We heard from you that you would like to get to know the AIA Virginia staff a little better, so here we go.

This month we highlight our Managing Director, Rhea George, Hon. AIA Virginia. Rhea has been with AIA Virginia for more than 10 years and currently manages many programs including the Virginia Design ForumArchitecture Exchange East, Awards for Excellence in Architecture and AIA Virginia Honors. You can contact Rhea at rgeorge@aiava.org.

Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA

Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I studied Anthropology at James Madison University.

What is the last book you read?
“War and Peace.” Just kidding … it was “The Last Days of Jack Sparks.” If I had known about this profile, I would have read something better.

What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
Read and drink a cup of tea (or wine) in front of the fire with my husband.

Who or what inspires you?
New ideas. Art. Music. Ugly things. Beautiful things. Kindness. Bravery. Hearing someone use the perfect word(s) to describe something. Lots of stuff – big and small.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
I love getting a bushel or two of crabs in the summer with the whole family. It’s not so much about the food, but who you eat it with.

What color crayon would you be?
Black. Obviously.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Laundry. Or at least that’s what you might think if you could see how I spend every weekend. When I’m not doing laundry, I like to watch movies, listen to records, or read.

What is one thing on your bucket list?
Create a bucket list, I guess? I clearly need to get my act together.

What’s the best gift you have ever received?
My best friend not only purchased tickets but also went with me to a Public Enemy concert for my birthday – even though she had exactly 0% interest in going. That’s true friendship.

What’s the one TV show you never miss?
Meh – I can miss most TV shows. I guess I would be pretty mad if I never got to see what happens next on “Game of Thrones.”

White, dark, or milk chocolate?
Dark. Obviously.