RAD Update

Hey guys!

It’s the summertime, it’s the middle of July, and so far, it’s been a really ‘rad’ year. I’d first like to give a shout-out to all Virginia component chapters: big ups to all the EPs in West Virginia, Richmond, Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, and my hometown Hampton Roads.

Jeffrey Butts, Jr., Assoc. AIA

Last month, I had the great fortune of being formally acquainted with this year’s ELA class on their visit down to my neck of the woods here in Norfolk, at VIA Design Architects. Although brief, it’s very likely this was perhaps the first time RAD and ELA had an intentionally direct engagement with one another. At the start of our meeting, I issued a brief survey to the group to gauge what issues and topics both affect and interest our current generation of emerging professionals. Further on, as the group exchanged their inspiring project ideas with me, I got to also witness the amiably kinetic camaraderie of this class—in another way of saying: they’re a very tight group that keeps it 100.

So what does the RAD do?

In our RAD ELA meeting, I got to share a few professional opportunities for emerging professionals, and also bring awareness to just what the RAD does, and shed light on the National Associates Committee (NAC), and the Center for Emerging Professionals. To keep this kept in one breath: a RAD (Regional Associates Director) is an appointed NAC member, for a term of two years, with the sole task of fostering communication between AIA National and their local region (in my case, AIA Virginia and West Virginia) and relay issues of importance that affect us associates (unlicensed design professionals with AIA membership) and assist AIA to devise opportunities that benefit emerging professionals. RADs are also placed in one of four NAC Work Groups—Future Practice, Knowledge, Mentorship, and Advocacy—to brainstorm with the other RADs throughout the country and implement new emerging professional opportunities and initiatives. If you have any questions relating to the NAC or RAD, feel free to contact me at jffrybttsjr@gmail.com.

Now on to those professional opportunities! Although there are many out there, here are a few in the pipeline:

ARE Scholarship

The Architects Foundation issues annually the Jason Pettigrew ARE Memorial Scholarship. Sadly, the deadline has passed (12 July), however, if you are thinking about studying for the ARE in the near future, keep this opportunity on your radar for next year! More access to additional professional and student scholarships through the Architects Foundation found here at the “Scholarships” tab.

AIA Leadership

If you are seeking further leadership opportunities within AIA National, apply here to volunteer on the National Associates Committee (NAC) or the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Advisory Committee.

Call for Design Entries

Support our AIA Virginia Political Action Committee (PAC) by submitting a design entry of a new PAC lapel pin via the PAC Pin Design. More information on the design challenge posted here.

As this is my first official RAD report to you guys, I intend to share updates quarterly and highlight opportunities and news that affect us Associate AIA members. In the meantime, connect with me if there’s something on your mind related to the NAC, or any queries you have to the leadership of AIA Virginia. I’m here to serve you.

One last thing: although this is called a “RAD Report”, let me know if you have any other creative ideas for what this report could be named.

Have an amazing summer!

Jeffrey G Butts, Jr. | Hanbury
AIA Regional Associate Director – Region of the Virginias

YARD Update

Dear Region of the Virginias Emerging Professionals,

Last month I spent five days volunteering at A’19 in Las Vegas, so I’m excited to share information on the events I attended and new programs that were debuted and review YAF updates for the year.

Marie McCauley, AIA
Young Architect Regional Director (YARD)

First, AIA Center for Emerging Professionals debuted a revamped ARE 5.0 prep course at A’19. The program is titled ‘ArchiPrep’ and will be available soon. There will be a monthly fee associated with this study program. The EP booth on the expo floor held a sudden death tournament where architects battled to answer the most questions correctly. The questions were formatted very similar to test questions, so I think this platform will provide a real glimpse of the tests ahead. Stay tuned for the release date…

The EP Booth also held an Advocacy Civic Leadership networking pop-up event that partnered experienced architects in civic leadership positions with interested emerging professionals. This was a chance for younger architects to ask pertinent questions related to how to get involved in their local government and AIA leadership positions. I’m also proud to announce that the Q2 Edition of Connection is out now, and focuses on Architects as Civic Leaders. I encourage you to read the article I co-wrote featuring a female architect in the Virginias Region serving her community in a City Council position. Her inspiring message is that all architects should be serving their community in some way. You can access the issue of Connection here.

YAF sponsored several intriguing seminars at A’19 that were organized and led by emerging professionals. “Mini-MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture for Emerging Professionals” was a workshop that focused on the business side of architecture, a portion of our trade that many architecture schools do not cover. “Navigating Your Firm’s Culture” was another workshop that focused on assessing your own values and setting goals to strengthen your firm’s practice. I also attended seminars on interview prep, quality programs, BIM to VR, and exploring ethical dilemmas we face as architects. One goal of mine this year is to create a Workshop/Seminar Database so we can more easily bring these seminars to local conferences. As we share successful YAF programs among YARDS, it has become apparent that we need a better platform to share information among regional and local YAF groups. This will help give all components, no matter the size, the ability to see and share information with groups around the country. So many programs exist out there, and we’d like to eliminate duplicate efforts if possible. YAF is currently investigating utilizing a revamped KnowledgeNet page to share this information among local components. Hopefully, this will be up and running soon.

