2021 Design Awards Announced

AIA Virginia is pleased to announce the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Architecture. Also known as the Design Awards, these honors celebrate projects no older than seven years that contribute to the built environment and are clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design. Award categories include Architecture, Contextual Design, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, and Residential Design. Within each of the 5 categories, consideration was given to sustainability, affordability, social impact, innovation, durability, addressing the natural and built context, and meeting the specific needs of the client.

From a field of 150 entries, only 20 were selected by the jury for recognition. These few projects stood above the rest as particularly notable. A project is recognized with an Honorable Mention for incorporating approaches that advance the profession.  Awards of Merit are presented to those project worthy of recognition and an Award of Honor is reserved for those projects deemed by the jury to be truly exceptional.

This year, the program included new and revised awards categories — including a small projects award and extended use awards. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment — with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence.

In the ADAPTIVE OR CONTINUED USE category

The work of retrofitting, renovating, adapting, and remodeling existing buildings accounts for almost half of U.S. architecture billings. This award celebrates design interventions upon existing buildings that help achieve carbon reduction through creative reuse and adaptation.

Award of Honor

1125 Commerce by Two Street Studio

1125 Commerce (Richmond, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Two Street Studio
Owner: Spy Rock Real Estate and Crescent Development
General Contractor: J.D. Lewis Construction Management, Inc.
Structural, Civil, Landscape: Balzer and Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineers: ONEIL Engineering Services
Historic Consultant: Sadler & Whitehead Architects, PLC
Envelope Consultant: TAM Consultants Inc.
ADA Consultant: MJC Designs, LLC
Photographer: Keith Isaacs
Jury Comments: This clever adaptive reuse of an existing warehouse building to create affordable housing using Universal Design standards really “hit it out of the park.” The jury appreciated the interconnected series of open-air courtyards that function as pedestrian streets and spaces for community-building.

Award of Merit

Central View from Entry of Allen Myers building by Via

Allan Myers (Chesapeake, Va.)

Architecture Firm: VIA design architects, pc
Owner: Allan Myers, Inc.
General Contractor: Heartland Construction, Inc.
Structural Engineer: NRW Engineering, P.C.
MEP Engineer: Robert G. Dashiell, Jr., Inc.
Landscape Architect: Insite Studio
Interiors and Branding: VIA design architects, pc
Photographers: UPStudio, Yuzhu Zheng
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated how this well-executed adaptation revealed the geometry of the structural trusses, highlighting one of the best features of the existing building.

In the ARCHITECTURE category

The jury considers aesthetics, adherence to the client wishes, proven and projected building performance, and concept development during its deliberations.

Awards of Honor

Exterior of University of Virginia’s University Hospital Expansion by Perkins & Will

University of Virginia’s University Hospital Expansion (Charlottesville, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Perkins & Will
Owner: University of Virginia Health System
General Contractor: Skanska
MEP Engineer (New Construction): BR+A
MEP Engineer (Renovation): Valley Engineering
Civil Engineer: VHB
Landscape Consultant: Rhodeside & Harwell
Green Roof Consultant: Roof Meadows
Helipad Design and Construction: FEC Helicopters
Photographer: Halkin Mason Photography
Jury Comments: The jury called this thoughtful hospital refreshingly clever and beautifully detailed. They particularly appreciated the attention to lighting. “Hospitals are really difficult to do well,” they said. “This is one of the better ones.”

Exterior of Lubber Run by VMDO

Lubber Run Community Center (Arlington, Va.)

Architecture Firm: VMDO Architects
Owner: Arlington County Parks and Recreation
General Contractor: MCN Build
Photographer: Tom Holdsworth Photography
Jury Comments: The jury commended the site plan, calling the approach “really gorgeous.” “I love how the project is nestled into the landscape with the building emerging out of the land. It’s definitely one of the more original projects we’ve seen.”

Awards of Merit

Exterior of Old Dominion Boat Club

Old Dominion Boat Club (Alexandria, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Winstanley Architects & Planners
Owner: Old Dominion Boat Club
General Contractor: Forrester Construction
Photographer: Jessica Marcotte Photography
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated how the nautical iconography was incorporated in a contemporary way, as well as the simplicity of the volume and material choices. “There’s a nice discipline to it,” the jury said. “The way the designers united the old and the new was skillfully done with a real attention to detail. It’s beautifully crafted and subtle.”

