Jonathan Moody Announced as ArchEx Keynote

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce that the 2021 Young Architects Award winner and president/CEO of the 2021 AIA Architecture Firm of the Year Jonathan Moody, AIA, will be a keynote speaker at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) on Wed., Nov. 3.

About Architecture Exchange East
ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference. This year, it takes place (mostly) virtually from Nov. 1–5, 2021. The program is curated to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore a broad theme.

In 2021, we’ll consider consequences — both intentional and unintentional. Design sometimes follows unexpected paths. Like cracks in the sidewalk, the built environment blooms in surprising ways with unexpected actors, leading us to new horizons. This year’s program features designs and designers responding with innovation, synthesis, and perhaps even a lesson or two from the undesigned constraints around us. Registration opens later this year. Stay tuned for additional exciting program and keynote speaker announcements.

About Jonathan Moody, AIA
Jonathan Moody is the president and CEO of the award-winning firm Moody Nolan. His commitment to mentorship and meaningful community engagement connects directly to our theme of intention and consequences. From his 2021 AIA Young Architects Award announcement.

Mentorship is a core element of Moody’s practice, and he facilitated a relationship between Columbus Public Schools, Columbus State Community College, and The Ohio State University School of Architecture to provide underserved young people with a new path to the profession. Every year, Moody assists students in Columbus West High School, which has one of the most diverse student populations in the city, as they design a library in conjunction with Columbus State Community College’s Credits Count Curriculum. Moody works closely with their teachers, welcomes students into his office, and takes students to visit library construction sites.

Moody believes that the profession must be a direct participant in the dialogue surrounding affordable housing, so he led the effort to establish the Moody Nolan Legacy House project. Every year, the nonprofit selects a location near one of the firm’s offices to build a house for a family in need. Two houses, one in Columbus and another in Nashville, have been completed with another slated for construction in Chicago. Read more.

About Moody Nolan
Moody Nolan is the largest African American owned and managed firm in the country. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Founded at a time when there was very little minority representation in the field, the diversity has remained a strength throughout their history. From their 2021 AIA Architecture Firm Award announcement:

The founders’ belief that diverse perspectives foster creativity and more responsive solutions echoes throughout its 11 offices nationwide. Women comprise 42 percent of the staff, while more than 30 percent identify as minorities.

‘The culture of collaboration that fosters Moody Nolan’s success permeates all levels of their organization,’ wrote Graham S. Wyatt, FAIA, in a letter supporting Moody Nolan’s nomination for the Architecture Firm Award. ‘It is responsively client-focused, and it benefits from the exceptional diversity of Moody Nolan’s staff and project type experience. Above all, the firm’s culture is led by the extraordinary example of Curt Moody and by senior leaders in the firm’s many offices and areas of practice.’”

Art of Practice: What’s Next

Registration is now open for the third biennial Art of Practice event from 1-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Held virtually, the half-day program, kicked off by a keynote address from Carole Wedge, FAIA, is intended to cultivate leadership skills, identify solutions to common business problems, and fuel collaboration across the profession. With a focus on “what’s next” for the industry, current and aspiring firm leaders will hear timely, relevant, actionable advice on how to grow and sustain their businesses.

About the Keynote Speaker

Carole Wedge, FAIA

Carole Wedge, FAIA | CEO, Shepley Bulfinch
2020 AIA Edward C. Kemper Award winner
Immediate Past
Chair, AIA Large Firm Roundtable

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP, is CEO of Shepley Bulfinch, a national design firm with offices in Boston, Hartford, Houston, and Phoenix. Since 2014, she has led the firm’s evolution and growth into an innovative organization with an open and diverse culture.

Throughout her career in architecture and advocacy in the wider community, Carole has sought to challenge conventions and incite organizations to become more transparent and diverse. Her dynamic and collaborative leadership has powerfully impacted cornerstone institutions — from higher education and civic organizations to the architectural industry. In 2009, she was one of seven women from the Boston Women Principals Group to pilot the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. She has also been recognized with the Boston Society of Architects’ Women in Design Award. Carole is a member of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, a member of the board of trustees for Boston Architectural College and a board member of Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Following Carole’s talk, she’ll be joined by Rasheda Tripp, AIA, an Architect at GuernseyTingle; Simone Saidel, AIA, a Project Architect at HGA Architects and Engineers; and Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA a Designer at VMDO Architects, for a conversation about the future of the profession and a Q&A with the audience.

