Anne Marie Duvall Decker Announced as 2022 Design Awards Jury Chair

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, founding principal of Duvall Decker Architects, will serve as the jury chair for the 2022 Design Awards program.

About the Design Awards

The Design Awards recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past eight years. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2015. The entry deadline is June 28, 2022.

Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment — with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence.

About Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, with her partner, Roy Decker, FAIA, founded Duvall Decker in Jackson, Mississippi — a place defined by both palpable need and engaging culture. The firm is a diverse and expanded practice, employing planning, development, design, and building care to promote the quality of the built environment and the health and well-being of its inhabitants. Duvall Decker delivers design excellence and promotes social, economic, and environmental quality, no matter the scope, type, budget, or scale of the project.

Anne Marie pursues a meaningful public architecture that elevates the individual human experience. She has designed award-winning public schools, affordable housing, state institutions, libraries, and university buildings that embrace their physical surrounds and cultural traditions with innovation and invention. She is the leader in the studio, fostering design quality, detailing building construction, making exemplary construction documents, and finding ways to be efficient and have joy in the work.  

Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. She is a recognized contributor to the advancement of the profession. She has served as a board member and past President of AIA Mississippi and as a trustee and past Chair of the AIA Trust. Anne Marie is often invited to share the firm’s work and her experience as a lecturer, critic, teacher, and design juror, most recently serving as Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. She has served on the jury for the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture and as a selection committee member for the Architectural League of New York’s American Roundtable initiative. Most recently, she serves the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations as an Industry Advisory Group Peer.

Design Forum Features Visionary Latin American Designers

Tickets are now on sale for Design Forum: South is Up! Taking place in Northern Virginia on June 3–4, 2022, the Design Forum continues the trend of showcasing thought-provoking and inspiring work. The program features an incredible line-up of visionary Latin American designers that question, explore, and redefine spaces that respect and celebrate their urban and natural ecosystems and their rich cultural contexts.

Speakers

Smiljan Radić | Chile
Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA | TEN Arquitectos, Mexico
Viviana Peńa | Colombia
Alberto Kalach | TAX Architects, Mexico
Cazú Zegers | Cazú Zegers Arquitectura, Chile

Earn up to 6.75 AIA LU | Elective

Schedule

FRIDAY
5:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
7 p.m. Reception

SATURDAY
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets
Attendees can join us online or in person at the award-winning Ballston Center at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

In Person (plus free virtual access)
AIA Member: $225
Assoc. AIA Member: $150
Non-member: $300
Student: $50

Virtual Access Only
AIA Member: $115
Assoc. AIA Member: $75
Non-member: $150
Student: FREE

Lodging

A limited block of discounted hotel rooms has been secured at the Westin Arlington Gateway within walking distance of the Ballston Center. Book online using this link. Discounted parking is also available for $32 per night. Discounted rooms are very limited. Don’t forget to book your lodging!

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Call for Entries: 2022 Design Awards

Entries to the 2022 Design Awards program are now being accepted. AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture (also known as the Design Awards) recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past seven years. The program is juried by a team of esteemed practitioners from outside of the region.

Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment — with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence.

Each entry must include a completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form as page one of their submission. Note: Entrants should not feel obligated to respond to every measure within the Framework — only those that apply to the project being submitted. It is understood that every project is different and may not respond to each measure within the Framework. The jury will consider each design holistically and within context.

No specific number of awards is set, and the program is open to all categories of building as well as interiors projects. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Enter online.

What’s new in 2022? In response to feedback from entrants and jurors, we’ve launched an Unbuilt Architecture category and clarified the description of the Design for Context category.

Awards Categories include:

  • Architecture;
  • Design for Context;
  • Unbuilt Architecture
  • Extended Use;
    • Historic Preservation
    • Adaptive or Continued Use
  • Interiors;
  • Residential; and
  • Small Projects
    • Up to $150K in construction cost
    • Up to $500K in construction cost
    • Under 5,000 square feet

Check out the complete descriptions of each of the awards categories, and review the regulations, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions for more information.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on June 28, 2022. Note: You should be prepared to submit your concealed ID and project submission upon entry.

Entry fees

AIA Virginia Members:
$190 for the first project
$160 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $100
Note: The entrant must be a member of AIA Virginia to be eligible to receive the member discount. The submitting AIA Virginia member must be a contributor to the design team.

Non-members of the AIAVA (must have an office located in Virginia):
$245 for the first project
$220 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $200

Not an AIA Virginia member? Apply for unassigned membership.

About the Framework for Design Excellence

Developed by members of the AIA, the Framework for Design Excellence, represents the defining principles of good design in the 21st century. It’s intended to be accessible and relevant for every architect, every client, and every project — regardless of size, typology, or aspiration.