Exterior of the Quirk Hotel in Charlottesville designed by ARCHITECTUREFIRM

Quirk Hotel (Charlottesville, Va.)

Architecture Firm: ARCHITECTUREFIRM
Owner: Quirk Charlottesville, LLC
General Contractor: Martin Horn
Photographers: James Ewing Photography and Palindrome Creative Co.
Jury Comments: The jury called this project, “very simple, but very beautiful … The vaulted ceilings and variations in geometries create a really interesting interior. It feels very contemporary while being respectful to its context. “I think this is one of the strongest projects,” said one juror. “It doesn’t feel out of scale, even though it’s clearly so much larger.”

Honorable Mention

Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (Mexico)

Design Architect: Richard Kennedy Architects (RKA)
Architect of Record: Page Southerland Page, Inc.
Associate Architect: Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA)
Owner: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
General Contractor: BL Harbert International
Photographer: Gabe Border
Engineering Consultant: Arup
Fire Protection: Rolf Jensen & Associates
Geotechnical Engineering: Schnabel Engineering
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated this project, calling it “very elegantly built” and noting that it was among the better of the large scale projects they saw.

In the CONTEXTUAL DESIGN category

The awards for contextual design are chosen based on outstanding architecture that perceptibly reflects the history, culture, and physical environment of the place in which it stands and that, in turn, contributes to the function, beauty, and meaning of its larger context.

Award of Merit

The Loos at Hermitage Museum & Gardens  by Hanbury

The Loos at Hermitage Museum & Gardens (Norfolk, Va.)

Architect: Hanbury
Owner: Hermitage Museum & Gardens
General Contractor: E. T. Gresham Company
Photographers: Yuzhu Zheng Photography, Justin Hankins Photography
Jury Comments: The jury was charmed by this restroom nestled neatly into its bucolic context.

In the HISTORIC PRESERVATION category

The historic preservation category focuses specifically on excellence in strategies, tactics, and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites. The jury takes into consideration adherence to local, state, and national criteria for historic preservation.

Award of Merit

The Residences at St. Elizabeths East Campus

The Residences at St. Elizabeths East Campus (Washington, D.C.)

Architecture Firm: Cunningham | Quill Architects
Co-owners: Anacostia Economic Development Corp. and Flaherty & Collins Properties
General Contractor: GCS Sigal
Landscape Architects: OEHME, VAN SWEDEN
Structural Design: Robert Silman Associates
MEP Design: Setty & Associates International
Sustainable Design Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting LLC
Historic Consultant: EHT Traceries Inc.
Civil Engineering: Wiles Mensch Corporation
Code Consultant: Jenson Hughes
Photographer: Hoachlander Davis Photography
Jury Comments: The jury called this project “clever and thoughtful,” and “truly comprehensive.” They also appreciated the care taken to improve the spatial quality to create a warm environment.

In the INTERIOR DESIGN category

Interior design projects are judged on mastery of composition, functionality, material and color palettes, and well-integrated adherence to the highest levels of accessibility, health and safety, environmental, and occupant-comfort considerations, standards, and regulations.

Awards of Merit

Interior of Met Square by Gensler

Met Square (Washington, D.C.)

Architecture Firm: Gensler
Owner: Boston Properties
General Contractor: Davis Construction
Photographer: Jessica Marcotte
Jury Comments: The jury found the architrave to be particularly notable, remarking that it “really completed the ground level space.”

Leidos Headquarters

Leidos Headquarters (Reston, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Gensler
Owner: Leidos
General Contractor: HITT Contracting, Inc.
Photographer: Garrett Rowland
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated the conceptual ideas expressed in this project, calling it “adventurous.”

In the RESIDENTIAL DESIGN category

Aesthetic appeal and functionality are two long-established criteria for home design, as are affordability and resource efficiency. The jury looks at each submission in its totality toward meeting those goals.

Award of Honor

Wildcat Mountain Residence

Wildcat Mountain Residence (The Plains, Va.)

Architecture Firm: David Jameson Architect Inc.
Owner: Withheld
General Contractor: PureForm Builders
Photographer: Paul Warchol
Jury Comments: “This project has beautiful spaces, inside and out,” said the jury. They particularly appreciated the entry.

