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Clayborne Named New Executive Vice President/CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RICHMOND, VA  May 1, 2017— AIA Virginia is pleased to welcome R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, in his new role as AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO starting Thursday, June 1. He will work in conjunction with departing AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, whose last day in the position is Friday, June 30.

“Clayborne comes to us with a unique set of qualifications,” says AIA Virginia Immediate Past President and Search Committee Chairperson Nicholas E. Vlattas, AIA. “He is an architect known for his leadership skills and his active participation in the American Institute of Architects on local, state and national levels. We look forward to working with him to mentor the next generation of architects and strengthen architecture and design professions at all levels.”

Currently project manager and senior architect with Wiley |Wilson, his responsibilities include financial health, quality control, operational management and project management for a wide variety of local, state and federal projects. Clayborne is particularly known for his mentorship of the next generation of architects, focusing on their entry into the AIA, licensure and professional and personal group. He has been active in AIA Richmond and AIA Virginia, serving on both boards of directors. He has won numerous awards including the AIA 2017 Young Architects Award and the AIA Virginia 2016 Award for Distinguished Achievement. His service to the community includes the Charlottesville Planning Commission, Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects and the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Mentoring program.

Clayborne lives in Charlottesville. He graduated from his hometown high school, Gloucester High before going to Virginia Tech where he earned his degree in architecture. He will be AIA Virginia’s sixth Executive Vice President/CEO since the position was created in 1970. Clayborne was one of 70 candidates who applied for his new position.

Dreiling is planning to focus on her own consulting firm. Through her company The Plum Studio, Ltd. she will provide specialized creative and consulting services to non-profits and design firms. Her offerings will be based on her leadership and management experience and will include cultural transformation, leadership development, corporate governance, change management, professional coaching, organizational resilience and strategic visioning

About AIA Virginia
AIA Virginia is a society of the American Institute of Architects and represents nearly 2,500 architects throughout Virginia. Founded by five architects in 1914, AIA Virginia is the voice of the architecture profession in the Commonwealth, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment. For more information, contact AIA Virginia at (804) 644-3041 or visit www.aiava.org.

Media Contact: Cathy Guske | (804) 237-1763 | cguske@aiava.org

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AIA Opposes Withdrawal from Climate Agreement; Suggest Next Steps for Architects

On June 1, the American Institute of Architects reaffirmed its commitment to climate change mitigation and announced it was opposing the Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Paris Agreement. That accord, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings,” said AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA. “We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.”

The AIA has long been committed to fostering a more sustainable and resilient built environment by helping architects gain the skills and knowledge to design better buildings; advocate for policies that promote sustainability; and raise public awareness about the role of buildings in combating climate change. (Read all the ways you can help address climate change here.)

What can you do to help design a more sustainable built environment and speak up for good design? Here are four easy steps:

  1. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper expressing your support for sustainable design.
  2. Sign on to the 2030 Commitment program to eliminate carbon emissions from your projects by the year 2030.
  3. Join the AIA Legislative Action Network, to help advocate for policies that foster a more sustainable built environment.
  4. Learn more about incorporating energy conservation and resilience into design via the AIA’s climate change resource page.

Together, architects can help their clients and communities build a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous world.

6/15/17 Update: AIA Virginia Affirms Commitment to Principles of Paris Climate Agreement.

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New at ArchEx 2017

AIA Virginia’s annual conference, Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx), takes place Nov. 1-3, 2017, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This year we are moving the exhibit hall to the grand ballroom where it will be the focal point of the conference. For your convenience, the keynote, general session, and other events will be held in the connecting ballroom space.

Other events not to miss in the exhibit hall:

  • Morning coffee receptions Thursday and Friday
  • Buffet lunch both Thursday and Friday
  • CONNECTIONS Cocktail Party Thursday from 5-6:30- p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to network and see all of the new products and services from these 2017 ArchEx Exhibitors>>

Registration opens in August 2017.

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CALL for NOMINATIONS: AIA Virginia’s Honors 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.

Submit your nominations online. The deadline is 5 p.m., July 15, 2017.

Nominations must be submitted electronically. Nominations should be submitted as one PDF document up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 30 MB.

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

Nominations for all AIA Virginia honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by Society committees, or by the Board of Directors itself. Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. No member of the Honors Committee may be used as a reference or advisor or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.  See the 2017 Honors Committee members.

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 is intended to recognize the accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories: design, research, education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to the community.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect”, and service to the profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader. Up to three awards may be bestowed each year.

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.

