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ArchEx Registration Closes Soon

Online registration for the 30th annual Architecture Exchange East closes Oct. 25, 2017. Register today>>

This is the last chance for you to lock in your spot for our exciting conference. Here are a couple of sessions you might be interested in attending:

Capital Trail Walking Tour
2:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2nd

Take a guided walking tour along a half-mile segment of the recently completed Virginia Capital Trail, a regional multi-use trail that connects the capital city of Richmond to Williamsburg, Virginia’s historic capital. The 50-mile long paved trail, fully completed in 2015, follows the Route 5 corridor along the James River, providing recreational opportunities for pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists of all ages and abilities. This walking tour will showcase the westernmost segment of the trail extending from Great Shiplock Park along the Kanawha Canal to the historic Shockoe Bottom area in downtown Richmond. On the walk, you will pass beneath a railway through the ‘Low Line’, a linear park and native plant installation. Tour guides will discuss the history, planning, design, and overall success of the Virginia Capital Trail.

An Urban Sketching Excursion: Sharing Techniques and a Field Experience
3:00-5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 2nd

Urban Sketching has grown an enthusiastic following as plein air (outdoor/indoor from real life) painting, drawing and sketching has enjoyed a worldwide surge in interest and participation in recent years. As urban sketching is about capturing the spirit and appearance of places and experiences, it has wide appeal to architects and designers who find application in their work, benefit from development of the observation and documentation skills involved, and just plain enjoy doing it. The official Urban Sketchers Facebook page boasts over 55,000 members who post and share inspiring, diverse sketches from all over the world on a daily basis. The group sponsors an International Symposium each year, with demonstrations, training and “sketch-crawls.” Andrew Moore of Glave and Holmes Architects and Charles Piper of BCWH are experienced urban sketchers who are enthusiastic about sharing the sketching experience with others. This session will include a half-hour presentation that introduces plein air sketching, a variety of techniques and approaches to quick and effective sketching and a primer on typical materials and equipment. They will also share inspiring images from other Urban Sketchers before hosting the group on their own urban sketching “sketch-crawl” in downtown RVA. Weather influencing, we’ll take an hour and a half visiting a number of locations walkable from the convention center to try out our skills in Richmond’s urban center, providing encouragement and some kind instruction in the process. Participants are welcome to linger longer than 90 minutes if desired, as time flies when you are having fun! Bring your own materials- while you can sketch with almost anything, we recommend you bring a sketchbook with good quality paper, a variety of pens and pencils, a portable watercolor kit, water brushes (Pentel is recommended) or conventional brushes and water in a small container.

311: Living Machines – The Future of Interactive Smart Buildings
8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, November 3rd

While buildings will always have a brick and mortar component, imagine a future where buildings learn, interact real time with their occupants, and self-predict their maintenance needs. Far out? Not really, your car already does it, and we are already there with current case stories. Our future buildings will be alive. They will know when you arrive, learn your use patterns to gain higher efficiency, adapt to your use patterns, and even adapt to your mood and health needs. All by way of microsensors, personal devices and apps, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Now, imagine every building was like a leaf on tree plugged into a master city grid and regional smart grid all acting as one to self-sustain itself, its occupants, and the City’s power needs. The future of smart buildings will have a profound impact on people, the environment, and building systems management. In this session, we will explore firmwide research on the futurist outlook of buildings that were predicted by Le Corbusier in his theory of the machine for living. We will explore case stories of the PNC Tower and its breathable façade and automated systems, we will review the Shanghai Tower and its advances in smart building technology, and we will explore the recently designed Corning Headquarters and its use of automated facades and electrochromic View Glass. We will explore challenges to developing these living machines, city and building infrastructure needed, and the political and code regulations needed. Learn recent trends and statistics in the market that suggest what is driving the transition to living machine smart buildings.

Online registration for the 30th annual Architecture Exchange East closes Oct. 25, 2017. Register today>>

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New at ArchEx 2017

AIA Virginia’s annual conference, Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx), takes place Nov. 1-3, 2017, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This year we are moving the exhibit hall to the grand ballroom where it will be the focal point of the conference. For your convenience, the keynote, general session, and other events will be held in the connecting ballroom space.

Other events not to miss in the exhibit hall:

  • Morning coffee receptions Thursday and Friday
  • Buffet lunch both Thursday and Friday
  • CONNECTIONS Cocktail Party Thursday from 5-6:30- p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to network and see all of the new products and services from these 2017 ArchEx Exhibitors>>

Registration opens in August 2017.

