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Dear Architecture School Graduate,

On behalf of AIA San Francisco and the Equity by Design Committee, we are pleased to announce the launch of the third national Equity in Architecture Survey. This project builds upon the previous surveys conducted in 2014 and 2016, which have helped to shape a national movement that aims to promote sustainable and satisfying careers in architecture for all practitioners. This year’s research will examine the differential experiences of professionals based on gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality.

You have been selected to take the Equity in Architecture Survey 2018. You may receive similar invitations to take the survey based on your other professional memberships or alumni affiliations. If you choose to participate, we ask that you only do so once. Thank you for your understanding about the potential for multiple notifications as we seek to reach a broad group while maintaining the survey’s statistical validity.

To receive an email invitation to complete the survey, send your request to

The survey will remain open for five-weeks starting February 12th and ending March 16th. On average, the online survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete. Please be assured that all responses will be kept confidential.The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) will serve as our research partner for the project. The survey findings will be first revealed at Equity by Design’s fifth Symposium on November 3, 2018 in San Francisco.

For additional information about the survey, please visit

Thank You for your time and sharing your voice to improve the future of our profession.


Rosa Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Annelise Pitts, AIA
AIA San Francisco 2018 President Chair of Research, Equity by Design

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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!

Mr. Sam R. Bowling, AIA (VAHR)
Ms. Sarah C. Colacino, AIA (VANO)
Mrs. Amber N. Hall, AIA (VACN)
Ms. Sally C. Lee, AIA (VANO)
Ms. Jennifer Stringer, AIA (VAHR)

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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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. Ramon I. Santos, AIA (VANO)
Mr. Ian Vaughan, AIA (VAHR)

New Associate Members

Mr. Kitisak Ashley, Assoc. AIA (VAJR)
Miss Kelly A. Foley, Assoc. AIA (VANO)
Mrs. Gaznag S. Othman, Assoc. AIA (VANO)
Mr. Rodolfo Rosas, Assoc. AIA (VAJR)
Mr. Stephen V. Scott, Assoc. AIA (VAJR)

Transferred In

James H. O’Brien, AIA (VANO) from AIA DC
John L. Motloch, AIA (VANO) from AIA Indiana
Mr. Douglas R. Rosen, AIA (VANO) from AIA Connecticut
Mr. William L. Croteau, AIA (VANO) from AIA Massachusetts
Ms. Selena Bagnara Milan, Intl. Assoc. AIA (VANO) from AIA Maryland

New/Renewed Allied Members

Abigail Bishop, Principal, Katheryn Robertson, Ltd.
Steven Culver, Director of Architectural Marketing, ISAarchitectural
Benjamin Linkous, Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.

View all of the AIA Virginia Allied members

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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

Virginia Tech CAUS Reception
January 24
Richmond, VA

AIA Northern Virginia Open House
February 13
Alexandria, VA

Firm Visit
February 14
Charlottesville, VA

Hampton University
Leadership Presentation
March 16
Hampton, VA

AIA Awards Gala
April 7
Charleston, WV

Ambassador Engagement

AIA Grassroots 2018 Leadership Conference (Presenter)
March 12-14
San Diego, CA

AIA Wisconsin Convention (Presenter)
May 9-10
Madison, WI

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Off and Running

2018 promises to be a great year for you as a member of AIA Virginia! We came out of the gate in a full sprint, with a focus on continuously improving the value of your membership. Currently, we are working toward finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management that will position architects as the go-to source for building assessments after a natural disaster under the protection of the state’s Good Samaritan Law. In the near future, we will be looking to form Disaster Assistance Teams in each local AIA Chapter that are willing to be trained and ready for deployment should Virginia develop that need. As we are vital contributors to the built environment, the community needs to be able to count on architects in those difficult times.

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA

Since January, the Joint Legislative Committee has been working tirelessly during the General Assembly to protect the value of what architects do and the services they provide. With the assistance of our lobbyists, Williams Mullen, we quickly redirected the course of a proposed bill that would have put a gash in Qualifications Based Selection for architectural services. During my firm visits, it is consistently indicated that government advocacy is one of the largest benefits of membership.

In other areas, AIA Virginia is making the term collaboration more than a buzz word. It’s becoming part of our culture. As such, the AIA Virginia Board of Directors has decided to extend its outreach and collaboration efforts. Effective this year, the Board will meet at two of our four architectural schools to host a board meeting in order to continue strengthening the bond between academia and practice. On these visits, the Board will have the opportunity to tour the university’s architecture school, meet AIAS members, and engage in dialogue with architecture school faculty and leadership. In 2018, the Board will meet at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) in April to coincide with Design Forum XIII and at the University of Virginia in October to engage with this year’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture class. In 2019, the Board will meet at Hampton University and Virginia Tech (WAAC).

