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Honors and Design Awards Presented at Visions 2017

The AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Honor Awards were presented Nov. 3 at the 2017 Visions for Architecture gala at the Hotel John Marshall.

All photos by Dan Currier

AIA Virginia 2017 Honors Video Presentation

AIA Virginia 2017 Awards for Excellence in Architecture Video Presentation

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2017 Design Awards Announced

AIA Virginia, a Society of the American Institute of Architects, honors work done by Virginia-based architects with the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Also known as the Design Awards, these honors celebrate projects no older than seven years that contribute to the built environment and are clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design. This year’s jury has identified three Honor Awards, ten Merit Awards, and three Honorable Mentions. Award categories include Architecture, Contextual Design, Residential Design, Interior Design and Historic Preservation.

The AIA Virginia Design Awards are sponsored by Keith Fabry.

About the Jury
Jury Chair:  Yvonne Szeto, FAIA, partner with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in New York City
Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, design principal at Perkins+Will in New York City
Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA, founder and principal of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Los Angeles
Jeffrey Murphy FAIA, founding Partner of Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects in New York City
Alexander Lamis, FAIA, partner at Robert A M Stern in New York City

(image gallery follows)

In the ARCHITECTURE category

The jury considers aesthetics, adherence to the client’s wishes, proven and projected building performance and concept development during its deliberations.

Architecture Honor Award Recipient:

  • Lake House (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) by ARCHITECTUREFIRM, Richmond, Va.
    The jury says “There is great clarity to the overall design. The decision to wrap the building in wood paneling, both celebrates the strength of employing a singular material throughout while embodying the context of the overall site. The strategic openings in the design allow for a fluid indoor/outdoor experience and frame the views of the surrounding woods in an interesting way.”

Architecture Merit Award Recipients:

Architecture Honorable Mention Recipients:

  • Glenn and Towers Renovation + Addition, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.) by VMDO Architects, Charlottesville, Va.


The awards for contextual design are chosen based on outstanding architecture that perceptibly reflects the history, culture, and physical environment of the place in which it stands and that, in turn, contributes to the function, beauty, and meaning of its larger context.

Contextual Honor Award Recipient:

  • Center of Hope Elementary School (Haiti) by Thrive Architecture, Charlottesville, Va.
    The jury notes: “The design of this school overcomes the challenge of highly limited resources by cleverly leveraging local materials, building practices and labor to create a piece of real architecture. Overhanging roofs and strategically placed operable openings eliminate the need for artificial ventilation, and simple building techniques using local metal pipes, recycled bags of Styrofoam, and other inexpensive and relatively lightweight components were chosen and assembled piece by piece without heavy equipment. The creativity in technique is matched by the integrity of the architectural resolution, resulting in something that is both beautiful and sustainable.”

Contextual Honorable Mention Recipient:


Aesthetic appeal and functionality are two long-established criteria for home design as are affordability and resource efficiency. The jury looks at each submission in its totality toward meeting those goals.

Residential Design Merit Award Recipient:

Residential Design Honorable Mention Recipient:


The historic preservation category focuses specifically on excellence in strategies, tactics, and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites. The jury takes into consideration adherence to local, state, and national criteria for historic preservation.

Historic Preservation Merit Award Recipient:

In the INTERIOR DESIGN category

Interior design projects are judged on mastery of composition, functionality, material and color palettes, and well-integrated adherence to the highest levels of accessibility, health and safety, environmental, and occupant-comfort considerations, standards, and regulations.

Interior Design Honor Award Recipient

  • Rotunda Interior Renovation, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.) by Glavé & Holmes Architecture, Richmond, Va.
    The jury notes “The architects did an exemplary job of balancing contemporary requirements with a respectful return to Jefferson’s programmatic vision for the building. The jury appreciated the skillful selection of furniture and fabrics of a timeless aesthetic. Thoughtful attention to scale, function and flexibility in the interior design created more spaces for study and collaboration — bringing students back to the heart of the university.”

