Aren’t building tours the best? You get an insider’s
perspective on design decisions. You learn about construction processes, explore
different building typologies, and discover innovative solutions and
technologies. Best of all, you get to check out new work.
Walking tours and history tours are pretty great too. You uncover
the rich history of communities and landmarks. You take a peek behind the
scenes — sometimes you even learn a few secrets. And, who doesn’t love a juicy architecture
Tours are usually the first sessions to sell out at ArchEx. Our
attendees love ‘em. If you’ve got a new project you want to show off or if you’re
a great tour guide, please submit your tour proposal below. We recommend that
the tour destination be no more than about 30 minutes away from downtown
About Architecture Exchange East ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference and expo. This year, it takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from Nov. 6–8, 2019. We’ll be bringing together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore the theme of culture. We hope you’ll be a part of this vibrant
Submit your tour proposal below. [Deadline June 28, 2019]
Got 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell us about the best d@mn thing you’ve ever done as a designer? Come share your story at Architecture Exchange East this November. We’re seeking up to 6 presenters for a Pecha Kucha (PK)-style session at ArchEx. (What the heck is a PK?)
With our focus on developing sessions that encourage conversation, connections, and collaborative learning, we figured it was about time we brought the PK back to ArchEx. A good PK is creative, tells a great story, and shares something inspiring (with a little dash of humor mixed in).
It’s a format made for designers by designers. We know you’ve done some pretty incredible things in your professional life and we want to hear about them — whether you’re sharing your favorite project, a brilliant marketing idea, or an innovative office layout. Be as creative as you want. If you can weave in our theme, re:culture, even better!
We’ve only got time for 5-6 speakers, so pitch us your best idea by June 28 and we’ll get back with you in July.
This form is now closed.
What the heck is a PK?
Pecha Kucha (Japanese for chit-chat) is a concise
presentation format where speakers tell their story using only 20 slides —
usually with a single image. The slides automatically advance each 20 seconds
while you talk.
This format was conceived of by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham
of Klein Dytham architecture as a
way to showcase creative design work through quick informative presentations.
Join AIA national and AIA Minneapolis for the largest leadership
event in the US for women in architecture! Women’s leadership Summit is three
days of high-value educational sessions, candid conversations, and wellness
activities designed to help you refine your leadership skills and accelerate
your career growth.
You’ll hear from inspirational women leaders including Debbie
Millman, curator and host of the Design
Matters podcast; Priya Parker, founder of Thrive Labs; and Toshiko Mori,
FAIA, Harvard professor and principal of Toshiko Mori Architect.
Invest in yourself and your career—register for the Women’s
Leadership Summit today!
Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a
firm that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has
captured your heart? Consider nominating them for AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards
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. Honorees will be
recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Membership at Architecture Exchange
East (Nov. 7, 2019) and Visions for Architecture (Nov. 8, 2019).
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 30 MB. Letters of support can be
combined into a single PDF and uploaded on the nomination form.
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. No member of the Honors Committee may be
used as a reference or adviser or be solicited by the candidate or the
The deadline is Thursday,
July 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Eligibility criteria and submission requirements vary by
award. Click on the awards listed below for additional details and to review
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.
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
Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the
accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the
profession in one or more of the following categories: design, research,
education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to
Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished
achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design,
practice, education, service as “citizen architect”, and service to the
profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career
or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader. Up to three
awards may be bestowed each year.
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.
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.
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.
AIA Virginia is pleased to announce the students recognized
as honorees in 2019 AIA
Virginia Prize competition.
AIA Virginia Prize The top award and $3000 prize goes to Jackson Reed a student at Virginia Tech for the submission “Frames of Reference.” The jury recognized the elegant way the structure could be both unveiled and packed away, noting that there was “a kind of magic to how it captured the light.” The submission displayed a technical superiority and a “completeness” to its presentation. The jury appreciated the fresh approach to a shipping container building, particularly in the way the volume could be reconfigured.
Special Jury Award and Hampton University Best of School The Best of School Award for Hampton University goes to Julian Washington for “Veggie Soul.” The jury appreciated that the submission was rooted in its cultural context as well as its inventive placement inside an existing building. They found the rendering particularly evocative, giving a true sense of the concept and placement. The jury found this submission particularly notable and elected to make a Special Jury Award of $500.
University of Virginia Best of School The Best of School Award for University of Virginia goes to Taha Suhrawardy for “Sic Parvis Magna Café.” They jury enjoyed the design’s informality counterbalanced with its placement within a formal setting. Its lightweight characteristics and structural creativity were interesting. The approach to mobility was notable.
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center Best of School The Best of School Award for the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center goes to Meredith Sattler for “Deadrise Oyster Bar.” This entry expressed what the environment has to offer in a really simple, pleasurable way. The jury found the response to the tidal condition interesting.
