Dreiling to Serve as Interim EVP

The Board of Directors has appointed Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA as Interim Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia, a position she also filled from 2015 to 2017. In addition to providing continuity of leadership, she’ll shepherd the search process for AIA Virginia’s new chief executive. Working in close collaboration with a volunteer-led search committee, Dreiling anticipates a four-month search process with announcement of the selected candidate expected in late fall.    

“The positive momentum at AIA Virginia is strong, largely due to the solid leadership of departing EVP Corey Clayborne, FAIA,” says Dreiling. “I look forward to continuing that legacy, with a focus on enriching the member experience while elevating awareness of architects and architecture.”

Dreiling has followed a career path largely beyond the bounds of traditional architectural practice. In addition to leading AIA Virginia, she has worked in several prominent not-for-profit settings including serving as Interim Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and as a staff Vice President for The American Institute of Architects, both in Washington, D.C. Her volunteer service to the profession culminated in her presidency of the AIA in 2014, where she was the third Virginian to serve in this role. Her professional background and volunteer service provide Dreiling with substantial non-profit management experience uniquely suited to fill the role of Interim EVP.

Board Self Assessment Form

2022 - Board Member Mid-Year Self-Performance Review

Please complete by July 15, 2022.

Your responses to this survey are anonymous.

BOARD MEMBER SELF-PERFORMANCE REVIEW

The key purpose of a Director is to govern. As such, the following criteria represents the desired qualities in members of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors:
• Have at least a three-to-five-year horizon in their thinking
• Ability to guide the organization into the future
• Effectively direct the organization’s resources to achieve its goals and objectives
• Inspire and empower others
• Build teamwork among peers with different needs and interests
• Demonstrate leadership abilities, not just articulate them
• Know the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience (legal responsibilities)
• Make judgments in the interests of the entire membership and deal with conflicting interests
• Elevate their peers from micromanaging to governance


The Board Member Self-Performance Review process should be conducted twice per year and submitted to the President. The first occurrence should take place in June and the second in December. Input will be compiled and individual answers kept confidential.

Take time to reflect on the key purpose of a Director and then answer the following:
BOARD PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Board members are busy people who contribute great value to the organization. The evaluation process is an approach to ensure the best use of the board’s time; as well as helping everyone understand and distinguish their roles and responsibilities. The focus is on governance, committees, and the organization. The intent is to determine the level of understanding and to fill in the information-gaps. Resulting discussions will lead to improvements.

The Board Performance Review process should be conducted twice per year and led by the President. The first occurrence should take place in June and the second in December. Each member of the Board should complete this form and submit to the President. Input will be compiled and individual answers kept confidential.

Rate each of the following items on scale of 1 (very uncomfortable) to 5 (very comfortable). You may mark a question as Not Applicable as appropriate.
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The board understands and advances the mission statement, distinguishing the difference between mission, vision and values statements
The board has a vision of how the organization should be focusing its time in the next 6 months
The board engages in strategic planning resulting in appropriate long-range goals and annual objectives for the organization, board, staff and committees
The board identifies and considers external trends and influences impacting the organization and members
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The board periodically reviews bylaws, rules of the organization, mission and policies
The board distinguishes mission statement from the vision and value statements and adheres to the principles they promote
The board engages in strategic planning resulting in appropriate long-range goals and annual objectives for the organization, board, staff and committees
The board adopts policies to reflect governing and management wisdom to pass on to future boards and staff
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The board is familiar with all programs and services offered
The board or a committee periodically reviews the complete portfolio of programs and services; improving what needs improving, eliminating ineffective programs, and recommending new programs and services
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The board adopts and follows an annual budget
The board assures the recommended reserve and investment strategy is yielding appropriate results
The board receives monthly financial reports which are understandable, accurate and timely
The board understands and fulfills the organization's fundraising needs by giving and seeking sponsorships
the board requires an annual audit and considers the recommendations made in the independent auditor's report
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The board delegates enough policy and operating authority for the Executive Vice President (chief executive) to lead and manage the organization
The board regularly assesses the chief executive's performance and compensation in a fair and systematic way, related to the goals in the strategic plan
The board gives direction to staff only through the chief executive
The board encourages and funds professional development of staff
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The board understands its responsibility for protecting the organization and risk management techniques and acts accordingly
The board understands the legal principles of Duty of Care, Duty of Obedience and Duty of Loyalty
Antitrust avoidance is fully understood and explicitly discouraged
The board ensures adequate insurance coverages for the organization and avoids risk
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The board size is ideal for the organization
There is an effective process for identifying and orienting new leaders
The board avoids conflicts of interest and discloses to the board in a timely manner any possible conflicts
The board promotes respect for new ideas and people among board and staff
The board respects confidentiality of all board meetings and materials
There is sufficient leadership rotation and limitation on terms
The board defers to the chief executive or chief elected officer in matters requiring a spokesperson for the organization
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The board has a strategy and hierarchy for communicating with the news media and government officials
The board is aware of other organizations from the perspectives of competition, coalition building, partnerships, etc.
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The board agenda focuses largely on significant policy issues and the future, not short-term operating matters
The board has an adequate opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions
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Committee structure and activities contribute to board productivity and advance the mission and goals
Committees have a stated purpose (mission/descriptions) and annual plan of work
The board does not undertake committee work inside board meetings
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Board members find serving to be a satisfying and rewarding experience
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Anne Marie Duvall Decker Announced as 2022 Design Awards Jury Chair

