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Actions from August Board Meeting

AIA Virginia | 2017 Board of Directors
August 18, 2017 (Virtual Meeting)
Summary of Actions

Motions Made and Approved:
The Board of Directors of AIA Virginia voted as follows:

  • Approval of the June 16, 2017 minutes.
  • Approval of the 2017 AIA Virginia Honors Awards recommendations.
  • Approval of endorsement of the National Trust for Historic Preservation advocacy letter for preserving the federal Historic Tax Credit.
  • Approval of requesting AIA National to lead a visionary planning effort of the National Mall.
  • Approval of the AIA Virginia 2018 Slate of Officers and Associate Director.


  1. Position Architects as vital contributors to our built environment:
    1. Documenting Historic Buildings Initiative: Discussions are underway regarding an initiative that would involve inventorying and documenting 20th century [modern] buildings located throughout Virginia. This initiative is an opportunity to engage AIA Virginia members, universities, The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR). This initiative would likely begin as a pilot-program in one local AIA chapter.
    2. Design Awards Update: Yvonne Szeto, FAIA is serving as the jury chair. She is a partner with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and has served as lead designer on numerous civic, institutional, cultural, academic, and corporate headquarters projects. She has worked on the Grand Louvre (Paris, France) and several Virginia-based projects at Christopher Newport University and Virginia Tech.
  2. Advance knowledge and expertise of members:
    1. The AIA National Research Summit occurred this past June in St. Louis and was attended by AIA Virginia staff member, Marshall Dreiling. AIA National plans to engage in research with academia to advance the practice and profession at large.
    2. Registration for AIA Virginia’s annual conference, Architecture Exchange East, opens on August 28.
    3. An Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program Visioning Summit will be held in mid-September to evaluate what the program should encompass to be viable for another 10 years.
    4. The Virginia Design Forum XIII will occur in April 2018 in Roanoke, Virginia.
  3. Advocate for the Profession:
    1. The second annual AIA National SpeakUp conference was held in Denver, CO from July 19 – 21 and was attended by Sean Reilly, AIA on behalf of AIA Virginia. SpeakUp is the AIA’s flagship advocacy training event and attendees participate in a multi-phased group campaign strategy and team building experience.
    2. Christine Snetter, AIA was reappointed to the APELSCIDLA board and Mel Price, AIA was appointed to fulfill a vacated position on the APELSCIDLA board. These are gubernatorial appointments.
    3. On August 16, 2017, AIA Virginia participated in a meeting with U.S. Senator Warner’s office in Richmond to discuss the extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D). Section 179D expired at the end of 2016.
  4. Become a model of a strong nonprofit and vibrant membership organization:
    1. The AIA Virginia Bylaws requires a ‘mea culpa’ clarification that will be voted on at the AIA Virginia Annual Meeting at Architecture Exchange East on November 2, 2017. This change makes the Component Director a more inclusive position which was the intent of the committee during the bylaws review.
    2. The Listening Tour has commenced by the Executive Vice President and is being received favorably by the membership. The purpose of the visits is to establish the member’s perception of the value of membership and to better understand firm needs in today’s practice environment.

Component Director Allocation:
The results of the Component Director Allocation were discussed as a result of the recent bylaws change that mandates 13 of these directors. Previously, the bylaw language indicated up to 13. AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Richmond will each receive an additional director for 2018. A letter from the Executive Vice President is forthcoming to these respective chapters.

Treasurer’s Report:
Currently, there is a 10% improvement over last year’s financials at this time regarding the excess of revenue over expenses.

EVP Report:
The Executive Vice President attended the CACE Annual Meeting in Portland, OR from August 9 – 11 and continues to initiate partnerships with collateral and allied organizations such as AIAS, ASLA, Preservation Virginia, and AGC.

President’s Report:
The AIA Women’s Leadership Summit is occurring at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C. on September 14-16. AIA Virginia is a sponsor of the host reception that will be held on September 14 at AIA National Headquarters.
AIA Hampton Roads Board of Directors has 100% PAC participation.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors will be held on October 20, 2017

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