Meet Bruce M. Justice, FAIA

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.

Meet Sharon C. Park, FAIA

Where did you go to college?
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Yes, if they understand the length of study and the rigor required to make it all the way through to licensure.

What does it take to be an architect?
Creativity, organization, problem-solving, math and spatial awareness, persistence and a collaborative spirit

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
Not in a personal sense like a mentor, but I was very interested in the ca. 1930s architecture – between the wars- such as Art Deco, Art Moderne, De Stijl, etc.

What are you currently reading?
Daniel Silva’s Black Widow (spy novel, part of the Gabriel Allon series)

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
7-course lunch in Provence near Les Baux, France

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
It’s important to share our expertise with others, including the up and coming, along with networking within the profession

Believe What You Want, People’s Perceptions Equate to the Truth

It is easy to walk around and slap “high-fives” with your team members when we accomplish something great. That is natural and it is necessary. Encouragement and recognition are two vital components of building a healthy organizational culture. And besides, no one wants to be around someone who always has a negative outlook on life. Those types of people are exhausting and literally zap the energy from within you.

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA. Photo by Dan Currier

However, in an organization such as the AIA, our sustainability and longevity are due in large part to the payment of membership dues. In exchange, members expect to receive valuable services that enhance their businesses and who they are as practitioners. When receiving feedback on our organization, we must take the good with the bad.

As such, our Member Services Advisory Council recently created and disseminated a non-member survey. This survey was distributed to 1,085 licensed resident architects from Virginia who are not currently AIA Virginia members. The response rate was high equating to 33.5% or 364 responses. This could be because people can’t wait to tell you what’s on their mind if there is something just eating them away or they like the organization but there are some obstacles between them and joining. Regardless of the reason, we will take the data gratefully.

Here is what we found. Of the total respondents, 70% had been AIA members in the past for an average of six years. There is a substantial misalignment between the cost of dues and the perceived value of membership. Approximately 76% used either or both of these reasons for not renewing.

Here is the good news. 52% have considered rejoining or becoming a member.

So now what? We have a story to tell.

On my firm visits, one of the questions I ask is, “what do you wish we were doing?” Believe it or not, many times the response includes some type of activity we are already doing that would provide value or resolution to their issue. They simply don’t know about it.

One of my mentors told me it is like you are kissing your members in the middle of a dark room. We have to figure out a way to turn the “light” on so everyone can see that we are kissing! Our Communications and Outreach Advisory Council is working diligently at refining and implementing those strategies.

I hope you are seeing our presence increase in various social media platforms. Please take some time and check out our newly refreshed website at We are also working on an email segmentation tool that will allow you to receive email only on topics that interest you. You already get more than enough email!

So let’s summarize this on a positive note. Membership has grown in all five local AIA components when you compare it to the membership count exactly one year ago. As a state, we have increased by a total of 59 members with much of that growth being demonstrated in AIA Hampton Roads and AIA Northern Virginia.

Bringing this full circle, great job to all of the organization’s volunteers at the local component levels because this deserves slapping “high-fives”!
We all share a common goal. We want better architects. The community wants better architects. Your clients want better architects. Thanks for all you do in advancing the profession of architecture forward.

With service,

Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

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’s on his travel schedule:

AIA Local and Regional Engagement
Blueprint for Better Communities Meeting
AIA Virginia, AIA DC, and AIA Potomac Valley (MD)
Washington, DC
August 1

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
August 3

Emerging Leaders in Architecture
August 10

Firm Visits
AIA Hampton Roads
August 28

Firm Visit
AIA Richmond
August 30

Ambassador Engagement
AIA West Virginia Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser
Charleston, WV
August 13

AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
August 16 – 17


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. Sheila Christian, AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ms. Allison R. Geers, AIA (Blue Ridge)
Mr. Stephen O. Yullari, AIA (Blue Ridge)

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.

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
Ms. Christina Lemley, AIA (Nothern Virginia)
Mr. Andrew P. McVeigh III, AIA (Richmond)
Mrs. Rebecca Pantschyschak, AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mr. Robert E. St John, AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ms. Rui Wu, AIA (Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members
Mr. David Begley, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mr. Praveen Bhardwaj, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Peyton D. Bright, Assoc. AIA (Hampton Roads)
Mrs. Ashvini Mary Dinoy, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Ms. Deanna E. Kohnstam, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Anna C. Krüger, Assoc. AIA (Richmond)
Ms. Breanna M. LaTondre, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Mr. Brian Potere, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mr. Kara Sheikhattari, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)

Transferred In
Miss Zenairee Garcia, AIA (Northern Virginia) from AIA Puerto Rico

New/Renewed Allied Members
Michael Galli, VP, Chesapeake Branch Manager, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
Jonathan Shoemaker, Lee/Shoemaker PLLC
Roland McPherson, President, McPherson Design Group, P.C.

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

Meet the Staff

Well, I’ve put it off as long as I can (a perk of working on this newsletter). This month you’ll learn a bit more about me, Cathy Guske, Member Services Director. I started at AIA Virginia in 2004 working on Inform Magazine and Architecture Exchange East booth sales. I moved to communications for a few years, and now member services. You can reach out and say hi to me at

Where did you go to college and what did you study?
Iowa State University, Journalism and Mass Communications, and Graphic Design

What is the last book you read?
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy by Elizabeth R. Varon. The fascinating true story of Elizabeth Van Lew who was a union agent living in Richmond, the heart of the Confederacy.

