ArchEx 2021 Registration Open

Registration is now open for Architecture Exchange East 2021.

ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference. This year, it takes place (mostly) virtually from Nov. 1–5, 2021. The program is curated to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore a broad theme.

In 2021, we’ll consider consequences — both intentional and unintentional. Design sometimes follows unexpected paths. Like cracks in the sidewalk, the built environment blooms in surprising ways with unexpected actors, leading us to new horizons. This year’s program features designs and designers responding with innovation, synthesis, and perhaps even a lesson or two from the undesigned constraints around us.

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Making Space: Designing for Inclusion

Join us at Architecture Exchange East on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 3-5:15 p.m. for Making Space: Designing for Inclusion to hear from pioneering researchers and advocates for inclusive design. Registration is now open through Nov. 5. See the complete agenda.

Chris Downey, AIA, Magda Mostafa, and Derrick Behm-Josa, will each share insights and research in individual presentations. Then, they’ll all come together for a panel discussion moderated by Janice Majewski.

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Zena Howard Announced as ArchEx Keynote

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce that groundbreaking architect Zena Howard, FAIA, will be a keynote speaker at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) on Wed., Nov. 3. Registration is now open. See the complete agenda.

Zena Howard is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will. An award-winning architect, strategist, mentor, and team builder, her career has been defined by visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects, such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., that navigate social issues of equity and justice, restoring lost cultural connections by honoring history and memory. Her current work includes Destination Crenshaw, a community-inspired project in South Los Angeles that will be the nation’s largest art and cultural celebration of African American contribution to world culture.

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Donna Dunay to Receive Noland Medal

Donna Woodrum Dunay, FAIA, will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal by AIA Virginia for her significant and sustained work across education, advocacy, service to the profession, and leadership. As the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia upon an architect, the Noland Medal is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, spanning a broad spectrum of the profession, and transcending the scope of normal professional activities. The honor is in memory of William C. Noland, FAIA, one of the founders of the AIA in Virginia, its second president, and Virginia’s first member to be elevated to fellowship.

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Alex Nyerges to Receive the 2021 Architecture Medal for Virginia Service

Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), will be recognized with the 2021 Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. 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.

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Cooper is 2021 Recipient of Award for Distinguished Achievement

Nick Cooper, AIA, principal and design director at HKS in Richmond, will be presented AIA Virginia’s 2021 Award for Distinguished Achievement. The award recognizes the accomplishments of one or more architects each year in design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect,” service to the profession, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

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2021 Emerging Professional Awards Announced

Scott Campbell, AIA, Kelley Holmes, AIA, and Jenine Kotob, AIA, are recognized with the 2021 Virginia Emerging Professional Award by AIA Virginia. Launched in 2015, the Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in design, research, education, discourse; service to the profession, mentorship, or service to the community. Most recipients are accomplished in several of these areas, and all demonstrate the strength of the architecture profession in their early promise as thought leaders and designers.

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Ezell and Golden Granted Honorary Membership

Keesha Ezell and Sean Golden will be recognized by AIA Virginia with Honorary Membership for their sustained commitment and tireless work on behalf of the Commonwealth’s architects. Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in 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.

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AIA Virginia Honors for 2021 Announced

Bedford Department of Economic Development’s School-to-School Project, Delegate Chris Hurst, Joan Becker Kelsch, and Shade & Wise will be awarded AIA Virginia Honors at the Visions for Architecture ceremony this Nov. 5, 2021.This recognition 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.

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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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