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Virginia Celebrates New Fellows

The 2017 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 178 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. These new Fellows will be celebrated at the 2017 Virginia Fellows Fete in Blacksburg on March 18 and honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando.

 

Paul R. Erickson, FAIA, LEED AP

Paul is President and founder of LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects in Reston, Virginia. Mr. Erickson has practiced in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area and mid-Atlantic for nearly 40 years. He has served the profession as an active leader of the AIA Virginia and AIA Northern Virginia chapters, juror for prominent design competitions, and as a popular speaker at national conferences and symposia. In 2014, AIA Northern Virginia presented Mr. Erickson with the Award of Honor, the chapter’s highest award.

 

Lori Garrett, FAIA

Lori is a Senior Principal and Vice President at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. Over the course of her career, Lori has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative within the design profession. In addition to receiving the Distinguished Achievement award from AIA Virginia and the Marcellus Wright Jr. award from AIA Richmond, she was the first recipient of the AIA’s Women in Architecture and Design Athena Leadership Award in 2010. Lori served as president of AIA Virginia in 2012 and as president of AIA Central Virginia in 1998.

 

Wesley L. Page, FAIA

Wes is a design principal and architectural illustrator with Hanbury in Norfolk, Virginia. Through his work as a designer and illustrator of campus communities, Wes promotes the understanding of planning options, allowing constituents to visualize potential outcomes and comprehend the context of an architectural opportunity. As both an architectural illustrator and fine artist, his work has earned numerous international awards and has been published and displayed regularly in juried shows across the U.S. and abroad.

 

Kevin G. Sneed, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

Kevin is Partner and Senior Director of Architecture for OTJ Architects in Washington, D.C. Kevin has served as President of AIA Northern Virginia and on the board of AIA Virginia for multiple terms. He is the recipient of the 2004 AIA Young Architects Award and his work has received awards from AIA, IIDA, and NOMA. In 2004, Kevin was the chair of the AIA Diversity Committee where he increased the awareness of minority involvement in the organization. He contributed to the book Becoming an Architect – A Guide to Careers in Design which delineates pathways for potential architecture students, interns and young architects on their way to becoming established professionals.

 

Charles Swartz, FAIA

Chuck is a Partner at Reader & Swartz Architects in his hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Their seven-person design firm has won over 60 design awards and has been published in a wide array of national and regional publications. In 1993, only three years after starting his office, Chuck was already recognized by Progressive Architecture magazine as an architectural activist in the magazine’s triennial Young Architects issue. His firm’s work on cultural projects is changing his hometown in terms of education, childhood development, recreation, culture, and quality of life. Through his situational, provisional, and inventive approach to design, as well as his respect of history and place, Chuck is reshaping his small city and having a positive effect on his community through design excellence.

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Equity in Architecture Recommendations

In late 2015, the American Institute of Architects issued a call to action for the profession. After 14 months of work, the AIA Equity in Architecture Commission released a report with its recommendations for expanding and strengthening the profession’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in every practice.

The Commission and its goals were products of AIA’s 2015 Resolution 15-1: Equity in Architecture. That resolution was born from yet an earlier industry-wide initiative, in 2014. Architectural organizations had come together then to address the concern of architects about a disproportionate mix among the profession’s members.

What emerged from that 2014 effort was a study, Diversity in the Profession of Architecture. It examined the impact of demographics on success in the field. The intent was to create greater urgency surrounding the need for a profession that more accurately reflected the varied faces of our nation.

There has been progress in achieving that goal in past years, but there is still much work to be done. Equity, diversity, and inclusion is a priority of the American Institute of Architects. The Institute believes the need to foster a more inclusive workforce is both a professional and societal imperative.

The AIA Equity in Architecture Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of leading architects, educators, and diversity experts, was formed to meet those challenges. Following is a summary of the five “keystone” areas of focus it identified and within those areas the 11 priority recommendations, or action items, that it selected for implementation over the next three years.

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA
Chair, Equity in Architecture Commission

View the recommendations>>

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ELA Class of 2017

We are excited to announce the individuals who will be a part of the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA).

Katie Atwater of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Adreon Bell of Hampton University
Claude Breithaupt of Studio Breithaupt
Miken Cheveyo (Che) Clark of Mason & Hanger
Barry Collier of Colley Architects PC
Jameson MacNichol of Virginia Tech
Awais Mahmood of Baskervill
Corey McCalla of Moseley Architects
Andrew McKinley of VIA design architects, pc
Chris Moore of Hanbury
Theresa Mozinski of Virginia Tech WAAC
Gareth Ratti of Clark Nexsen
Amanda Schlichting of Dewberry
Andrew Shea of University of Virginia
Michael Spory of Stantec
Emely Taveras of Glavé and Holmes Architecture

Watch AIA Virginia NEWS for updates and for more information on their class project in Blue Ridge!

