AIA Virginia | 2018 Board of Directors
October 12, 2018
The University of Virginia

Motions Made and Approved:
The Board of Directors of AIA Virginia voted as follows:
Approval of the August 3, 2018 Meeting Minutes


Position Architects as vital contributors to our built environment:
This initiative will continue under AIA National’s “Blueprint for Better Communities” initiative with the support of AIA DC and AIA Maryland. There will be a forum on October 26 at the District Architecture Center that will bring together carefully selected participants to discuss how the AIA can be a resource to National Mall stakeholders.

Advance knowledge and expertise of members:
An Architecture Exchange East Task Force work session was held on October 5. The Task Force will be seeking feedback at the upcoming Architecture Exchange East.

HipHop Architect, Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA, has been added to the General Session of the conference. In addition, a panel discussion on housing equity, including Roy Decker, Principal of Duvall Decker; Bernard Rogers, Vice President of Real Estate Development with Better Housing Coalition; and Christine Marra, Director at Virginia Poverty Law Center has also been added. AIA Virginia is partnering with the AIA Hampton Roads Young Architects Forum to launch [yaf]CON as part of the conference. It is noted that the organization has partnered with AIAS National and Preservation Virginia for content.

Nominations for the Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program are open. The 2019 class project will be held in Northern Virginia. The ELA Steering Committee is seeking a Vice-Chair from AIA Hampton Roads. The Steering Committee will hold a planning retreat on December 7. Tuition for the ELA program has been increased for 2019 to provide additional funds for program enhancement.

Advocate for the Profession:
In-District educational outreach efforts continue with legislators on key committees to explain the importance of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) and the 2019 legislation that will be introduced by AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia to close the existing QBS “loophole” in the Virginia Public Procurement Act.

AIA Virginia members have invested approximately $12,500 since December 2017 in the PAC.

The PAC Board of Trustees recommends a $10 PAC Opt-In option for the 2020 dues cycle. This recommendation is the result of research around several AIA state components that have implemented similar programs combined with the vitally important need to increase AIA Virginia PAC participation by its members. It was agreed that a plan such as this requires extensive communication with the membership.

Implement a communication program that informs and facilitates connections:
The Communications and Outreach Advisory Council recommends engaging a branding consultant for the digital publication. This effort would delay publication but not expected to impact the budget.

Become a model of a strong nonprofit and vibrant membership organization:
Membership has increased by 35 members since July 31, 2018. There are currently 2,397 total AIA Virginia members. The Council is planning a membership drive aimed at Emerging Professionals.

AIA Virginia was represented at the NCARB Region 2 Symposium at Drexel University on October 4–5, 2018 by its Member Services Vice President. The symposium’s content focused on the interactions between education, practice, and the regulatory environment.

University Update:
The Virginia Tech FutureHAUS is on its way to Dubai for the 2018 International Solar Competition.

The University of Virginia is in the process of planning the university’s bicentennial and the school of architecture’s centennial celebrations.


Treasurer’s Report:
The organization’s Balance Sheet indicates the cash and cash equivalents is approximately $75k greater than at this point last year. The majority of expenses associated with Architecture Exchange East are still being incurred.

President-Elect’s Report:
The Firm Roundtables will be held during Architecture Exchange East. The meeting will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Welcome Reception will take place at The Hippodrome.

New Business:
Due to time constraints, there was board consensus to move the Supplemental Dues Replacement Plan and V3 Program discussions to the December board meeting agenda.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the 2018 AIA Virginia Board of Directors will take place Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.