New Regulations for the Profession Adopted

A new update has been approved by the Governor for the regulations governing Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA). These regulations were adopted on September 2, 2021 and can be found at:

VIRGINIA BOARD >>

The APELSCIDLA Board examines, licenses, and regulates approximately 35,000 individuals and related business entities in Virginia.

What is the value of the Political Action Committee (PAC) to you?

by Eliza Engle, AIA

As the end of summer is drawing to a close, the PAC Board of Trustees will be starting their second fundraising “push” of the year.  Perhaps you know one of these dedicated volunteers. They might have asked you or your firm to invest in the PAC. 

Why invest in the PAC?  What does it do for you? 

Well, first let’s examine what the PAC means and does.  The AIA Virginia PAC is the entity that raises money to advocate for architects in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We use these monies to access fundraising events of legislators to make connections, build relationships, and introduce all that we do in our communities as architects.  Over the past few years, these relationships have proven very fruitful.  We have closed the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) “loophole” in the Virginia Public Procurement Act which allowed localities to select architects for projects based on fee. In partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC), we successfully lobbied for a 15-year statute of limitations for design and construction projects performed for the Commonwealth of Virginia, including public institutes of higher education. Today, the “duty to defend” language in indemnification clauses is against public policy because of our advocacy efforts. 

This year, we joined a coalition and successfully lobbied to support tax conformity legislation that included expense deductibility of $100,000 for PPP loans. This was a $75,000 increase from the original bill proposal. So, if you or your firm received a PPP loan, you can thank the PAC for getting this increase in business expense deductibility.  A great way to show your gratitude would be to invest in the PAC so we can continue strengthening these relationships and keep the Commonwealth a great place for architects to do work!

You can invest now here:  https://aiavapac.org/give/


Thank you to our current 2021 PAC investors:

$2,500 to $4,999

Hanbury
PMA Architecture

$1,000 to $2,499

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
VIA Design Architects

$500 to $999

MG2 Corporation
MTFA Architecture
William “Bill” Brown, AIA
Jeremy Maloney, AIA

$200-$499

Conkey Architects
Frazier Associates
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Eric Keplinger, AIA
David King, AIA
Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA
J. Mitch Rowland, AIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

$100-$199

Architecture AF
Colley Architects
Galvin Architects
Kerns Group Architects
KGD Architecture
Powe Studio Architects
Reader & Swartz Architects
r4 llc
Colin Arnold, AIA
JW Blanchard, AIA
Robert Dunay, FAIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Rob Reis, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Chris Venable, AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Steve Wakeman, AIA

Up to $99

B. Grace Design, LLC
Anonymous [ 2 ]
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Krystal Anderson, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
John Glenn, AIA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Shawn Mulligan, AIA
Marci Parrish
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Gareth Ratti, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Kristen Smith
Nick Wade, AIA
Chris Warren, AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA

2021 PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Comfortably Leading the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

AIA Hampton Roads is currently leading the competition comfortably with 80 points. The defending champions, AIA Central Virginia, currently hold second place at 40 points. AIA Northern Virginia is in third place with 30. No local component’s Board of Directors is at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of 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 the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
    i. Yes = 20 points
    ii. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    i. Component with highest % = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Rumble in the Jungle is Back

Does Your Component Want to Win $1,000 for 2022 Architecture Week? Win the RUMBLE in the JUNGLE for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services.  We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena that allows us to control our destiny.  We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective membership.  The award criteria are 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 the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    • Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      • Yes = 20 points
      • No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    • Component with highest % = 40 points
    • Component with second highest % = 20 points
    • Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The competition officially begins today and the scoring will be closed on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Let’s Welcome Our New PAC Investors!

We cannot have an influential voice without having relationships with our state legislators. As such, the PAC allows us the opportunity to build these necessary relationships through attending various fundraisers. Since June 15, the following individuals and firms proudly invested in our PAC:

MG2 Corporation
Powe Studio Architects
Krystal Anderson, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Stephen Wakeman, AIA

The Governor’s Office is Looking to Appoint an Architect to the State Building Code Technical Review Board

This year, AIA Virginia will be providing the Governor’s Office a slate of candidates for consideration for appointment to the State Building Code Technical Review Board. Our organization advocates for the Architect’s voice on these bodies to help shape policies and strengthen our communities. If interested in being considered for the slate, please click here to see submission requirements. 

Submissions are due to AIA Virginia Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, FAIA by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021.

