Spring is upon us… (I hope). I for one am happy that spring has arrived as it brings about change all around us.

  • New growth in the trees.
  • Plants breaking free of the earthly bonds, seeking warmth and growing.
  • The sounds of brightly colored birds
  • New and different kinds of weeds are growing in my yard (not really happy about the weeds, but that is a different conversation.)

But most importantly, it is still daylight when I leave the Office.

It is also a busy time at AIA Virginia and the components around the state. Everyone has been busy putting together great events and other opportunities for growth and participation.

  • Some local chapters are celebrating Architecture Month in April. Check out the event calendars for AIA Hampton Roads, and AIA Northern Virginia.
  • In celebration of Resilience Week in Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads is presenting a series of seminars on resiliency. These seminars are scheduled for the week of April 17th. Register today>>
  • The AEC Conference is scheduled for April 25th and 26th in Richmond. This event is the result of the joint efforts by AGC, ACEC, and AIA Virginia. The conference brings together the architectural, engineering, and construction community in one location. Register today>>
  • The Art of Practice is scheduled for June 23rd in Charlottesville. This year’s focus is on preparing for economic stress and maintaining resilience. Only 50 tickets will be sold so Register today>>
  • AIA Virginia has issued the Call for Entries for the 2023 Design Awards Program. More here>>
  • The Call for Nominations for AIA Virginia Honors is now open too. More here>>
  • Planning is well underway for ArchEx ’23 scheduled for November 1st thru 3rd, in Richmond. Save these dates for our annual family reunion!

The events take the time and energy of a dedicated few to plan and execute. I encourage each of us to take a few minutes and visit the website of each of our local components and AIA Virginia. Find out how we can make a connection, serve in our communities, and participate.  There are several components looking for committee members and board members.  Each one of us is an important part of AIA.

Look forward to seeing you all at the AEC Conference.

Mitch Rowland, AIA
AIA Virginia