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Hayley J. Owens, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Lennon Robichaud, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. James I. Vidoni, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Phil White, Assoc. AIA (AIA Hampton Roads)
Ms. Margret G. Wilhelm, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Miss Ziwen Xu, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)


Dr. Christopher W. Kiss, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia) from AIA South Carolina

New/Renewing Allied Members

Michael Dunlap, Mid-Atlantic Rep., Polyguard
Brandon Wood, Vice President, Pace Collaborative
Ian MacRae, CEO, E-N Computers
Jimmy Keith, President, Keith Fabry Reprographic Solutions

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

ACE Virginia Joint Owner Forum Recap with Southwestern 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 November 13th, ACE had its fourth and final Joint Owner Forum of the year in Roanoke. This year, we have engaged various local governments from around the Commonwealth. This session hosted stakeholders and decision-makers from the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Radford City Schools, and the Town of Blacksburg.

The panel consisted of the following participants:

Nell Boyle, LEED AP BD+C – Sustainability/Outreach Coordinator [City of Roanoke]
Randy Formica, PE – Director of Engineering and GIS [Town of Blacksburg]
Robert Graham – Superintendent [Radford City Schools]
Terry Kemp – Architect I [City of Roanoke]
Tarek Moneir – Acting Director of Development Services [Roanoke County]
Morgan Yates, CBO – Building Commissioner [Roanoke County]

Below is a snapshot of the key points discussed:

Upcoming Projects

  • Utility, water/wastewater and infrastructure projects in the Town of Blacksburg
  • Radford City Schools has aging buildings and facilities, estimated $34-$36M needed for all capital improvements for schools
  • Roanoke County is focused on transportation (419 corridor), stormwater and stream restorations. The County recently installed a new permitting system to facilitate the design and construction process
  • The City of Roanoke will have a bridge renovation, two new fire stations upcoming, bus transfer station, and begin the planning of an “Innovation Corridor” to connect to Virginia Tech facilities

Procurement Methods

  • Annual services contracts are utilized frequently in this region by municipalities
  • The PPEA process has been used for a police department, library, safety center, parking garage, and school projects. It appears that the Town of Blacksburg and Roanoke County have used this project delivery method most frequently
  • CM-at-Risk has not been used by any entity yet

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

  • The City of Roanoke has made the most progress in terms of documentation and benchmarking of sustainability. By the end of 2024, its goal is to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 12.5% for municipality buildings and 10% for other community structures. These are new goals as the City has continually been decreasing GHG emissions over the recent years. The City tracks energy usage in all facilities.
  • The City of Roanoke’s standard is to design and build to LEED Certification
  • Roanoke City Schools will be engaging in a large ESCO contract soon
  • Radford City Schools is looking for opportunities to save money with utilities. Honeywell recently did a study to show building energy inefficiencies which indicated that the City spends about $50k per month in utilities.
  • The Town of Blacksburg has a Sustainability Manager. All new buildings are expected to be designed to LEED Silver

Regional Issues

  • Transportation: Valley Metro Service – extending service between the City and County
  • Balancing bicycle/pedestrian/automobile networks
  • Affordable housing and Senior living units
  • Urging of the General Assembly to have funding reach rural Virginia
  • 40%-50% increase in wages to keep a good labor force in construction; increasing minimum wage may compound this issue
  • It is difficult to project escalation in capital programs budgeting. Some projects have been bid two to three times because of the increase in construction costs

Best Practices for Success

  • Responsiveness
  • Demonstrating control of the schedule
  • Remember that you are an extension of our staff
  • Come to an interview and show that you have put some thought into the design challenge
  • Prove your ability to allow collaboration and engagement, especially with the community
  • Call our locality the RIGHT name
  • When the project is complete – come back and check on it
  • Accountability, Communications, and Trust (ACT)
  • Get to the point in your RFP proposal (BLUF – Bottom Line Up Front)
  • Customer service and develop effective ways of communication
  • Ask for a debrief if you don’t get the project
  • It can be helpful if the A/E is able to share projected energy savings from preliminary energy models during the RFP and interview stage.

Our Joint Owner Forum series will continue in 2020 so please stay tuned!

2020 ELA Tuition Payments

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