The following were recognized with an Honorable Mention
“The New Taste of Flow” submitted by Mengzhe Ye and Weiran Jing from University of Virginia The jury appreciated the graphic approach. They found the innovative and thoughtfully-considered user experience notable.
“The Hangout” submitted by Gary Garner from Hampton University The jury found the idea of using readily-available swing equipment to create seating and a dining environment refreshing.
“King St. Pop Up Café” submitted by Juan Urey Fernandez from the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center The jury was pleased with the clean, comprehensive design. The site placement was clear and precise — there was little missing.
“The Fulcrum” submitted by Andy Merida from Virginia Tech The jury appreciated the elegant simplicity of this submission and its implied invitation to engage your imagination.
“Boba — A Pop Up Bubble Tea Shop” submitted by Kirt Hilker from Virginia Tech The jury delighted in the submission’s imaginative approach that was truly representative of a “pop up” café.
“untitled” submitted by Anna Fletcher from Virginia Tech The jury found this entry and its story gripping. The graphics beautifully captured the mood and emotional context of the narrative.
About the Challenge
The competition — which took place over the weekend of Jan.
25–28 — challenged students to design a pop-up diner with a small kitchen,
short-term supply storage, and a dining counter for standing and sitting
customers. Students were asked to consider the energy, water, and waste flows
in their solutions. [Read the full competition brief.]
About the AIA
Conducted simultaneously at Hampton University, University
of Virginia, Virginia Tech,
and the Washington-Alexandria
Architecture Center, the competition is a design charrette that
engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia.
Students are given the competition program on a Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. They
work over the weekend to create a design solution and submit it by 9 a.m. the
following Monday. The top submission wins a $3000 prize.
Launched in 1980, the competition is intended to promote
collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.
Historically, the charrette has taken place in January, however over the last
several years, the competition has been hosted in September to accommodate an
ongoing scheduling conflict at one of the schools. Now that the conflict has
been resolved, the Prize weekend has shifted back to the spring semester to
better align with the demands of the academic calendar.
Development of the competition brief rotates between the
four schools annually — the 2019 Prize challenge was developed by Virginia
About the Jury
Each school’s faculty reviews the submissions and sends up
to 10 finalists to Richmond for final consideration by the following Jury.
Nearly 60 firm leaders came together in Northern Virginia on
March 22 to exchange ideas, enjoy fellowship, and learn at the second biennial
Art of Practice.
The program kicked off with Message Book training presented by the AIA’s Caitlin Reagan and Frank Scanlan. The group learned the basics of communication philosophy and how to design effective messages. After hearing some excellent tips and watching good (and truly awful!) examples of public speaking, attendees took part in an interactive exercise on crafting message headlines. After that, the group dug into how to use these tools in business development and advocacy environments. Several brave souls volunteered to put what they learned into practice. Short mock interviews were conducted and played back for the group to critique.
Following robust conversations (and wine) over lunch, Michele
Russo, the Managing Director of Research and Practice at the AIA, offered an
economic forecast. After sharing current conditions and the top four business
concerns in architecture firms, she offered a 2019/2020 outlook for the
profession. Predictions indicate that
firms can expect growth in 2019 – but at a slower rate than last year. She
shared several indicators that hint at slower economic growth in 2020.
Karl Feldman from Hinge offered emerging research and best
practices for employee recruitment and retention. He shared generational
differences in how candidates approach a job search as well as how they
evaluate opportunities. Following a lively Q&A session, Karl moderated a Leadership
Transition Panel Discussion featuring Donna Phaneuf, FAIA; Mark Orling, AIA;
Bob Moje, FAIA; Tom Kerns, FAIA; and Rob Comet, AIA. Each of the panelists
shared their approach to leadership cultivation and transition within their
Art of Practice Video
Special thanks to Philip Moo for creating a video of highlights from the day.
While logic and planning serve as the foundation for
collaboration in the design process, artistic intention is essential in Manoj Dalaya’s
approach to design. His high-performance, fortified spaces embrace art,
environment, and community — all while integrating the security,
infrastructure, and technological requirements of secure campuses. A principal
Architecture, Dalaya serves on the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter
Executive Committee and chairs their Design Awards Committee. He lends his
architectural and real estate expertise to several Washington, D.C. area urban
development committees and to architecture and real estate students at local
universities. He was honored with AIA Virginia’s Award
for Distinguished Achievement in 2018.
Jody Lahendro, FAIA
For nearly fifteen years, Jody Lahendro has served as
Historic Preservation Architect at the University of Virginia where he
manages work on more than 120 designated historic buildings —
including the Academical Village
designed by Thomas Jefferson. Notably, he
recently managed the award-winning Rotunda
Renovation project. Prior to time
at UVA, Lahendro had his own architectural practice in Richmond for 18 years,
specializing in historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse. He also served as preservation architect for
the Taliesin Preservation
Commission as it began its charge to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s
home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Lahendro’s public service includes volunteer positions with local and
state governments, non-profit organizations, and pro bono assistance to
non-profits owning historic buildings.
