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Bierce, Galvin and Loomis Honored for Distinguished Achievement

Richard Bierce, AIA, Kathleen Galvin, AIA, and Paula Loomis, FAIA, will be recognized with the Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The 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.

C. Richard Bierce, AIA

An architect and preservation consultant, Richard Bierce has dedicated his career to the preservation of Virginia’s rich architectural legacy. From serving as Alexandria’s historic resources director to a decade’s tenure with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to his own consultancy, his efforts on behalf of many of the Commonwealth’s historic treasures have had immeasurable impact.

Bierce has studied and documented individual buildings to develop thoughtful interventions that preserve their integrity and allow their continued use in the 21st century. He has inventoried and evaluated entire neighborhoods, and once listed, has protected them through written design guidelines. Not only do clients and their buildings benefit from his restoration expertise, but his public service record, beginning with the Peace Corps, has continued throughout his career, providing a lasting benefit to the Commonwealth and many local communities through his advocacy in numerous preservation organizations.


Kathy Galvin, AIA

Kathleen Galvin, principal at Galvin Architects, has devoted more than three decades to smart growth management, equitable redevelopment, and creative place-making. Her urban design projects across the Commonwealth have benefited Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Orange, Mt. Jackson, Gordonsville, and Crozet. Nominators cited her talent to build consensus and to introduce others to the value of sensitive design thinking and problem-solving.

Currently serving her second term as a Charlottesville city councilor, Galvin is recognized as a solid voice of thoughtful reason and an advocate for city zoning that is inclusive and sensitive to the current residents of her city. She has championed urban design and infrastructure improvement projects, multi-modal street standards, sustainable building design and transformative community revitalization efforts to close academic achievement and wealth creation disparities in Charlottesville’s neighborhoods. The City’s Strategic Investment Area (SIA), a revitalization and redevelopment plan for a former industrial area south of downtown, was her vision and initiative. The SIA has been recognized with numerous awards and is now being implemented.


Paula Loomis, FAIA

Throughout her career as both a military and civilian public architect, Dr. Paula Loomis has emphasized the importance of public architecture and the value of quality design in public buildings and places. Her service to the profession ranges from chapter to national level. As the Hampton Roads AIA president, Loomis encouraged the successful redevelopment of Norfolk’s Granby Street and initiated efforts to enhance public transportation in the region. She has also stood at the forefront of design excellence in the military services. As the base architect at Langley Air Force Base, for example, Loomis developed base architectural standards that returned Langley to its Tudor-Gothic roots. She went on to create standards for all Air Combat Command bases, as well as for other major commands, more recently incorporating sustainability requirements.

Her work on the national AIA Resiliency Committee led to her involvement in the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project; she is now helping to re-start the Virginia Resilience Task Force so the Commonwealth can prepare for disasters. Serving on AIA’s Federal Acquisition Task Group (FATG), Loomis researched federal procedures to help make contracting easier for architecture/engineering firms – a benefit to many architects across Virginia.

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Liphart Steel Company Recognized with AIA Virginia Honors

Richmond steel fabricators Liphart Steel Company will be recognized with AIA Virginia Honors at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. 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.

For nearly 80 years, Liphart Steel has served the architects of Virginia by bringing to realization their designs in both structural and ornamental iron and steel. Founded in Richmond in 1938, Liphart Steel has benefited from steady leadership. Its four chief executives each built on the reputation earned by his predecessors, recognizing the value of their relationships with design professionals, attention to detail, thorough execution, and fine craftsmanship. Thought to be the first company in Virginia to establish an employee stock ownership plan available to all employees, Liphart has been fully employee-owned since 1969. This desire to share the rewards of the company’s success has resulted in its ability to retain the experienced employees who have brought so many architects’ designs to fruition.

Among Liphart’s noteworthy Virginia projects are the historic train shed renovation of Richmond’s Main Street Station, which demanded attention be paid to replicating the historical look of the existing steel while meeting building code, program, and budget requirements. The Science Museum of Virginia’s new 18,000 square-foot Dewey-Gottwald Center accommodates more than 1,000 guests within its column-free event space that features a curvilinear, sweeping roof structure. And Virginia Tech’s indoor athletic facility is one of the largest of its kind in the nation at 91,000 square feet.

In addition to undertaking both challenging and unique structural steel work, Liphart Steel also has produced numerous ornamental and specialty iron products. Overall, the company’s ability to compete while maintaining its modest size has allowed the company’s estimators, detailers and fabricators to treat each project with the attention required to successfully complete its construction.