Awards of Merit

Three Hills House by ARCHITECTUREFIRM

Three Hills House (Fredericksburg, Va.)

Architecture Firm: ARCHITECTUREFIRM
Owner: Michele & Arash Mansouri
General Contractor: Van Zandt Restorations, LLC
Photographer: James Ewing
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated the rigor of this project and that it is not only independent of the public power grid, but actually produces a surplus of energy. Concealing the solar panels on the roof was clever.

A Complemented Tudor by Donald Lococo Architects

A Complemented Tudor (Arlington, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Donald Lococo Architects
Owner: Eric and Jill Lyttle
General Contractor: Clemens Builders, LLC
Photographer: Hoachlander Davis Photography
Jury Comments: The jury appreciated this project’s whole concept — particularly the thoughtful interiors.

Honorable Mention

Crooked Bow Tie House by Reader & Swartz Architects

Crooked Bow Tie House (withheld)

Architecture Firm: Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Owner: Withheld
General Contractor: Willoughby Construction and Consulting
Structural Engineer: Painter-Lewis, PLC
Photographer: Nathan Webb, AIA, LEED AP
Jury Comments: The jury particularly appreciated this project for its boldly contrasting façade.

In the SMALL PROJECTS category

Design excellence can be achieved, no matter the size or scope of a project. These awards celebrate projects with modest budgets that have a substantial impact. Small Project Awards are given in three categories, offering opportunities for recognition to a wide range of project sizes and budgets. All projects must demonstrate design achievement, including how the project fits into its environment and how the project connects to the Framework for Design Excellence.

Projects under 5,000 Square Feet

Award of Merit

Dual Modern by KUBE Architecture

Dual Modern (Silver Spring, Md.)

Architecture Firm: KUBE architecture PC
Owner: Janet Bloomberg
General Contractor: ThinkMakeBuild
Photographer: Hoachlander Davis Photography
Jury Comments: “I like this funky little thing,” one juror exclaimed, calling it a “little bit of So Cal in the woods.”

Projects up to $150,000

Award of Merit

Camp Barker Memorial at Garrison Elementary School by After Architecture

Camp Barker Memorial at Garrison Elementary School (Washington, D.C.)

Architecture Firm: After Architecture, LLC
Owner: D.C. Department of General Services
Fabricator: Bruce Baldwin
Sculptor: Bronze Narrative Bas Reliefs — Vinnie Bagwell
Structural Engineer: Yun Associates, LLC
Photographer: Sam Oberter
Jury Comments: There is a humbleness to this project that the jury admired. “Monuments should be used,” they said. The jury appreciated that “the monument would be something you pass through instead of something to be revered and looked at upon a pedestal.” “Oftentimes,” they continued, “these projects don’t have any architectural aspiration whatsoever and the politics overrule. This one does have an architectural aspiration.”

Projects up to $500,000

Honorable Mention

exterior photo of Jackson Modern with smurf mural on side

Jackson Modern (Richmond, Va.)

Architecture Firm: Two Street Studio
Owner: Jackson Modern LLC
General Contractor: QHCI
Photographer: Trevor Davis
Jury Comments: “This project is not like any of the others,” said one juror. “It’s respectful of its context. I really love the section and the skylights.”

In the UNBUILT WORK category

Unbuilt work was considered, as long as it was commissioned by a client as opposed to hypothetical work completed in the mode of research or academic training.

Honorable Mentions

Playground+ by HKS

Playground+ (Richmond, Va.)

Architecture Firm: HKS, Inc.
Owner: Hillside Court Resource Center, Patrice Shelton
General Contractor: Barton Mallow
Renderings: Palmtech
Jury Comments: The design team is doing something really notable with this project, and it should be recognized for its societal benefits.

Library of Songdo International City by mcdowellespinosa architects

Library of Songdo International City (South Korea)

Architecture Firm: mcdowellespinosa architects
Owners: Yeonsu-gu office, Incheon-si, S. Korea Architecture Division
Photographer: mcdowellespinosa architects
Jury Comments: “This project has a clear diagram and the CLT bookstack is an interesting idea. I liked the clarity of it becoming a structural core as well as a programmatic core. It’s one of the more adventurous projects.” It’s like “New Brutalism,” said one juror.

