AIA Virginia Newsletter: October 2021

We’re Baaaaaccckkkkkk!
As an association that is THE VOICE of the architecture profession, we cannot fully live out our mission behind a computer screen.
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Registration Open for ArchEx ‘21
Join your colleagues at ArchEx ’21 Nov. 1-5 to hear from design leaders like Marlon Blackwell, Zena Howard, Chris Downey, Jonathan Moody, and more.
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Making Space: Designing for Inclusion
Hear from pioneering researchers and advocates for inclusive design on Nov. 4. Chris Downey, AIA, Magda Mostafa, and Derrick Behm-Josa, will each share insights and research in individual presentations. Then, they’ll all come together for a panel discussion moderated by Janice Majewski.
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Join Us in Elevating the Voice of the Profession
The membership recently voted overwhelmingly to support the governance change to open up service on the four advisory Councils of AIA Virginia to the membership.
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Women in Design @ ArchEx ‘21
Join us for a half-day program curated by leaders of Women in Design and Women in Architecture committees in Virginia. (Free)
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Annual Membership Meeting
Join us for the virtual Annual Meeting of the membership Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. You will be voting for 2022 officers and important governance changes.
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ELA 2022 Applications Close Soon
Want to be in the 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture or know someone that should be? Applications are due Nov. 5.
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Visions for Architecture
Join us Nov. 5 for our annual honors and awards celebration! This year, the audience can attend in person at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or online.
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Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Training
Nov. 12 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 6.5 AIA LU | HSW
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Emerging Leaders in Architecture @ ArchEx ‘21
Celebrate the achievements of the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Architecture and hear about this year’s class project. (Free)
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Advocacy Corner
AIA Virginia Hosts First Community Dinner Since Pandemic. More>>
AIA Hampton Roads and AIA Central Virginia Tied for the 2021 “Rumble in the Jungle” AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award. More>>
Margarella Appointed to State Building Code Technical Review Board. More>>

COTE Corner: Did you miss the 2030 Challenge Panel Discussion?
Check out Va. COTE’s webinar which was recorded on Sept. 23, 2021, featuring an overview of the 2030 Challenge and a panel discussion about making the business case for investing in high-performance buildings with clients.
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Welcome These New Members
We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined AIA Virginia.
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Support Scholarships for Architecture Students
Support Virginia’s only HBCU with an accredited architecture program by making a charitable contribution today.
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Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
Only 14 discounted Amber Book subscriptions remain!
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Making the Case for Historic Window Restoration
Va.’s Historic Resources Committee hosted a panel discussion last week on preserving historic windows. Watch the recording to hear from wood and steel window experts and get insights from speakers from the National Trust and DHR.
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New Architects
Congratulations to the following member for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Designing for Fire Safety: Complying with NFPA 285 Test Standard for Exterior Walls
Sign up for this free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at noon and earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW (Free)
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Meet the Fellows
Which new Virginia Fellow believes that it’s important to be involved and volunteer with the AIA as it will be what we collectively bring to it.
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UVA SARC Winter 2022 Externship
The University of Virginia School Of Architecture invites your organization to host a student(s) for the annual winter externship program.
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Where’s Corey?
Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, is back to traveling around the state to visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.
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AIA Virginia PAC
If you want to opt out of giving to the AIA Virginia PAC from your 2022 dues payment, please click here.