The 10 measures that make up the Framework are intended to inspire progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. They represent standards of excellence as defined by members of the AIA. These measures align with the AIA’s core values which are collectively defined by members across the country.

The completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form is required and shall be page 1 of each submission. The remaining 6 pages of each submission may be designed and defined by the entrant.

Use the Project Narrative section to describe how the design aligns with the Framework for Design Excellence. Entrants are encouraged to address all applicable measures.

We recognize every project is different and may not respond to every measure within the Framework. The jury will consider the design holistically and within context.

Data may not be available for some metrics on the form, or the client may prefer to keep certain metrics confidential. If this is the case, space is provided on the form to provide an explanation.

Entrants are encouraged to call out extraordinary responses to specific measures in the remaining 6 pages of their submission as well.

Blacksburg Mayors Innovative Design Cohort Design Charrette

submitted by Rebecca W. E. Edmunds, AIA

Last summer, at the urging of Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager Smith, the Town of Blacksburg submitted its ideas for a retail incubator project to the Mayors Innovative Design Cohort, a national partnership between the AIA and the Mayors Innovation Project to help create zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, and equitable cities. The Blacksburg project became one of three awarded technical assistance and preliminary funding.

Blacksburg Deputy Town Manager Chris Lawrence and AIA Blue Ridge Past President Kevin Jones, AIA, led the charrette process for three groups, each composed of architects, community business leaders, and Town staff. The kick-off to the design process focused on generating ideas to transform the former Cook’s Cleaners building into a hub for new retail businesses and community engagement. The 28-foot-wide Main Street façade fronts a 170-foot-long space with roughly 4,000 net square feet of open space. The project seeks to be sustainable both in its design and its business operational model. Working with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in their Voluntary Remediation Program, a remediation plan is in place for encapsulating contaminants and installing a vapor extraction system to deal with the contaminants in the soil.

The project will potentially provide a new home with an office and shared conference space for two area nonprofits—the DBI (Downtown Blacksburg Inc.) and the Blacksburg Community Arts Information Office. DBI is seen as the potential operator/manager for the retail vendors the project hopes to attract.

Additional program elements envisioned by charrette participants include exhibition and presentation space to attract activity to benefit vendors, a work area, storage, restrooms, kitchenette, and other support spaces. They also brainstormed and presented strategies for engaging pedestrians and bringing diversity to the established restaurant and bar culture of Main Street. Elements such as small-scale performance space, area for after-hours events, art installations, and exhibitions, and transparent partitions to facilitate visibility into the deep footprint emerged as potential features by all three breakout groups. The groups emphasized flexibility in the configuration and design of retail spaces as key to accommodating a diversity of vendors and allowing for their evolution and growth over time. With socioeconomic disparities being one of the lead causes of inequity in Southwest Virginia, community members and designers alike felt outreach would be required to encourage the diversity desired.

Sustainability and resiliency in buildings drive the mission of both organizations supporting the Cohort and were topics for design and economic planning. Suggestions included solar panels on the extensive roof and green guidelines for vendor selection.

A second meeting is planned for late April, with the goal of completing the process in June for the development of an RFP for design services.

Call for Nominations: 2022 Honors Awards

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a firm with a great culture that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has captured your heart? Consider nominating them for an award in AIA Virginia’s 2022 Honors Awards 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.

Nominations

Nominations must be submitted online. Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 15 MB.

Nominations for all AIA Virginia honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by AIA Virginia committees, or by the Board of Directors itself.

Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. Members of the Honors Committee may not be used as a reference or adviser or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.

The deadline is Friday, June 17, 2022, at 5 p.m.

Eligibility

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

Submit a nomination.

Award Categories

Professional Awards

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 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 demonstrated outstanding and continuous contributions to design, the profession, and to the community for at least ten years.

The Virginia Emerging Professional Award recognizes the accomplishments of an emerging leader in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in any of the following: design, research, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, service to the community, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement recognizes either a singular achievement by an architect or the work of an entire career in any of the following: design, practice, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

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.


Public Awards

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.

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.

ARCHITECTS Speak Up! 2022 Registration Open

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm

Architecture in practice exists at the crossroads of policy and the built environment. Architects regularly advance solutions that directly address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of today and tomorrow. As natural problem solvers, architects do not see empty lots as only places to build; we see them as places to build hopes and dreams.

We need your participation in elevating our profession: AIA Virginias ARCHITECTS Speak Up! 2022.

Architects often do not receive a seat at the table when it comes to making important policy decisions, creating a gap between seeing problems and solving them at a macro-scale. AIA Virginia’s advocacy initiatives form a natural bridge between architects and policymakers, allowing architects to be involved in the processes that impact not only our individual practices but our architectural community at large.

Advocacy means not only recognizing a problem but also taking the steps to make a difference. Good advocates organize themselves and their communities to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. As architects, we engage in advocacy regularly during our practice – sometimes we do not even know when we are doing it!

