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Design Forum – Save the Date

Design Forum XIII is coming to Roanoke!

Taking place on April 6-7, 2018 at the award winning Taubman Museum of Art, Design Forum XIII will continue the trend of showcasing thought-provoking and inspiring work.

With the setting being southwestern Virginia’s preeminent art museum and with Virginia Tech around the corner, Design Forum XIII will be focusing on Art and Architecture, how the two often play a delicate dance with each other, and how emerging construction methods continue to allow creators to make what we thought was impossible.

We hope to see you in Roanoke in April in 2018!

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New 2017 AIA Owner/Architect Agreements: First Look!

You’re Invited: April 19, 2017

AIA and the ABA Forum on Construction Law/Design Division proudly present this pre-release program on the upcoming changes to the new AIA owner/architect agreements, focusing primarily on the edits to the AIA’s flagship B101-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect. Read more and how to register>>

The above educational program is being held in conjunction with a larger meeting of the ABA Forum on Construction Law taking place in D.C. The ABA Forum on Construction Law invites you to attend the Forum’s 2017 Annual meeting  “A Capital View: Best Practices in Inside and Outside Construction.” The program will be held in the J.W. Marriott on April 20-22, 2017.  AIA members would be afforded the opportunity to attend the program at the ABA Forum membership rates ($610). More info and how to register>>

If you have any questions on the events above, please feel free to contact:

Tamara Harrington
American Bar Association | Forums Associate Director
321 N. Clark Street, 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
P: 312.988.5674

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Reflecting on Firm Culture

“We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance, and truly begin to live our dreams.” ~ Les Brown

Friday, March 31 brought the first Art of Practice Conference to AIA Virginia firm principals.  It was a pleasure to welcome so many of the profession’s leaders to the inaugural experience.  I especially want to again thank Maggie Schubert, AIA.  Maggie graciously accepted her appointment as the chair of this first-ever event and has been dedicated to its success since that moment.  We all have her to thank for envisioning and executing such a special member-focused conference.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

The day centered, as the title suggested, on matters of import to architectural practice, particularly firm culture.  It was (and will be) intended to complement the focus on design that is afforded by the ever-popular Virginia Design Forum.  Art of Practice will take place on alternating years (odd years) with the Forum (even years).  This program promises to be transformational for our profession within the Commonwealth, particularly as it grows and develops in the coming years.

In anticipation of the session, I recalled the inspiring words of noted African-American speaker Les Brown, quoted above.  If we apply Mr. Brown’s admonition to ourselves, it reminds us that WE ALONE have the capacity to be the architects, the designers, of an enriched firm culture … of a transformed culture for the profession … and of an enhanced, “big-C” Culture for the public we serve.  The Art of Practice Conference is our chance to design that future as it relates specifically to our practices.  It offers the perfect opportunity for us to work collectively and collaboratively to chart a course toward a preferred future for this profession.  As our firms grow stronger, the profession at-large in our state will be elevated as well.

Some 14 years ago, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) rightly shown a spotlight on “studio culture” through their Studio Culture Task Force Report.  We have all become sensitized to “studio culture” as a result of their great research and reporting.  Schools now have stated expectations for the way students will be treated in the studio and in the classroom.  The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has included the requirement for a policy on studio culture in their Conditions and Procedures, and schools are ‘dinged’ if they don’t have a policy in place.

But what have WE, as a profession, done to transfigure firm culture?  That is OUR part to determine and be dedicated to.  Aspects of firm culture certainly impact our emerging professionals, yes.  But, firm culture that is constructive, positive, and supportive inures to the benefit of all office team members, not only those just entering practice.

For this year, our conference focused on the aspects of firm culture that get at the heart of how individuals in this profession are engaged within their respective practice settings.  I hope that beginning with Art of Practice, we’ll have a new and different conversation that leads to a new and different place.  Better firm culture for ALL firms.  Better experiences for all employees.  Better outcomes for all clients.  We can especially anticipate a more amazing future as a result of our efforts on behalf of our practices … and the profession.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | EVP, AIA Virginia

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Art of Practice Wrap

AIA Virginia’s new conference focused on the practice of architecture kicked off for the first time on March 31st. The conference, titled Art of Practice, brought together firm leaders and emerging professionals from throughout the state to discuss firm culture topics ranging from equity and diversity to leadership development and building effective teams. The Mid-Sized and Small Firm Roundtables were also launched during the Art of Practice.