Burt Pinnock, FAIA
A Principal with Baskervill, Burt Pinnock has been a
profound voice for creative, compelling, and responsible design in Richmond’s
urban landscape. Once the Capital of the Confederacy and an epicenter of the
nation’s slave trade, Richmond was also home to thriving, independent black
communities. His body of work spans projects that seek to preserve and
integrate those distinct identities into a more complete version that is
contextual to both time and space. Burt has also served on a number of boards
and commissions, including the Board of Zoning Appeals, Commission of
Architectural Review, Urban Design Committee, Richmond Slave Trail Commission,
LISC Advisory Board, Historic Richmond Foundation, Venture Richmond, and many
more. He is also the creator and co-founder of Storefront for Community Design,
a nonprofit that creates access to architecture and design services while also
facilitating community engagement workshops for development efforts throughout
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Nick Vlattas is one of the founding shareholders in 1979 of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas
+ Company. Now known as Hanbury, the firm has been a respected voice
in the planning, architecture, and interior design professions across the United
States and abroad. The practice is based on a willingness to listen and learn,
exploring transformational ideas with colleagues, clients, and consultants.
This approach has garnered the recognition of both design and industry-specific
award programs. As Chief Operations Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, Trustee, and
architect at Hanbury, Nick has been responsible for quality of operations,
financial management, human resources, and information technology. Nick served
as President of AIA Hampton Roads, and on the Board of Directors for AIA
Virginia for many years including serving as President in 2016 and Treasurer
from 2010 to 2014. He is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oyster Point in
The fellowship program was developed to elevate those
architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and
made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national
level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and
demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:
Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and
practical efficiency of the profession;
Promoted the science and art of planning and
building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or
Coordinated the building industry and the
profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related
professional organizations; or
Advanced the living standards of people through
an improved environment.
Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This
year’s jury included (Virginia’s own) Mary P. Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth
University, who served as Chair; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell + Associates,
LLC; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design & Architecture PLLC; Philip
Castillo, FAIA, Jahn; Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects, LLC; Paul
Mankins, FAIA, Substancearchitecture; and Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, Drexel
When a disaster strikes, one of a community’s first tasks is to determine whether its buildings are safe for habitation. Too often, the structures that must be examined greatly outnumber the trained city inspectors. You can help bridge this gap.
The AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) trains architects, engineers, building officials, and inspectors to evaluate homes, buildings, and infrastructure in the aftermath of a disaster. This workshop teaches you to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability. You’ll also receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.
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This curriculum is based on the State of California’s
training program and has benefited numerous communities — resulting in
thousands of safety evaluations and saving municipalities millions of dollars.
The Safety Assessment Program Training is a technical
training program that includes Applied Technology Council ATC-20
Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC-45 Safety Evaluation of
Buildings after Wind Storms and Floods.
Current and future firm leaders from across the Commonwealth
will converge on March 22, 2019, at the Winery at Bull Run for the
second biennial Art of Practice summit. The program is intended to cultivate leadership
skills, identify solutions to common business problems, and fuel collaboration
across the profession.
Registration is now open for the day-long event in Northern Virginia. The venue was selected to nurture a retreat-like atmosphere and to encourage relationship building among peers. In keeping with this notion, space is extremely limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available to members only and are $125 (lunch is included). Participants can earn 6 learning units.
Advanced Communications Training Effective communication skills are critical the success of any business leader. Take part in an intensive leadership communications program — developed specifically for architects — that was designed to improve your public speaking and storytelling skills. Learn advanced presentation techniques and discover more about your personal style and delivery. Come away with an understanding of how facial expression, eye contact, hand and body movement, and voice impact your message.
Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions The learning doesn’t stop when we break for lunch. Taking a cue from the most popular part of AIA Virginia’s Firm Roundtable meetings, we’ve reserved time for peer-to-peer learning. Discover best practices and share your experiences with colleagues while you enjoy a catered lunch (carefully paired with sparkling water or a glass of Bull Run’s finest).
Firm leaders are telling us that their biggest challenge right now is finding
and hiring the right talent. Hear emerging research from the AEC industry and
discover best practices for employee recruitment and retention.
Transition Panel Discussion
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Whether your firm is facing the retirement
of a key leader, a merger, or simply considering how to nurture the next
generation of principals, leadership transitions can often take years — even
with advance planning and management. Hear how your colleagues faced a host of
issues and positioned their firms for success in the face of change.
A limited room block is held nearby at the Hyatt Place Chantilly. Make reservations online or call the Reservations Center at 1-888-591-1234 using the group code G-AIAE. Complimentary shuttle service is available for those who wish to stay afterward and a enjoy tasting.
About the Art of Practice
The biennial Art of Practice was launched in 2017 with the purpose of providing current and aspiring firm leaders and with timely, relevant, actionable advice on how to grow and sustain their businesses.