Why Give?

by Reggie Jones, Esq.

The practice of architecture is a regulated profession that is dependent on the actions of the General Assembly and the Administration, not only for the activity of the profession but also for much of the business atmosphere in which a Virginia architect operates. Elected officials decide:

  • how your profession is regulated;
  • how government policies are developed for the conduct of your business;
  • how your profession is taxed;
  • how government procures professional services; and
  • the priorities for expenditure of revenue collected from citizens.

In order for your profession to have a voice in the political process, it is important to support those candidates who best represent your viewpoint on the issues. The cost of communicating with constituents and running for office has escalated geometrically over the past 15 to 20 years and it is imperative for candidates to raise enormous sums of money to be successful

In order for AIA Virginia to play a significant role in the election of the right candidates, members of the profession need to encourage qualified candidates to run for office and to support the good legislators so they can continue to serve. By giving adequate funding to AIA Virginia’s PAC, it provides your representatives a better opportunity to be in the room when the candidates are formulating their policies and determining how to vote on issues that impact architects, the businesses you serve and the community where you live.

For comparison, below is the giving data for the reporting period 2015–2016 (which represents the most recent 2-year election cycle):

$349,632  Medical Society of Virginia
$521,665   Virginia Dental Association
$152,450   Va. Society of Certified Public Accountants
$208,045  Va. Optometric Association
$141,000  Va. Society of Anesthesiologists
$60,280   ACEC of Virginia
$10,750    AIA Virginia

I urge your profession to step up your contributions to AIAVA for political contributions. It is one of the best investments you can make for the future of your profession and your community.

You can make a contribution today at www.aiavapac.org/give

The Fight Continues

Qualifications-based selection. Statutes of repose. Taxation. Business definitions and regulations. Policy.

Every practicing architect and associate is affected by these issues.

And the fight continues to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth, create fair business conditions for the profession, and provide the best possible value for Virginia’s tax payers.

By speaking with a united voice, architects influence legislation affecting our profession and the quality of life for all Virginians. AIA Virginia uses the collective power of its membership to participate in the legislative and regulatory policy-making process by educating legislators about issues important to the profession.

Through the AIAVA PAC, we support candidates for state office who understand the profession and support its goals, without regard to party affiliation.

Your membership dues will never be used to support a candidate. And that’s why we need your support.

AIAVA PAC Trustees set a goal to raise $10,000 this year for the PAC before the upcoming election.  Join the fight to protect the profession and practice by giving today.


Where Does the Money Go?
Funds go toward supporting the campaigns of statewide candidates who support the architecture profession. The AIAVA PAC Board of Trustees, which is made up of AIA Virginia members, is responsible for approving every disbursement from the PAC. Approval for a disbursement is based on several criteria, such as the candidate’s understanding of the profession’s concerns, past voting record on key issues, committee assignments, and leadership positions. In addition, the committee seriously considers suggestions for candidate support from AIA components and current contributors.

How Can You Contribute?
You can make a contribution online at www.aiavapac.org. You may also mail a donation to:
c/o AIA Virginia
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

There are no contribution limits in Virginia. The AIAVA PAC can accept contributions from any individual, corporation, union, association or partnership. It is required that all contributions received by the committee, and that required information identifying the contributor, be reported on the committee’s campaign finance reports. Federal law prohibits accepting contributions from a foreign national or foreign corporation.

For more information on how to get involved, send an email to rgeorge@aiava.org.

Who Are the PAC Trustees?
Chair ~ William T. Brown, AIA (NV)
Moseley Architects
8001 Braddock Road, Suite 400
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 249-7640  Fax: (703) 426-9280

Treasurer ~ Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA (BR)
AIA Virginia
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 644-3041  Fax: (804) 643-4607
ex officio

Clifton “Tip” Strickland, III, AIA (HR)
Vision Design Group
2200 Dunbarton Drive, Ste. F
Chesapeake, VA 23325-4920
(757) 440-3131
Term expires 12/15

Tim Colley, AIA (BR)
Colley Architects, P.C.
620 North Main Street, Suite 301
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 953-2724  Fax: (540) 953-2725
Term exp. 06/18

Robert E. Comet, AIA (R)
BCWH Architects
1840 W Broad Street, Ste. 400
Richmond, VA 23220-2151
(804) 788-4774  Fax: (804) 788-0986
Term expires 06/18

Lynden P. Garland, Jr., AIA (R)
101 South 15th Street, Ste. 200
Richmond, VA
(804) 343-1010
Term expires 06/18

Sean E. Reilly, AIA (NV)
Kerns Group Architects, P.C.
105 N Maple Avenue, Ste. 200
Falls Church, VA 22046-4317
(703)281-1955  Fax: (703)528-1151
Term expires 06/18