AIA Virginia Newsletter: September 2021

Hope and History Rhyme
How can we double the number of licensed African American Architects in less than a decade when it has taken over 150 years to reach 2%? Does AIA Virginia have a role to play? Absolutely!
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Today’s the Deadline to Nominate
There are now 36 more opportunities for you to serve our members by joining the education, advocacy, outreach, or member services advisory councils.
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Zena Howard Announced as ArchEx Keynote
Groundbreaking architect Zena Howard, FAIA, will be a keynote speaker at Architecture Exchange East on Wed., Nov. 3, 2021.
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What is the value of the Political Action Committee (PAC) to you?
Why invest in the PAC? Eliza Engle, AIA explains what it does for you.
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Donna Dunay to Receive Noland Medal
Donna Woodrum Dunay, FAIA, will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal for her significant and sustained work across education, advocacy, service to the profession, and leadership.
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Call for Mentors
Are you ready to mentor an architecture school student? We’re ready to kick off the 2nd year of our partnership with AIAS chapters around Virginia. Sign-up today!
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Alex Nyerges to Receive the 2021 Architecture Medal for Virginia Service
Alex Nyerges, Director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will be recognized with the 2021 Architecture Medal for Virginia Service.
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Annual Membership Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the membership will be held during Architecture Exchange East 2021 on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 4:45 to 6 p.m.
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Cooper is 2021 Recipient of Award for Distinguished Achievement
Nick Cooper, AIA, principal and design director at HKS in Richmond, will be presented AIA Virginia’s 2021 Award for Distinguished Achievement.
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Associated Thoughts: Growing
Progress and growth can be difficult to see. For architecture professionals at all stages of our careers, growth often happens little by little, in practicing small skills over and over, trying something slightly different, learning from the past.
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2021 Emerging Professional Awards Announced
Scott Campbell, AIA, Kelley Holmes, AIA, and Jenine Kotob, AIA, will be presented with the 2021 Virginia Emerging Professional Award.
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Interested in representing AIA Virginia in the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx)?
The AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) seeks to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. AIA Virginia is looking for an enthusiastic member to represent our state in the SFx.
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Ezell and Golden Granted Honorary Membership
Keesha Ezell and Sean Golden will be recognized by AIA Virginia with Honorary Membership for their sustained commitment and tireless work on behalf of the Commonwealth’s architects.
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ELA 2022 Applications Open
Want to be in the 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture or know someone that should be? Applications are due Nov. 5th.
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AIA Virginia Honors for 2021 Announced
Bedford Department of Economic Development’s School-to-School Project, Delegate Chris Hurst, Joan Becker Kelsch, and Shade & Wise will be awarded AIA Virginia Honors in 2021.
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An Update from NOMA Virginia
We have much to celebrate as we conclude our inaugural year.
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Ellwood Thompson’s Headquarters Recognized with Test of Time Award
The Ellwood Thompson’s headquarters in Richmond, designed in 1954 as a doctors’ office by Deigert and Yerkes Architects of Washington, D.C., has been selected to receive AIA Virginia’s Test of Time Award.
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PAC Award Update
AIA Hampton Roads is comfortably leading the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award. Donations are due by Oct. 22, 2021.
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The 2030 Challenge: Goals, Design Processes and Panel Discussion
Hear from Ed Mazria, FAIA, and other high-performance building experts on Sept. 23 at noon. After an overview of 2030 Challenge, take part in an interactive discussion about what can often be the biggest challenge making the business case for climate responsive design with your clients. Free. Earn 2.5 AIA LU | HSW
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Visions Raises Scholarship Funds for Hampton University
Like last year, in 2021 we’re using Visions to raise funds to support scholarships. Your gift will directly, and meaningfully, contribute to diversity in the profession.
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Call for Content: Inform Magazine’s Arts & Interiors Issue
You’ve been doing incredible work! Share your case studies, research, or best practices in the Arts & Interiors Issue of Inform. Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

COVID-19 Free Legal Advice for You
AIA Virginia and O’Hagan Meyer Attorneys + Advisors have partnered together to provide up to 30 minutes of legal counseling for AIA Members.
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Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
Thanks to a generous grant from The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design, AIA Virginia can offer 25 associate members a 60-day subscription to the Amber Book for only $50.
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New Architects
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Meet the Fellows
Which new Virginia Fellow has an interest in vernacular architecture and preservation?
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Welcome These New Members
We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined AIA Virginia.
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New Regulations for the Profession Adopted
A new update has been approved by the Governor for the regulations governing Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA).
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Highlights from the August Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.
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Where’s Corey?
Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, is back to traveling around the state to visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.
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Upcoming Professional Development Programming