About the Awards

All entries must be the work of architects who have an office in Virginia or are members of AIA Virginia. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built work submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2014. Un-built work was also considered, as long as it was commissioned by a client as opposed to hypothetical work completed in the mode of research or academic training.

Visions Raises Scholarship Funds for Hampton U

In the past, Visions for Architecture, our annual celebration recognizing AIA Virginia’s Honors and Design Award winners has served as a fundraiser to support a wide range of architectural education.

Like last year, in 2021 we’re using Visions to raise funds to support scholarships. Our friends at Hampton University need our direct support and we’re asking you to join the cause.

In addition to recognizing our honorees, Visions will serve as a mini telethon to raise money to support Hampton University’s department of architecture Scholarship Fund. Hampton has a 5-year Master of Architecture program. Students in their final year of the program lose access to the traditional undergraduate financial aid such as Pell Grants. This fund directly helps these students when many funding streams are no longer available to them.

Support Virginia’s only HBCU with an accredited architecture program by making a charitable contribution today.

Your gift will directly, and meaningfully, contribute to diversity in the profession. Please give today.

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.

Organized by architect Joe McCoy, AIA, the exhibition highlights the work of 33 students and their responses to the 2021 challenge which was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project. Visitors can also find out how to get involved in the  Alexandria Community Remembrance Project, a city-wide initiative dedicated to helping Alexandria understand its history.

A reception will be held on Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

AIA Virginia Prize at Torpedo Factory
Photo courtesy of Joe McCoy, AIA.

About the AIA Virginia Prize
The AIA Virginia Prize is a design charrette that engages students at all the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. The competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.

About Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.

Ming Fung Announced as 2021 Design Awards Jury Chair

Design Partner of the widely-recognized LA-based firm Mithūn | Hodgetts + Fung, Ming Fung, FAIA, will serve as the jury chair for the 2021 Design Awards program.

About Hsinming Fung

Ming Fung’s design practice is energized by her lifelong commitment to the arts and education. She brings purpose, creativity and high production standards to an architectural practice widely admired for innovation and experimentation. As design partner, Ming has utilized a refined design palette towards the realization of each project, including the award-winning temporary Towell Library at UCLA, the 50-acre master plan for the Los Angeles Arts Park, and the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Among her recent projects are a new performing arts center at CalArts and design of the Chapel of the North American Martyrs in Sacramento.

A leading figure in design and architectural education, Fung is in demand world-wide as a critic and lecturer. She has twice held the Eero Saarinen Chair at Yale University among other academic chairs. She was awarded the Gold Medal Award by AIA Los Angeles, served as Presidential Appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts Council, and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Advance Fellowship.

About the Design Awards

AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past eight years. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2014. The entry deadline is June 24, 2021.

There are six categories in the Awards for Excellence: Architecture; Extended Use (including historic preservation and adaptive use) Interiors; Contextual Design; Residential Design and Small Projects. See complete descriptions of each category. Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment, with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence

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.  

The Honors program recognizes the best efforts of Virginians who — by profession or avocation — have made creating, preserving, and enhancing Virginia’s communities an important life commitment.

Important note: The AIA Virginia board, at its April 2021 board meeting, revised the date range for the Test of Time Award, expanding it to include work between 25-75 years old. As you’re considering your nominees, please keep this in mind!

Nominations

Nominations must be submitted online. Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 15 MB.

Nominations for all AIA Virginia honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by AIA Virginia committees, or by the Board of Directors itself.

Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. Members of the Honors Committee may not be used as a reference or adviser or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor.

The deadline is Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria and submission requirements vary by award. Click on the awards listed below for additional details and to review past recipients.

Award Categories

The William C. Noland Medal, as the highest award bestowed on a member architect, is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, that spans a broad spectrum of the profession and that transcends the scope of normal professional activities. Only one medal may be bestowed each year.

The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment. Only one medal may be bestowed each year but may be given simultaneously to more than one person.

The T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Architecture Firm Award, as the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm, recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.

The Virginia Emerging Professional Award recognizes the accomplishments of an emerging leader in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in any of the following: design, research, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, service to the community, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement recognizes either a singular achievement by an architect or the work of an entire career in any of the following: design, practice, education, service as a “citizen architect,” service to the profession, or initiatives to advance social justice, equity, diversity, or inclusion.

Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the AIA Virginia but who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment within the domain of AIA Virginia.

AIA Virginia Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts. An individual who has previously been elected an Honorary Member of AIA Virginia is ineligible to receive AIA Virginia Honors.

The Test of Time Award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance. The structure should be in Virginia and must be no less than 25 years old. Building use may change over time if the overall design is cherished as a significant contribution to the community and the built environment.

2021 Design Awards: Call for Entries

AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past seven years. Also known as the Design Awards, the program is juried by a team of esteemed practitioners.

Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment — with particular emphasis on the Framework for Design Excellence.

Each entry must include a completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form as page one of its submission. It is understood that every project is different and may not respond to each measure within the Framework. The jury will consider each design holistically and within context.

No specific number of awards is set, and the program is open to all categories of building as well as interiors projects. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Enter online.

In 2021, we’ve launched new and revised awards categories — including a small projects award and extended use awards. To learn more about these changes, watch the recording of an overview that we offered on May 14 at 4 p.m.

Check out the complete descriptions of each of the awards categories, and review the regulations, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions for more information.

Awards Categories include:

  • Architecture;
  • Contextual Design;
  • Extended Use with the following sub-categories:
    • Historic Preservation
    • Adaptive or Continued Use
    • Continued Use of Owner-Occupied Single-Family House Following Renovation
  • Interiors;
  • Residential; and
  • Small Projects with the following sub-categories:
    • Up to $150K in construction cost
    • Up to $500K in construction cost
    • Under 5,000 square feet (Updated from 2,500)

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on June 24, 2021. Note: You should be prepared to submit your concealed ID and project submission upon entry.

Entry fees

AIA Virginia Members:
$190 for the first project
$160 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $100 for each entry
Note: The entrant must be a member of AIA Virginia to be eligible to receive the member discount. The submitting AIA Virginia member must be a contributor to the design team.

Non-members of the AIAVA (must have an office located in Virginia):
$245 for the first project
$220 for each additional project
The Small Projects Category has a reduced entry fee of $200 for each entry

Not an AIA Virginia member? Apply for unassigned membership.

About the Framework for Design Excellence

Developed by members of the AIA, the Framework for Design Excellence, represents the defining principles of good design in the 21st century. It’s intended to be accessible and relevant for every architect, every client, and every project — regardless of size, typology, or aspiration.

The 10 measures that make up the Framework are intended to inspire progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. They represent standards of excellence as defined by members of the AIA. These measures align with the AIA’s core values which are collectively defined by members across the country.

The completed Framework for Design Excellence Project Information Form is required and shall be page 1 of each submission.

We recognize every project is different and may not respond to every measure within the Framework. The jury will consider the design holistically and within context.

Data may not be available for some metrics on the form, or the client may prefer to keep certain metrics confidential. If this is the case, space is provided on the form to provide an explanation.

Entrants are encouraged to call out extraordinary responses to specific measures in the remaining 6 pages of their submission as well.

Cheadle, Cushing, and Daniel Granted Honorary Membership from Virginia Architects

Judy Cheadle, Patrick Cushing, and Sam Daniel will be recognized by AIA Virginia with Honorary Membership for their sustained commitment and tireless work on behalf of the Commonwealth’s 7,000 licensed architects. Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the AIA Virginia but who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment within the domain of AIA Virginia.

Cheadle, who is retiring as AIA’s Director of Sales this year, served as the key business development team member instrumental in the financial success of AIA Virginia programs. For sponsors, exhibitors, and partners, she was the “face” of architecture, working tirelessly to make Architecture Exchange East, Design Forum, Art of Practice, and Inform Magazine valuable venues and resources for architects, product manufacturers, and everyone in the region’s design community. “ Her success is easily acknowledged by the number of allied partners who continue to support AIA Virginia year after year to build professional relationships with our 2,500 architects and designers,” says Elizabeth Reader, FAIA, in her nomination letter. “Undoubtedly, there is a direct and obvious link between Judy’s contributions to the profession and the success of AIA Virginia.”

Cushing, a Richmond-based attorney with Williams Mullen, has lobbied the Virginia General Assembly on behalf of the Commonwealth’s architects and engineers for nearly a decade, advancing the work of AIA Virginia’s and Virginia ACE’s Joint Legislative Committee. Cushing’s work has been instrumental in protecting Qualifications Based Selection, limiting low-bid practices for architecture and engineering services, and establishing a statute of limitations on design claims by state agencies, among other accomplishments.

