Interested in Architecture Tours?

We’ve received some great suggestions for multi-day architectural tours that offer the opportunity to earn learning units while exploring interesting and significant sites. We think they sound exciting, but we want to make sure you do too before exploring them further! Let us know by completing this 30-second survey.

Jefferson Pools and Homestead Tour
This multi-day event would involve overnight travel to the Omni Homestead Resort. Tour the newly restored Jefferson Pools (anticipated completion, summer 2020) and get a behind-the-scenes look at the phased renovation of the resort. The program may include visits to other nearby sites.

Architectural Tour of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail
The multi-day tour would involve overnight travel to destinations along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Discover some of the unique challenges of distillery design and visit some of the architecturally significant stops along the trail.

(final programs may vary)

Your response is not an obligation to participate – we just want to see if enough members are interested before investing in further planning.

Have other programming ideas to share? Email your suggestions to Rhea George.

AIARVA Board Member Agreements

2020 AIA Richmond Board Member Agreements

AIA Richmond asks that all board members review and abide by the following policies and agreements:

Whistleblower Policy
Anti-Trust Guidelines
Board Member Code of Behavior
Conflict of Interest
  • Please describe below any relationships, positions, or circumstances in which you are involved that you believe could contribute to a Conflict of Interest (as defined in AIA Richmond’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest) arising.

    If you have no conflicts of interest, please indicate so by typing NONE in the box.

Inform is Coming

Over the past several years, we’ve been re-imagining Inform Magazine as a digital publication that celebrates Virginia’s rich culture of design and the diverse individuals who shape it. Inform will live at the intersection of designers and clients, serving as a nexus for idea-exchange and relationship cultivation. We’ll profile projects and designers — as well as the research and products that help them realize their vision.

Want to Contribute?

Do you regularly blog or post to LinkedIn about architecture and design? Are you an authority in your sector or a typology expert? Do you have design research to share? 

As we prepare to launch, we’re seeking content contributors. To express interest, contact Rhea George. Feel free to include any relevant writing examples.

Want to Pitch a Story?

All of our content will be Virginia-based. We’ll feature award-winning design, news from academia, industry best practices, product and designer profiles, key takeaways from signature events, and member-generated content — all with a connection to the Commonwealth. We’ll also highlight pathways into the profession and champion the industry in Virginia. If you’ve got a compelling story idea, send it to Rhea George.

Want to advertise?

If you’re interested in reaching an audience of Virginia-based designers and design-minded members of the public, contact Judy Cheadle to learn more about advertising opportunities and launch rates.

The History of Inform

Inform was launched in January 1990 as a vehicle to promote good design, covering everything “the human hand shapes [in] the visual world.”  It existed as a physical publication — issued up to 6 times a year — until early 2015 when the board made the critical decision to consider a more sustainable mode of operation. Over the next several years, the board and outreach council worked to evaluate Inform’s purpose, scope, and coverage area and envision its future. Below are a few key milestones:

A task force conducted marketplace research and evaluated member communication preferences. This research, coupled with a thorough budgetary analysis, led to the recommendation that we transition to a digital publication.

In partnership with the non-profit US Modernist, a digital archive of the physical publication was created.

An online firm directory was launched to serve as an important public resource. Firms are searchable by name, ZIP code, and areas of practice.  

In August, a refreshed identity was finalized with our partners at 903 Creative and BCS Website Services began development on a new website shortly afterward.

Work is currently underway to populate content, and the publication is expected to launch in the coming months.

Annual Board Member Agreements

2020 Board Member Agreements

AIA Virginia asks that all board members review and abide by the following policies and agreements:

Whistleblower Policy
Conflict of Interest
Anti-Trust Guidelines
Board Member Agreement
  • Please describe below any relationships, positions, or circumstances in which you are involved that you believe could contribute to a Conflict of Interest (as defined in AIA Virginia’s Policy on Conflicts of Interest) arising.

    If you have no conflicts of interest, please indicate so by typing NONE in the box.