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, founding principal of Duvall Decker Architects, will serve as the jury chair for the 2022 Design Awards program.

About the Design Awards

The Design Awards 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, 2015. The entry deadline is June 28, 2022.

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.

The Design Awards program is sponsored by:

GOLD
The Three Aspens

SILVER
Mafi
The Garland Company

About Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, with her partner, Roy Decker, FAIA, founded Duvall Decker in Jackson, Mississippi — a place defined by both palpable need and engaging culture. The firm is a diverse and expanded practice, employing planning, development, design, and building care to promote the quality of the built environment and the health and well-being of its inhabitants. Duvall Decker delivers design excellence and promotes social, economic, and environmental quality, no matter the scope, type, budget, or scale of the project.

Anne Marie pursues a meaningful public architecture that elevates the individual human experience. She has designed award-winning public schools, affordable housing, state institutions, libraries, and university buildings that embrace their physical surrounds and cultural traditions with innovation and invention. She is the leader in the studio, fostering design quality, detailing building construction, making exemplary construction documents, and finding ways to be efficient and have joy in the work.  

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. She is a recognized contributor to the advancement of the profession. She has served as a board member and past President of AIA Mississippi and as a trustee and past Chair of the AIA Trust. Anne Marie is often invited to share the firm’s work and her experience as a lecturer, critic, teacher, and design juror, most recently serving as Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. She has served on the jury for the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture and as a selection committee member for the Architectural League of New York’s American Roundtable initiative. Most recently, she serves the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations as an Industry Advisory Group Peer.

Clayborne Stepping Down as EVP on June 17

Corey Clayborne, FAIA, who has served as AIA Virginia’s Executive Vice President since June 1, 2017, is leaving to serve as Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Practice at The American Institute of Architects headquarters in Washington, D.C. “This is a tremendous opportunity to work alongside a dedicated and dynamic staff team to equip and position architects around the globe with the resources to lead in the fight against the climate crisis while maintaining a commitment to shaping healthy equitable communities.” His last day with AIA Virginia is June 17, 2022.

“AIA Virginia has been extremely blessed to have benefited from Corey’s leadership and vision,” says board president Robert Easter, FAIA. “We wish him great success in this new position of professional leadership.”

A search committee is being formed to fill the position.

Clayborne earned his degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and spent 13 years in practice before stepping in to lead AIA Virginia. He received AIA Virginia’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2016 and the AIA’s Young Architects Award in 2017. In 2020, he was elevated to Fellowship for his sustained efforts to create a more diverse and sustainable leadership pipeline to the profession.

Design Forum Features Visionary Latin American Designers

Tickets are now on sale for Design Forum: South is Up! Taking place in Northern Virginia on June 3–4, 2022, the Design Forum continues the trend of showcasing thought-provoking and inspiring work. The program features an incredible line-up of visionary Latin American designers that question, explore, and redefine spaces that respect and celebrate their urban and natural ecosystems and their rich cultural contexts.

Speakers

Smiljan Radić | Chile
Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA | TEN Arquitectos, Mexico
Viviana Peńa | Colombia
Alberto Kalach | TAX Architects, Mexico
Cazú Zegers | Cazú Zegers Arquitectura, Chile

Moderated by Juan Burke, Ph.D.