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Virginia Eye Institute Recognized with Test of Time Award

The Virginia Eye Institute, designed by 3north principal Sanford Bond, FAIA, has been selected to receive AIA Virginia’s Test of Time award. The award recognizes a structure not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years from the date of initial construction; in addition, the project should still carry out the original program in a substantial manner and must be standing as originally designed in appearance and in good condition. The award will be presented at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall.

Virginia Eye Institute

Located along the Kanawha Canal at the end of Richmond’s Huguenot Bridge, the Virginia Eye Institute is situated to take advantage of the unique site’s natural beauty and provide an environment that encourages patient comfort and healing. Completed in 1987, the building’s strong lines, light industrial aesthetic, and generous use of concrete and steel excited some controversy. Today, however, the Virginia Eye Institute has become a well-loved local landmark that still functions as originally designed.

When developing the design, the architect sought to create a place that fit seamlessly into its context and surrounding landscape while creating a facility that was conducive to both employee efficiency and patient experience. Successful elements include the waiting room with a large glass wall that overlooks the canal, providing patients with increased connectivity to the surrounding landscape and ample natural light. Three pods, each consisting of six examination rooms situated around a central nurses’ station, were designed to streamline operations for doctors and nurses. This layout is still in use today.

The site’s challenges also influenced the design aesthetic. Situated below the flood plain and filled with unstable soil, the site demanded a deep pile-driven foundation that led to a building supported by piers rather than a continuous footing. Raising the structure thus enabled the architect to pursue an industrial wharf aesthetic, taking advantage of natural light and choosing evocative materials and textures such as concrete, corrugated steel and exposed wood frame construction on the interior. A decorative strip of blue tile marks a “waterline” on a glazed concrete block wall that leads up to the patient drop-off and front door.

AIA Virginia recognizes the Virginia Eye Institute with the Test of Time Award as it remains a place for patients to receive care in a beautiful setting that provides connectivity with the surrounding landscape from within an ultramodern medical facility.

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Jane Cady Rathbone, FAIA, to Receive the William C. Noland Medal

Jane Cady Rathbone, FAIA, Chief Executive Officer of Hanbury in Norfolk, will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The William C. Noland Medal is the highest award bestowed on a member architect and 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.

Jane Rathbone, FAIA

Through her prolific body of work and practice of nearly 40 years, Rathbone has become an international influence on the planning and design of living-learning communities as vital components in the academic, social, and architectural fabric of university campuses throughout America and abroad. Her colleague and nominator Nicholas Vlattas, AIA, says, “She has caused universities to recognize that intentional planning of the collegiate residential experience results in significant out-of-the-classroom learning and fosters sustained emotional attachment to place.” Today, her influence, and that of the firm is felt on more than 150 campuses.

One shining example of Rathbone’s campus vision is Tennessee’s Rhodes College, for which she led a team in 2000 to envision a master plan for the 21st century. Already a beautiful campus, the new construction, and renovations over nearly two decades were designed to enrich their architectural heritage, to create a robust student experience and to increase faculty/student interaction. Just five years into the transformation, Rhodes awarded Rathbone the College’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for selfless service to the College and its campus. The success shows as Rhodes has experienced an unprecedented increase in retention and academic rankings over the past 17 years.

While guiding Hanbury, Rathbone has grown her award-winning firm into an internationally recognized practice. Hanbury has earned more than 100 design awards, and she has led a significant number of these award-winning projects. Rathbone seeks opportunities to motivate good design throughout the firm, leading the firm’s learning culture by inviting provocative lecturers and organizing programs to stimulate thinking, discussion and personal growth. In 2004, the firm was named the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Firm of the Year by AIA Virginia.

Rathbone shares her deep knowledge with colleagues, clients, students, the public and the profession, from teaching Hanbury’s Summer Scholars about “Strategic Planning in a Design Practice” to serving on the board of the Design Futures Council. Notably, she served on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Architecture as its home at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design was established.

For her design excellence and dedicated leadership, AIA Virginia awards Jane Cady Rathbone the William C. Noland Medal.

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Calder C. Loth Selected to Receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service

Architectural historian Calder C. Loth will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. 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.

Calder Loth

A tireless teacher and prolific author, Calder Loth’s efforts to preserve Virginia’s architectural legacy have impacted all residents of the Commonwealth. Loth spent four decades on the staff of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) as an advocate, educator, and historian after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural history from the University of Virginia. Even after his 2009 retirement, he continues to be consulted for his expertise by individual landmark owners, Virginia historic site managers, universities, and international forums.

As former Branch Museum Director Dr. Craig Reynolds notes, through his “unmitigated passion and depth of knowledge, Loth has shielded buildings from the wrecking ball, championed historic tax credits, made preservation easements the standard, and helped develop excitement for our historic places among new generations.”

