Young Architects Regional Director (YARD) Applications Open

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

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YAF Regional Director
Every two years, the AIA Region of The Virginias (Virginia and West Virginia) selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the Region as YAF Regional Director (YARD). Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 – 2021 YARD term.

This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA and to enjoy a rewarding experience that allows you to actively engage in shaping the future of the profession as well as to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally.

YAF Purpose
The AIA YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. The national YAF Advisory Committee (AdCom) encourages development of national and regional programs for young architects and supports the creation of YAF groups within local, state and regional components. YAF programs, activities, and resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

YAF Mission/Vision
“We ENGAGE recently licensed Architects in leadership to become agents of change within the Institute and the profession overall.

“We INSPIRE professional growth among recently licensed Architects through fellowship within the institute.

“We ADVOCATE for issues of particular relevance to recently licensed Architects to the Institute.

“We SERVE to make AIA memberships meaningful to recently licensed architects through programs and services that effectively anticipate, meet and exceed their needs.

“We PROMOTE mentorship at all career stages to enhance personal growth, community involvement, and professional development.”

YAF Goals
“To ENCOURAGE professional growth and leadership development among recently licensed architects through interaction and collaboration within the AIA and allied groups.

“To BUILD a national network and serve as a collective voice for young architects by working to ensure that issues of particular relevance to young architects are appropriately addressed by the Institute.

“To MAKE AIA memberships valuable to young architects and to develop the future leadership of the profession.”

YARD Responsibilities
The YARD is the primary connection between local, state and regional AIA components and the national YAF Advisory Committee.

The YARD keeps communication flowing between these groups by:

  • Maintaining quarterly communication with all YAF chapters within his or her designated region.
  • Serving as a conduit between local YAF chapters and the AdCom.
  • Collecting from and disseminating information to local, state, and regional components.
  • Submitting a regional report.

The YARD contributes to the direction and planning of the YAF by:

  • Participating in the YAF Annual Meeting.
  • Working with the AdCom on various national issues.
  • Working on at least one Area of Focus identified by the YAF annually.

The YARD is a connection at the regional level to other AIA groups by:

  • Communicating with COF Regional Representative and NAC Regional Associate Director quarterly about how to work together to support each other’s efforts.
  • Suggesting or encouraging young architects for nomination for regional or national awards, positions or committees/subcommittees.
  • Attending AIA National Convention, when possible.
  • Working within Region of The Virginias to ensure that expectations from regional leadership are clearly defined and met.
  • Attendance at regional meetings.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss the position with their Regional Representative to AIA Strategic Council or the current YARD to fully understand the responsibilities prior to submitting an application.

YAF Commitments

YARD are expected to engage with members as follows:

  • YAF/NAC Annual Meeting (Mandatory)
  • AIA Grassroots, New Orleans: February 2020
  • AIA Convention, Los Angeles: May 2020
  • ArchEx Regional AIA Conference, Richmond: November 2020
  • YAF Full Committee Monthly Conference Calls
  • YAF Area of Focus/Workgroup Monthly Conference Calls
  • Regional Reports – Quarterly
  • Regional Emerging Professional Committee Meetings and Programs

YAF Funding
National AIA covers the costs for YARD travel, food, and lodging to attend the YAF Annual Meeting. In addition, YARDs have the opportunity to attend AIA Grassroots and the AIA Convention, but expenses for these events, along with any other costs associated with other travel or conferences, will not likely be reimbursed and are the responsibility of the YARD. A stipend is budgeted by AIA Virginia to support these efforts. It is anticipated that AIA West Virginia will have a stipend available as its respective budget allows.

Application Requirements

  • AIA Membership – Applicant must be an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years and in good standing within The Region of The Virginias (the State Components of AIA West Virginia and AIA Virginia, including AIA Blue Ridge, AIA Central Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads, AIA Northern Virginia, and AIA Richmond).
  • Letter of Interest – From Applicant. Indicate understanding of the position, qualifications/experience, and reasons for seeking. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Nomination – From an AIA leader. Indicate connection between YARD position and the Nominee’s leadership qualities. Limit one-page.
  • Letter of Recommendation – From an AIA member. Indicate Nominee’s qualifications for the YARD position. Limit one-page.
  • Personal Resume – Indicate education, employment history, organizations, activities, honors, and awards. Limit two pages (not a firm resume).

