At its June 2022 meeting, the AIA Virginia Board of Directors created an At-large Director position and seeks applicants to serve in this leadership role:

At-large Director Position

The At-large Director is a vital link in the two-way communication between constituents of the American Institute of Architects in Virginia and the state organization. Individuals will be elected to serve on the AIA Virginia board because of their experience, contributions to the profession, and understanding of the organization, all of which should be shared with other members of the Board of Directors.

An At-large Director should bring the viewpoints of their colleagues; moreover, they have a responsibility to advise the members and stimulate them to work for results on which AIA Virginia has chosen to focus. As a member of the Board of Directors, the At-large Director’s viewpoints should be statewide in scope while at the same time representing the unique interests of each chapter’s geographic region. The term of office for this director is two years. 

Candidate Declaration  

Any member-in-good-standing may declare their candidacy by informing the Secretary, through the Executive Vice President, of the individual’s intention to run for the At-large Director position.

Declarations by candidates are due August 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. EDT to Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | Interim Executive Vice President at

Candidate Certification

Once this declaration is complete, the candidate will have 30 days to provide the following information for the certification process:

  • A declaration indicating that the individual’s firm does not employ unpaid labor on projects (this will be provided to the candidate by AIA Virginia for completion).
  • A statement of acknowledgment from the local AIA component that the candidate will stand for election (this will be provided to the candidate by AIA Virginia for completion).
  • A letter of support from three different AIA Virginia members-in-good-standing.
  • A candidate resume, headshot, and statement of philosophy. The statement of philosophy is limited to 250 words.

Voting for Candidates

Any member-in-good-standing may participate in the election of the At-large Director. Voting will be performed electronically commencing October 11, 2022 and concluding November 4, 2022. Results of the election will be announced on November 8, 2022.