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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. Snead, 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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2016 Design Awards Announced

AIA Virginia honors work done by Virginia architects with 2016 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 juries have identified one Honor + Excellence Award, five Honor Awards, nine Merit Awards and four Honorable Mentions. Award categories include Architecture, Contextual Design, Residential Design, Interior Design and Historic Preservation.

These projects will be on display at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in 2016 Awards for Excellence in Architecture: An Exhibition of Winning Work, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016-Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

In the ARCHITECTURE category

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

Architecture Honor Award Recipients:

  • East Quad Renovation/ University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) by Hanbury
    “This project demonstrated superlative architectural stewardship of University of Michigan’s East Quad building complex,” says the jury.
  • Regional Plant Teaching Facility (Raleigh, N.C.) by Clark Nexen
    The jury states, “It put technology on display in a well thought out architectural language that would make even an architect want to learn about what’s going on inside.”

Architecture Merit Award Recipients:

  • Mundo Verde Charter School (Washington, D.C.) by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.) by Hickok Cole Architects
  • Intelligence Community Campus/Bethesda (Bethesda, Md.) by AECOM / Leo A. Daly / DBI

Architecture Honorable Mention Recipients:

  • Safeway Lifestyle Store (Alexandria, Va.) by Cunningham | Quill Architects PLLC with Associate Architect Freeman Morgan Architects
  • Air Traffic Control Tower (mobile/modular unit) by Jacobs

In the CONTEXTUAL DESIGN category

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 Merit Award Recipients:

  • Duke Hall (Harrisonburg, Va.) by Clark Nexsen in association with GUND Partnership

Contextual Honorable Mention Recipient:

  • 7001 Arlington Road (Bethesda, Md.) by KGD Architecture

In the RESIDENTIAL DESIGN category

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 Honor + Excellence Award Recipient:

  • James River House (Scottsville, Va.) by ARCHITECTUREFIRM
    “This project captured the jury from the first slide and was the favorite of all entries submitted this year,” says the jury.

Residential Design Honor Award Recipients:

  • Casa Abierta (Chevy Chase, Md.) by KUBE architecture PC
    The jury notes “By borrowing space from the outdoors the house has a scale and grandeur that belies its small footprint.”
  • Salt and Pepper House (Washington, D.C.) by KUBE architecture PC
    “An extraordinary renovation of a traditional row house — of Shaker simplicity — into a colorful and astonishingly contrasting environment within,” says the jury.
  • Ontario Residence (Washington, D.C.) by David Jameson Architect Inc.
    “The garden façade with its dancing wooden figure leads inside to a dancing stair that inhabits the volumes and modulates the plan,” says the jury.

Residential Design Merit Award Recipient:

  • Brandywine House (Washington, D.C.) by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Residential Design Honorable Mention Recipient:

  • Kits of Parts Home (Charlottesville, Va.) by HAUSCRAFT

In the HISTORIC PRESERVATION category

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:

  • Union Station (Washington, D.C.) by Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners

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 Merit Award Recipients:

  • STM Laboratories at Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
  • Park Avenue Apartment (New York, N.Y.) by ARCHITECTUREFIRM
  • Sharma Mathur (Washington, D.C.) by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

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And the Honorees Are…

AIA Virginia is pleased to recognize eight Virginians with 2016 Honors awards for their life commitment to creating, preserving and enhancing Virginia’s communities. These will be presented at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Robert J. Dunay, FAIA

Robert J. Dunay, FAIA

Virginia Tech Center for Design Research Director, ACSA Distinguished Professor and T.A. Carter Professor of Architecture Robert J. Dunay, FAIA, will be awarded the William C. Noland Medal. This is the highest award given to a member architect. Dunay’s work spans a 40-year career integrating teaching, research, and scholarship. He has established innovative cross-disciplinary projects connecting academia and architectural practice. In addition to teaching and influencing thousands of architects, his co-leadership of projects such as LumenHAUS which won an international Solar Decathlon Competition in Spain have brought worldwide acclaim to Virginia architecture. He has taken students abroad and created the only pre-professional summer camp focused on design for high school students in Virginia. His supporters credit him with the high national ranking of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design.

 

Jaan Holt

Jaan Holt

Virginia Tech Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture Jaan Holt will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. This is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring individuals or organizations that have made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment. For 44 years, Holt has served in the university’s architecture program including a six-year stint as chair. More than 35 years ago he co-founded the university’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), then permanently relocated to Alexandria to become the center’s director. He established a consortium to bring faculty and students from other national and international schools to WAAC creating an ethnically, culturally and educationally diverse program. Holt has elevated awareness of superb architecture by organizing several high-profile, Washington-based competitions, bringing international attention to WAAC and Virginia Tech.

 

Corey Clayborne, AIA

Corey Clayborne, AIA

Central Virginia architect R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, project manager and senior architect at Wiley|Wilson will receive the Award for Distinguished Achievement. Clayborne is active in AIA Richmond and AIA Virginia, serving on both boards of directors. He is particularly known for his mentorship of the next generation of architects, focusing on their entry into the AIA, licensure and professional and personal growth. His service to the community includes serving on the Charlottesville Planning Commission and the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Mentoring program.