Interior Design Merit Award Recipients:

  • DPR Construction Mid-Atlantic Headquarters (Reston, Va.) by SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C.
  • Sands Capital Management Headquarters (Arlington, Va.) by OTJ Architects, Washington, D.C.
  • Sky Loft (Washington, D.C.) by KUBE Architecture PC



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Virginia Eye Institute Recognized with Test of Time Award

The Virginia Eye Institute, designed by 3north principal Sanford Bond, FAIA, has been selected to receive AIA Virginia’s Test of Time award. The award recognizes a structure not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years from the date of initial construction; in addition, the project should still carry out the original program in a substantial manner and must be standing as originally designed in appearance and in good condition. The award will be presented at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall.

Virginia Eye Institute

Located along the Kanawha Canal at the end of Richmond’s Huguenot Bridge, the Virginia Eye Institute is situated to take advantage of the unique site’s natural beauty and provide an environment that encourages patient comfort and healing. Completed in 1987, the building’s strong lines, light industrial aesthetic, and generous use of concrete and steel excited some controversy. Today, however, the Virginia Eye Institute has become a well-loved local landmark that still functions as originally designed.

When developing the design, the architect sought to create a place that fit seamlessly into its context and surrounding landscape while creating a facility that was conducive to both employee efficiency and patient experience. Successful elements include the waiting room with a large glass wall that overlooks the canal, providing patients with increased connectivity to the surrounding landscape and ample natural light. Three pods, each consisting of six examination rooms situated around a central nurses’ station, were designed to streamline operations for doctors and nurses. This layout is still in use today.

The site’s challenges also influenced the design aesthetic. Situated below the flood plain and filled with unstable soil, the site demanded a deep pile-driven foundation that led to a building supported by piers rather than a continuous footing. Raising the structure thus enabled the architect to pursue an industrial wharf aesthetic, taking advantage of natural light and choosing evocative materials and textures such as concrete, corrugated steel and exposed wood frame construction on the interior. A decorative strip of blue tile marks a “waterline” on a glazed concrete block wall that leads up to the patient drop-off and front door.

AIA Virginia recognizes the Virginia Eye Institute with the Test of Time Award as it remains a place for patients to receive care in a beautiful setting that provides connectivity with the surrounding landscape from within an ultramodern medical facility.

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Jane Cady Rathbone, FAIA, to Receive the William C. Noland Medal

Jane Cady Rathbone, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer of Hanbury in Norfolk, will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The William C. Noland Medal is the highest award bestowed on a member architect and 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.

Jane Rathbone, FAIA

Through her prolific body of work and practice of nearly 40 years, Rathbone has become an international influence on the planning and design of living-learning communities as vital components in the academic, social, and architectural fabric of university campuses throughout America and abroad. Her colleague and nominator Nicholas Vlattas, AIA, says, “She has caused universities to recognize that intentional planning of the collegiate residential experience results in significant out-of-the-classroom learning and fosters sustained emotional attachment to place.” Today, her influence, and that of the firm is felt on more than 150 campuses.

One shining example of Rathbone’s campus vision is Tennessee’s Rhodes College, for which she led a team in 2000 to envision a master plan for the 21st century. Already a beautiful campus, the new construction, and renovations over nearly two decades were designed to enrich their architectural heritage, to create a robust student experience and to increase faculty/student interaction. Just five years into the transformation, Rhodes awarded Rathbone the College’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for selfless service to the College and its campus. The success shows as Rhodes has experienced an unprecedented increase in retention and academic rankings over the past 17 years.

While guiding Hanbury, Rathbone has grown her award-winning firm into an internationally recognized practice. Hanbury has earned more than 100 design awards, and she has led a significant number of these award-winning projects. Rathbone seeks opportunities to motivate good design throughout the firm, leading the firm’s learning culture by inviting provocative lecturers and organizing programs to stimulate thinking, discussion and personal growth. In 2004, the firm was named the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Firm of the Year by AIA Virginia.

