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Design Forum 2018 is a Wrap!

Design Forum XIII: BLUR was held April 6-7, 2018 at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke. Attendees enjoyed presentations from Eric Höweler, Doris Kim Sung, Nathan King, David Freeland and Refik Anadol. Thank you to those who attended!


We would also like to take this opportunity to again thank our sponsors who made this event possible:

College of William and Mary, Art & Art History
Clark Nexsen
University of Virginia School of Architecture
Moseley Architects
Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.
Mark S. Orling, AIA
Skanksa USA Building
Pella Windows of Virginia
HBA Architecture + Interior Design
Virginia Tech School of Architecture & Design
Forrester Construction
RMF Engineering
Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
PMA Architecture
AIA Central Virginia
Pyrok, Inc.
Shade & Wise, Inc.
Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc.
AIA Northern Virginia
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Hays + Ewing Design Studio
LKH Architects

And the AIA Virginia Design Committee members:

C. Michael Gibson, AIA
Andrea Quilici, AIA
Camilo Bearman, AIA
Jack Davis, FAIA
Ed Ford, AIA
Allison Ewing, AIA
Mark Orling, AIA
Matthew Pearson, AIA
Edwin J. Pease, AIA
Rob Reis, AIA
Roberto Ventura

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SAP Training Coming to Norfolk

AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: AECOM, Norfolk, Va.


Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA.

It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster.

SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis.

This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.

Read the full course description>>


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SAP Training – AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training

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2018 Class Project

This year’s class of the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program project will focus on the 10th & Page neighborhood of Charlottesville. The 10th & Page neighborhood is a traditionally African-American neighborhood that has a public housing presence. The city of Charlottesville is in desperate need of affordable housing and the City’s previous actions regarding redevelopment of Vinegar Hill has left a racial inequity that is still present today. Development of the surrounding areas around 10th and Page has led to a neighborhood that’s beginning to feel trapped by car traffic and surrounding, high-rent developments.

On Friday, March 9th, the ELA class met with local residents, local non-profits, and city officials to begin their dive into their work on the project area. City of Promise Program Director, Denise Johnson, spoke to the group about City of Promise’s mission and what they have found out about the area during its work. One thing that was noted was that most people in the neighborhood work from a place of surviving instead of sustaining. During their discussion with the residents, the class found that there has been a sense of tone deafness between the developers and residents. Some families that have lived in the neighborhood for generations are now feeling negative pressures from new surrounding developments.

In addition to their time spent meeting on Friday, the class also took time on Saturday, March 10th to continue their research. The group mapped the area to analyze different aspects of the site including topography, bus routes, school locations, and surrounding commercial buildings. They also continued their discussions with local residents.

Special thanks go out to the sponsors of the 2018 ELA program and to all who contribute in any capacity to make the program a success.

ELA Program Sponsors:
Patron ($1,500 – $1,999)
Moseley Architects

Supporter ($500 – $999)
VMDO Architects
AIA Central Virginia

Contributor ($1 – $499)
Alloy Architecture & Construction
Clifton Tiller, AIA
Maya Restaurant
NFM Lending

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Design Forum XIII Less Than One Month Away

Design Forum XIII is now less than a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited. Space is limited, so be sure to register here today to secure your spot.

Presentations from Eric Höweler, Doris Kim Sung, Nathan King, David Freeland and Refik Anadol will offer insight into how we can utilize the ever growing and changing resources that expand the limits of design. We invite you to join us as we ask: Is it art? Is it architecture? Does it matter?

Visit the Design Forum page to learn more about this year’s speakers, program, sponsors, and venue.

Earn up to 6.5 AIA/CES learning units. (Tour participants earn 1 additional learning unit)

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Design Forum Keynote Announced

Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP

With Design Forum XIII less than two months away, AIA Virginia is excited to announce Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP of Höweler + Yoon as this year’s keynote speaker.

Early Bird rate runs through March 2 — register today and save!

Design Forum XIII will showcase dynamic figures in art and architecture who have embraced the blurring of lines between the disciplines. We invite you to join us as we ask: is it art? is it architecture? does it matter?

Visit the Design Forum page to learn more about this year’s speakers, program, sponsors and venue.

Earn up to 6.5 AIA/CES learning units. (Tour participants earn 1 additional learning unit)

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Call for Reviewers: Program Advisory Group

Help curate the very best programming, tours, and courses for Architecture Exchange East.

AIA Virginia is looking for a diverse group of members from a range of professional backgrounds to help shape the educational content for Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx).

Members of the Program Advisory Group help identify potential speakers, provide suggestions for content, and evaluate speaker proposals.

Volunteers can expect to:

  • Brainstorm potential speakers, topics, and tours for ArchEx (about 30 minutes)
  • Participate in an organizational meeting (by conference call or online) and share suggestions (about 1 hour)
  • Evaluate a selection of proposed seminars and provide feedback (about 1-2 hours)
  • Enjoy discounted admission to ArchEx

If you’re interested in helping to create a cutting-edge educational program by joining the Program Advisory Group, simply email Rhea George at by March 1.