Kathleen Kilpatrick, Loth’s former DHR colleague and retired Executive Director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council, calls him an ego-free “rock star” committed to generously sharing his knowledge. Indeed, Loth has published dozens of articles and books, including the prize-winning volume, Virginia Landmarks of Black History (1995). He compiled the Virginia Landmarks Register’s fourth edition (1999), with nearly 1,800 entries representing the most comprehensive inventory of Virginia’s rich and varied architecture. And, he has championed architectural literacy through speaking engagements across the globe.

In recognition of his near half-century of service to Virginia and his accomplishments in communicating the full meaning of historic preservation and Virginia’s architectural heritage to both professional and lay audiences, AIA Virginia honors Calder Loth with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service.

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Honorary Membership Conferred Upon Nosbisch

Kathleen R. Nosbisch Executive Director of the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA), will be recognized with Honorary Membership in AIA Virginia at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. 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 in Virginia.

Kathleen R. Nosbisch

For nearly a decade, Nosbisch has been committed to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the Commonwealth. An endorser notes that she “has a clear understanding of the needs of the professions she helps regulate and the ability of the state and her office to work effectively with the diverse elements of each professional community. As a dedicated patron of architecture across Virginia, Kate listens, thinks and delivers.”

Nosbisch’s vast knowledge of the statutes and regulations allow her to seamlessly and successfully work with architect board members as they strive to carry out their appointed duties. She understands the role and importance of regulation in the lives of Virginia’s citizens and has consistently tried to educate those impacted by regulations of their responsibilities in their roles. She informs the public through seminars and advises the profession at many outreach opportunities, at each AIA Virginia local component, and at each of the accredited programs of architecture at Virginia’s universities, it’s no surprise that she is nationally admired by her peers.

In recognition of her thoughtful and dedicated leadership in service to architects, AIA Virginia welcomes Kate Nosbisch as an Honorary Member.

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Frazier Associates to Receive Firm Award

Frazier Associates will be presented with the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Architecture Firm Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. Sometimes called the “firm award,” it is the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm. It recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years.

Frazier Associates

The core principle of Frazier Associates’ 31 years of architecture practice has been to help preserve, sustain and creatively revitalize Virginia’s communities and institutions through historic preservation and contextual design. Their extensive work in architecture, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and revitalization totals nearly 3,000 projects. The scope of their public and private architecture in dozens of Virginia communities consistently demonstrates the staying power of good design in the rejuvenation of historic buildings and creation of new ones. In addition, Frasier Associates has drafted more than 50 sets of design guidelines and pattern books for historic downtowns, neighborhoods, corridors and rural villages throughout the Southeast, and has been at the forefront of implementing wayfinding programs for communities in Virginia as well as nationally.

Recognizing that downtowns are the heart of our communities, in 1985 the Commonwealth of Virginia initiated a statewide Main Street program in cooperation with the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As design specialists for the program, Frazier Associates provides design training and workshops for communities as well as facade design services for property owners.

Frazier Associates has been recognized with more than 150 awards for individual projects or professional achievements, on local, regional and national levels. Preservation Virginia presented the firm with the 2007 Mary Mason Anderson Williams Award, its highest honor, for statewide work in historic preservation.

In making this award, AIA Virginia celebrates Frazier Associates’ enduring dedication to Virginia’s historic architecture and community design.

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Field, Harper and Schubert Recognized with Emerging Professional Award

Braden Field, AIA, Associate at MTFA Architecture, Nathan Harper, AIA, Senior Associate at Spectrum Design, and Maggie Schubert, AIA, Project Architect at 3north will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The 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 the community.


Braden Field, AIA

A member of the 2016 class of AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture, Field “ardently believes in architecture’s capacity for change, and he actively engages every project as an opportunity to learn, teach, and pursue great design,” his nomination notes. Field is dedicated to finding mentorship and service opportunities, strongly believing that he owes his success to rewarding mentorship and experience early in his career. He demonstrates his belief that the best way to make a difference in the profession is from within by serving as the Chair of the AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum and as a Director on AIA Northern Virginia’s Board.


Nathan Harper, Assoc. AIA

For more than a decade at Spectrum Design, Harper has a played vital role as designer on some of the firm’s most successful projects, often engaging clients in discussions “that have led to designs of greater vision than the client’s original expectation,” wrote his nominator. Harper has also demonstrated ability in the business of architecture, including marketing, construction documents, and construction administration – along with mentorship of the firm’s young professionals in both architecture and engineering. Finally, he has voluntarily advised community organizations including the Roanoke Arts Commission, The Square Society (serving Center in the Square), and Roanoke’s new children’s museum.




