Virginia Celebrates Eight New Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating a record eight AIA members from AIA Virginia to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Less than 3% of the architecture profession achieve AIA Fellowship.

The newly elevated members are:

Allison Ewing, FAIA (Central Virginia)
Kathleen O. Frazier, FAIA (Central Virginia)
Brian J. Frickie, FAIA (Northern Virginia)
Kathleen M. Galvin, FAIA (Central Virginia)
David A. Keith, FAIA (Hampton Roads)
Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA (Nothern Virginia)
David H. Peabody, FAIA (Northern Virginia)
Alice J. Raucher, FAIA (Central Virginia)

Allison Ewing, FAIA, is the founder/partner at Hays+Ewing Design Studio in Charlottesville.

As architect and leader, Allison Ewing advances sustainability through design, implementation and advocacy – both within and beyond the architectural profession – by modeling change in the building industry with solutions both visionary and practicable.

Kathleen O. Frazier, FAIA, is co-founder of Frazier Associates in Staunton.

Kathleen Frazier has revitalized the historic heart of communities in Virginia and nationwide for the past forty years, transforming attitudes toward the built heritage through her dedication to historic preservation, economic revitalization, and community engagement.

Brian J. Frickie, FAIA, is principal at Kerns Group Architects in Falls Church.

Brian Frickie delivers aspirational, enduring, and inspirational leadership across the AIA at all levels. His visionary activism and collaborative, participatory style uphold the profession’s stature, elevate the organization’s relevance, and empower individual architects as leaders.

Kathleen M. Galvin, FAIA, is the owner of Galvin Architects in Charlottesville.

Kathleen M. Galvin synthesizes her work as an architect, citizen and elected official, to create just, healthy places; build sustainable, connected communities; and end poverty, while inspiring young architects to answer the call to serve.

David A. Keith, FAIA, is the chief executive officer and design principal at Hanbury in Norfolk.

David Keith champions a model of practice driven by continuous talent development, creating a thriving culture of design excellence and transforming the firms that he leads and the communities and campuses in which he works.

Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA, serves as Principal and a Director for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Falls Church.

Daniel J. Lemieux has led the advancement of building science in architecture throughout his over 25-year career in professional practice and as a thought-leader in the development of international technical design and construction standards.

David H. Peabody, FAIA, is the owner of Peabody Architects in Alexandria.

David Peabody pioneers passive and zero-energy building in the United States. Through practice, advocacy and collaboration, he advances the design profession’s leadership in the transition to an economy built on connected, energy-positive buildings.

Alice J. Raucher, FAIA, is the architect for the University of Virginia.

As an architect, educator, and design leader of two internationally recognized university campuses, Alice Raucher consistently strives to build community through her commitment to innovative campus planning, historical relevance, and architectural design excellence.

Racing for Relevance

Lately, I have been reading “Race for Relevance” by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers. It is truly a great read and discusses what membership organizations, such as the AIA, need to do to remain relevant. I thought it was so valuable that I purchased a book for each staff member. Soon, we are going to commence group discussions on each chapter together. Our President, Sean Reilly and I are doing the same thing.

A question you should ask yourself is how will you – as an architect – remain relevant to our society?

Our community leaders are still grappling with how to reopen schools. Our U.S. Capitol was stormed by thugs and now this symbol of our democracy is behind barricades. We continue to see our black and brown brothers and sisters claw through systems that were not necessarily designed for their success.

Again, how will you remain relevant as an architect? How about during a pandemic?

This answer becomes increasingly difficult during a public health crisis. However, it can be done. Let me tell you three things AIA Virginia is doing to remain relevant which I invite you to be a part of.

  1. Elevating the Voice of the Architecture Profession Through Strategic Industry Partnerships
    There is strength in numbers. This is why we are partnering with the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Associated General Contractors for our first ever AEC Virtual Symposium on March 17-19. Together, this coalition has enough prominence to attract the Governor of Virginia in accepting an invitation to be one of our keynote speakers. If the Governor thinks we are relevant, then I would say we are moving in the right direction.
    Please register at and join us for this event!
  1. Relentlessly Advocating for Architects to Receive Gubernatorial Appointments
    Architects play such a vital role in our communities through the design of spaces and places. As such, we should have a seat at the table on Boards and Commissions whose work focuses on these spaces and places – thus impacting the quality of life in our communities. Our nominees from AIA Virginia were chosen by the Governor to serve on the Fair Housing Board and the Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel. Reach out to me directly if serving in a capacity such as this is of interest to you. Your skills are needed and desired.
  1. Being a Part of the Solution in Making our Profession Better Reflect the Society we Serve
    The data says it all. For some demographics, there are leaks in our profession’s pipeline and sometimes even the entry to the pipeline seems obscure. I’m proud to say that we were an instrumental partner in the formation of Virginia NOMA and have a Memorandum of Understanding with the organization to memorialize our partnership well beyond its “start-up” phase. In addition, AIA Virginia was intentional about its fundraising efforts in supporting Hampton University – the state’s only HBCU architecture program. We are hopeful that you are standing with us in these efforts. Moving the needle on an issue like this takes time and perseverance.