This only touches on a few things and as you can see, there is a lot of information out there if you are willing to seek it. I encourage you to get involved with your local YAF program. The resources and connections you can have are endless and priceless.

All the best,

Marie McCauley, AIA
Virginias YARD

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
Emerging Leaders in Architecture
July 12

AIA State and Local Government Network Conference
Providence, RI
July 16 – 19

Firm Visits
AIA Hampton Roads
July 30

Ambassador Engagement
Construction Industry Collaboration Group
July 22

The New Firm Directory

The new AIA Virginia Firm Directory will help connect clients with an architecture firm that meets their needs. Clients can search by firm name, ZIP code, distance and areas of practice.

View the Firm Directory

Listings are free to firms with an office in Virginia and an AIA Virginia member Principal. To have your firm listed in the directory, click on the “Create a Listing” button inside the directory.

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. Frank Rogg, AIA (Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members

Mr. Cody C. Dodd, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Ms. Antoinette C. Ford, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ms. Anna Kniceley, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Ms. Silika Kona , Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mrs. Nikki O’Regan, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Mr. Nagin B. Prajapati, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Miss Beliz B. Saltik, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Mrs. Sophia Sarver, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mr. Julian I. Washington, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)

New/Renewing Allied Members

Dan Longenderfer, Director of Marketing, York Building Products
Patrick Cushing, Partner, Williams Mullen
Kathy Blanchard, Senior VP/Professional Liability, McGriff Insurance Services
Shipta Chawla, Architectural & Design Rep., Benjamin Moore & Co.
Michael Galli, VP, Chesapeake Branch Manager, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
George Kyriacou, VP Architectural Division, MARVA The Galleria of Stone
Amy Hegarty, President, Foodservice Consultants Studio

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

New Partnership To Employ Veterans

AIA Virginia partners with Virginia’s Department of Veterans Services to Support those in Architecture School who have Served in the Armed Forces.

If your firm is interested in supporting this cause, then click here to let us know.

Virginia has a unique opportunity to help Veterans gain career employment. Our Commonwealth has one of the youngest Veterans population in the United States, and the fastest growing Veteran labor force in the United States. Thousands of new Veterans enter Virginia’s workforce each year, and that number is projected to rise in the coming years. The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program was created by the Department of Veterans Services in 2012.

It is an employer-focused program that aims to:

  1. Educate employers on the value of hiring veterans
  2. Train organizations on how to effectively recruit/hire/train/retain veterans
  3. Connect engaged certified companies with qualified veterans

View more info here: https://dvsv3.com/

This initiative is a product of Section 3.2 of AIA Virginia’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020. Section 3.2 states to “Re-envision University and collegiate programming to enhance positive relationships and improve the professional pathway for students.” In addition, this partnership aims to strengthen the relationship between AIA Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate opportunities for veterans to gain professional architectural experience while enrolled in Virginia schools of architecture.

AIA Virginia expects to deploy this program for the Summer of 2020.

Partnership Approach and Responsibilities
V3 Training for Firms

  1. AIA Virginia will solicit and recruit a select number of firms from around the Commonwealth to receive the training.
  2. The Department of Veterans Services provides free two-hour training which can be completed either online or in person.
  3. By committing to the V3 training, firms are committing to hire a veteran who is enrolled in an accredited Virginia school of architecture program for a summer internship.
  4. Due to the limited number of veterans in architecture school, it is the goal of this partnership to ensure that each veteran has a summer internship to begin earning AXP hours.
  5. AIA Virginia will track and display on its website the participating firms and the region of Virginia each firm is located.

Again, if your firm is interested in supporting this cause, click here to let us know.

Boynton Awarded President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

Twelve individuals have been awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. The medals were bestowed by 2018-2019 President David L. Hoffman, FAIA, NCARB, Hon. FCARM, at the organization’s 2019 Centennial Annual Business Meeting. President Hoffman commended each of this year’s recipients for their commitment to architectural regulation and NCARB’s mission to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

Robert Boynton, FAIA

Bob Boynton, FAIA, of Richmond, Virginia, was recognized for nearly 30 years of service to the Council, Region 2, and 18 years of service to the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. In addition to serving in various leadership positions on the NCARB Board of Directors and Virginia Board, Boynton was appointed to the NAAB Board of Directors and the AIA National Ethics Council. As NCARB president in 2004, Boynton led efforts to update the ARE’s content areas and expand international practice through the Tri-National Council and APEC Architect Project Steering Committee. Since the early-1990s, Boynton has volunteered for over a dozen initiatives, including the Education, Examination, Broadly Experienced Architect, and Professional Conduct committees. Boynton also provided his insights and institutional knowledge as a valuable member of the Centennial Advisory Committee.