S. Maggie Schubert, AIA

Schubert serves AIA actively at local, state and national levels; her work has contributed to the advancement of the profession, advancement of architectural education and service and mentorship to the next generation of architects. As her nomination notes, “She fills an important role in the profession through her focus on both professional and community engagement, as well as finding the bridge between the two.” For AIA Richmond she has served as a director, co-chair of the Young Architects and Interns Forum, and chair for Richmond Women in Design. Schubert’s leadership and passion for the profession continue as she currently serves as a regional representative on the national AIA Small Firm Exchange, as the Chair of AIA Virginia’s Art of Practice Conference.

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Actions from August Board Meeting

AIA Virginia | 2017 Board of Directors
August 18, 2017 (Virtual Meeting)
Summary of Actions

Motions Made and Approved:
The Board of Directors of AIA Virginia voted as follows:

  • Approval of the June 16, 2017 minutes.
  • Approval of the 2017 AIA Virginia Honors Awards recommendations.
  • Approval of endorsement of the National Trust for Historic Preservation advocacy letter for preserving the federal Historic Tax Credit.
  • Approval of requesting AIA National to lead a visionary planning effort of the National Mall.
  • Approval of the AIA Virginia 2018 Slate of Officers and Associate Director.


  1. Position Architects as vital contributors to our built environment:
    1. Documenting Historic Buildings Initiative: Discussions are underway regarding an initiative that would involve inventorying and documenting 20th century [modern] buildings located throughout Virginia. This initiative is an opportunity to engage AIA Virginia members, universities, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR). This initiative would likely begin as a pilot-program in one local AIA chapter.
    2. Design Awards Update: Yvonne Szeto, FAIA is serving as the jury chair. She is a partner with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and has served as lead designer on numerous civic, institutional, cultural, academic, and corporate headquarters projects. She has worked on the Grand Louvre (Paris, France) and several Virginia-based projects at Christopher Newport University and Virginia Tech.
  2. Advance knowledge and expertise of members:
    1. The AIA National Research Summit occurred this past June in St. Louis and was attended by AIA Virginia staff member, Marshall Dreiling. AIA National plans to engage in research with academia to advance the practice and profession at large.
    2. Registration for AIA Virginia’s annual conference, Architecture Exchange East, opens on August 28.
    3. An Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program Visioning Summit will be held in mid-September to evaluate what the program should encompass to be viable for another 10 years.
    4. The Virginia Design Forum XIII will occur in April 2018 in Roanoke, Virginia.
  3. Advocate for the Profession:
    1. The second annual AIA National SpeakUp conference was held in Denver, CO from July 19 – 21 and was attended by Sean Reilly, AIA on behalf of AIA Virginia. SpeakUp is the AIA’s flagship advocacy training event and attendees participate in a multi-phased group campaign strategy and team building experience.
    2. Christine Snetter, AIA was reappointed to the APELSCIDLA board and Mel Price, AIA was appointed to fulfill a vacated position on the APELSCIDLA board. These are gubernatorial appointments.
    3. On August 16, 2017, AIA Virginia participated in a meeting with U.S. Senator Warner’s office in Richmond to discuss the extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D). Section 179D expired at the end of 2016.
  4. Become a model of a strong nonprofit and vibrant membership organization:
    1. The AIA Virginia Bylaws requires a ‘mea culpa’ clarification that will be voted on at the AIA Virginia Annual Meeting at Architecture Exchange East on November 2, 2017. This change makes the Component Director a more inclusive position which was the intent of the committee during the bylaws review.
    2. The Listening Tour has commenced by the Executive Vice President and is being received favorably by the membership. The purpose of the visits is to establish the member’s perception of the value of membership and to better understand firm needs in today’s practice environment.

Component Director Allocation:
The results of the Component Director Allocation were discussed as a result of the recent bylaws change that mandates 13 of these directors. Previously, the bylaw language indicated up to 13. AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Richmond will each receive an additional director for 2018. A letter from the Executive Vice President is forthcoming to these respective chapters.

Treasurer’s Report:
Currently, there is a 10% improvement over last year’s financials at this time regarding the excess of revenue over expenses.

EVP Report:
The Executive Vice President attended the CACE Annual Meeting in Portland, OR from August 9 – 11 and continues to initiate partnerships with collateral and allied organizations such as AIAS, ASLA, Preservation Virginia, and AGC.

President’s Report:
The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit is occurring at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. on September 14-16. AIA Virginia is a sponsor of the host reception that will be held on September 14 at AIA National Headquarters.
AIA Hampton Roads Board of Directors has 100% PAC participation.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors will be held on October 20, 2017

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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!

Mrs. Gabrielle M. Boykin, AIA
Ms. Yimeng Teng, AIA

Have you recently passed the ARE? Please send an email to your Member Services Director, Cathy Guske, to upgrade your membership and be featured in the next newsletter.

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