Design Forum Explores Shadows, Craft and Materiality

Junichiro Tanizaki, in his book In Praise of Shadows writes, “In darkness, immutable tranquility holds sway.” Designers integrate this interplay of light, color, and shadow in the spaces they imagine — navigating the clarity that light brings alongside the ephemeral mystery of the shadows.

Inspired by this 73-page homage to “well-placed darkness,” the fourteenth biennial Virginia Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows embraces this theme through an exploration of craft and materiality. The program, which is intended to challenge and stimulate design and creative thinking, takes place on March 27–28, 2020, at the recently-opened Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Through a series of conversations, the Design Forum showcases the work of talented individuals whose shared craft extends beyond the calculated and strictly quantitative into more holistic practice — whose leading-edge preoccupation with light and shadow extends the diversity of approaches to how designers seek beauty through form, space, and materiality. Register online.

The work of the speakers embodies those essential connections.

About the Speakers
These thought leaders come from diverse cultural and professional contexts, yet their work shares the power and nuance of how architects and allied professionals shape form through light. Through engaging the continuum of dim to bright, these designers shape our experience.

Steven Holl, FAIA (Steven Holl Architects | New York, NY)
Steven Holl is widely recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.

Kirsten Murray, FAIA (Olson Kundig | Seattle, WA)
Throughout her 30-year tenure at Olson Kundig, Kirsten Murray has created buildings and spaces that strengthen and enrich communities. Long inspired by Scandinavian modernist traditions, her architecture emphasizes warmth, natural materiality, tactility and refinement. By translating the innate conditions of a site—its nature, culture, topography and history—into built form, Murray’s designs create new interpretations of place that remain relevant over time.

Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York, NY)
In 1993, Hervé Descottes co-founded the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International in New York City after eight years of design practice in Paris, France. Descottes creates the lighting concepts for all projects designed by L’Observatoire, and oversees project development through project completion. He has been recognized numerous times by the lighting design and architectural community.

Morten Schmidt, Intl. Assoc. AIA (Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects | Copenhagen, DK)
Since cofounding Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in 1987, Morten Schmidt has developed a diverse portfolio of work and expertise in the planning and design of major libraries and cultural facilities across the globe, bringing an innovative, rational and clear design leadership to many of the practice’s highest profile projects. His work exhibits a deep commitment to the Nordic architectural traditions based on democracy, welfare, aesthetics, light, sustainability and social responsibility.

David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York, NY)
David Lewis is founding principal of LTL Architects, a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 with Paul Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, located in New York City. LTL Architects develops solutions that work within project constraints to inform the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget, and materials.

Introduced and moderated by:
Kendall Buster
Kendall Buster earned a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally.

The Design Forum is generously sponsored by:

Clark Nexsen

Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Moseley Architects
Quinn Evans

Glo Windows and Doors
Reader & Swartz Architects

Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc.
Pella Windows of Virginia
Pyrok, Inc.

About the Schedule

Friday, March 27, 2020
5–7 p.m.

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Kendall Buster
Steven Holl, FAIA

7–8 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

David Lewis, AIA
Morten Schmidt, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Kirsten Murray, FAIA
Herve Decottes
Panel Discussion


AIA/Allied Member: $185
Assoc. AIA Member: $60
Non-member: $225
Friday Keynote Only: $90
Student: $30 (students actively enrolled in a degree program are eligible)

Earn up to 8 AIA/CES learning units.

Register online.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Judy Cheadle.

Highlights from Visions for Architecture 2019

The profession came together at Visions for Architecture on Nov. 8, 2019 to celebrate AIA Virginia Honors Awards and Design Awards. Photos by Yuzhu Zheng.

Visions for Architecture is generously supported by:

Underwriter Sponsors

Patron Sponsors
Clark Nexsen
Glave & Holmes Architecture
O’Hagan Meyer
Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Inc.

ArchEx 2019: In Review

For 3 days in November, the profession came together at Architecture Exchange East 2019 for a dynamic exploration of culture and design. Here are a few highlights from the program.

Some of the speakers have given us permission to share handouts and presentations. Check them out.

Design Forum XIV Registration Form