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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 21, 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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Recently, NCARB transitioned the Intern Development Program (IDP) to the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). This, along with NCARB’s release of the new ARE 5.0 exams in November, is part of a full overhaul of the licensing process. The process began with the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture.

axp-guidelines-coverAccording to the NCARB website:

“NCARB began an in-depth review and overhaul of the experience program to ensure that the requirements continued to adhere to current architectural practice. In addition, NCARB decided to rename the IDP to the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) as part of an effort to sunset the term “intern.” The introduction of the new name and the overhaul were both launched on June 29, 2016. In the AXP, the previous 17 experience categories were realigned into six broad areas that reflect the current practice of architecture.”

The licensing board of the state of Virginia is in the process of transitioning to AXP. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Marshall Dreiling at

To learn more about the IDP to AXP transition, visit the NCARB information page here.

E-News about AXP can be found on the AXP Updates page, which can be found here.

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Davis to Step Down as Dean of CAUS

A.J. (Jack) Davis, FAIA, has announced that he will step down as dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech on June 30, 2017, at the conclusion of his second term as dean.

“Serving in one of the profession’s most notable posts in Virginia, Jack Davis has been among our most preeminent architect members,” says Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Executive Director of AIA Virginia, “His enduring dedication to enriching the relationship between architectural education and professional practice has been admirable, and that quest has been of great benefit to us all.  We wish Jack the very best as he makes this significant career transition.”

Jack was President of the Virginia Society AIA (now AIA Virginia) in 2014 when we celebrated our Centennial. Read more about our Centennial Cellebrations>>

Jack was also fundamental in the development of the Virginia Accord which looks towards the next 100 years in Virginia, and brought together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability. We considered these topics through the lenses of transportation, the constructed environment, public health, land development, and urban infill at the Virginia Accord on Sept. 19–20, 2014 at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Va.
Read more about the Accord>>
Read a recap of the Accord>>

Read Jack’s retirement announcement from Virginia Tech.

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AIA Virginia Prize

The AIA Virginia Prize is a design charrette that engages students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Conducted simultaneously at each institution, students are given the competition program Friday at 5 p.m. They work over the weekend to create a board presenting their design solution by 9 a.m. Monday morning.

This year’s prize will take place Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, to Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. The competition is intended to promote collaboration between the profession, students, and professors in Virginia.

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Nominations for 2017 ELA

AIA Virginia announces a call for applications for the 2017 Emerging Leaders in Architecture: An Honors Academy of AIA Virginia (ELA) program.

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:

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.

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.

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 has been extended to Nov. 22 2016.

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Membership News

  • Architects as Leaders

    Architects must “speak up” and be engaged in the public discourse that shapes our society, communities, and neighborhoods.

Professional Development News

  • ArchEx Call for Presentations

    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.

Government Advocacy News


Virginia Accord

  • The Virginia Accord

    Bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability — on Sept. 19-20, 2014 at the Virginia Accord.