Making the Case for Historic Window Restoration
Oct. 6 @ noon-1:30 p.m. | 1.5 AIA LU | HSW
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Designing for Fire Safety: Complying with NFPA 285 Test Standard for Exterior Walls
Oct. 20 @ noon-1 p.m. | 1.0 AIA LU | HSW
Register>>

Architecture Exchange East
Nov. 1-5 | Registration opens soon
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Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Training
Nov. 12 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 6.5 AIA LU | HSW
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A Healthy Home: Control Layers Working Together
Nov. 17 @ noon-1 p.m. | 1.0 AIA LU | HSW
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: August 2021

Leading Beside You
It is my hope that you see AIA Virginia as leading beside you. Leaning in 100% into the various aspects of your professional journey.
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Marlon Blackwell Announced as ArchEx Keynote
2020 AIA Gold Medal winner Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, will be a keynote speaker at ArchEx. Attendees can see his talk live at the VMFA or online on Friday, Nov. 5.
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Rumble in the Jungle is Back
Does Your Component Want to Win $1,000 for 2022 Architecture Week? Win the RUMBLE in the JUNGLE for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award.
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It’s a Wrap: Art of Practice 2021
More than 70 firm leaders came together online on Aug. 4 to exchange ideas, enjoy fellowship, and learn at the third biennial Art of Practice business symposium.
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Tell Us Your Story
Do you have a story to tell about how you and your firm have used 2020 as a catalyst to create a healthier, more supportive firm culture for women?
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Call for Content: Inform Magazine’s Resiliency Issue
You’ve been doing incredible work! Share your case studies, research, or best practices in the Resiliency Issue of Inform. Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

Join Us in Elevating the Voice of the Profession!
There are now 36 more opportunities for you to serve our members with your service on the education, advocacy, outreach, or member services advisory councils.
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SAVE the DATE: Visions for Architecture 2021
Save Nov. 5, 2021 for our annual honors and awards celebration! This year, the audience can join us in person at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or online.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Jody Cranford to get involved!
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ELA 2022 Applications Open
Want to be in the 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture or know someone that should be? Applications are now available.
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Associated Thoughts: The Deep End
It can be a great place, the shallow end, as a practice area for testing our knowledge, for soaking up advice, for having someone check your work, for throwing out ideas to push the envelope. But it is also a stepping stone, a learning opportunity, a temporary place.
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Welcome These New Members
We are always excited to welcome new members to Virginia. The following members recently joined the ranks of AIA Virginia.
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Emerging Professionals – YAF Young Architects Forum
YAF new newsletter link below
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COVID-19 Free Legal Advice for You
AIA Virginia and O’Hagan Meyer Attorneys + Advisors have partnered together to provide up to 30 minutes of legal counseling for AIA Members.
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Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following member for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Drake Appointed
April C. Drake, AIA of Alexandria, Senior Project Architect, HDR Inc. has been appointed by the governor to the APELCIDLA Board.
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Are You Ready to Get Licensed?
Thanks to a generous grant from The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design, AIA Virginia can offer 25 associate members a 60-day subscription to the Amber Book for only $50.
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Emerging Technologies in Building Construction
Alternative Methods and Designs That Decrease Construction Time and Increase Housing Affordability
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Meet the Fellows
Which new fellow received their Master’s in Architecture from Yale University Graduate School of Architecture and was the recipient of a Monbusho Fellowship to Japan where they studied Japanese housing?
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Where’s Corey
Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to travel around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities. Here’s his recent travel schedule.
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: June 2021

Do You Still Have a Voice?
If we want the public to know what we do, I must ask you two questions. Do you still have a voice? If so, are you using it?
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Ming Fung Announced as 2021 Design Awards Jury Chair
Design Partner of the widely recognized LA-based firm Mithūn, Ming Fung, FAIA, will serve as the jury chair for the 2021 Design Awards program. The deadline for submission is June 24.
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Interested in Helping Us Elevate our Voice?
The AIA Virginia PAC Board of Trustees is looking for members to serve who are interested in helping the organization elevate its voice in advocacy and community engagement.
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The Governor’s Office is Looking to Appoint an Architect to the State Building Code Technical Review Board
If interested in being considered for the slate, please click here to see submission requirements. 