Other program highlights:

Economic Forecast

Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA
The AIA’s Chief Economist will share the latest economic forecast along with insights on infrastructure spending and supply chain issues.

What’s Next: Ignite
Experts in tech, employment law, and risk management share rapid-fire insights about what’s on the horizon for the profession.

Speakers

Nathan King, DDes
Nathan King is Co-Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Design Research (CDR) and teaches courses in Architecture, Industrial Design, Construction, and Engineering-related disciplines. Prior to Virginia Tech, Nathan taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island school of Design, and the University of Innsbruck’s Institute for Experimental Architecture. He is also the Senior Industry Engagement Manager for the Autodesk Technology Centers focusing on Architecture, Engineering and Construction, where he develops applied research collaborations relating to industrialized construction and automation technologies.

Yvonne Castillo, Esq. | Decarbonization Trends and Impacts on the Design Industry
Yvonne Castillo is Vice President & Director, Risk Management with Victor US. She is an architecture-degreed lawyer with 22 years of experience. She began her law practice as a judicial law clerk and then a trial lawyer and later became the Chief In-House Lobbyist and General Counsel for the American Institute of Architects, Texas Chapter. After almost 10 years, she worked at AIA National Headquarters and supported all state government affairs programs with research, analysis, and programming that connected state components with common issues and strategies.

Karen Elliott | Labor and Employment
Karen Elliott focuses her practice at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott on labor and employment law and commercial litigation matters. She strives to provide practical legal advice to help employers craft reasonable business solutions for their human resource challenges. Her clients span all sizes, from start-ups to the Fortune 500. As a labor and employment lawyer, Karen helps clients navigate the alphabet soup of the 40 or more employment laws from the ADA, FMLA, GINA, OSHA to USERRA, and the myriad federal agencies such as DOL, EEOC, and NLRB.

Kathy Blanchard, CIC, RPLU | Risk Management
A familiar name to many in Virginia, Kathy Blanchard is a Professional Liability Consultant and Senior Vice President with McGriff. She leads McGriff’s design professional liability practice group for the mid-Atlantic.

Firm Roundtable Discussions

Following these info-packed talks, attendees will join breakout sessions moderated by our Small, Mid-sized, and Large Firm Roundtable chairs. With a focus on peer-to-peer sharing, discuss common challenge and share solutions.

Tickets
AIA members: $60
Assoc. AIA member: $25
Non-members: $100

Aug. 4, 2021 from 1-5:30 p.m. Earn 4.25 AIA LU|Elective


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AIA Virginia Prize Exhibition at Torpedo Factory

An exhibition featuring the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition entries is on view at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center through Aug. 8, 2021.

Organized by architect Joe McCoy, AIA, the exhibition highlights the work of 33 students and their responses to the 2021 challenge which was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project. Visitors can also find out how to get involved in the  Alexandria Community Remembrance Project, a city-wide initiative dedicated to helping Alexandria understand its history.

A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

AIA Virginia Prize at Torpedo Factory
Photo courtesy of Joe McCoy, AIA.

About the AIA Virginia Prize
The AIA Virginia Prize is a design charrette that engages students at all the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. The competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.

About Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.

Ming Fung Announced as 2021 Design Awards Jury Chair

Design Partner of the widely-recognized LA-based firm Mithūn | Hodgetts + Fung, Ming Fung, FAIA, will serve as the jury chair for the 2021 Design Awards program.

About Hsinming Fung

Ming Fung’s design practice is energized by her lifelong commitment to the arts and education. She brings purpose, creativity and high production standards to an architectural practice widely admired for innovation and experimentation. As design partner, Ming has utilized a refined design palette towards the realization of each project, including the award-winning temporary Towell Library at UCLA, the 50-acre master plan for the Los Angeles Arts Park, and the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Among her recent projects are a new performing arts center at CalArts and design of the Chapel of the North American Martyrs in Sacramento.

A leading figure in design and architectural education, Fung is in demand world-wide as a critic and lecturer. She has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University among other academic chairs. She was awarded the Gold Medal Award by AIA Los Angeles, served as Presidential Appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council, and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Advance Fellowship.

