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)
SMBW
VMDO Architects
AIA Central Virginia

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