Rathbone shares her deep knowledge with colleagues, clients, students, the public and the profession, from teaching Hanbury’s Summer Scholars about “Strategic Planning in a Design Practice” to serving on the board of the Design Futures Council. Notably, she served on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Architecture as its home at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design was established.

For her design excellence and dedicated leadership, AIA Virginia awards Jane Cady Rathbone the William C. Noland Medal.

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Calder C. Loth Selected to Receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service

Architectural historian Calder C. Loth will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. 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.

Calder Loth

A tireless teacher and prolific author, Calder Loth’s efforts to preserve Virginia’s architectural legacy have impacted all residents of the Commonwealth. Loth spent four decades on the staff of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) as an advocate, educator, and historian after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural history from the University of Virginia. Even after his 2009 retirement, he continues to be consulted for his expertise by individual landmark owners, Virginia historic site managers, universities, and international forums.

As former Branch Museum Director Dr. Craig Reynolds notes, through his “unmitigated passion and depth of knowledge, Loth has shielded buildings from the wrecking ball, championed historic tax credits, made preservation easements the standard, and helped develop excitement for our historic places among new generations.”

Kathleen Kilpatrick, Loth’s former DHR colleague and retired Executive Director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council, calls him an ego-free “rock star” committed to generously sharing his knowledge. Indeed, Loth has published dozens of articles and books, including the prize-winning volume, Virginia Landmarks of Black History (1995). He compiled the Virginia Landmarks Register’s fourth edition (1999), with nearly 1,800 entries representing the most comprehensive inventory of Virginia’s rich and varied architecture. And, he has championed architectural literacy through speaking engagements across the globe.

In recognition of his near half-century of service to Virginia and his accomplishments in communicating the full meaning of historic preservation and Virginia’s architectural heritage to both professional and lay audiences, AIA Virginia honors Calder Loth with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service.

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Frazier Associates to Receive Firm Award

Frazier Associates will be presented with the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Architecture Firm Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. Sometimes called the “firm award,” it is the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm. It recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

Frazier Associates

The core principle of Frazier Associates’ 31 years of architecture practice has been to help preserve, sustain and creatively revitalize Virginia’s communities and institutions through historic preservation and contextual design. Their extensive work in architecture, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and revitalization totals nearly 3,000 projects. The scope of their public and private architecture in dozens of Virginia communities consistently demonstrates the staying power of good design in the rejuvenation of historic buildings and creation of new ones. In addition, Frasier Associates has drafted more than 50 sets of design guidelines and pattern books for historic downtowns, neighborhoods, corridors and rural villages throughout the Southeast, and has been at the forefront of implementing wayfinding programs for communities in Virginia as well as nationally.

Recognizing that downtowns are the heart of our communities, in 1985 the Commonwealth of Virginia initiated a statewide Main Street program in cooperation with the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As design specialists for the program, Frazier Associates provides design training and workshops for communities as well as facade design services for property owners.

Frazier Associates has been recognized with more than 150 awards for individual projects or professional achievements, on local, regional and national levels. Preservation Virginia presented the firm with the 2007 Mary Mason Anderson Williams Award, its highest honor, for statewide work in historic preservation.

In making this award, AIA Virginia celebrates Frazier Associates’ enduring dedication to Virginia’s historic architecture and community design.

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Architizer’s Kushner to Keynote ArchEx 2017

“A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.” — Wikipedia.

Collaboration is part of your daily life as an architect and is the theme for the upcoming 30th annual Architecture Exchange East this November in Richmond. At the keynote address Marc Kushner, AIA, will talk about the lessons he learned in his transition from trained architect, and firm principal, to CEO of Architizer, a venture-funded architecture start-up. These lessons from the tech world will change how you think about architecture, help identify opportunities for innovation in architecture, package new ideas as opportunities for collaboration.

Marc Kushner, AIA. Photo: Jason Lindberg.