 

Katherine Williams, AIA

Katherine Williams, AIA

Rachel Shelton, AIA

Rachel Shelton, AIA

Richmond architect Rachel Shelton, AIA, project manager and project architect with Glavé &Holmes and Northern Virginia architect Katherine Williams, AIA, assistant project manager at Marion Construction are each to be honored with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award. In addition to her work with a variety of clients, Shelton has taken on a strong mentoring role. She serves on the AIA Richmond board and organizes networking opportunities. She also is a leader in Richmond Women in Design and a licensing advisor to new architects. Williams has advanced the profession through AIA service, writing, teaching and facilitation events. She is a past chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community advisory group, former editor of the National Organization of Minority Architects magazine and has organized numerous events connecting minority women architects.

Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

Willie Graham

Willie Graham

Colonial Williamsburg Curator of Architecture William Graham and metal conservator Andrew Baxter will receive AIA Virginia Honors. In the 35 years Graham has been at Colonial Williamsburg, he has become a leading authority on architecture spanning 200 years in Virginia. His impact goes far beyond the scope of Colonial Williamsburg having served as a consultant for historic landmarks including Montpelier, Monticello, Blandfield, and Mount Vernon. Baxter, owner, and principal of Bronze et al Ltd.  has enhanced and protected many well-known pieces of  public art in Virginia and beyond. Of particular note is his work on all 13 statues of the George Washington Equestrian Monument at the Virginia State Capitol, the Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Maury statues along Richmond’s Monument Avenue and President James Monroe’s tomb canopy in Hollywood Cemetery.

Rhea George

Rhea George, Hon. AIA Virginia

AIA Virginia Managing Director Rhea George will receive Honorary Membership in AIA Virginia in recognition of what AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA calls “thoughtful and dedicated leadership in service to architects.” She has held a number of different positions on AIA Virginia’s professional staff and she has stepped up many times to fill temporary vacancies along with carrying out her normal duties. In the community, she has held several positions as a Chesterfield Board of Supervisors appointee. She’s a co-chair of the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg Education Action Council and she developed a Girl Scout architect badge program which she is currently encouraging the Girl Scouts to reinstate as a way to pave the way for more women to become architects.

Join us as we celebrate these honorees at the Visions for Architecture Gala on Nov. 4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. RSVP online>>

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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Threatened

Virginia’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) program is currently under review by the General Assembly’s Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, and we believe it faces a serious threat.

AIA Virginia strongly supports Virginia’s HRTC and has sent a letter to the Chair urging the committee to reject a repeal, sunset or cap to the credit. We’ve been working actively with a coalition of 12 other organizations to educate legislators on the benefits of the program and will have a presence during the next Committee meeting on Aug. 29. We’ll also be sending action alerts directly to AIA members who are the constituents of committee members. If you’d like to take individual action, you can do so by emailing taxpreferences@dls.virginia.gov. Consider sharing an HRTC success story, how your firm might be impacted by a repeal or limitation of the credit, or use this sample letter.

The credit was created in 1996 and implemented in 1997 as an incentive to catalyze economic development through the rehabilitation and reuse of the Commonwealth’s rich inventory of historic structures. Since its inception, the credit has been widely used as a redevelopment tool, helping revitalize cities, towns and rural communities all across Virginia.

Not only does the HRTC have a proven track record for stimulating economic growth through private investment, it helps to preserve Virginia’s cultural heritage for future generations. It is exactly the kind of market-based incentive needed to leverage private investment in historic properties. Already, nearly $4 billion in private funds have been invested and at least 31,000 jobs have been created in the Commonwealth as a result of this credit.

The credit has statewide impact. Eighty out of 95 counties in Virginia and all 11 metropolitan areas have benefitted from the program through revitalized properties used for a wide variety of purposes. Since its inception, more than 2,375 historic buildings in Virginia have been preserved and put to use. Not only does this mean work for architects and architecture firms, but these projects also generate state and local tax revenue, create jobs, and act as an incredible catalyst for community revitalization.

Other states across the nation look to Virginia as a leader in this arena and the program is working. In 2012, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission’s study on the effectiveness of tax preferences, found that the state tax credit program was only one of two tax preferences that achieves its intended goal.

HOW DOES THE CREDIT WORK?
The HRTC program allows property owners to receive a state tax credit of 25% of eligible expenses for approved rehabilitation work on certified historic structures, provided that the work meets the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The program is managed by Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources.

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ELA Class Tackles Food Deserts

This year, the participants of AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program have decided to tackle the issue of low-income communities with limited access to healthy food, more commonly known as food deserts.

Through meetings with numerous local Richmond groups, they have seen that  food deserts are a systemic problem in Virginia’s capital city that require a multifaceted approach rather than a targeted solution.

Their project, Closing the Food Gap: Grow. Learn. Share., doesn’t attempt to solve food disparity through access alone, but rather is a series of insertions that provide, educate, and engage the communities for which they serve.

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