The COTE Corner
Want to integrate renewable energy into your next project but don’t know where to start? The Architect’s Primer on Renewable Energy, published Spring 2021, has just what you’re looking for.
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Roundtable Wrap Up
What was discussed at the recent small, mid-size, and large firm roundtables as well as the emerging professional roundtable?
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AIA Virginia Prize Exhibition at Torpedo Factory
An exhibition featuring the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition entries is on view at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center through Aug. 8, 2021.
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Associated Thoughts: Taking Rest
I wonder how–after 15+ months of extra hours, of thinner boundaries between work and
non-work, of uncertainty breathing down our necks–how we reactivate our habit to rest.
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Interested in Historic Preservation?
Let our Historic Resources Committee know what resources would be most valuable by filling out this brief survey>>

Art of Practice Date Announced
Current and aspiring firm leaders should save the date for the third biennial Art of Practice event on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Held virtually, the half-day program is intended to cultivate leadership skills, identify solutions to common business problems, and fuel collaboration across the profession. With a focus on “what’s next” for the profession, attendees will hear from industry thought-leaders who will provide timely, relevant, actionable advice on how to grow and sustain their businesses. Registration opens soon.

ELA Day in Manchester
The 2021 Class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture recently spent some time in Richmond getting to know Manchester, our project location, and its people, those we are seeking to serve.
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Let’s Welcome Our New PAC Investors!
We cannot have an influential voice without having relationships with our state legislators. As such, the PAC allows us the opportunity to build these necessary relationships through attending various fundraisers. Since May 15, the following individuals and firms proudly invested in our PAC.
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Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following member for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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2021 Honors Awards: Call for Nominations
Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a firm that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has captured your heart? Consider nominating them for AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards program. Deadline: July 1.
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Call for Content: The July Travel & Adventure Issue
Do you have a case study, research, or best practices to share in the July Travel & Adventure Issue of Inform? Consider sharing your hospitality or destination projects! Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) Training
SAP training provides architects, engineers, and building inspectors with the knowledge to provide rapid building evaluations in the aftermath of a disaster. Join us on July 9 to earn 6.5 AIA LU | HSW.
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Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects, associate members, and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Meet the Fellows
Which new AIA Virginia Fellow said it takes patience and perseverance to be an architect?
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Incorporating the Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick
This free webinar discusses the basics of heat transfer, relevant energy code provisions for walls, and how current research by the National Brick Research Center demonstrates the role that brick veneer can play in meeting or exceeding energy requirements in modern wall assemblies. Join us on July 13 at noon to earn 1 AIA LU | HSW.
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Drainage + Drying in the Exterior Wall
Recognize the integral role of a gap within the exterior wall and understand the selection criteria to consider when designing for moisture management in wall systems. Learn the appropriate ways to determine drainage and drying principles for a variety for cladding systems. Join us for this free webinar on July 21 at noon and earn 1.0 AUA LU | HSW.
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Unique Brick Architecture
Discover the various types of features that can be incorporated into anchored brick veneer, the limits of the prescriptive limits presented in the Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402), and general detailing concepts to adapt these types of details to anchored brick veneer construction. Join us on July 22 at noon and earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW.
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The 2018 Code Change Training (CCT – Live Virtual Sessions) schedule is now posted and open for registration. This schedule is tentative and is subject to change, so please check the website regularly for updates. In addition to the live virtual classroom, individuals may take advantage of self-paced online training provided through the Commonwealth of Virginia (COVLC). Online programs are available on-demand at any time and are offered as standalone presentations based on the VBCA classroom curriculum.