Please register here>>

About ARCHITECTS Speak Up!

The purpose of these meetings will be for AIA Virginia members to acquaint themselves with their in-district legislator(s) and effectively articulate the importance of architects and architecture in their community. The anticipated result is a structured and coordinated outreach event that can occur simultaneously within each of the five local components. For this year’s ARCHITECTS Speak Up! event we will be meeting and reconnecting with the legislators we met with last year and expanding to 5-8 new legislators.

AIA Virginia is looking for your participation in these scheduled virtual meetings this May. We are looking to pair a few Architects with legislators from their home district. This is a tremendous opportunity to familiarize yourself with whom represents YOU in the legislative chambers in Richmond. We want you to advocate and introduce yourself and AIA Virginia as a resource for industry issues in a relaxed (Zoom) environment. 

PAC:

If you are not able to participate in ARCHITECTS Speak Up!, then that’s ok!

There are other ways you can support AIA Virginia’s advocacy and community engagement objectives. We are embarking on our 2022 PAC fundraising plan and we could really use your help and financial support in closing our fundraising gap for Quarter 1. Can you invest $50, $100, or $200 today? You can invest at Supporters of the AIAVA Political Action Committee – AIAVA PAC.

Every aspect of participation helps support our collective goals. Please forward this email to your firms, colleagues, and other friends in the architecture community who are as interested and passionate as you are.

Design Forum: South is Up! Program Announced

Taking place in Northern Virginia on June 3–4, 2022, the Design Forum will continue the trend of showcasing thought-provoking and inspiring work. Design Forum: South is Up! features an incredible line-up of visionary Latin American designers that question, explore, and redefine spaces that respect and celebrate their urban and natural ecosystems and their rich cultural contexts.

Confirmed speakers include:

Smiljan Radić | Chile

Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA | TEN Arquitectos, Mexico

Viviana Peńa | Colombia

Alberto Kalach | TAX Architects, Mexico

Cazú Zegers | Cazú Zegers Arquitectura, Chile

The program will take place at the award-winning Ballston Center at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Save the dates of June 3–4. Registration is expected to open this spring.

Want to become a sponsor? Check out our sponsorship package and contact Jody Cranford.

Please join us in thanking our generous sponsors:

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AIA Virginia Hosts First Community Dinner Since Pandemic

On September 29th, AIA Virginia held its “Blueprint for Better Communities” Dinner in Norfolk. Created in 2019, this initiative is centered on a simple concept of bringing together architects and community influencers over a private dinner to discuss how we can work together to pursue the city’s vision. Suspended temporarily due to COVID-19, AIA Virginia reconvened our architects with city leaders last month at VIA Design for an inspiring conversation and time of fellowship. Special thanks to Haley Morgan who was instrumental in facilitating the logistics of the event.

Below are some of the key themes and topics that were discussed:

  • Resilience and improved infrastructure must be a focal point of the future.
  • There are many opportunities for architects to use their expertise in the development of solutions to mitigate flooding and sea-level rise.
  • City leaders are looking to architects to make sure the corporate build environment still thrives in the wake of COVID.
  • Through shaping the built environment, architects can lure people to live in Norfolk!
  • The city lacks public community spaces where people can just “hang out”.
  • How do we breathe “new life” into our areas that have intense poverty?
  • City leaders and architects both described the Norfolk as a city of potential, persistence, and partnerships.

Community members in attendance were

The Hon. Kenny Alexander, Mayor, City of Norfolk
The Hon. Martin Thomas, Vice Mayor, City of Norfolk
Larry Filer, City Manager, City of Norfolk
Chuck McPhillips, President, Greater Norfolk Corporation
Rachel McCall, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Downtown Norfolk Council
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University
Nancy Grden, Executive Director, Strome Entrepreneurial Center at ODU
Lynn Clements, Executive Director, Slover Library

Architects in attendance were:

Donna Phaneuf, FAIA, President, VIA Design
Andrew McKinley, AIA, Principal, VIA Design
Scott Campbell, AIA, Principal, VIA Design
Mel Price, AIA, Principal, Work Program Architects
Georgie Marquez, AIA, Partner, Andre Marquez Architects
David Keith, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer, Hanbury
Paula Loomis, FAIA, Sr. Architect, The Urban Collective
Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President, AIA Virginia

Ellwood Thompson’s Headquarters Recognized with Test of Time Award

The Ellwood Thompson’s headquarters in Richmond, designed in 1954 as a doctors’ office by Deigert and Yerkes Architects of Washington, D.C., has been selected to receive AIA Virginia’s Test of Time Award. The award recognizes a structure not less than 25 years from the date of initial construction that still carries out the original program in a substantial manner and stands as originally designed in appearance and in good condition. The award will be presented at the Visions for Architecture celebration on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and online.

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