About the Design Awards

AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past eight years. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2014. The entry deadline is June 24, 2021.

There are six categories in the Awards for Excellence: Architecture; Extended Use (including historic preservation and adaptive use) Interiors; Contextual Design; Residential Design and Small Projects. See complete descriptions of each category. Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment, with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence

2021 Honors Awards: Call for Nominations

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a firm that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has captured your heart? Consider nominating them for AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards program.  

The Honors program recognizes the best efforts of Virginians who — by profession or avocation — have made creating, preserving, and enhancing Virginia’s communities an important life commitment.

Important note: The AIA Virginia board, at its April 2021 board meeting, revised the date range for the Test of Time Award, expanding it to include work between 25-75 years old. As you’re considering your nominees, please keep this in mind!

Nominations

Nominations must be submitted online. Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 15 MB.

Nominations for all AIA Virginia honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by AIA Virginia committees, or by the Board of Directors itself.

Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. Members of the Honors Committee may not be used as a reference or adviser or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.

The deadline is Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria and submission requirements vary by award. Click on the awards listed below for additional details and to review past recipients.

Award Categories

The William C. Noland Medal, as the highest award bestowed on a member architect, is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, that spans a broad spectrum of the profession and that transcends the scope of normal professional activities. Only one medal may be bestowed each year.

The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment. Only one medal may be bestowed each year but may be given simultaneously to more than one person.

The T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Architecture Firm Award, as the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm, recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.

The Virginia Emerging Professional Award recognizes the accomplishments of an emerging leader in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in any of the following: design, research, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, service to the community, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement recognizes either a singular achievement by an architect or the work of an entire career in any of the following: design, practice, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the AIA Virginia but who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment within the domain of AIA Virginia.

AIA Virginia Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts. An individual who has previously been elected an Honorary Member of AIA Virginia is ineligible to receive AIA Virginia Honors.

The Test of Time Award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance. The structure should be in Virginia and must be no less than 25 years old. Building use may change over time if the overall design is cherished as a significant contribution to the community and the built environment.

Inform Magazine

Inform Magazine celebrates the diverse individuals and organizations that contribute to Virginia’s rich culture of architecture and design.

By provoking dialogue about design in our state, we inspire curiosity about the spaces we inhabit.

About the Publication
Autonomously published since 1990 by AIA Virginia, Inform Magazine features projects, profiles, research, essays and award-winning work.

Views and opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AIA Virginia. Content is for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as professional advice. All information is provided in good faith; however, there is no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness. Inform Magazine reserves the right to remove, replace, or move images or content without prior announcement.

Inform Magazine contains paid advertising and partner links. External links are not monitored or checked for accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness.

See an archive of the physical publication, beginning with the premiere issue, at US Modernist.

2021 Design Awards: Call for Entries

AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past seven years. Also known as the Design Awards, the program is juried by a team of esteemed practitioners.

Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment — with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence.

Each entry must include a completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form as page one of its submission. It is understood that every project is different and may not respond to each measure within the Framework. The jury will consider each design holistically and within context.

No specific number of awards is set, and the program is open to all categories of building as well as interiors projects. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Enter online.

In 2021, we’ve launched new and revised awards categories — including a small projects award and extended use awards. To learn more about these changes, watch the recording of an overview that we offered on May 14 at 4 p.m.

Check out the complete descriptions of each of the awards categories, and review the regulations, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions for more information.

Awards Categories include:

  • Architecture;
  • Contextual Design;
  • Extended Use with the following sub-categories:
    • Historic Preservation
    • Adaptive or Continued Use
    • Continued Use of Owner-Occupied Single-Family House Following Renovation
  • Interiors;
  • Residential; and
  • Small Projects with the following sub-categories:
    • Up to $150K in construction cost
    • Up to $500K in construction cost
    • Under 5,000 square feet (Updated from 2,500)

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on June 24, 2021. Note: You should be prepared to submit your concealed ID and project submission upon entry.

Entry fees

AIA Virginia Members:
$190 for the first project
$160 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $100 for each entry
Note: The entrant must be a member of AIA Virginia to be eligible to receive the member discount. The submitting AIA Virginia member must be a contributor to the design team.

Non-members of the AIAVA (must have an office located in Virginia):
$245 for the first project
$220 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $200 for each entry

Not an AIA Virginia member? Apply for unassigned membership.