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A Statement from AIA Virginia

The Board of Directors of AIA Virginia has been inspired by the current and ongoing dialogue among our members to reach out to our architectural community. We, as the professional society of architects across the Commonwealth and the collective voice for those individuals, remain strongly committed and deeply dedicated to:

  • The value of non-partisan unity.
  • The responsibility to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The urgency of sustainable design.
  • The necessity of livable communities.
  • The obligation for civil exchange.

Advocacy to ensure our profession’s relevance is what we devote ourselves to every day on your behalf.  Your participation is what drives our direction and we are stronger when our members are engaged.  Help us create YOUR AIA Virginia.

Signed, Your AIA Virginia Board of Directors

Contact info@aiava.org to engage.

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AIA Virginia Prize Awarded

The 2016 AIA Virginia Prize competition began at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 and ran over the course of one weekend.

Students from Hampton University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech—Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech—Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) were eligible for the competition.

The 2016 Prize problem asked students to design a space bringing forward the many histories of the “First Africans in Virginia” historical marker located next to the Old Point Comfort waterfront walkway near Fort Monroe National Monument. The space needed to be a place for contemplation, congregation, participation, celebration, and performance. More problem information can be read here.

Jury Chair, Chuck Swartz, AIA, 2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia, and AIA Virginia President, Nick Vlattas, AIA

Jury Chair, Chuck Swartz, AIA, 2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia, and AIA Virginia President, Nick Vlattas, AIA

The Jury:
Chair: Chuck Swartz, AIA
Timm Jameson, FAIA
Johanna Huddle, Assoc. AIA
Kristin Baum, AIA

The Honorees:
2016 AIA Virginia Prize
Xi Han, University of Virginia
Said the jury: The design did a very good job connecting to the journey, the water, and the existing structures. The way that the site would change depending on the weather, time of year, and time of day, would make it a destination for travelers to see multiple times.

2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia.

2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia.

Best of School — Hampton University
Iroda Karimova
Said the jury: The design was simple and very strong visually. The balance between the collective and the contemplative was handled very well.

Best of School — University of Virginia
John Hatcher
Said the jury: The ideas and reasoning for the designs were very well thought out. The bird’s next walkways ended up being a very elegant solution to pedestrian travel.

Best of School — Virginia Tech
Divya Nautiyal
Said the jury: A very powerful design with a lot of flexibility for different events. The balance of action and contemplation was very good.

Best of School — WAAC
Ian Hunter
Said the jury: Understood the brief more than other submissions. Strengthened the presence of existing events with its emphasis on the experience.

Certificate of Merit
M. Ryan Delaney, WAAC
Carlin Tacey, WAAC

Notable
Luke Dale, Virginia Tech
Dennis Daniels, WAAC
Rachel Flanagan, Virginia Tech
Philippa Koenig, WAAC
Qian Li, Virginia Tech
Julian Lin, WAAC

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Presidential Citations Awarded

2016 AIA President Nick Vlattas, AIA, awarded two Presidential Citations recently.

Nick Vlattas, AIA and Robert Boynton, FAIA

Nick Vlattas, AIA and Robert Boynton, FAIA

The first was to Robert A. Boynton, FAIA, which read – AIA Virginia, a Society of the American Institute of Architects, is privileged to confer this Presidential Citation Upon Robert A. Boynton, FAIA. For seventeen years, he has supported the ideals of the American Institute of Architects and its historic mission to be of ever-increasing service to society through his service on the Virginia State Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. As the Board’s Chair on two separate occasions, he advanced the inestimable value of this profession’s enduring commitment to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the public it so respectfully serves.

 

Nick Vlattas, AIA and Kenney Payne, AIA. Photo by Dan Currier.

Nick Vlattas, AIA and Kenney Payne, AIA. Photo by Dan Currier.

And the second was to Kenney Payne, AIA, which read – AIA Virginia, a Society of the American Institute of Architects, is privileged to confer this Presidential Citation Upon Kenney Payne, AIA. Inspired by the practical efficiency of our profession, he has dedicated much of his career to enriching the individual and collective understanding of building codes and standards, the inimitable twin pillars that support the practice of architecture. Hundreds of his industry colleagues throughout Virginia have benefited from his wisdom, expertise, and passion, which he has so selflessly and willingly shared through countless professional development settings and sessions.

Congratulations to you both!

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