Earn up to 6.75 AIA LU | Elective

Schedule

FRIDAY
5:30 p.m. Welcome and Moderator’s Remarks | Juan Burke, Ph.D.
6:00 p.m. Smiljan Radić
7 p.m. Opening Reception

SATURDAY
9:00 a.m. Check in and Coffee
9:30 a.m. Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA
10:45 a.m. Viviana Peńa
11:45 a.m. Lunch (boxed lunches available)
1:30 p.m. Alberto Kalach
3:00 p.m. Cazú Zegers
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Tickets
Attendees can join us online or in person at the award-winning Ballston Center at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

In Person (plus free virtual access)
AIA Member: $225
Assoc. AIA Member: $150
Non-member: $300
Student: $50

Virtual Access Only
AIA Member: $115
Assoc. AIA Member: $75
Non-member: $150
Student: FREE

Lodging

A limited block of discounted hotel rooms has been secured at the Westin Arlington Gateway within walking distance of the Ballston Center. Book online using this link. Discounted parking is also available for $32 per night. Discounted rooms are very limited. Don’t forget to book your lodging!

Please join us in thanking our generous supporters.

Want to become a sponsor? Check out our sponsorship package and contact Jody Cranford.

Gold

Sterling

Silver

Bronze

Call for Entries: 2022 Design Awards

Entries to the 2022 Design Awards program are now being accepted. AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture (also known as the Design Awards) recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past seven years. The program is juried by a team of esteemed practitioners from outside of the region.

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 their submission. Note: Entrants should not feel obligated to respond to every measure within the Framework — only those that apply to the project being submitted. 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, 2015. Enter online.

The Design Awards program is sponsored by:

GOLD
The Three Aspens

SILVER
Mafi
The Garland Company

What’s new in 2022? In response to feedback from entrants and jurors, we’ve launched an Unbuilt Architecture category and clarified the description of the Design for Context category.

Awards Categories include:

  • Architecture;
  • Design for Context;
  • Unbuilt Architecture
  • Extended Use;
    • Historic Preservation
    • Adaptive or Continued Use
  • Interiors;
  • Residential; and
  • Small Projects
    • Up to $150K in construction cost
    • Up to $500K in construction cost
    • Under 5,000 square feet

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

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on June 28, 2022. 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
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

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. The remaining 6 pages of each submission may be designed and defined by the entrant.

Use the Project Narrative section to describe how the design aligns with the Framework for Design Excellence. Entrants are encouraged to address all applicable measures.

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.

Firm & Career Stage Roundtables Meet April 21

Join AIA Virginia’s Meeting of the Roundtables on April 21, 2022, to confront common challenges, share best practices, and build relationships with professionals across the Commonwealth. This program is free and open to all.

In addition to reconvening the Emerging Professional, Small, Mid-sized, and Large Firm Roundtables, this session sees the launch of two new peer communities:

Academic Roundtable
Come together to discuss the unique challenges faced by designers working in academia. Chaired by WAAC’s Susan Piedmont-Palladino, join your fellow educators to reflect upon the discipline and of the education of future architects.

Mid-career Professionals Roundtable
Join a conversation facilitated by VMDO’s Shawn Mulligan about navigating the competing demands of increased professional and personal responsibilities. With a focus on peer-to-peer sharing, explore solutions to the distinct issues frequently faced by professionals with more than 10 years of experience.

In response to requests for more opportunities for cross-network connection and information sharing, we’ve expanded the ways you can engage.

Schedule

9 a.m.                 ROUND 1: Firm and Academic Roundtable Discussions

10 a.m.               Key Takeaways

10:30 a.m.         SPEED NETWORKING

11 a.m.                ROUND 2: Career Stage Roundtables

12:15 p.m.          Key Takeaways

12:30 p.m.         Conclusion

Join one or both rounds of discussions with a speed networking session in between.

Register online today to expand your network and accelerate your career.

Earn up to 2.5 AIA LU | Elective.

Call for Nominations: 2022 Honors Awards

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a firm with a great culture that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has captured your heart? Consider nominating them for an award in AIA Virginia’s 2022 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.

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 Friday, June 17, 2022, 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.

Submit a nomination.

Award Categories

Professional Awards

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 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 demonstrated outstanding and continuous contributions to design, the profession, and to the community 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.

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.


Public Awards

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.

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.