Kushner is partner of the New York City-based architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and the co-founding CEO of the website Architizer — both of which operate with the stated intention of making architecture an accessible part of a public dialogue. “[Marc’s aim] is to push his insular profession toward the mainstream and inspire more people, not just Fortune 500 executives, to seek out its services.” — New York Times, November 4, 2010.

He is a notable speaker, having presented at TED, PSFK, and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, lectures on the topic of social media and architecture across the country and sits on the boards of Storefront for Art and Architecture and Goods for Good. His 2015 book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings has been listed at #1 in Architecture on Amazon. Marc’s TED talk titled “Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by … you” has more than 2.5 million views — the 4th highest in the Architecture category — and is listed in Dezeen’s Top 10 TED Talks about architecture.

Anyone interested in changing architecture for the better should attend. Students, young architects, mid-career architects eager to transform the industry, older firm principals with success and time behind them who want to give back.

Register today! or visit

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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Great Expectations

June 1st seems like yesterday.  That was my first day of officially having the honor and privilege of serving as your Executive Vice President.  Now in my third month, I reflect back on my first 60 days and it has been truly incredible!  Already, I have spent time in each of the local AIA chapters learning about the amazing programs and services that are being provided.  I am hopeful that you, as an AIA member, are taking advantage of these extraordinary opportunities.

The facts indicate that AIA Virginia is one of the best components in the country for you to be an AIA member with.  I am proud to share that AIA Virginia and all of our local AIA chapters are fully-accredited by AIA National.  What this means to you is that the Core Member Services in the areas of Member Communications, Education, Advocacy, Elevating Public Awareness, Governance, Membership, Finance and Operations are being delivered at an exemplary level.  As a result, our membership numbers continue to trend upward.

You may be wondering what to expect in the immediate future from the AIA Virginia team.  Well, I am glad you asked.  The answer is Hands-On Engagement.  Member engagement.  This will be a key initiative of AIA Virginia and it is already starting.

First, as you are aware, supplemental dues are going bye-bye through a phased approach and will be a figment of our imagination by 2020.  The necessity to eliminate these dues was a message that was heard loud and clear from the membership.  You have already experienced the first year of that initiative.  I personally know many of you reading this message.  I have one and only one request as a trade for the elimination of supplemental dues.  I am asking that you support AIA Virginia by attending or sponsoring one or more of our exceptional programs and events.

My visit with Solex Architecture

Secondly, we will cross paths on my “Listening Tour”.  This tour is just that for me.  Listening.

I will be visiting a number of small, mid-size, and large firms all over Virginia throughout my tenure to obtain a true sense of how members perceive our delivery of AIA services.  This tour includes AIA members and non-members.  We will learn a great deal from both segments.  The objective is simple. To identify and close any perceived value gaps that exist.

My “Listening Tour” commenced in July and most recently included Dewberry and Solex Architecture located in Danville.  These two firms have played an instrumental role in the redevelopment of Downtown Danville and are truly invested in the success of the city. I am thankful for the opportunity to spend quality time with Larry Hasson, AIA and Amanda Schlichting, Assoc. AIA of Dewberry as well as Jeffrey Bond, AIA of Solex Architecture.   This trip gave me an opportunity to glean valuable insight through the lens of a small and large firm practicing in Southside Virginia.

My visit with Dewberry

Lastly, we are strategically engaging collateral and allied organizations.  AIA Virginia is already working with the national level leadership of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).  Helping students successfully transfer into practice after graduation is one of the best ways to grow our future AIA membership base and improve diversity and equity within our profession.

I am hopeful that you will attend our 30th annual Architecture Exchange East, Nov. 1-3, 2017 in Richmond. We have partnered with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for this year’s production and are excited to announce our international headlining keynote in this month’s newsletter. You will not want to miss the opportunities to network and party with your peers both in the new exhibit hall location and off site dinners and events. Equally as important, this will also be a great venue for me to meet many of you in person and show my gratitude for your membership!