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Will You Answer the Call?

The ArchEx Call for Proposals is now open. We are seeking experts both from within the profession and outside it to showcase cutting-edge case studies and the latest technologies, practices, and research at Architecture Exchange East.

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.

Though Architecture Exchange East has a 30-year history, we are looking forward to building on the energy of last year’s conference with a renewed and vigorous focus on curating exceptional, inspirational content. We hope you will consider being an integral part of this gathering of creative professionals.

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.

To propose an offering, complete and submit the Presentation Proposal Form by April 30. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted by July.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Process Outline

Phase I (Potential Speakers)

  • Review the proposal requirements and resources
  • Save Nov. 7–9, 2018 on your calendar
  • Develop your content
  • Submit (DEADLINE: April 30)

Phase II (Program Advisory Group)

  • Peer review
  • Proposals selected
  • Presenters notified (Late May)

Phase III (Speakers)

  • Return speaker agreement (DEADLINE: June 15)
  • Provide/update contact information for all co-speakers and panelists
  • Register for ArchEx — speakers attend free on the day they present
  • Submit presentation and supporting materials (DEADLINE: Oct. 18)

Suggestions and Questions

Suggestions for potential speakers or questions about the conference can be directed to Rhea George at or (804) 237-1768.

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Meet the Class of 2018

We are excited to announce the individuals who are part of the 2018 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA).

ELA Class of 2018

Amber Hall, AIA, College of William and Mary
April Pilcher, AIAS, 
Virginia Tech
Ian Vaughan, AIA,
 NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic
Jacob Combee, AIA, Work Program Architects
Jameel Tomlinson, Hampton University
Kalee Hartman, Assoc. AIA, Glave and Holmes
Keith Murphy, Assoc. AIA, 3north
Kim Jusczak, AIAS, WAAC
Laura Green, Assoc. AIA, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Michael Peterson, Assoc. AIA, Ionic Dezign Studios
Nancy Redenius, Assoc. AIA, Hanbury
Noah Bolton, VMDO Architects
Rick Fischl, Assoc. AIA, SMBW, PLLC
Terri Lynn Wolfe, Assoc. AIA, 
Spectrum Design
Tyler Jenkins, Assoc. AIA, VMDO Architects
Zazu Swistel, AIAS, The University of Virginia

The 2018 Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program has just finished their second session of the year and they are off to an exciting start!

In the January session, the group heard from architectural historian Bryan Clark Green, Ph.D., Hon. AIA Virginia of Commonwealth Architects and Kelly O’Keefe, head of VCU’s Brandcenter. Bryan Clark Green, Hon. AIA Virginia spoke to the group about the principles of leadership in the architecture profession. He also discussed the origins of the profession and how the definition of who is an architect has changed over time. Kelly O’Keefe shared insights picked up during his life in branding and advertisement as well as during his time as an educator about the importance of creativity in leadership roles. Kelly implored the group to “Never let them take away your creativity”, something his father told him that sticks with him to this day.

The focus of the February session was serving communities and the group heard from excellent speakers. Kathy Galvin, AIA, spoke about her service on the Charlottesville City Council and how important architects can be when discussing policies for improving the community. Co-Founder of the Charlottesville Area Development Roundtable, Bob Pineo, discussed service being the backbone of the practice of architecture. Kurt Keesecker, AIA, spoke to the group about how each expert in the industry can bring a different set of skills to the table. Kurt discussed how he witnessed this take place through his service as Chair of the Charlottesville Planning Commission. There was also a tour of the Sunrise Neighborhood, a development built by Habitat for Humanity of Charlottesville. Rush Otis, of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, discussed with the group the importance of collaborating with the community in assessing its needs, instead of applying a set plan of preconceived notions.

Both sessions were capped off with briefings on the group’s upcoming project. The target area for the 2018 ELA class is the Preston Avenue area of Charlottesville. The group will have their first project work session and meet the neighborhood stakeholders in March.

Special thanks goes out to the sponsors of the 2018 ELA program and to all who contribute in any capacity to make the program a success.

ELA Program Sponsors:
Patron ($1,500 – $1,999)
Moseley Architects

Supporter ($500 – $999)
VMDO Architects
AIA Central Virginia

Contributor ($1 – $499)
Alloy Architecture & Construction
Clifton Tiller, AIA


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New Resources Available: Global Practice Primer

Three new chapters have been added to the AIA Global Practice Primer, covering human resources, technology in practice, and sustainability.

The AIA Global Practice Primer is designed for architects who are either considering the pursuit of projects abroad or are already engaged in international work. It serves to highlight the intricacies and differences when it comes to working abroad, including specifics on how international practice generally differs from domestic architectural practice in the US.

The primer was produced by the AIA International Practice Committee and features contributors with a wealth of first-hand knowledge and expertise on international projects. From business development and marketing to legal issues and project delivery, this primer is designed to provide architects with the basics needed to expand your work internationally.

The International Practice Committee Advisory Group invites commentary on this document’s content and usefulness. Submit any feedback to Theresa Palma, director of international relations, at

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    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.