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Brian J. Frickie, AIA, Strategic Council Representative, Region of The Virginias ( and Corey Clayborne, AIA, EVP AIA Virginia ( NLT Monday, November 4, 2019.

We Are Family

Next Month’s Convening of a Family of Design Professionals

From November 6-8, we will be convening for AIA Virginia’s Architecture Exchange East at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. We will bring together hundreds, which include design professionals and students, from Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic to discuss the topic of Regarding Culture. Our keynote speakers are worth the wait! Dwayne Oyler, Pascale Sablan, and Patricia Gruits are the headliners that will take the stage and promise to leave you inspired about why we became architects.

On Wednesday, the complimentary Meeting of the Roundtables will take place in the afternoon. Did I mention this is FREE and worth 3 Learning Units? Those who attend will break into Roundtable groups, based on firm size, to discuss the pressing issues to their organization and engage in meaningful dialogue on best practices and lessons learned. This year, in the same room, there will also be an Emerging Professionals Roundtable where our future leaders will be able to share their perspectives with current firm leaders. Later that evening, we will host our Annual Membership Meeting to share with you our organization’s accomplishments and how we continue to position our members to be increasingly relevant to society. As part of this meeting, the John Braymer Leadership Circle [AIA Virginia Past Presidents] will host our annual Prosecco toast to celebrate our newly licensed architects with NCARB and DPOR leadership.

The rest of the conference contains individual seminars that have been organized by unique zones to allow you to easily satisfy your interests and educational yearning. Content has been curated and placed into the Inspiration, Future, HSW, Practice, History/Community, Public Work/Public Good, and Crowd-Sourced zones. For example, check out how our 2019 Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) class is changing a community through design in the Future Zone. Friday night, we will celebrate our Design and Honors Awards recipients at our annual Visions for Architecture gala.

A great experience awaits you next month. Of course, you will grab some Learning Units, but you will also bond with your peers. Many call this event a “family reunion.” Various networking dinners and events will allow you to meet new friends and colleagues and reconnect with old ones whether you attend all three days or one.

I look forward to welcoming you to Richmond in three weeks!

With service,
Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

**NEW DAY** Annual Membership Meeting

Hear about vital developments with your professional society, elect officers and conduct other business at the AIA Virginia Annual Meeting of the Membership. The meeting will be held during Architecture Exchange East at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 4:15 to 5 p.m. in room B15c. There is no charge to attend the Membership Meeting. This years’ meeting will include a champagne toast to newly licensed architect members!

Meeting Agenda>>
Meeting Minutes from June 2019>>
Meeting Minutes from Nov. 2018>>

The 2019 nominating committee has placed the following members in nomination for 2020:

  • President-Elect: Sean Reilly, AIA (Northern Virginia)
  • VP of Government Advocacy*: Kathy Galvin, AIA (Central Virginia)
  • VP of Professional Excellence*: Krystal Anderson, AIA (Richmond)
  • VP of Member Services: Nick Serfass, FAIA (Richmond)
  • VP of Communications and Outreach: Rebecca Edmunds, AIA (Blue Ridge)
  • Treasurer: Mitch Rowland, AIA (Richmond)

The following nominee is presented as the 2020 Associate Director:

  • Associate Director: Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA (Central Virginia)

* Will fulfill an unexpired term

New Members

We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined the ranks of AIA Virginia.

New Architect Members

Mr. Nicholas Duncan, AIA (AIA Blue Ridge)
Mr. Brian Fraser, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Yu Ouyang, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Amy Stunder, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. George B. Williams, AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Eric M. Zeldis, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members

Miss Ana M. Daley, Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia)
Mr. Albert H. Eck, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Gary Garner, Assoc. AIA (AIA Hampton Roads)
Mr. Paul Wesley Herman, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Miss Bharathi Ilango, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Elizabeth R. Parry, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Ms. Victoria Pollard, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)
Ms. Stephanie Smid, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Dominick B. Valenti, Assoc. AIA (AIA Northern Virginia)
Mr. Matthew Williston, Assoc. AIA (AIA Richmond)


Mr. Neil A. Salmon, Intl. Assoc. AIA (AIA Central Virginia) from AIA Florida
Mr. Roland G. Lemke, AIA (AIA Northern Virginia) from AIA|DC

New/Renewing Allied Members

Kevin Allen, President, Thompson Consulting Engineers
David Mykins, President, Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers, PC
Matt Cheadle, Business Development Manager, PC&A Business Environments

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

New Architects

We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure. This is great news that thrills all of us and we are so proud to call you architects!