AIA Virginia Newsletter: May 2021

Why Invest?
The AIA Virginia Political Action Committee (PAC) is the primary tool Virginia Architects have to ensure our profession remains relevant and impactful for years to come. Why invest in the PAC?
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Call for Entries: Design Awards – New Award Categories Announced
The call for entries for the 2021 Design Awards program is now open! We’ve launched updated and revised awards categories. Entry deadline: June 24.
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Bonus: Learn more about updates to the program at our free webinar on May 14 at 4 p.m.
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The COTE corner
What does architecture have to do with climate change? Quite a lot since the built environment is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions.
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Firm Roundtables
We have another round of Large, Mid-Size, Small Firm, and Emerging Professionals roundtables scheduled for May 27th. Connect with other firm leaders and build a network of support for now and the future.
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Special Meeting of the Membership
Join us on June 3rd at noon for a 30-minute meeting and vote on the proposed governance changes to the bylaws.
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2021 Honors Awards: Call for Nominations
Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Is there a firm that consistently produces incredible work? Is there a building that has captured your heart? Consider nominating them for AIA Virginia’s Honors Awards program. Deadline: July 1.
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Make Architects Relevant in Our Community – Register for ARCHITECTS Speak Up!
If you are a member of AIA Hampton Roads or AIA Northern Virginia, we could still use your help in making architects relevant in your respective communities!
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IAWA Kristine Fallon Prize
The International Archive of Women in Architecture is now seeking submissions that advance recognition of women’s contributions in architecture.
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Associated Thoughts: Finding Your Zone
In that vast ocean of skills, concepts, practices, and information that architects need to know–how do I find my zone, my own unique focus?
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Architecture Month
This year, AIA chapters across the region collaborated on Virginia Architecture Month programming. Please complete this brief survey to let us know what you thought.
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ArchEx Planning Group
Interested in helping curate content for ArchEx this year?
Contact Rhea George.

From the AIA Strategic Council
This has been an active spring with the Strategic Council with many initiatives that look to the future of the profession.
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Significant Changes from the 2015 VEBC to the 2018 VEBC
Get an overview of the major changes from the 2015 Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC) to the 2018 version which is on track to become effective on July 1. Earn 1.5 AIA LU | HSW. Free for members; $10 non-members.
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Call for Content: The June Equity & Inclusion Issue
Do you have a case study, research, or best practices to share in the June Equity & Inclusion Issue of Inform? Submit your content suggestions to the Editor.

Meet the Fellows
Which new fellow is a chartered member of RIBA, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a listed architect in the UK, Canada, and Australia?
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New Architects
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Get to Know These Young Leaders
We asked members of the 2021 ELA class the same five questions. Here are their inspiring answers.
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Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members, transfers, and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Va. HRC Presents: Preservation Through Documentation
Get an introduction to the Heritage Documentation Programs – HABS, HAER, and HALS — the federal government’s oldest preservation programs at the free webinar on May 12 at noon.
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Stuff It or Wrap It: Understanding Advanced Wall Designs with Continuous Insulation
This free, one-hour educational session at noon on May 19 will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for energy-efficient buildings. Earn 1 AIA LU | HSW.
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Cold-Formed Steel Light-Frame Construction
Tips for a thorough yet expeditious plan review and inspection.
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Highlights from the April Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: April 2021

