Where did you go to college?
I graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond in 1958. I’m still active in the social activities of that class today.
I then entered the University of Virginia to take classes in the College. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do except race sports cars professionally. In 1962 I completed the Sports Car of America’s driver’s school earning an SCCA National competition license and an FIA International license that year. I raced sports cars through 1971 until I had to choose between architecture and racing. Much as I loved racing it didn’t pay much!
I had returned to UVa to obtain a degree in architecture in 1963. I had my first AIA experience in 1964 representing the UVa School of Architecture at the Octagon in Washington DC in the Student Forum held there. I graduated from UVa in June 1967. I was licensed in Virginia in June 1969.
I was not just satisfied to work on the boards. I got into local civic and AIA activity almost immediately upon entering the profession by working in my father’s office with for him from 1967.
I was President of the City of Richmond downtown Civitan Club in 1974 and 1975. I served on the “Mayor’s Committee for the Handicapped” about that time helping to develop handicapped design standards for Virginia building codes.
Also, for the AIA I started a medical and life insurance plan for small offices in Virginia in the seventies which I administered and ran for ten 10 years. It became the largest plan on the southeast coast. I turned that block of business over to the Trust. In 1984 I was asked by the President of AIA national to serve as a Trustee and later officer of the AIA Trust for which I received a Presidential Citation in 1989. I am the only Virginian to have this honor
I was President of Tuckahoe Little League in 1992 and 1993. During this time, working with a group of parents in the league, we set up a special set of rules so a handicapped child could play “baseball.”
I was appointed by the Governor of Virginia in 1998 to the “Governor’s Art and Architecture Board” on which I served 4 years. I was President of AIA Richmond in 2007 and elevated to “Fellow” in 2009.
My father and I are the only father and son pair to received “Society Distinguished awards,” 1980 and 2000.
I have served on many AIA Committees.
I am proud to have served for some many years as a member of our AIA.
Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
There easier ways to make a living, but maybe not as much fun. I would recommend architecture to young people.|
What does it take to be an architect?
A rich spouse? Hard work and lots of study.
Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
My father, Charles C. Justice, AIA; Louis W. Ballou, FAIA; others
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
McDonalds “Big Mac!!” just kidding!!
Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
Working together as a group. we get things done You won’t get it done by yourself.