Below provides an overview of the State Building Code Technical Review Board (SBCTRB):

Purpose: The SBCTRB’s primary purpose is to hear appeals from enforcement actions under the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (VSFPC), the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, the Virginia Manufactured Home Safety Regulations and the Virginia Certification Standards. Applicants for appeals are generally those persons or entities regulated under the building and fire codes and who disagree with an enforcement action.

A secondary function of the SBCTRB is to provide interpretations to the provisions of the VUSBC and VSFPC and make recommendations to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development for future modifications, amendment, or repeal of such provisions.

In serving in this capacity, the individual will represent AIA Virginia during the code change development cycle in one or multiple workgroups.

Meeting Frequency: Estimated at 9-12 times per year for five hours each meeting for SBCTRB*. The code development review process consists of an additional 3-4 meetings per year per workgroup over a three-year period*.

Website: STATE BUILDING CODE TECHNICAL REVIEW BOARD (SBCTRB) | DHCD (virginia.gov)

*This is an estimate of meeting frequency and duration. The Board may have a need to meet more frequently or for a longer duration depending on the amount of business that needs to be addressed

Let’s Welcome Our New PAC Investors!

We cannot have an influential voice without having relationships with our state legislators. As such, the PAC allows us the opportunity to build these necessary relationships through attending various fundraisers. Since May 15, the following individuals and firms proudly invested in our PAC:

Architecture AF
Frazier Associates
Hanbury
KGD Architecture
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
PMA Architecture
VIA Design Architects
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Colin Arnold, AIA
Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Mitch Rowland, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

Interested in Helping Us Elevate Our Voice?

The AIA Virginia PAC Board of Trustees is looking for members to serve who are interested in helping the organization elevate its voice in advocacy and community engagement. Click on the “service description” below that delineates what one can expect in serving on this Board. Those who are interested should submit a letter of interest to Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President at cclayborne@aiava.org.

View the Service Description>>

Make Architects Relevant in Our Community – Register for ARCHITECTS Speak Up!

If you are a member of AIA Hampton Roads or AIA Northern Virginia, we could still use your help in making architects relevant in your respective communities!

We are in the process of scheduling our final two meetings for ARCHITECTS Speak Up! which will be with Senator Mamie Locke (AIA Hampton Roads) and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (AIA Northern Virginia).

Take part in a 1-hour virtual roundtable to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Design to Combat Climate Change
  • Design of Healthy and Safe schools
  • Resiliency
  • The Preservation of Historic Structures
  • Design of Affordable Housing
  • The Voice of Architects in Policy   

Register at: https://www.aiava.org/architects-speak-up/

Note that all participants will be required to participate in the following two trainings that are now accessible through the ARCHITECTS Speak Up! registration page:

Advocacy 101: Becoming an Advocate in Virginia
Message Book Training: Strategies for Communicating Effectively

Make Architects Relevant in Our Community

Register for ARCHITECTS Speak Up!

Do you want to help make architects and architecture relevant in our communities?

Take part in a 1-hour virtual roundtable with a state elected official from your local AIA component to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Design to Combat Climate Change
  • Design of Healthy and Safe schools
  • Resiliency
  • The Preservation of Historic Structures
  • Design of Affordable Housing
  • The Voice of Architects in Policy   

Register at: https://www.aiava.org/architects-speak-up/

Registration will be open through Friday, April 30.

Note that all participants will be required to participate in two trainings prior to their legislative meeting. The trainings are offered twice with the hopes that one of the options works with your schedule.

Advocacy 101: Becoming an Advocate in Virginia (1 LU)
– April 19 from 12:00 – 1:00
– April 26 from 12:00 – 1:00

Message Book Training: Strategies for Communicating Effectively (1 LU)
– April 21 from 2:00 – 3:00
– April 28 from 12:00 – 1:00

Statewide Legislative Meeting Schedule at a Glance
– Del. Chris Hurst (AIA Blue Ridge): May 7 at 11:00
– Del. Sam Rasoul (AIA Blue Ridge): May 7 at 2:30
– Del. Sally Hudson (AIA Central Virginia): May 7 at 1:00
– Del. Jeff Bourne (AIA Richmond): May 12 at 11:00
– Del. Lamont Bagby (AIA Richmond): May 19 at 10:30
– Del. Glenn Davis (AIA Hampton Roads): May 20 at 11:00
– Sen. Mamie Locke (AIA Hampton Roads): scheduling in progress
– Sen. George Barker (AIA Northern Virginia): Mat 21 at 2:00
– Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (AIA Northern Virginia): scheduling in progress
– Sen. Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (AIA Northern Virginia): May 11 at 2:30