Kate Nosbisch, Hon. AIA Virginia

Kate R. Nosbisch, Hon. AIA Virginia, of Richmond, Virginia, was recognized for her many years of service to the Council and Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. Nosbisch became the board executive of the Virginia Board in 2008 and was elected to the NCARB Board of Directors in 2013 as the Member Board Executive director. Her passion for professional, best-practice approaches to governance has influenced her peers nationally as well as the NCARB culture. Throughout her service to NCARB, she has been a dedicated volunteer on the Audit, Member Board Executives, and Policy Advisory committees, as well as the Model Law Task Force. For the past decade, Nosbisch has served as a voice for her constituents and played a vital role in improving the effectiveness of the Council’s services for Member Boards.

Dunay Elected to AIA Strategic Council

Donna Dunay, FAIA was elected during the A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas to serve as the Region of The Virginias representative to the AIA Strategic Council. The term is for three years and will begin in 2020 and end in 2022. The Council serves as AIA’s “think tank”. Strategic Councilors focus entirely on big-picture, futurist-type thinking about the future of architects and architecture and the AIA’s opportunities to prepare for that future proactively.

Donna Dunay, FAIA
Distinguished Professor Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
G. Truman Ward Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech
Chair, International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA)

Donna Dunay, FAIA has contributed a significant body of work constructing linkages to education, history, architecture, and planning, emphasizing the dimensions of professional and civic responsibility. As chair of the International Archive of Women (IAWA) in Architecture, Donna has situated the IAWA to build worldwide knowledge of women in architecture. In building this international network, she has orchestrated insightful strategic planning for a less recognized demographic, while making accessible records of scholarship, serving the entire architecture and design communities.

Advancing the study of human settlements, her book Town Architecture has become a planning tool and reference for those seeking a more precise understanding of scale in the built environment. Her examination of town architecture led to the creation of a national competition “A Center for Civic Activity in the Town of Blacksburg” garnering several hundred entries while bringing national attention to the integral act of civic construction.

Dunay’s work has been recognized with the Distinguished Planning Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association; three Awards of Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects, Virginia Society; and the Inform Award for product design. She has contributed to National AIA initiatives and served and chaired multiple National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) Teams and was nominated as a member of the Braun Prize Forum, an international industrial design competition. Most recently, she served as Canberra Accord Review Team Member for the assessment of the National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA) of China.

From the EVP’s Desk

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter in light of the recent mass shooting that occurred in Virginia Beach.  I knew one of the victims.  And I assure you, that each one of those men and women that left for work that morning fully expected to make it home for dinner that night.  It makes us all realize how fragile life can be and to not take a day for granted.  Make sure you hug those that are valuable in your life and tell them what they mean to you.

In that spirit, AIA Virginia celebrated those that are valuable to it by holding an Open House on May 16 to welcome members and the public to the new headquarters located in the Bookbindery Building.  Approximately 100 guests attended to enjoy barbecue, brews [or soda], gourmet cupcakes, and fellowship.  Many of our Allied Members attended in support as well as elected officials such as Virginia Delegate, Betsy Carr.  The event was viewed so favorably, that I plan to make this an annual occurrence.

The Conference on Architecture (A’19) occurred June 5 – 9 in Las Vegas.  Here, the Institute held its annual business meeting to vote on Resolutions and to elect its new leadership.  Members were exposed to a number of captivating tours and educational sessions while having the ability to connect with friends within our Region and around the United States at various social functions.  The conference culminated with the celebration of the Class of 2019 Fellows at The Wynn.

As we progress through the month, I’m asking that you join us on Friday, June 21 for the Virtual Membership Meeting.  It’s a 45-minute time investment where you can hear the latest happenings of AIA Virginia.  This includes an update on our publication, Inform’s rebranding, and future re-release.  Please consider registering by clicking here.   

It’s such an honor to serve each and every one of you in this capacity and I thank you daily for allowing me to do so.


Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

Building Safety Month

Governor Ralph Northam issued a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month in Virginia. On May 29, the Governor recognized Virginia’s building and fire community professionals with a special ceremony held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and highlighted the importance of building and fire safety in creating vibrant and sustainable communities in the Commonwealth. Virginia is beginning its three-year code development cycle for the 2018 Virginia codes, and in response to Governor Northam’s Executive Order Twenty-Four, the code development process will require each code change proposal submitted to include a “resiliency statement” indicating whether the proposal will increase or decrease resiliency and how. In addition, there will be a strong focus on building technology and innovation, as well as increasing energy efficiency in buildings.