Every AIA member in Virginia and West Virginia is a member of the Region of The Virginias and is represented on the AIA Strategic Council by a Regional Director. The Regional Director voices the concerns of our two-state region in national AIA policy discussions and is our conduit for information to and from our national component. The Strategic Council advances the profession by informing the Board of Directors and other Institute bodies of important professional issues and opportunities. The Council is charged with surveying the profession to identify opportunities and threats, and engaging in strategic planning to inform the goals, objectives and strategies of the AIA. Meet your Regional Representative:
Brian J. Frickie, AIA, LEED AP
Brian is a visionary leader with an uncanny ability to keep his eyes on both the big picture and the details required to achieve it. He has an intuitive understanding of the building process, persistently applies it to help others, always sets high expectations, and demands the most of himself.
Brian believes in the future of architects and architecture, serving as Virginia AIA President and leading an Honors Academy for young architects. He reads spy thrillers, collects art by out-of-work architects and slow-cooks perfectly moist, tender, fall-off-the-bone pork BBQ.
Brian graduated with Bachelors of Environmental Design and Architecture from Auburn University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and an NCARB-certified Architect licensed throughout the mid-Atlantic. Before joining Kerns Group, he worked with two DC-area firms.
Below you’ll find updates on Regional activity.
1986-1989 Paul H. Barkley, FAIA
1989-1992 Francis R. Guffey, FAIA
1992-1995 Joseph J. Wisnewski, FAIA
1995-1998 Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
1998-2001 Richard L. Ford, Jr., FAIA
2001-2004 Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA
2004-2007 Michel C. Ashe, FAIA
2007-2010 Edward W. Tucker, AIA
2010-2013 Mary Patton Cox, FAIA
2013- 2016 Paula J. Loomis, FAIA, FSAME, LEED BD&C, PMP, CPHC
2016-2019 Brian Frickie, AIA