Mr. Ryan K. Alkire, AIA (AIA Richmond)
Mr. Michael W. Lawson, AIA (AIA Blue Ridge)

Have you recently passed the ARE? Upgrade your membership to Architect using this AIA form. or send an email to your Member Services Director, Cathy Guske,

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Council of Architectural Component Executives Leadership Continuity Meeting
Washington, D.C.
October 6-7

Firm Visit
October 8

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Virginia Tech – WAAC
October 11

AIA Richmond Front Porch Event
October 17

AIA Disaster Assistance Bootcamp
Washington, DC
October 21-22

AIA Northern Virginia Autumn Social
October 22

Firm Visit
October 23

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Miyares
October 1

Legislative Reception with Delegate Davis
October 1

Legislative Reception with Senator Vogel
October 2

Department of General Services
Statute of Limitations Industry Meeting
October 3

Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Advisory Board Meeting
October 9-10

Legislative Reception with Senator Obenshain
October 17

The Power of a Women’s Archive: Revealing Diverse Cultures

A collection of original, revelatory work by women in architecture and design, curated and hosted by the International Archive of Women in Architecture

The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) seeks to discover, collect, and preserve the work of women in architecture and the design-related fields, as well as sponsor research that will help fill the voids in the history of the disciplines. This unique archive receives work of women, be it in installments or as a whole body of work in its diversity of material. Founded almost 35 years ago by Prof. Milka T. Bliznakov from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech together with the University Libraries, the archive currently preserves more than 450 collections in Newman Library on the Blacksburg, Va., campus. 

Members of the Executive Committee of the IAWA Center are hosting an experiential session at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) 2019 to propel knowledge of under-represented groups and frequently hidden methods in architecture. The 90-minute workshop, titled “The Power of a Women’s Archive: Revealing Diverse Cultures,” will take place on Friday, Nov. 8. You can register to participate online.

To capture the experience of building an archive in real-time, women architects and designers attending ArchEx 2019 are invited ahead-of-time to contribute one piece of original flatwork, accompanied by a CV, and a handwritten paragraph noting the work’s significance, describing how this piece sparked a breakthrough in their education or practice. Flatwork may include sketches, drawings, diagrams, collages, prints, screenprints, photographs, outlines or synopses of written work, among others, artifacts of a “revelatory moment.”

All ArchEx attendees and workshop participants are invited to contribute an original work by other women. Work collected for this exhibition will become a part of the 1×1 collection of the IAWA.

The exhibit will be on display on Thursday, Nov. 7 and during the session on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8:45 a.m. In order to prepare the display and the discussion, the moderators request that you mail the material, CV, and the accompanying text by Nov. 1, 2019 to: 

IAWA Center c/o Prof. Donna Dunay 

School of Architecture + Design (MC 0205), 
201 Cowgill Hall, Virginia Tech
1325 Perry St., Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Please contact the organizers via email with your questions:
Donna Dunay
Paola Zellner 

Though time is short, the moderators look forward to receiving your work and are intrigued by the prospect of an exhibition created under the auspices of ArchEx becoming part of the historical record.

See samples from the archive below:

Courtesy of IAWA, Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement

Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training
September 6

Firm Visit
September 19

AIA Richmond Annual Meeting
September 19

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Bagby
September 5

APELSCIDLA Regulatory Board Meeting
September 6

Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Ware
September 6

AIA Virginia Community Dinner
September 10

Virginia Society of Association Executives
CEO and Senior Staff Conference
West Virginia
September 16-17

Preservation Virginia Board of Trustees Meeting
September 18

University of Virginia School of Architecture Centennial
September 20

ACE Joint Owner Forum with ACEC and AGC
September 24

Legislative Fundraiser with Delegate Rush
September 26

Virginia Association of Government Purchasers Symposium
September 30 – October 1

Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA Fellowship – 2019

The selection committee is pleased to announce the winning entry for the 2019 Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA Fellowship.  It is a “summer design challenge” that will be led by the Hampton Roads Young Architects’ Forum and specifically Jeffrey Butts, Jr., Assoc. AIA and Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA.