Of Cushing, Kenneth Payne, AIA, Vice President of Quality Control, Risk Management, and Training at Moseley Architects and an AIA Virginia representative on the JLC, asks, “You may think, ‘Isn’t that what we pay him to do?’ Perhaps, but consider this: When negotiations were not going well and it looked like the other side was going to oppose our bill, Patrick could have given up, as well, but instead, encouraged us to keep discussions going.” Simply put, says Payne, “Patrick has rendered distinguished and exemplary service representing the architectural community before the General Assembly for nearly ten years.”

Daniel, of Daniel & Company, a full-service general contracting and construction management firm, is a committed preservationist who eagerly accepts projects with historical significance and executes thoughtful and contextual renovations and additions. His company’s passion for “Building History,” underscores decades of fruitful partnerships with Virginia’s premier firms to preserve whenever possible, restore in a respectful way, and construct anew with more than an eye toward the Commonwealth’s architectural heritage. “His leadership and support of the  Branch House through his stewardship efforts has been outstanding and the building’s health is turning the corner toward stabilization and prominence,” note architect Robert Boynton, FAIA, and AIA Richmond President Nick Cooper, AIA.

Daniel is also a champion of sustainability, encouraging all of Daniel & Company employees to participate in continuing education and obtain LEED Certification, enabling the company to successfully complete LEED Certified Projects, some achieving Gold status. Over the years, Daniel & Company has worked with a who’s who of Virginia firms, from Hanbury Evans to Carlton Abbott to BAM Architects to Odell to Commonwealth Architects, among dozens of others. His affiliations over the years have included the Virginia Council of CEOs, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the Monument Avenue Preservation Society, as well as Virginia AIA, about which Boyton and Cooper write, “His impressive credentials and his continued support of AIA Virginia will certainly enrich all of our architectural lives.”

Honorary Membership will be conferred at Visions for Architecture on Thursday, Oct. 8 in an online awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.

Bulova and VCU Office of Planning and Design Recognized with AIA Virginia Honors

Delegate David Bulova and the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Office of Planning and Design were recognized with AIA Virginia Honors in 2020. AIA Virginia Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts.

AIA Virginia Honoree, the Honorable David Bulova, is a delegate from Virginia’s 37th House District, representing the City of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County. Bulova’s achievements in the areas of smart growth, equity, and alternative energy have garnered praise from many quarters, and his reputation as a results-driven legislator is matched by his knowledge of architecture’s practice and regulation. His appreciation for the role architecture and planning play in shaping livable places without compromising environmental health has been made abundantly clear by his legislative achievements in the areas of transportation, education, affordable housing, energy, and the environment. As an acclaimed member of the allied field of environmental planning, and as a respected member of the Virginia House of Delegates for fifteen years, Delegate Bulova has championed legislation that furthers the goals of AIA Virginia’s Strategic Plan and Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements. Those achievements include House Bill 1471 giving Fairfax additional authority to negotiate with developers to provide affordable housing, House Bill 1913, authorizing localities to require sidewalks during development to promote walking, biking, and public transit, and House Bill 1158, requiring the review of a state water supply plan by the State Water Control Board when making permitting decisions. Delegate Bulova’s personal, professional, and legislative endeavors attest to his commitment to equity and sustainability in both the built and natural environments; a commitment that we share as architects.

AIA Virginia Honoree, the VCU Office of Planning and Design, led for the last 27 years by Mary P. Cox, FAIA, has transformed the City of Richmond’s largest campus from a commuter school into a rich and vibrant collegiate community. VCU has taken its place among its peers with robust enrollment numbers and by investing more than $1.5 billion in new construction, renovations, and additions in the 27 years of the Office of Planning and Design’s existence. Acting as the design conscience of VCU, the Office of Planning and Design has effectively collaborated with architects over the years and challenged them to consider Richmond’s urban fabric, the university’s needs, and the health and wellness of its students, faculty, staff, and neighbors.