Being relevant does not mean you have to be super-human. Just pick one thing to do. And let AIA Virginia help you.

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA
Executive Vice President

Meet Kathryn Bradford Tyler Prigmore, FAIA, NOMAC, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CDT

Ms. Prigmore has over 40 years of architectural experience as a practitioner, educator, and regulator. Her strong project management skills include an inimitable understanding of the dynamics that facilitate project delivery. Ms. Prigmore has provided design, technical oversight, and project management for award-winning projects of a wide range of sizes, types, and delivery methods – including those with sensitive and classified defense and federal missions. She has overseen project teams with more than 15 consultant firms and up to 200 staff for clients in the federal, defense, civic, and private sectors. 

Active in professional and civic affairs, Ms. Prigmore has served on AIA and NCARB committees at the national level that serve to bridge the chasm between education and practice. She has been a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1982 and was elevated to Fellowship in 2002.  A member of AIADC for 30 years, she transferred to AIANOVA to help develop the Fellows Committee, a position she held for several years while an AIADC member.

Ms. Prigmore is the Founding Collaborator (with Barbara G, Laurie, AIA – deceased) of Riding the Vortex: African American Women in Practice.  Beginning in 2007, this initiative provides inspiration, mentoring, and public speaking opportunities for African American women at all levels the profession in venues throughout the United States.  Many of the young African American women currently active in the profession are part of the expanding Vortex network.  Prigmore, with several others, is in the process of reviving Black Women in Architecture, an organization with its roots in the early 1980s.

Ms. Prigmore served as a Trustee of the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design and as past Chair of the AIA National Ethics Council; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Committee on Examination; and the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects.

Awards and honors bestowed upon Ms. Prigmore include a Lifetime Achievement Award – Women of Color Magazine; President’s Medal – NCARB; Outstanding Faculty Member – Howard University College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences; inclusion in several Marquis Who’s Who publications; and, inclusion among the Outstanding Young Women in America.

Ms. Prigmore is a former Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture for the Howard University School of Architecture and Design. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Master of Science in Engineering from The Catholic University of America. Notably, she was one of the first 20 African American Women registered to practice architecture in the United States, and maintains licenses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Ms. Prigmore is also a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design + Construction specialty; an NCARB certificate holder; and a certified Construction Documents Technologist.

Where did you go to college? 

1981 Masters in Science in Engineering (Engineering Administration) from the Catholic University of America

1978 Bachelor of Architecture (Anthropology/Sociology minor) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

1977 Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences (Architectural History)

What does it take to be an architect of color?

In addition to all that others have written about becoming and being an architect in this compendium, architects of color have to be cognizant of the unconscious biases that continue to prevail in many aspects of the AEC industry.  As we have always done, we need to find (and sometimes nurture) a diverse group of allies to support us in our journeys.  The good thing is that events of 2020 significantly raised the consciousness of this issue worldwide.  AIA National, AIA Virginia and our components have instituted programming to help us maneuver through the painful issues of the past and to formulate solutions for evolving an inclusive future. 

What does it take to be an architect principal or architecture program administrator?

Have the courage to reassess the principles, processes, and decision-making guidelines which have historically guided their organizations in order for them to evolve and thrive as inclusive entities. 

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?

Like many of my generation, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired my interest in architectural design. All aspects of his work embody the theory that “form follows function”.  The full inclusion of women in his practice continues to give me hope for our profession.  Bruce Goff became my favorite designer when I discovered him in college and Zaha Hadid follows closely behind. 