About the Framework for Design Excellence

Developed by members of the AIA, the Framework for Design Excellence, represents the defining principles of good design in the 21st century. It’s intended to be accessible and relevant for every architect, every client, and every project — regardless of size, typology, or aspiration.

The 10 measures that make up the Framework are intended to inspire progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. They represent standards of excellence as defined by members of the AIA. These measures align with the AIA’s core values which are collectively defined by members across the country.

The completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form is required and shall be page 1 of each submission.

We recognize every project is different and may not respond to every measure within the Framework. The jury will consider the design holistically and within context.

Data may not be available for some metrics on the form, or the client may prefer to keep certain metrics confidential. If this is the case, space is provided on the form to provide an explanation.

Entrants are encouraged to call out extraordinary responses to specific measures in the remaining 6 pages of their submission as well.

Help Document Modern Structures

Initially inspired by the demolition of a beloved Marcel Breuer building in Northern Virginia, and now championed by the newly re-energized Virginia Historic Resources Committee (HRC), AIA Virginia is excited to partner with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and Modern Richmond to advance a long-held goal of training designers to conduct field surveys on important Virginia buildings – particularly (but not limited to) those from the mid-20th century. An optional second program will train users how to enter the survey data into DHR’s Virginia Cultural Resources Information System. It is hoped that this work will contribute to the preservation of important architectural resources in Virginia.

If you’re interested in supporting this effort, join us on Thursday, April 29 for one or both of the following training sessions:

Conducting Field Surveys of Significant Architectural Resources from the Recent Past
noon-1 p.m.

This hour-long webinar shows participants how to complete a reconnaissance-level field survey using Highland Hills — a significant mid-1950s neighborhood designed by Charles Goodman in Bon Air, Virginia — as a case study. (Goodman is best known for having designed the Hollin Hills in Alexandria and the main terminal at Reagan National Airport.) After training, participants will be invited to participate in field surveys in early May (or encouraged to conduct them in their own region). The completed Highland Hills surveys will be archived at the Department of Historic Resources. 

No previous experience is required, though participants should be comfortable recognizing and describing basic building and site materials and forms.

Register online. (Submitted for AIA CES approval)

Entering Field Survey Data into the Virginia Cultural Resources Information System (VCRIS)
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Those interested in getting more deeply engaged in this effort are invited to join us to learn how to enter field survey data into DHR’s VCRIS database.

Some familiarity with DHR’s survey terminology and methods would be helpful. The information in the database and in DHR’s archives is available to the public for study and educational use.

Register online. (Submitted for AIA CES approval)

2021 Student Prize Winner Announced

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce the students recognized as honorees in 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition. The competition — which took place over the weekend of Jan. 22–25 — was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project and challenged students to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square. Each school’s faculty reviewed the submissions and sent up to 10 finalists for final consideration by the jury.

In a new initiative this year, AIA Virginia is convening a post-competition conversation with the students from the 4 schools, the jurors, and designers from the region. The virtual panel discussion takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Register to join the discussion.

AIA Virginia Prize
The top award and $2,000 prize goes to Ryan Burnett, a student at Virginia Tech for their untitled submission.

2021 AIA Virginia Prize winner by Ryan Burnett
“untitled” by Ryan Burnett, Virginia Tech

The jury called it a strong, powerful idea that was beautifully rendered. “I loved the subtlety and the power. The walk — traveling that pathway — embeds you into the experience,” said one juror. Another commented, “Contextual monuments that are part of the events of our social fabric should also reference or be part of the physical fabric, while at the same time standing out enough to draw the attention necessary to bring awareness and, hopefully, engagement. What I’ve dubbed ‘Subtle Gestures’ does just that. What’s at the apex of these paths? Where do the paths go to or originate from in the opposite direction? Being able to follow each path and stand in the place where the lynchings took place, and then to look back at the pillar or monument could be a powerful experience.”

Hampton University Best of School
Best of School Award for Hampton University and $300 goes to Jarrett Thomas for “The Onlookers.”

2021 Best of School Award Hampton University by Jarrett Thomas
“The Onlookers” by Jarrett Thomas, Hampton University

The jury appreciated the consideration of sun and shadow, noting that the idea of being surrounded by a mob of oversized observers feels “relevant both to the past and today.”