The office, itself, is known as an environment of mutual trust and respect in its support of staff and the creative process of design, as well as an effective public advocate of architectural literacy. The Office of Planning and Design has long partnered with organizations to engage the architecture profession, the larger design community, and the public’s trust, including AIA Virginia, the Association of University Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond, among others.

At the helm, Noland Medal recipient Mary Cox has defined, defended, reinvigorated, and advanced the Office of Planning and Design, which, in turn, has advanced VCU’s standing within higher education. As part of her tenure, no fewer than five master plans have been adopted by the university, and dozens of new academic, medical, athletic, and research facilities have been designed and constructed. Her retirement in July of 2020 signals the end of an era for the Office of Planning and Design, but her vision and steadfast commitment over the years has created an ample foundation for VCU’s next chapter at a time when concepts like physicality, health, and community will need to evolve at campuses everywhere.

The Awards will be presented at Visions for Architecture on Thursday, Oct. 8 in an online awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Awarded the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will be awarded the Architectural Medal for Virginia Service this year for its commitment to environmental, social, and financial health in its building campaigns, and aligning this commitment with curricular innovation. As the AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service honors an individual or an organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to our understanding and awareness of the built environment. Since 1984, and with this year’s award, 35 individuals and two organizations have been premiated with the medal.

VBCPS students actively learn about the interconnectedness of our world, and through the school district’s efforts, they are able to recognize the importance of place, values, and culture in the Commonwealth. For the past 15 years, VBCPS has been both a regional and statewide recognized leader in school design and sustainability. Since the development and initiation of their Sustainable Schools program in 2006, VBCPS has constructed nine LEED buildings, and plans to complete three more in 2020 alone, bringing its LEED building inventory to over 2 million square feet. Since 2006, they have managed to reduce their energy use per square foot by 27 percent, even while adding nine percent to their total building square footage, resulting in a cumulative cost avoidance of $45 million since 2006.

VBCPS’s commitment has expanded beyond the building envelope to demonstrate how the Commonwealth’s fourth largest school district can walk the walk on sustainability in a real and long-term way. Examples include implementing a “cook-from-scratch” program for cafeteria food (thereby relying less on packaged items and instructing students on food sourcing and preparation), to supporting electric buses and charging stations, to its 25-year partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create outdoor learning experiences, to integrating sustainable messages, practices, and principles into all aspects of its curriculum for all grades.

In his nomination letter, AIA Hampton Roads President Scott A. Campbell, AIA, applauded “VBCPS’s exceptional and relentless dedication to their mission of ‘educating students about the Triple Bottom Line and understanding the interconnectedness and interdependency of social, economic and environmental systems,” and calling VBCPS’s award, “a well-deserved honor for their incredible accomplishments in school design and sustainability.”

The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service will be presented at Visions for Architecture on Thursday, Oct. 8 in an online awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.

Mark Gardner Announced as 2020 Design Awards Jury Chair

Principal of New York-based firm Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects and Director for the Parsons New School MArch program Mark Gardner, AIA, NOMA will serve as the jury chair for the 2020 Design Awards program.

About Mark Gardner, AIA, NOMA

Gardner takes a serious interest in the nexus of architecture and art — one of long-standing importance to both his professional practice and his writings. He is committed to practicing architecture as a socially beneficial art form.

Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects is an award-winning design practice with an international reputation for design excellence, material research, and its exacting commitment to craft. The firm has won an AIA National Honor Award and numerous AIANY, NOMA, and Architizer design awards. The practice is currently working with a non-profit partner on a Honey Bee Study Center in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Gardner is the Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice and Society at the School of the Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School. He’s on the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School Of Design, where he is helping the school study issues of diversity and inclusion. He also currently serves on the board of the Youth Design Center (YDC), a nonprofit on a mission to reduce the number of disconnected youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn by lowering their barriers to entry to the STEAM professions and increasing their relevant experience in the innovation economy.

He is Past President and former Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a member of the AIANY Exhibition Committee and Past Co-Chair and current member of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is Vanguard Member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.

About the Design Awards

AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture recognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past eight years. The location of projects is not restricted, but any built works submitted for consideration must have been completed after January 1, 2012. 

There are five categories in the Awards for Excellence: Architecture; Historic Preservation; Interiors; Contextual Design; and Residential Design.

Each entry will be judged on how successful the project is in meeting its individual requirements, with particular emphasis on design excellence. In each category, consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment.