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ArchEx 2017 in Pictures

Wow! Architecture Exchange East 2017 was amazing! Here’s a quick look at the fun we had. Save the date for ArchEx 2018! Nov. 7-9, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

all photos by Jay Paul

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2018 ELA Nominations Due

AIA Virginia announces the call for applications for the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA): An Honors Academy of AIA Virginia.

ELA is an intensive program of educational sessions structured around presentations, discussions, team exploration, analysis, consensus-building, collaboration, and case study activities undertaken over the course of a year by a small cadre of participants selected for their potential to be outstanding contributors to the profession and the community. Facilitators and mentors who are established leaders in the building, finance, non-profit, development, university, legal, consulting, and design professions and in the community at large develop and deliver the sessions, designed to provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills related to specific areas of leadership and practice.

The program consists of seven, day-long seminars, several work sessions, culminating with a presentation at Architecture Exchange East.

The application is available here>>

The seminars are interactive, drawing on real examples and actively involving participants. They rotate among sites in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Alexandria and Norfolk in conjunction with the firms, schools, and the local AIA component in each area.

How to Apply

The committee seeks applicants from three categories:

  1. Component Nominees: Each of the five Virginia AIA local component Boards may nominate one or more individuals for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each chapter for a total of five.
  2. Student Nominees: Each Virginia Architecture School (UVa, VT, Hampton, and WAAC) may nominate one or more students for admission to the program.  One participant will be selected from each school for a total of four.
  3. Open Applications: Applicants may apply on their own or be nominated by someone else.  Seven participants will be selected from among these applicants.

Find out more information by downloading the program outline and application or by emailing Marshall Dreiling at

The application deadline is Nov. 16, 2017.

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ArchEx Registration Closes Soon

Online registration for the 30th annual Architecture Exchange East closes Oct. 25, 2017. Register today>>

This is the last chance for you to lock in your spot for our exciting conference. Here are a couple of sessions you might be interested in attending:

Capital Trail Walking Tour
2:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2nd

Take a guided walking tour along a half-mile segment of the recently completed Virginia Capital Trail, a regional multi-use trail that connects the capital city of Richmond to Williamsburg, Virginia’s historic capital. The 50-mile long paved trail, fully completed in 2015, follows the Route 5 corridor along the James River, providing recreational opportunities for pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists of all ages and abilities. This walking tour will showcase the westernmost segment of the trail extending from Great Shiplock Park along the Kanawha Canal to the historic Shockoe Bottom area in downtown Richmond. On the walk, you will pass beneath a railway through the ‘Low Line’, a linear park and native plant installation. Tour guides will discuss the history, planning, design, and overall success of the Virginia Capital Trail.

An Urban Sketching Excursion: Sharing Techniques and a Field Experience
3:00-5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2nd

Urban Sketching has grown an enthusiastic following as plein air (outdoor/indoor from real life) painting, drawing and sketching has enjoyed a worldwide surge in interest and participation in recent years. As urban sketching is about capturing the spirit and appearance of places and experiences, it has wide appeal to architects and designers who find application in their work, benefit from development of the observation and documentation skills involved, and just plain enjoy doing it. The official Urban Sketchers Facebook page boasts over 55,000 members who post and share inspiring, diverse sketches from all over the world on a daily basis. The group sponsors an International Symposium each year, with demonstrations, training and “sketch-crawls.” Andrew Moore of Glave and Holmes Architects and Charles Piper of BCWH are experienced urban sketchers who are enthusiastic about sharing the sketching experience with others. This session will include a half-hour presentation that introduces plein air sketching, a variety of techniques and approaches to quick and effective sketching and a primer on typical materials and equipment. They will also share inspiring images from other Urban Sketchers before hosting the group on their own urban sketching “sketch-crawl” in downtown RVA. Weather influencing, we’ll take an hour and a half visiting a number of locations walkable from the convention center to try out our skills in Richmond’s urban center, providing encouragement and some kind instruction in the process. Participants are welcome to linger longer than 90 minutes if desired, as time flies when you are having fun! Bring your own materials- while you can sketch with almost anything, we recommend you bring a sketchbook with good quality paper, a variety of pens and pencils, a portable watercolor kit, water brushes (Pentel is recommended) or conventional brushes and water in a small container.

311: Living Machines – The Future of Interactive Smart Buildings
8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, November 3rd

While buildings will always have a brick and mortar component, imagine a future where buildings learn, interact real time with their occupants, and self-predict their maintenance needs. Far out? Not really, your car already does it, and we are already there with current case stories. Our future buildings will be alive. They will know when you arrive, learn your use patterns to gain higher efficiency, adapt to your use patterns, and even adapt to your mood and health needs. All by way of microsensors, personal devices and apps, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Now, imagine every building was like a leaf on tree plugged into a master city grid and regional smart grid all acting as one to self-sustain itself, its occupants, and the City’s power needs. The future of smart buildings will have a profound impact on people, the environment, and building systems management. In this session, we will explore firmwide research on the futurist outlook of buildings that were predicted by Le Corbusier in his theory of the machine for living. We will explore case stories of the PNC Tower and its breathable façade and automated systems, we will review the Shanghai Tower and its advances in smart building technology, and we will explore the recently designed Corning Headquarters and its use of automated facades and electrochromic View Glass. We will explore challenges to developing these living machines, city and building infrastructure needed, and the political and code regulations needed. Learn recent trends and statistics in the market that suggest what is driving the transition to living machine smart buildings.

Online registration for the 30th annual Architecture Exchange East closes Oct. 25, 2017. Register today>>

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AIA Virginia Prize Competition

Students from around the state took part last month in the AIA Virginia Prize, a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Conducted simultaneously at each institution, students were given the competition brief on Friday, September 15th at 5 p.m. They work over the weekend to create a board presenting their design solution by 9 a.m. on Monday, September 18th. This year’s prize brief focused on a Waterfront Terminus on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced during the General Session at the upcoming Architecture Exchange East conference. The top 10 boards from each school will be on display throughout the conference.

Register to attend ArchEx>>

The competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.

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Young Architects Forum Regional Director

Are you an AIA Member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we’re looking for.

Read more>>

Completed applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF to Brian J. Frickie, AIA, Strategic Council Representative, Region of The Virginias, NLT Monday, October 2, 2017.

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Catch These Tours at ArchEx 17

Catch these exciting ArchEx tours before they sell out!

This year’s tour program looks like it’s going to be the most exciting yet. Developed in partnership with Virginia ASLA and local firms, the tours for this year’s ArchEx will take attendees behind the scenes at one of Richmond’s most anticipated buildings, tour one of the largest LEED Silver Breweries on the East Coast, and visit the Capitol grounds to see how this historic site is dealing with modern constraints.

Tours are always the first sessions to fill up, so reserve your spot before time runs out.

REGISTER for ArchEx 2017>>

ArchEx 2017 Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 1st

Manufacture and Application of Insulated Metal Panels

Participants will tour a modern, continuous line facility producing foamed-in-place insulated metal panels (IMPs) for use in the commercial building segment. Key processes that impact the performance of the IMP will be identified and explained. Critical areas of quality control and safety will be addressed. Mock-ups will be available for viewing and the capabilities of various IMP profiles as they relate to constructability and the installed cost will be discussed.

Thursday, November 2nd

The SPEED Exhibit and Dewey Gottwald Event Center Tour at the Science Museum of Virginia

The tour highlights the most recent additions to the Science Museum of Virginia, a new exhibit opened last year in the Main Concourse of the historic train station, and a new building added to the museum campus, the Dewey Gottwald Center. The newest gallery at the Science Museum of Virginia, the SPEED exhibit, uses concepts of time and motion to reveal a wealth scientific insight into vehicle engineering and performance, flight and aerodynamics, energy, astronomy, biomechanics and human physiology. The Dewey Gottwald Center is a 17,000 sq.ft., addition designed by Pfeiffer Partners Architects and BCWH to house a variety of educational, commercial, social and cultural events as well as international-caliber traveling exhibits. The multipurpose space serves the museum’s commitment to bringing together a variety of people, from intimate functions to high-profile corporate and public events that accommodate over 1,000 people indoors and just as many in its adjacent outdoor plaza. The tour will emphasize design as well as technical aspects of the building from the historic and architectural context to functional details responding to client requirements.

Tour Fee: $25

Stone Brewing: Tour of the Grounds and Brewery

Juliellen Sarver, Community Relations Manager for Stone Brewing, and LuGay Lanier, Principal Landscape Architect from Timmons Group will discuss Stone’s sustainability initiatives and design. Followed by a tour by a Stone Indoctrination Specialist taking you into the heart of the brewing facility in Richmond where you’ll learn about the brewing process & craft beer culture.

Tour Fee: $35

Capital Trail Walking Tour

Take a guided walking tour along a half-mile segment of the recently completed Virginia Capital Trail, a regional multi-use trail that connects the capital city of Richmond to Williamsburg, Virginia’s historic capital. The 50-mile long paved trail, fully completed in 2015, follows the Route 5 corridor along the James River, providing recreational opportunities for pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists of all ages and abilities. This walking tour will showcase the westernmost segment of the trail extending from Great Shiplock Park along the Kanawha Canal to the historic Shockoe Bottom area in downtown Richmond. On the walk, you will pass beneath a railway through the ‘Low Line’, a linear park and native plant installation. Tour guides will discuss the history, planning, design, and overall success of the Virginia Capital Trail.

Tour Fee: $25

Friday, November 3rd

VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art

Get a behind the scenes look at the soon to be opened VCU Institute of Contemporary Art. Representatives of the ICA and BCWH, Associated Architect with Steven Holl Architects, will provide orientation to the design and execution of this remarkable structure.

Tour Fee: $25

Capitol Square Tour

A tour addressing the design history of the square and its buildings, the role of the Capitol Square Preservation Council/CSPC and current projects of the twelve-acre grounds surrounding the Capitol. NOTE: Other items we may include on the tour include: Rain gardens at the Bell Tower – A series of rain gardens adjacent to sidewalks that capture stormwater runoff from paved surfaces at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. Bioretention planters – A series of rectangular curbside planters that capture and treat stormwater runoff from Capitol Street and surrounding sidewalks near Old City Hall, located on the north end of the Capitol grounds. Permeable paver walks and landings at the Monument Steps – Specialized brick pavers allow stormwater infiltration, reducing runoff on from the brick walks and steps. Underground Cistern at the fountain – Collects stormwater runoff, overflow from the rain gardens, stores water in a tank underground, refills the fountain.

Tour Fee: $25

REGISTER for ArchEx 2017>>

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Architizer’s Kushner to Keynote ArchEx 2017

“A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.” — Wikipedia.

Collaboration is part of your daily life as an architect and is the theme for the upcoming 30th annual Architecture Exchange East this November in Richmond. At the keynote address Marc Kushner, AIA, will talk about the lessons he learned in his transition from trained architect, and firm principal, to CEO of Architizer, a venture-funded architecture start-up. These lessons from the tech world will change how you think about architecture, help identify opportunities for innovation in architecture, package new ideas as opportunities for collaboration.

Marc Kushner, AIA. Photo: Jason Lindberg.

Kushner is partner of the New York City-based architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and the co-founding CEO of the website Architizer — both of which operate with the stated intention of making architecture an accessible part of a public dialogue. “[Marc’s aim] is to push his insular profession toward the mainstream and inspire more people, not just Fortune 500 executives, to seek out its services.” — New York Times, November 4, 2010.

