March 2, 2017

Poplar Forest Lecture + Networking Event

Poplar Forest Lecture + Networking Event


“Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and its Roots in Palladian Architecture”

AIA  Blue Ridge is pleased to announce our latest Continuing Education and  networking opportunity. On March 2, 2017, Travis McDonald – Director of Architectural Restoration at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest – will present an evening lecture entitled “Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and its Roots in Palladian Architecture.” 

Start: March 2, 2017 5:00 pm
End: March 2, 2017 8:00 pm
Venue: Bedford Area Welcome Center

March 3, 2017

Building Enclosure Workshop

Building Enclosure Workshop


“First and Operational Cost Savings through Envelope Design”

The Building Enclosure Workshop will demonstrate the value of energy modeling to architects and owners through case studies and cost-payback analysis, provide an update on LEED v4 energy criteria and educate participants on the envelope commissioning process and benefits Local experts will present real examples of how early building enclosure decisions lead to lower heating equipment replacement cost savings. The program  will also provide an update on Arlington County’s Green Building incentives program.

Start: March 3, 2017 8:30 am
End: March 3, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue: Arlington Central Library
1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201

March 8, 2017 – March 10, 2017

Grassroots 2017

Grassroots 2017
Washington DC

Grassroots 2017 is an exclusive event for AIA leaders of the American Institute of Architects. The agenda emphasizes component leadership and workshops designed to help component officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders. Members are given the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives, share information and ideas, and best practices with their counterparts from around the country.  There are also many networking opportunities with one another and AIA national staff.

In addition to the regular programs devoted to building stronger component leaders, this year’s event will introduce attendees to the role of architects in shaping lives through design

For more information:

Start: March 8, 2017 7:00 am
End: March 10, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue: Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001

March 17, 2017

ELA Class Session #3

Emerging Leaders in Architecture: Session #3

“Class Project Work Session”


Start: March 17, 2017 10:00 am
End: March 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: TBD

March 18, 2017

2017 Fellows Fete

Fellows, please join us on March 18, 2017 as we honor our five new Fellows. The Fellows that we will be honoring are: Paul R. Erickson, FAIA, Kevin G. Sneed, FAIA, and Charles Swartz, FAIA from the Northern Virginia chapter, Lori Snyder Garrett, FAIA from the Richmond Chapter and Wesley L. Page, FAIA from the Hampton Roads chapter. This is a black-tie formal affair.


To register for the Fete, please visit the registration page here.



Tours: 2:00–5:00  p.m.

Cowgill and Burchard Halls, Architecture + Design studios

The Snøhetta designed Moss Art Center performance hall and galleries.

Please park at Cowgill Hall for the tours.


Fellowship Dinner: 6:30–9:30  p.m.

The Black Hen Restaurant, 126 Jackson Street.



Start: March 18, 2017 2:00 pm
End: March 18, 2017 11:00 pm
Venue: Black Hen
126 Jackson St NW, Blacksburg, 24060, United States

March 31, 2017

Art of Practice

Art of Practice

AIA Virginia is convening a diverse cadre of decision-makers, from practices of all sizes, for a one-day forum designed to cultivate strong leaders and advance business practices. With a focus on creating and fostering a healthy firm culture, both seasoned and emerging leaders will come together to share and learn best practices, be challenged, and be celebrated by their peers. Roundtable discussions will focus on leadership development, team building,  diversity, inclusion and equity, and legal  challenges faced by firms.

Start: March 31, 2017 9:00 am
End: March 31, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
Phone: 8046443041
2501 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA, 23220, United States

April 7, 2017

ELA Class Session #4

Emerging Leaders in Architecture: Session #4

“Practicing Professionalism”

Ethics and law, from contracts to codes to professional ethics and standards of behavior.


Start: April 7, 2017 10:00 am
End: April 7, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: TBD

April 27, 2017 – April 29, 2017

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

Orlando, Florida

A’17, the AIA Conference on Architecture, is the architecture and design event of the year. It’s about designing a better world. It’s about tapping into the architects and design professionals who are shaping our industry. And it’s about moving our communities, our profession, and ourselves forward.

Join us this April for three days of fast-paced, hard-hitting ideas, inspiration, education, networking, and innovation from some of the industry-leading architects, firms, and building product manufacturers.

For more information:

Start: April 27, 2017 7:00 am
End: April 29, 2017 12:00 am
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
9400 International Drive, Orlando Florida 32819

May 12, 2017

ELA Class Session #5

Emerging Leaders in Architecture: Session #5

“Communicating Effectively”

Business and professional communications including public relations, presentations, writing and professional speaking.

Start: May 12, 2017 10:00 am
End: May 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North Third Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, United States

June 9, 2017

ELA Class Session #6

Emerging Leaders in Architecture: Session #6

“Working Together”

The role of  architects relative to other project stakeholders, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, consultants, financial institutions, and allied professionals, including interior designers, suppliers, vendors, manufacturers, etc.

Start: June 9, 2017 10:00 am
End: June 9, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: TBD
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