I must recognize my mentors, for I would not be the architect I am without their advice and unwavering support, no matter what:

  • R. Randall (Randy) Vosbeck, FAIA who hired me in the middle of the 1974 recession and inspired me to serve the profession through the AIA
  • Robert Traynham Coles, FAIA (Buffalo, NY, deceased) who gives me the immense courage I needed to challenge the inequities I encounter as I maneuver through the profession
  • Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA who introduced me to the worldwide network of African American Architects in practice and academia and to the regulatory aspects of our profession

What are you currently reading?

Cast: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Tough Love by Susan Rice
How to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine by Dr. Michael Murray

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings at LACROIX, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Why do you volunteer with AIA and NCARB?

To inspire others and to facilitate the positive evolution of our profession.

Meeting of the Roundtables

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Large Firm Roundtable Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 25
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Thursday, Feb. 25
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Small Firm Roundtable Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 25
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Emerging Professionals Roundtable Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 25
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Calling for the Next Generation to Shape our Future

I was in my mid-thirty’s when I was introduced to leadership in the National Organization of Minority Architects. I was mentored by some of the most historic and accomplished design professionals this nation has known, though many lived in anonymity to the world that ignored their talents and genius. Though the world refused to see them, they made it clear that they saw me, and in me they saw something of value. Because of their trust and guidance, and with their unwavering support,  I served seven years in national leadership, including two as the national President, before I turned 40. My successor was younger than me. I believe that my youthful energy and vision served the organization well. 

Robert Easter, NOMAC, FAIA

As President-elect, I have two primary responsibilities. The first is to continue chairing the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) committee, espousing the values of our profession: to ensure that we work to achieve social, political, racial, and economic justice in our communities, across our Commonwealth, and throughout our nation.  

The second, even more important responsibility, is to chair the Nominating Committee. Like the elders of NOMA, I believe my responsibility is to identify and mentor new bold younger members to take the mantle of leadership and build AIAVA into an even more vibrant and enduring source of good for our profession and our nation. I need you.  

Today, I am much older, slightly wiser, but certainly less energetic. Though my eyes are not as strong, I still have a vision. I see the AIA as an organization of great potential for impacting our profession and our communities. But my vision is not of my accomplishments or dreams; it is a vision of you taking command, exerting leadership, and molding the Institute into a more dynamic, engaged, and relevant organization with an agenda that impacts the social, political, and cultural climate of our nation, our Commonwealth and your communities. My goal is to set the table for you to come and sit, dine and discuss how we make the AIA, AIA Virginia, and our components do the good that is important to you and your future. I need your input. I need your ideas. I need your leadership. I need your voices, your hands, and your heart. I need your commitment. 

With this email, I am inviting you to share your vision for AIA Virginia. Whatever you see the AIA becoming, whatever causes you think we should champion, whatever path you believe we should take, please let me know. More importantly, tell me what you are willing to do to make it happen. If AIA Virginia is to survive and thrive. it will be because of your engagement and your leadership. Like the heroes of my past, I trust you to take this beyond the limits of our imagination. You are trained in creative thinking, rooted in the technology of hope. Let’s plan our future, your future, for AIA Virginia.   

Robert L. Easter, NOMAC, FAIA
Chair, Department of Architecture
School of Engineering & Technology
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia 23668
(757) 727-5440 (office)
(804) 307-6836 (cell)

Newly Licensed

We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following member 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!

James P. Lawyer, AIA (Richmond)
Gabriela Orizondo, AIA (Hampton Roads)
Chris Warren, AIA (Hampton Roads)

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,

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. Stephanie M. Burcham, AIA (Richmond)
Mr. John J. Daly, AIA (Central Virginia)
Mr. Ivan Huber, AIA (Central Virginia)
Mr. Wang Jiang, AIA (Northern Virginia)
Alea C. MacLean, AIA (Richmond)
Mrs. Lauren K. MAGEE, AIA (Northern Virginia)

New Associate Members

Ms. Danielle R. Granger, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)
Mr. John H. Grigg, Assoc. AIA (Richmond)
Ms. Nupur S. Khadilkar, Assoc. AIA (Northern Virginia)
Mrs. LaVeesha Rollins, Assoc. AIA (Richmond)
Mr. Alex M. Sorapuru, Assoc. AIA (Richmond)
Ms. Vidusha Sridhar, Assoc. AIA (Blue Ridge)

AIA Virginia Allied Members

Daniel Corker, President RVA Construction, Inc.
Kevin Franz, Business Develop Manager, Metl-Span

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

State Building Code Technical Review Board Update

The State Building Code Technical Review Board (STRB) consists of 14 citizens appointed by the governor to ensure Virginia’s building code is administered fairly and is well-understood by the residents of Virginia. The organizations represented by the board members are the American Institute of Architects Virginia, Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, the Home Builders Association of Virginia, the Virginia Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, Virginia Building and Code Officials Association, State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia, Virginia chapters of the National Apartment Association and the Virginia Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors.