Jeffrey Butts, Jr., Assoc. AIA

View the winning proposal>>

Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA

The selection committee was intrigued with the idea of using a design competition as a platform for collaboration among the interns from the architecture, engineering and construction professions. Planning a project for themselves as the client will challenge each participant’s knowledge and creativity and include reflective time to expand one’s thinking about what a summer internship should be. The committee like the idea of setting the tone for collaboration early in one’s career as this project promises to do.

About the Fellowship:

The AIA Fellows of Virginia have honored the service and accomplishments of Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA by initiating an endowed Fellowship to both commemorate and continue her efforts in providing young architects with opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Throughout her career, Helene has championed the unique needs of emerging professionals, and advocated on their behalf as President of AIA Blue Ridge, President of AIA Virginia, Regional Director for the Virginias, as a staff Vice President at the American Institute of Architects, as Secretary of the Institute and finally as National President of the American Institute of Architects.

Sourced through the Virginia Foundation for Architecture, this Fellowship fund is intended to give emerging professionals access to opportunities they might not otherwise have due to cost limitations, knowledge of the profession, or access to a network of peers to help them along their path. With the specific goal of increasing their exposure to and participation in the American Institute of Architects, this scholarship will acquaint emerging professionals with architectural practice in all its forms to assist them in making career choices, understanding the benefits of, and giving them a voice in the evolution of their professional society.

2019 Fellowship Information>>

NCARB Update from our Virginia Licensing Advisor

I recently had the pleasure to represent AIA Virginia as the NCARB Liaison at the NCARB Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The conference is held every two years to bring together liaisons from the professional and educational sector, which is comprised of both educators and students.  For two days, we hunker down and attend presentations, lectures, and networking events where we are updated on everything NCARB is doing to provide for students of architecture, those working towards their licensure and those already licensed. With the exams moving completely to the ARE 5.0, much of what was discussed was using the correct terminology (AXP instead of IDP), how ARE 5.0 differs from previous versions, and what information NCARB is providing for those in need.  Having taken all my exams in ARE 5.0, many of the topics were a refresher for me. It was more about those at NCARB explaining why they did the many things that they did when transitioning from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0.  However, there were two areas they focused on at the conference that I felt would be worthy to relay and are areas when I accepted this position I didn’t fully expect I would be able to assist in.

First, as the NCARB Liaison, while I have a duty to help those setting up their NCARB account, accruing credits via AXP, or taking exams, I also have the ability to be of great assistance to the supervisors and mentors of those progressing towards licensure.  So for those who are supervisors or mentors to licensee candidates, I’m here to assist with any questions you may have as far as your duties in the role you are taking on. I’m sure there are moments when those you are supervising ask you questions that you simply do not know.  That’s perfectly okay and feel free to reach out.  Currently, NCARB is putting together a matrix of duties and responsibilities supervisors should aim for. That matrix should be released soon.

Second, how many have heard of NCARB Certification?  It’s understandable if you have not, as I was not quite sure what it exactly entailed either when I first took the position.  Once you have received licensure you likely keep your NCARB record paid for and current.  The best course of action, if desired, would be to apply for your NCARB Certificate.  The NCARB Certificate acts as the main component for reciprocity in other jurisdictions.  Every state is different and will likely require you to do something a little extra (Virginia has the DPOR exam), but having your NCARB Certificate lets the jurisdiction you apply to know your records are all in one spot and in safe holding with a recognized organization.

If it has been a while since you have visited the NCARB website now is as good of a time to visit.  There is a litany of information and resources on their website.  Check out NCARB: By the Numbers (2019) for numbers on exam pass rates, timelines on averages to complete the process, numbers on demographics, and plenty more. As well, NCARB has provided an interactive map that can help those working towards licensure figure out what their jurisdiction requires of them, but it can also assist those already licensed to figure out what a jurisdiction will require of them if they’re seeking reciprocity.

As always, if you have questions about any and all things AXP, ARE, or NCARB, you can reach me at

Michael Hammon, AIA
AIA Virginia Licensing Advisor