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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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ARE Prep

ARE 5.0’s launch date has been confirmed as November 1st, 2016. To prepare for this upcoming change, below are some tools for those pursuing licensure.

  • ARE 5.0 Guidelines – For general guidelines as to the changes in 5.0 and tips on how to prepare for your exams the Guide Booklet is an excellent resource. A pdf version of the guidebook can be found here.
  • ARE 5.0 Handbook – Developed to help you prepare for the ARE this handbook provides information on what content will be assessed on the exam. Find a pdf version of the Handbook here.
  • 5.0 Test Specifications – The test specification identifies the division structure of the exam and additionally defines: the major content areas, called Sections; the measurement Objectives; and the percentage of content coverage, called Weightings. A pdf version of the Test Specifications can be found here.
  • 5.0 FAQs – Have a question about the upcoming transition, check out ARE’s FAQ’s for 5.0 here.

More information will continue to be released on the NCARB website. Additional news will follow in future AIA Virginia newsletters.

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Elevate Your Career

 “Design can ELEVATE ordinary experiences to extraordinary levels.”

             ~ Russell E. Davidson, FAIA | 2016 AIA President

ELEVATE your career!  You won’t want to miss Architecture Exchange East 2016 …

As I contemplated possible topics for this month’s newsletter article, I decided that concentrating on our largest gathering of architects was well worthy of the space and attention!  Last year, for Architecture Exchange East 2015, our focus was on enriching the experience for our attendees.  We enlivened our signature member event in a way that had everyone departing with their ‘batteries fully recharged.’  Dozens of aspects of the conference were energized, in alignment with our desire to make it more aspirational – and inspirational – for everyone.

Folks definitely noticed the CHANGE in last year’s Architecture Exchange East.  89% of attendees rated the event good or excellent, and 93% indicated that they plan to attend this year.  Their favorite things included the new layout of the ballroom for general sessions, the opening and closing keynote speakers, the convention ‘app,’ and shorter, higher-quality educational seminars.  Votes for the least-favorite things included lunch seating, cost and availability of parking, and low exhibitor numbers.

There were a number of excellent suggestions for improving the quality of the experience, and we’ve taken many of those to heart in planning for ArchEx 2016: better registration system, enhanced seminar descriptions, collaboration with allied professional groups, and even more ‘meet and greet’ time.

ArchEx 2016 will elevate the profession with its renewed emphasis on networking, innovative learning methods, and dynamic new materials and products.  You should have already received the mega-card in the mail, and registration opened August 30.  Additional promotional materials will arrive shortly that will further stimulate your interest in participating.  And for those of you who are focused on obtaining credits, a total of 19 hours will be available, 14.5 of which are HSW.  Schedule highlights include:

  • New ‘eye-opener’ educational seminars both mornings;
  • Thursday morning opening keynote speaker Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, an authority in the AIA on all issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Rosa will share why equity in practice matters, and on elevating architecture’s impact;
  • AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, November 3, 12:45 p.m., room E11a.
  • Meet and greet events all of Thursday, with a Welcome Coffee in the morning, the exhibit hall Connections Party late in the afternoon, and Networking parties in the evening;
  • Seminar tracks on business, design, building science, sustainability, and materials/products;
  • Tours of the Metl-Span Factory, the Branch House + Broad Street Station (now the Science Museum of Virginia), the State Capitol, and streetscapes of downtown Richmond;
  • Friday afternoon closing keynote speaker Mickey Jacob, FAIA, the AIA’s favorite Citizen Architect, 2013 AIA President, and 2018 Tampa Mayoral candidate. Mickey’s message will elevate your career and your engagement as a vital contributor to the built environment;
  • Visions for Architecture, AIA Virginia’s honors and design awards ceremony/celebration at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday evening.

I look forward to sharing an elevating experience with you at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during Architecture Exchange East 2016, November 2-4!

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | Executive Vice President/CEO

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