It is also our goal to continue collaborating with other members of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry to enhance our approaches on shaping the built environment. I am proud to say that AIA Virginia, Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGC VA), and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC VA) have joined together to host a series of quarterly roundtables with the purpose of educating and promoting best practices of the industry to our members, owners/clients, developers and the general public. Our first of these roundtables will occur on February 20 in Richmond with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of General Services key leaders. Members want to know how the AIA can help them get work and develop business. This is the first step – putting you in a position to meet the decision-makers.

In conclusion, I leave you with one thought. Consider engaging with the AIA in some capacity this year at any level. Like all things in life, you will never get its true value by sitting on the sidelines.

Thank you for giving me the honor and privilege to serve as your Executive Vice President. As I continue to meet more and more of you, I am constantly inspired by your stories, paths, and your goals. Together, I firmly believe we can accomplish anything.

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA

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Meet the Staff

We heard from you that you would like to get to know the AIA Virginia staff a little better, so here we go.

This month we highlight our newest staff member, Olivia Jennings. Olivia joins us as our Communications Coordinator in charge of event promotion, emails, websites, social media, media relations and so much more! You can say hello to Olivia at

Olivia Jennings

Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Media Studies.

What is the last book you read?
The last book I read (or actually reread for about the 754th time) was “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” Carrie Brownstein’s memoir.

What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
I love a good face mask, and some laid-back yoga is always good if I have time to get to a class.

Who or what inspires you?
Mostly really creative, powerhouse funny ladies like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Carrie Brownstein, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. In another life (where I was funny), I would be a comedian/television writer.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Raw vegan lasagna at Plant in Asheville, NC. It sounds gross, but it’s really good, I swear!

What color crayon would you be?
I would either be a cool, tropical ocean-y blue or a golden-ish yellow. (Can you tell I’m really excited for summer?)

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
South of the James farmer’s market on Saturday mornings when it’s warm! Nothing I love like a good bagel and fresh produce. Also, a nice hike if I have time to get out of the city.

What is one thing on your bucket list?
Cross-country road trip!

What’s the best gift you have ever received?
My best friend in high school gave me a Madewell denim shirt that has been my favorite shirt for five or six years – it definitely helped make me the Canadian tuxedo queen I am today.

What’s the one TV show you never miss?
Sorry, I can’t pick just one! “Portlandia” (if I haven’t made it clear yet, I love Carrie Brownstein) and “Broad City.”

White, dark, or milk chocolate?
Dark but a fun dark – with sea salt or caramel or something to spice it up!

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We Are Coming To You

AIA Virginia cares about all of its members, and through our partnership with Chartwell Capital Advisors, we can provide you the tools and resources to assist you in making the right the legal, financial and health care decisions for you and your family. For business owners, Chartwell is currently forming association-wide health and professional liability plans. Chartwell will be reaching out to you in the near future with an email and a phone call to see if they can assist you with any of your needs. It is always a valuable exercise to have us do a personal or business-oriented comprehensive review of all the legal and financial products and needs you may have. So be thinking about how Chartwell can help you, and they look forward to talking to you soon.

Visit the Chartwell Capital site>>

View the AIA Virginia Benefits Package

Rob Smith
Chartwell Capital Advisors
Robert C. Smith, PLC
The Branch House
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 357-5977

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Staff Transitions

We have a few staff transitions and new responsibilities to share with you.

Marshall Dreiling is moving on to an exciting new venture but will continue to consult with us for a short time.

We are pleased to introduce Olivia Jennings as our new part-time Communications Coordinator. Olivia will manage our websites, social media, communications + outreach efforts.

Corey Clayborne, AIA, Executive Vice President, will now also be in charge of Government Advocacy efforts, the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program.

Rhea George, Hon. AIA Virginia, Managing Director, will now also be in charge of Professional Development programs including Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx), Virginia Design Forum, and the Art of Practice Conference, along with Knowledge Communities.

Keesha Ezell, Director of Finance, continues to manage all financial matters for the association with the assistance of Edward Nace, Accounting Assistant.

Judy Cheadle, Sales Director, continues to manage all sales efforts with ArchEx exhibit hall booths, sponsorships, and electronic advertising.

Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA Virginia, Member Services Director, continues to manage all aspects of membership, allied memberships, and the member newsletter.

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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 where Corey been seen recently:

  • AIA Richmond Holiday Party and Annual Meeting – December 5, Richmond, Va.
  • AIA National Presidential Inauguration – December 8, Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Dean Richard Blythe – December 12, Blacksburg, Va.

And here’s what’s coming up:

  • AIA Grassroots – March 12 – 14 – San Diego, Calif.

Have an upcoming meeting or event? Email details to Corey at

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Highlights from December Board Meeting

Read a summary of actions from the final meeting of your 2017 board of directors.

AIAVA Board Meeting Recap_12.08.2017_Components

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