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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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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.

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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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Clayborne Named New Executive Vice President/CEO


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

Media Contact: Cathy Guske | (804) 237-1763 |


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AIA Position Statement on Pre-licensure Titling: Guidance for Virginia Architecture Firms

The AIA recently issued a statement on their new public policy regarding pre-licensure titling. The new policy seeks to move architecture beyond the use of the term “intern” as a title for those on the path to licensure.

The newly approved statement suggests that “intern” remain a supported title for students working in an architectural office while pursuing an architecture degree and endorses two titles: “architectural associate” and “design professional” for graduates pursuing their license.

In Virginia, and in most states, both suggested titles run counter to regulations. “Architectural” is among the protected “titles” and “design professional” indicates that the individual is licensed or certified in one of the APELSCIDLA professions and by the Virginia Construction Code. As Title and Practice laws protect the “title” architect or any derivative thereof, AIA Virginia recommends against using either “architectural associate” or “design professional” as titles in the Commonwealth. “Design associate” has been suggested as an alternative that would not violate Virginia law or regulation.

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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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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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