We Walked Through Fire – But We Don’t Smell Like Smoke
AIA Virginia 2020 Year in Review.
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Getting Back to Work
Join us May 4th for a webinar on Navigating Vaccination Policies; Accommodation Requests; and Other Employment Law Questions.
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Make Architects Relevant in Our Community – Register for ARCHITECTS Speak Up!
Do you want to help make architects and architecture relevant in our communities?
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2021 AIA Virginia Prize Winner Announced
AIA Virginia announces the winners of the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition. Join us on Friday, April 16 to see the honored projects and hear from the jury.
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Firm Roundtables
We have another round of Large, Mid-Size, Small Firm, and Emerging Professionals roundtables scheduled for May 27th. Connect with other colleagues and build a network of support for now and the future.
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Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Signature Events Go Virtual
ArchEx, Visions, and other signature programming will be virtual in 2021. Help us design the best experience by sharing your preferences by Friday, April 23.
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Associated Thoughts: On Making Mistakes
Mistakes happen. They happen all the time. But they especially happen when you are doing things for the first time.
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Help Document Modern Structures
Join us on April 29 to learn how to conduct field surveys of significant architectural resources from the recent past. A second session will teach you how to enter the survey data into DHR’s VCRIS database.
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Call for Content: The May Health & Wellness Issue
Do you have a case study, research, or best practices to share in the May Health & Wellness Issue of Inform? Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects, associate members, and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Virginia HRC Survey
The Virginia HRC is requesting your input on how to best serve the needs of the preservation community. Let us know what programming you’d find most useful by sharing your preferences.
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Fellows Celebration
On Saturday night, April 10th, the Region of The Virginias celebrated the 2020 and 2021 elevated fellows – 13 in total!
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The Governor’s Office is Looking to Appoint Architects
This year, AIA Virginia will be providing the Governor’s Office a slate of candidates for consideration for appointment to two of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Boards and Commissions.
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Events Around the Region
Did you know Inform Magazine collects events from chapters and organizations from all around the region? Stay abreast of the very best events for architects and architecture fans by bookmarking the Inform calendar.
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Looking for a one-stop spot for Architecture Month events? You can find those on Inform too.
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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
April 16: 2021 AIA Virginia Prize Panel Discussion
April 19: Advocacy 101: Becoming an Advocate in Virginia
April 21: Key Retirement Planning Strategies for Architects and Firm Owners
April 21: Message Book Training: Strategies for Communicating Effectively
April 26: Advocacy 101: Becoming an Advocate in Virginia (Alternate Session)
April 28: Message Book Training: Strategies for Communicating Effectively (Alternate Session)
April 29: Conducting Field Surveys of Significant Architectural Resources from the Recent Past
April 29: Entering Field Survey Data into the Virginia Cultural Resources Information System (VCRIS)
April 30: Celebrating Equity through DeafSpace Design: An Exploration of Gallaudet University’s Campus
May 12: Va. HRC Presents: Preservation Through Documentation
May 19: Stuff It or Wrap It: Understanding Advanced Wall Designs with Continuous Insulation

AIA Virginia Newsletter: March 2021

Speaking Up with a Unified Voice
AIA Virginia has never been more resolved to strengthen the culture of advocacy within our organization.
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2021 Architects Speak Up!
There is an old proverb in politics; if you are not seated at the dinner table then there is a good chance, you’re on the menu.
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Leading with Efficiency and Inclusivity
If you missed the February presentation, please plan to join us on March 24th to hear the recommendations from the recent study of our governance. You will be asked to vote on these changes later this year.
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Key Retirement Planning Strategies for Architects and Firm Owners
Confused by retirement planning? Join us at noon on April 21 for this free webinar designed to specifically address the needs of architects and firm owners.
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An Update on the AIA Virginia J.E.D.I. Committee
Since its inception in September 2020, the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has been dedicated to creating a more equitable architecture profession throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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General Assembly Wrap-Up
It was a different General Assembly session this year from its virtual format to lobbying by text messaging, calls, and videoconferences.
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Associated Thoughts: Springing Ahead
Despite the seeming sameness of a work-from-home, socially distanced life, we have all had lots of transitions this past year.
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The Heights Building Panel Discussion Recording Now Available
Speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, APS, Silman, and Gilbane shared insights into the design and construction of this structural masterpiece.
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The Governor’s Office is Looking to Appoint Architects
This year, AIA Virginia will be providing the Governor’s Office a slate of candidates for consideration for appointment to two of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Boards and Commissions.
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Call for Content: The Energy Issue
Do you have a case study, research, or best practices to share for the April Energy issue of Inform? Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