What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
Knitting or crocheting

Who or what inspires you?
Generosity and kindness

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
French onion soup in Montreal, Quebec

What color crayon would you be?

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Watch NASCAR races

What is one thing on your bucket list?
Travel outside the U.S.

What’s the best gift you have ever received?
A bicycle with a banana seat and streamers on the handlebars

What’s the one TV show you never miss?
Sherlock on PBS Masterpiece Mystery

White, dark, or milk chocolate?
Yes, to all of it.

Meet Lori Garrett, FAIA

Where did you go to college?
I studied mathematics and fine arts at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. For my graduate work, I studied architecture at the University of Virginia.

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Absolutely! We have been fortunate to have a number of exceptional high school and college students for both externships and internships, and it is fulfilling to share with them about the profession I love.

What does it take to be an architect?
I think there is a broad range of talents and skills that are used in architecture, depending on what you choose to focus on. That is one of the things that I enjoy about architecture—it takes design, collaboration, management, and technical expertise. Find your strengths and passion and focus on that component of architecture.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
It would be really difficult to point to just one. I remember being especially taken with the work of Luis Barragan early in my career. I loved the use of color, form, light and shadow in design which was perceptibly contextual.

What are you currently reading? What do you like to do in your spare time? My husband and I both love to travel, and I have been known to be fairly passionate about college basketball games that feature orange and blue.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
One of the things I enjoy about traveling is experiencing other cultures, which I think is always enhanced by engaging all five senses. I don’t have a specific favorite, but off the cuff what comes to mind is a meal in Costa Rica that was prepared over a fire, and eaten on a table right on the sand by the water.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
I love meeting new people and believe in the importance of camaraderie in what we do.

Meet Paul H. Barkley, FAIA Member Emeritus

Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1960. While there, I received the school’s Margaret Thomas Biddle Fellowship for study at the Ecole d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France (summer of 1959). My experience at U.Va. inspired me to give back organizing major class reunions beginning with my 30th, serving on the School of Architecture’s Dean’s Forum, and for the past twelve years co-sponsoring a Fontainebleau Prize to help deserving students attend the Fontainebleau summer study program that had made such an impact on my life and career.

Paul Barkley, FAIA

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
If one has an interest in and appreciation for the creative arts, as well as a sincere desire and passion for serving others, there can be no better course of study than architecture. The skills gained can also apply to a variety of other occupational endeavors.

What does it take to be an architect?
With passion, one must possess a dedication and commitment to devote considerable effort and time to gain the knowledge and master the skills necessary to be an architect. It will not come with a college degree, an apprenticeship, nor even a license, but only with a life-long commitment to expanding one’s knowledge and skills over the course of one’s life.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
Surprisingly, there was not. From an early age, I enjoyed playing with building blocks, Lincoln logs, erector sets, and even cardboard boxes. At some point, I even sketched floor plans for our house – then revised them. One Christmas, My brother and I were given an American Flyer model train set. After setting it up in the basement, I then designed and built a village on it including commercial buildings, a church, and houses. Only a few were given to me as kits. On “career day” in the 8th grade, I wrote several papers on what career I wanted to choose. One was paper was to write about someone in your chosen field. I wrote about Cass Gilbert, architect of the Woolworth Building in New York City. My teacher gave me an “A,” but also added a note saying, “Why didn’t you write about Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s famous contemporary architects?” Of course, I did check Wright out and immediately admired his work but not wish to copy it.

What are you currently reading?
The most recent book was Architecture’s Odd Couple By Hugh Howard. One might not think they had anything in common, but they did. A very interesting read with numerous footnotes.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
I developed my love of French food when studying at Fontainebleau, and have enjoyed the flavors, presentations, ambiance, and sharing of a fine meal. The most memorable has to be an al fresco meal at Le Vieux Logis in the Dordogne region of France where the Michelin-starred chef prepared a “Tapas Menu” for an afternoon meal consisting of a dozen small plate courses such as Tart of duck breast carpaccio, Fois Gras, zucchini, and cornichon. Of course, the meal was accompanied by a fine white Burgundy.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
My desire to give back to the profession which I love and which has been so good to me, and its steadfast commitment to advancing the ideals of the profession including continuing education, and promoting an increased appreciation for design excellence. Likewise, I have also given back to my community that has supported my business enterprises by serving on city and business boards and commissions. Life is a two-way street where everyone benefits from working together for the betterment of the entire community.

Meet Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA

I have had the privilege of founding a mid-sized firm that continues to serve clients at a high level. Since 1974 we have attracted good clients, but more importantly, good staff. We have always been very active in the AIA. Our work is respected by our peers.

Roz and I just celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary.  I enjoy what I do 24/7 and take breaks doing watercolors.

Where did you go to college?
Ohio State University graduated in 1966

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Definitely, it becomes a passion for a many. The opportunity to enhance and enable our communities to be comfortable and welcoming is extraordinary.

What does it take to be an architect?
To recognize that our profession is at first a service profession. Then to follow and hone your innate abilities within a group of kindred spirits.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
Not initially, but then Aalto.

What are you currently reading? 
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Our wedding cake.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
Because Randy Vosbeck said it is something I need to do in able for us to improve as a profession.