University of Virginia Best of School
The Best of School Award for University of Virginia and $300 goes to Adam Johnson for “In Context.”

2021 Best of School Award UVA by Adam Johnson
“In Context” by Adam Johnson, University of Virginia

“The order, simplicity, and clarity are both sobering and powerful. The contrast of trees aligned along the landscaped edges softens and invites visitors to a field of tomb-like monuments referring the astounding number of places where lynchings occurred, all deferring to the single stroke of color rising above,” remarked the jury.

Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center Best of School
The Best of School Award for Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and $300 goes to Ellie Cuthrell for their untitled submission.

Best of School Award WAAC by Ellie Cuthrell
“untitled” by Ellie Cuthrell, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

The jury said, “I liked the idea of the sun being involved and the shadows that the poles cast … There’s a tension expressed that is speaking to both the past and the present.” The jury also appreciated that the poles are intended to change over time.

The following were recognized with an Honorable Mention

Matias Montenegro Sandoval from Virginia Tech for their untitled submission.

2021 Honorable Mention VT Matias Montenegro Sandoval
“untitled” by Matias Montenegro Sandoval, Virginia Tech

“This is reminiscent of the data visualizations by W.E.B. Du Bois … The rammed earth pillars are brilliant ways to represent the centuries of slavery and terror. Like the rings in a tree, they dutifully measure or depict each year and the ‘conditions,’ but more importantly these layers bluntly indicate the length of time that our society allowed the atrocities to endure.”

Audrey Bolesta from the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center for their submission “Alexandria Community Plaza for Racial Justice.”

2021 Honorable Mention-WAAC-Audrey Bolesta
“Alexandria Community Plaza for Racial Justice” by Audrey Bolesta, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

“I liked that the student respected that this is already an active community space. I appreciated that the design was thoughtful, and the intent is clear.”

Pete Paueksakon from the University of Virginia for their submission “The Three Pillars.”

2021 Honorable Mention-UVA-Pete Paueksakon
“The Three Pillars” by Pete Paueksakon, University of Virginia

“Intentionally set in the otherwise bustling square, and beyond the careful planning of the order and placement of elements, this composition of monumental black stone planes would trigger curiosity and draw people in to explore – a critical factor in terms of engaging and then effectively informing and enlightening visitors.”

Andre L. Jackson from Hampton University for “Illuminating the Shadows of a Dark Past.”

2021 Honorable Mention-HU-Andre L. Jackson
“Illuminating the Shadows of a Dark Past” by Andre L. Jackson, Hampton University

“Beautiful, and powerful rendering! The somewhat obscure but beautiful nature of the image compels closer inspection — much like the sculptural composition would actually do — especially at night. Illumination and shadow work together in contrast to reveal the symbolic presence of the other.”

About the AIA Virginia Prize

Conducted simultaneously at Hampton UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech, and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, the competition is a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Students are given the competition program on a Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. They work over the weekend to create a design solution and submit it by 9 a.m. the following Monday.

Launched in 1980, the competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.

Development of the competition brief rotates between the four schools annually — the 2021 Prize challenge was developed by the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.

About the Jury

Robert V. Reis, AIA, Principal and Design Director, Hanbury | Jury Chair
Audrey Davis
, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum
Brad Grant, Professor, Department of Architecture, Howard University
Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, Design Advocate, Determined by Design
Chris Lee, FAIA, President, Johnson & Lee, Chicago
Ashley Montgomery, Assoc. AIA, Associate and leader of the Hanbury Resiliency Initiative, Hanbury

Signature Events Go Virtual

Things are looking promising on the vaccination front and Virginia is beginning to slowly, but surely, work towards opening back up. As we considered how to deliver our signature programming this year, concerns about how to do so safely (and whether people were ready to face crowds) were at the forefront.

But, as we considered how to best serve you, we kept coming back to one thing: Every event that we were forced to cancel, every celebration that was postponed, will be back on this fall and vying for your time. And, we want to respect that.

After the year we’ve had, celebrations are important. So, we’re keeping our events virtual for 2021 and looking forward to getting together in person in 2022!

Help us design the best experience for you by sharing your preferences in this brief survey. We’d be grateful if you’d complete the survey by Friday, April 23 — it should only take a minute or two.