He is a notable speaker, having presented at TED, PSFK, and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, lectures on the topic of social media and architecture across the country and sits on the boards of Storefront for Art and Architecture and Goods for Good. His 2015 book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings has been listed at #1 in Architecture on Amazon. Marc’s TED talk titled “Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by … you” has more than 2.5 million views — the 4th highest in the Architecture category — and is listed in Dezeen’s Top 10 TED Talks about architecture.

Anyone interested in changing architecture for the better should attend. Students, young architects, mid-career architects eager to transform the industry, older firm principals with success and time behind them who want to give back.

Register today! or visit

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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Shelton Presents at Summit

Rachel Shelton, AIA presents on the topic of compensation. Photo courtesy of NCARB

AIA Virginia member and Virginia Licensing Advisor, Rachel Shelton, AIA, recently attended and presented at the Licensing Advisors Summit held July 28-30 in Chicago.

The summit is held by NCARB with the support of AIA, providing advisors with an opportunity to share resources, get training, and discuss changes to the profession.  Keynote Speaker Rosa Sheng, AIA, spoke on equity in the profession, reminding us to “build empathy to achieve equity.” Oswaldo Ortega presented on supporting diversification in the profession, highlighting Chicago’s NOMA program.

Other topics of discussion included compensation upon licensure, the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, which is gaining traction, and pass rates for the ARE 5.0 tests, which will be published by NCARB later in August.

Read more about NCARB’s Architect Licensing Advisors Community

Contact Rachel at if you have questions about your path to licensure.

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The architecture profession is becoming more collaborative every year. In response to this, we at AIA Virginia are excited about embracing this evolution of the profession and are making it the theme for this, our 30th Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx).

Collaboration occurs at all levels of the profession. Collaborating with similar professions projects, working with the public and clients to make sure everyone is on the same page, collaborating within a firm to create the best work possible, and many other places. We are looking at supporting these collaborative efforts at this year’s ArchEx through new partnerships, programs, and opportunities to network. This year will see the continuation of the Branch Museum Tour series as well as educational sessions that focus on collaboration. We will also have some large news to announce regarding collaboration in the coming weeks, so please do keep an eye out for that. Further announcements about the registration dates and pricing, keynote speaker, the panel discussion topic and speakers, tours, and networking events will be coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond this November 1-3.

Registration opens Aug. 28 at

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2017 AIA Research Summit Convenes in St. Louis

Research is the future of the architecture profession.  The research we do both in firms and in schools will not only provide solutions to the problems we know about but will also help us identify the questions we don’t even know to ask, yet.  AIA National’s 2017 Board Knowledge Committee is charged to develop a national research agenda for the AIA, including convening a Research Summit in St. Louis during the last week in June. Thought leaders in the architectural research field from all over the country spent two days helping to firmly establish a research roadmap for the AIA to support the development of a research culture in the profession, to create a research vocabulary for architects to share, to identify the research needed and to connect researchers with research projects. AIA Virginia supports AIA’s research agenda and our participation in the Research Summit will help Virginia architects as we review, evaluate, and develop our own research initiatives.

Researchers at the Summit represented both academia and practice and worked to define what research meant in the architectural profession, to discuss disruptive innovations that are going to affect architects in the short and long term, and to brainstorm on ways for the AIA to support research. One of the big takeaways is strengthening the connection between researchers within academia, researchers within practice, and architects who would like to make use of innovative practices and insights for their practices. AIA Virginia shares these goals and is currently restructuring our research recognition programs to reflect the importance of research in the profession.

AIA will publish a full report about the 2017 Research Summit on the AIA National website soon and, will be conducting a membership survey focused on architectural research. Please take a couple minutes to take this survey when you receive it. Keep an eye out for further updates in future AIA Virginia newsletters.

If you would like to be a part of the review and development of programs focused on architectural research at AIA Virginia, please contact Marshall Dreiling at

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