The STRB’s primary purpose is to hear appeals from enforcement actions under the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, the Virginia Manufactured Home Safety Regulations, and the Virginia Certification Standards.

A secondary function of the State Technical Review Board is to provide interpretations to the provisions of the USBC and SFPC and make recommendations to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development for future modifications, amendments, or repeals of such provisions. Interpretation requests may be submitted by any code enforcement personnel with approval from the corresponding Building, Maintenance or Fire Official. Records of STRB interpretations can be found here>>

In 2020, the Review Board saw the end of an era as Ms. Patricia O’Bannon resigned from the Board after serving faithfully for more than 23 years representing the Commonwealth at Large.  Her expertise and knowledge, contributed greatly to the Board, and it will be missed.  In the latter part of 2019, E. G. Middleton also resigned from the Board after serving two years representing electrical contractors.  His knowledge and expertise will also be missed. 

Current Review Board Members: Mr. Vince Butler; Mr. Daniel Crigler; Mr. James R. Dawson, Chairman; Mr. Alan D. Givens; Ms. Christina Jackson; Mr. Joseph Kessler; Mr. Eric Mays, PE; Ms. Joanne Monday; Mr. Kenney Payne; Mr. W. Shaun Pharr, Esq., Vice-Chairman; Mr. Richard C. Witt; Mr. Aaron Zdinak, PE

Staff to the Review Board: Justin I. Bell, Esq., Board Counsel; W. Travis Luter Sr., Board Secretary

The Office of the Review Board is in the State Building Codes Office within the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Division of Building and Fire Regulation.  For more information on the Review Board visit or contact the State Building Codes Office at (804) 371-7150 or

Associated Thoughts: Wintering

Amid the few blustery storms that blow across Virginia every few winters, most of us have probably spent even more time than normal in our own home office setups, reviewing yet another PDF before yet another virtual meeting while the sun still seems to set before 5 p.m. Even though I have done my best to live out the cold-weather-culture of “wintering” to better embrace this time by bundling up for longer walks, bringing hot drinks wherever I go, and trying to stay active amid these dark pandemic doldrums, I find that something has tilted off-kilter. My daily rhythm of work and rest is misaligned. 

Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA

After almost a year of working from home–who even knows what is “normal” anymore? What does balance look like, when the days are dark? For some, the daily churn of a workday has crept uneasily beyond its typical boundaries, where the pinging emails and responsibilities are only steps away at all times of day–sneaking across personal boundaries that keep us healthy, sane, and energized. For others, the challenge of empty days means the uncertainty of trying to find work, of polishing another resume, of feeling left behind as we try to stretch our resources another week. For students, it’s trying to make do with the suckiness of college life done from small apartments and dorm rooms–and the missing out on a broken promise of what design education was supposed to be. In the cold of winter, nearing the anniversary of a pandemic that has sent us home, I find my personal rhythms disrupted too, with a blurry line between work and overwork, creativity and confusion. 

For designers of all levels, the past year has upended long-established ways that design usually happens, and how design offices usually function. In that churn of change, I wonder how we as young professionals might raise our voices with what we have personally learned and experienced–what has worked and what has not–and push for positive upheaval. I wonder how we might raise our voices to reestablish a better equilibrium between our professional and personal lives. I wonder how new expectations around flexible work might springboard more women into leadership positions and opportunities. I wonder how firms might realize new ways to transfer knowledge that was lost when younger staff were not physically present for that elbow-to-elbow mentorship that happens between neighboring desks. I wonder how, eight months after protests enflamed our nation around the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, we might continue to push ourselves and our firms toward greater institutional impact towards racial equity–and wonder how our architectural policies and practices have changed beyond any book club or public statement. I wonder how this upending might rebalance us, rather than overturn us. 

You will probably read this from your home office, as I am writing in my empty work space as well, and missing the warmth of professional colleagues and the springtime sun. It’s dark out, and there are too many things to do, and too much information coming in the swirling vortexes of our headspaces at this strange moment in time. Deep breaths. A walk. An unpowered phone. Might do us all some good this week. 

In solidarity and action,
Michael Spory, Associate AIA