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA
Executive Vice President

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Speak Up

AIA SpeakUp | Denver, Colorado | July 19-21, 2017

The AIA’s second annual SpeakUp Event was held last month in Denver. SpeakUp is the AIA’s flagship advocacy training event. Influencing government policy is one of the AIA’s primary responsibilities, one of the primary reasons our AIA exists. Advocacy is about teamwork. Working together, AIA members carry a unique and respected voice to city halls, statehouses, and Congress. Working together at AIA Virginia we advocate for issues that are important to members. Working together we advocate for legislators to enact policies that stimulate the demand for architecture and invigorate members’ capacity to practice.

SpeakUp 2017 provided advocacy training for approximately 100 architects from around the country. The AIA Advocacy team put together a fantastic, well-organized and lively event consisting of compelling talks, roundtable discussions, breakout workshops and the highlight of the event, a “campaign exercise”. Attendees gained insights and skills to enhance advocacy efforts in their respective states.

Several interesting speakers provided useful perspective and insights on successful advocacy. We heard from seasoned veterans about the elements of a winning legislative advocacy program – from member engagement to coalition building. Just to highlight a few, Senator Chris Holbert (R-CO30) implored advocates to start with questions when engaging legislators: Are you familiar with (fill in the blank)? Have you taken a position with it? How will you vote? Veteran Colorado Lobbyist Jerry Johnson, Hon. AIA spoke to the value of having a strong lobbyist at the state capital who builds reliable, long-term relationships with legislators. Caitlin Reagan, AIA National gave a thought-provoking presentation on how architects can communicate more effectively. We heard from seasoned experts Sue Brown, Principal 4Front Strategies and Bev Razon, Vice-president Public Affairs, COPIC on PAC fundraising best practices.

SpeakUp attendees participated in a multi-phased group campaign strategy and team building exercise. Organized in teams of 20, participants were able to apply knowledge gained in the workshops to build a multi-faceted campaign plan that was presented to a jury of political and policy professionals on the final day. This intense, collaborative group work demonstrated that winning legislative and political victories requires a strong plan, teamwork and the ability to deal with the unexpected.

As a profession, we are a relatively small group that has the potential to bring tremendous value to people and their aspirations for a better, healthier life. Architects are not guaranteed a critical role in society. Advocacy allows us to strengthen our profession to the benefit of AIA members and society. The AIA gives us that voice. Through member engagement and coalition building the Government Advocacy team at AIA Virginia continues to build a culture of influence with an annual legislative agenda that fosters the design of healthy, vibrant communities, including: job creation and a growing economy; environmentally sustainable buildings that use resources wisely; public health; systems of mass transit; and responsible land development and urban infill. The Government Advocacy team at AIA Virginia continues to work hard to advance pro-architect policies before government decision-makers and help ensure that architects remain vital to society for generations to come.

Sean E. Reilly, AIA
AIA Virginia Director
Government Advocacy Advisory Council

Photos: Sean Reilly, AIA

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AIA Virginia Affirms Commitment to Principles of Paris Climate Agreement

Though the administration announced that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, AIA Virginia recognizes that the creation and operation of the built environment requires an investment of the earth’s resources — and that many planning, design, construction, and real estate practices can contribute to patterns of resource consumption that will inhibit the sustainable future of the Earth.  The agreement, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

At the June 16, 2017, Board of Director’s meeting, AIA Virginia reaffirmed its support for policies, programs, and incentives that encourage energy conservation in the built environment. “AIA Virginia is committed to advocating for resource-efficient building practices and to fostering a more sustainable built environment by helping architects gain the necessary skills and expertise to design better buildings,” said 2017 AIA Virginia President Bill Brown.

“We’re going to continue our work to raise public awareness about the role that buildings can play in combating climate change because we believe that architects can help their clients and communities build a more sustainable, resilient, and prosperous world,” continued Brown.

To see how you can get involved, click here.

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