Roundtables Wrap Up
The Meeting of the Roundtables [Small Firm, Mid-Size Firm, Large Firm, and Emerging Professionals] occurred on Thursday, February 25. Click to read the highlights of each conversation.
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2021 Honors Committee Appointed
On Feb. 26, the AIA Virginia Board of Directors appointed the 2021 Honors Committee. Jim Clark, FAIA will serve as chair.
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Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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2021 AIA Virginia Prize Jury Announced; Special Event Scheduled for April 16
AIA Virginia announces the jury for the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize, chaired by Rob Reis, AIA. In a new initiative this year, AIA Virginia is convening a post-competition conversation with the students from the 4 schools, the jurors, and designers from the region on April 16.
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2021 Membership Dues
Do you need assistance paying your 2021 membership dues or need to update your license status or contact info?
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Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Firm Directory
Is your firm listed in the Virginia Firm Directory?
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Meet the Fellows
Which AIA Virginia fellow recommends the Old Fashion at the newly renovated Cavalier in Virginia Beach?
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At the Last Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.
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PAC
If you want to opt-out of giving to the AIA Virginia PAC from your 2021 dues payment, please click here.
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: February 2021

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.
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Governor Northam to Keynote AEC Virtual Symposium
Register today for the AEC Spring Symposium on March 17 hosted by the Virginia Chapters of the ACEC, AIA, and AGC.
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Committee on the Environment
A group of Virginia members is reinvigorating Virginia’s Committee on the Environment (COTE). If you are interested in serving on a steering committee that will help envision and plan programming, let us know.
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AIA Virginia Prize Challenge Announced
The 2021 Prize brief was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project. The winning submission will receive the $2,000 Prize award.
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Calling for the Next Generation to Shape our Future
President-Elect, Robert Easter, NOMAC, FAIA, invites you to share your vision for AIA Virginia.
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AIA Virginia General Assembly Update
The regular session adjourned sine die on Monday, February 8th. Governor Northam called a Special Session immediately following which commenced on that Wednesday and will adjourn sine die on Monday, March 1.
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Meeting of the Roundtables
Join us on February 25 to connect with other firm leaders and build a network of support for now and the future.
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Newly Licensed
Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure.
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Inform Call for Content: Accessibility Issue
Do you have a case study, research, or best practices to share for the March Accessibility issue of Inform? Submit your content suggestions to the editor.

Insulated Metal Panels: The Perfect Envelope Solution
Earn 1.0 AIA HSW learning units at this free webinar on March 17 at noon.
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2021 Membership Dues
Do you need assistance paying your 2021 membership dues or need to update your license or contact info?
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Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Presenting Virtual Lobby Month in May!
As part of invest in future generations and develop visionary leaders for service, AIA Virginia is going to launch an event that provides advocacy training and connects members with state legislators.
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2020 Emerging Leaders in Architecture Class
The journey of the ELA class of 2020 was unprecedented for many reasons. Read all about it from the class members.
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Landscapes of Learning: A Panel Discussion about The Heights Building
Join AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education and AIA Virginia on March 5 for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the Heights Building with BIG, Leo A. Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane.
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Associated Thoughts: Wintering
Anybody else feeling like the daily rhythm of work and rest is misaligned?
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Virginia HRC Presents: Lowcountry At High Tide
Join Virginia’s Historic Resources Committee on April 7 for our bi-monthly lunch and learn program featuring a book talk with author and American College of Building Arts educator, Christina Butler.
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Leading with Efficiency and Inclusivity
Join us on Feb. 22 to hear the recommendations from the recent study of our governance efficiency and inclusivity.
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Job Board
Check out the jobs available around the Commonwealth.
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Meet the Fellows
An inspiring profile that includes what it takes to be an architect of color.
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State Building Code
Technical Review Board Update
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Permanent Standards Approved
Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19.
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Be A Featured Member
Every week, AIA Virginia features a member on aiava.org. To submit your information for publication, click here
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PAC
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: January 2021

Further Together
2021 AIA Virginia President, Sean Reilly, AIA, shares his thoughts as we embark on a new year.
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Student Design Competition Launches Jan. 22
The 2021 AIA Virginia Prize launches on Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. The competition is a design charrette that engages students at all the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia.
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2021 Political Outlook in Virginia
On January 13th, the Virginia General Assembly will gavel into the 2021 session during an unprecedented time.
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Showcase Your Objects and Graphics Work in Inform
Inform Magazine is seeking contributions for the February Objects and Graphics issue. Articles should be between 300-1,000 words may link to outside sources — including your firm or university website. Contact Rhea George if you’re interested.

Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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Associated Thoughts: New Habits in a New Year
Other than a recent resolution to floss more consistently (stemming from the post-grad school financial shock of my first significant dental procedure), I have an admittedly poor record with immediate follow through on my resolutions.
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AEC Virtual Spring Symposium
Registration is now open for the AEC Spring Symposium hosted by the Virginia Chapters of the ACEC, AIA, and AGC.
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Announcing the New RAD
Sydney Huibregtse, Assoc. AIA has been selected as the new Regional Associate Director.
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AIA Virginia Welcomes Cranford
Please help us welcome Jody Cranford to the staff of AIA Virginia.
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Round Two of PPP Assistance: Economic Aid Act
An update on the CARES Act that now adds the Paycheck Protection Program to the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program.
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Public Comment Open
Draft Final Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19, 16 VAC25-220.
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2021 Membership Dues
Do you need assistance paying your 2021 membership dues or updating your license or contact info?
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New Fellows Regional Representative
Jane Rathbone, FAIA, has been named the new Region of The Virginias Fellows Representative.
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Where Are My People?
Dr. Kendall Nicholson, Director of Research and Information for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is excited to share the next piece of the Where Are My People? research series that investigates how architecture interacts with race.
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Be A Featured Member
Every week, AIA Virginia features a member on aiava.org. To submit your information for publication, click here>>

Meet the Fellows
Which Virginia Fellow includes in his design innovations the first precast dome ever constructed and the world’s largest wood roof?
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Latest Residential Firm Trends
The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey is a recognized source of emerging trends in residential design and business conditions at residential firms. The latest release shows that billings, inquires, and design contracts have rebounded at residential architecture firms after the record decline in Q1.
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Free Resume Review
To help you navigate the current job market, AIA offers free expert résumé review services through the AIA Career Center. Simply visit your account overview page and scroll to the TopResume section at the bottom to submit.
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Highlights from the December Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.
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AIA Virginia PAC
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AIA Virginia Newsletter: December 2020

Isolation, Community, and the AIA
How are you doing in 2020? AIA Virginia President, Beth Reader, FAIA, shares her end of the year thoughts.
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HRC Storytime: My Weird Project
If you’ve worked in historic preservation, you’ve come across some pretty weird and wonderful stuff. To kick off the re-constitution of Virginia’s Historic Resources Committee, we’re hosting a social event on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. Got an unusual case study? A fascinating discovery? A horror story? Let’s hear ‘em!
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Hindsight: A Look Back at Foresight 2020
Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, the profession came together online for a dynamic exploration of design and to celebrate the people and organizations that shape our world.
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An Architect’s Guide to Sound Isolation
Need an HSW credit before the end of the year? Join us for this free webinar on Dec. 16 at noon.
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AIA Central Virginia Wins 2020 PAC Rumble in the Jungle!
For the second time in three years, AIA Central Virginia took home the annual AIA Virginia PAC Rumble in the Jungle award.
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Class of 2021
Meet the 16 members of the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Architecture program.
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Governor’s Revenue Forecast and Budget
Take a look at the 2020 revenue forecast and revised budget.
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General Assembly Special Session Wrap-Up
The 2020 Special Session began on Tuesday, Aug. 18, to address the forecasted budget shortfall, impacts directly associated with COVID-19, and the ongoing calls for social and criminal justice reforms.
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Welcome These New Members
Please help us welcome these new members to the AIA as architects and associate members, transfers, and AIA Virginia Allied Members.
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2018 USBC Code Cycle Update
Every three years, Virginia goes through a code change cycle and this latest round saw a flurry of code proposals – over 320 total.
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Looking for Members to Feature
Every week, AIA Virginia features a member on aiava.org. To submit your information for publication, click here>>

Migrant Labor Camps
Surprising to many, are the number of migrant labor camps in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Explore the codes for this housing
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Meet the Fellows
Which fellow started the Virginia Design Forum when he was President of AIA Virginia?
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Highlights from the October Board Meeting
Read about the decisions made and items discussed at the last meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors.
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PAC
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