Conference Chair Maggie Schubert, AIA, welcomed attendees to the conference along with AIA Virginia President for 2017 Bill Brown, AIA, and AIA Virginia Executive Vice President Helene Dreiling, FAIA. Each spoke to the importance of the Art of Practice going forward and how the Art of Practice can grow to help reach our Strategic Plan goal of advancing the knowledge and expertise of our members with a focus on educational opportunities surrounding the business of architecture. Firm Culture breakouts followed along with a regulatory update by Kate Nosbisch from the APILSCIDLA Board and legislative update from Patrick Cushing from Williams Mullen.

The afternoon focused on building knowledge communities within the profession with the ongoing dialogue at the Large Firm Roundtable and the founding of the Mid-Sized and Small Firm Roundtables. AIA Virginia sees these Roundtables as an important piece of the future of the profession as we continue to promote the sharing of ideas on how to grow and strengthen the profession. If you would like to be a part of any of the Firm Roundtables in the future, please contact Helene Dreiling at

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ArchEx Call for Presentations

Architecture Exchange East is the annual thought-leadership conference and expo curated by AIA Virginia. It will be held Nov. 1–3, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia, with an audience of several thousand architects and allied professionals over the course of the three-day event. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to present talks that are future-focused on a wide range of subjects ― and to provoke important conversations among design professionals.

Celebrating its 30th year, ArchEx has always strived to help push the profession forward. We are looking for exciting and engaging topics and speakers to make this historic ArchEx, a truly special one.

Your talk could range from a one-hour session to a full-day workshop. We don’t want to box you into a particular format. We’re encouraging creative approaches to content delivery, including panel discussions, tours, and guided collaborative conversations. We welcome all proposals.

Propose an offering you think is relevant and timely. To propose an offering, complete and submit the Presentation Proposal Form by May 31, 2017. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted by July 2017.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.


  • Submit a completed proposal form online
    • As we are using a new proposal system, you will need to create a profile to submit a proposal.
    • Please save your login info as you will be able to edit submissions until the deadline day.
    • In progress proposals can be saved, though it is recommended that you submit and edit proposals. Proposals will not be viewed by reviewers prior to the deadline so edit as often as needed.
  • Proposals must be received by the deadline date.
  • Expert speakers with public speaking experience are preferred
  • Presentation content must be sufficient for the proposed length of the session

Deadline is 10 p.m., May 21, 2017

Decision Process

All proposals are evaluated by AIA Virginia’s Program Advisory Group and Professional Excellence Advisory Council to ensure they address educational needs of the audience and that the program is well balanced. The submission review process will begin in June and will continue until the entire program is set.

If you would like to be a part of the Program Advisory Group and help shape the ArchEx program, please contact Marshall Dreiling at or (804) 237-1769.

Suggestions and Questions

Suggestions for potential speakers or questions about the conference can be directed to Marshall Dreiling, Education Manager at or (804) 237-1769.

Seminar Tracks

There are seven educational tracks:

  • Design (includes all design-related topics, urban and universal, interior design, landscaping, Master Architects Series, etc.);
  • Building Tech (trades, BIM, codes, software, emerging technology, regulations, contracts, AIA Documents, etc);
  • Historic(includes tax credits, research, restorations, rehabilitations for alternative uses, etc.),
  • Business (includes all business topics);
  • Sustainability (includes sustainable design, materials, building practices, etc.); and 
  • General (includes AIA Virginia organizational meetings, activities and events, tours, Keynote, etc.)  

Suggested Topics

  • Tours — Projects of interest, in progress or recently completed, restoration, redevelopment, urban planning, historical architecture, etc.
  • Business planning
  • Excellence in Design
  • New Uses of Technology
  • Codes
  • Accessibility
  • Office management
  • Residential design
  • Healthcare and wellness
  • Sustainable Design

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ELA 2017 Class Project Announced

The 2017 Emerging Leaders in Architecture class will be focusing their work this year in the Melrose-Orange area of Roanoke, Virginia. While the scope of work is still to be determined, this area has been identified as a target area where entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could be used. The City of Roanoke can use these annual funds to address any of three national objectives of HUD; benefiting persons of low to moderate income, eliminating slums and blighting influences, and urgent needs.  Creation and preservation of affordable housing is also a goal of HUD that directs how these funds can be spent. Approximately $2.0 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds are received from HUD each year to meet these objectives.

Annually, the City of Roanoke targets at least 51% of these funds into neighborhoods or blocks that qualify as having a majority of its residents as low to moderate income under HUD definitions.  Generally, the city spends between 4 – 6 years in each target area.  Previous target areas assisted include West End, Hurt Park, Gainsboro, and Southeast.

A map of the Melrose-Orange target area showing neighborhood institutions is shown below.  The intent of targeting an area for the multi-year commitment of HUD funds is to encourage private investment and improve the sustainability of neighborhoods.

Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders meet bi-monthly at Goodwill of the Valleys jobs campus on Melrose Avenue to provide input and to learn about activities in MOTA.  The public is invited to attend these meetings.

The ELA class will attend a kick-off meeting on Friday, Mar. 17 where they will hear from City leaders, neighborhood representatives, and community members as well as touring the area.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this project.

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ELA Class of 2017

We are excited to announce the individuals who will be a part of the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA).

Katie Atwater of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Adreon Bell of Hampton University
Claude Breithaupt of Studio Breithaupt
Miken Cheveyo (Che) Clark of Mason & Hanger
Barry Collier of Colley Architects PC
Jameson MacNichol of Virginia Tech
Awais Mahmood of Baskervill
Corey McCalla of Moseley Architects
Andrew McKinley of VIA design architects, pc
Chris Moore of Hanbury
Theresa Mozinski of Virginia Tech WAAC
Gareth Ratti of Clark Nexsen
Amanda Schlichting of Dewberry
Andrew Shea of University of Virginia
Michael Spory of Stantec
Emely Taveras of Glavé and Holmes Architecture

Watch AIA Virginia NEWS for updates and for more information on their class project in Blue Ridge!

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ArchEx 2016 In Pictures

the 29th Annual AIA Virginia – Architecture Exchange East conference was held Nov. 2-4, 2016 in Richmond, Va. Here’s a look at the fun …

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Art of Practice

We have heard from our members and colleagues that the recession has caused a gap in professionals at your firm that we might consider “the middle.” You are looking for ways to enhance the skills of your younger professionals and accelerate them into firm leadership roles. At the other end of the spectrum, there is also a need for preparing the existing firm leadership for their exit when the time is appropriate.

To meet this need, we are creating a new one-day conference to be held in the opposite years of the well-loved Design Forum and held at various locations throughout the state.



The Art of Practice is designed to build skills required by our profession. Topics for discussion will include firm culture, marketing, new technology trends, and how to grow your practice. With relevant content for both small and large firms, no matter what stage in your career, we are sure there will be something for everyone.

Put it on your calendar: March 31 in Northern Virginia. Come to build your practice skills; come to be inspired.

If you have any questions or want to know how you can be involved in the Art of Practice Conference, contact Event Chair Maggie Schubert, AIA, or Marshall Dreiling, Education Manager.


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AIA Virginia Prize Awarded

The 2016 AIA Virginia Prize competition began at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 and ran over the course of one weekend.

Students from Hampton University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech—Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech—Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) were eligible for the competition.

The 2016 Prize problem asked students to design a space bringing forward the many histories of the “First Africans in Virginia” historical marker located next to the Old Point Comfort waterfront walkway near Fort Monroe National Monument. The space needed to be a place for contemplation, congregation, participation, celebration, and performance. More problem information can be read here.

Jury Chair, Chuck Swartz, AIA, 2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia, and AIA Virginia President, Nick Vlattas, AIA

Jury Chair, Chuck Swartz, AIA, 2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia, and AIA Virginia President, Nick Vlattas, AIA

The Jury:
Chair: Chuck Swartz, AIA
Timm Jameson, FAIA
Johanna Huddle, Assoc. AIA
Kristin Baum, AIA

The Honorees:
2016 AIA Virginia Prize
Xi Han, University of Virginia
Said the jury: The design did a very good job connecting to the journey, the water, and the existing structures. The way that the site would change depending on the weather, time of year, and time of day, would make it a destination for travelers to see multiple times.

2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia.

2016 AIA Prize winner Xi Han, University of Virginia.

Best of School — Hampton University
Iroda Karimova
Said the jury: The design was simple and very strong visually. The balance between the collective and the contemplative was handled very well.

Best of School — University of Virginia
John Hatcher
Said the jury: The ideas and reasoning for the designs were very well thought out. The bird’s next walkways ended up being a very elegant solution to pedestrian travel.

Best of School — Virginia Tech
Divya Nautiyal
Said the jury: A very powerful design with a lot of flexibility for different events. The balance of action and contemplation was very good.

Best of School — WAAC
Ian Hunter
Said the jury: Understood the brief more than other submissions. Strengthened the presence of existing events with its emphasis on the experience.

Certificate of Merit
M. Ryan Delaney, WAAC
Carlin Tacey, WAAC

Luke Dale, Virginia Tech
Dennis Daniels, WAAC
Rachel Flanagan, Virginia Tech
Philippa Koenig, WAAC
Qian Li, Virginia Tech
Julian Lin, WAAC

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