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Elevate Your Career

 “Design can ELEVATE ordinary experiences to extraordinary levels.”

             ~ Russell E. Davidson, FAIA | 2016 AIA President

ELEVATE your career!  You won’t want to miss Architecture Exchange East 2016 …

As I contemplated possible topics for this month’s newsletter article, I decided that concentrating on our largest gathering of architects was well worthy of the space and attention!  Last year, for Architecture Exchange East 2015, our focus was on enriching the experience for our attendees.  We enlivened our signature member event in a way that had everyone departing with their ‘batteries fully recharged.’  Dozens of aspects of the conference were energized, in alignment with our desire to make it more aspirational – and inspirational – for everyone.

Folks definitely noticed the CHANGE in last year’s Architecture Exchange East.  89% of attendees rated the event good or excellent, and 93% indicated that they plan to attend this year.  Their favorite things included the new layout of the ballroom for general sessions, the opening and closing keynote speakers, the convention ‘app,’ and shorter, higher-quality educational seminars.  Votes for the least-favorite things included lunch seating, cost and availability of parking, and low exhibitor numbers.

There were a number of excellent suggestions for improving the quality of the experience, and we’ve taken many of those to heart in planning for ArchEx 2016: better registration system, enhanced seminar descriptions, collaboration with allied professional groups, and even more ‘meet and greet’ time.

ArchEx 2016 will elevate the profession with its renewed emphasis on networking, innovative learning methods, and dynamic new materials and products.  You should have already received the mega-card in the mail, and registration opened August 30.  Additional promotional materials will arrive shortly that will further stimulate your interest in participating.  And for those of you who are focused on obtaining credits, a total of 19 hours will be available, 14.5 of which are HSW.  Schedule highlights include:

  • New ‘eye-opener’ educational seminars both mornings;
  • Thursday morning opening keynote speaker Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, an authority in the AIA on all issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Rosa will share why equity in practice matters, and on elevating architecture’s impact;
  • AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, November 3, 12:45 p.m., room E11a.
  • Meet and greet events all of Thursday, with a Welcome Coffee in the morning, the exhibit hall Connections Party late in the afternoon, and Networking parties in the evening;
  • Seminar tracks on business, design, building science, sustainability, and materials/products;
  • Tours of the Metl-Span Factory, the Branch House + Broad Street Station (now the Science Museum of Virginia), the State Capitol, and streetscapes of downtown Richmond;
  • Friday afternoon closing keynote speaker Mickey Jacob, FAIA, the AIA’s favorite Citizen Architect, 2013 AIA President, and 2018 Tampa Mayoral candidate. Mickey’s message will elevate your career and your engagement as a vital contributor to the built environment;
  • Visions for Architecture, AIA Virginia’s honors and design awards ceremony/celebration at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday evening.

I look forward to sharing an elevating experience with you at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during Architecture Exchange East 2016, November 2-4!

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | Executive Vice President/CEO

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ArchEx 2016 Keynote Speakers

We are not looking back! Architecture Exchange East 2016 will elevate the profession with our renewed emphasis on networking, innovative learning methods, and dynamic new materials and products. Now in its 29th year, ArchEx continues to be the mid-Atlantic’s largest annual educational event and expo with more than 60 educational sessions, behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and cutting-edge vendors.

Delivering the opening and closing keynotes this year at Architecture Exchange East will be Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, and Mickey Jacob, FAIA.

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founder and Chair for Equity by Design and Treasurer of AIA San Francisco. Leading the charge for more research on talent retention in the profession, Rosa led the 2014 and 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey projects, authored AIA National Resolution 15-1, and served on the Equity in Architecture Commission. She has presented keynotes nationally and abroad including Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Equity by Design and the Equity in Architecture movement have been featured in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

Mickey Jacob, FAIA

Mickey Jacob, FAIA

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Mickey Jacob, FAIA graduated from the University of Detroit School of Architecture in 1981 and relocated immediately to Tampa where he has practiced Architecture for 35 years. A founding partner at Urban Studio Architects for over 25 years, currently Mickey is the Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at BDG Architects after a 2013 merger. An Architect dedicated to leadership in the profession of architecture, in business, in the public realm, and in politics with a commitment to create inspiring places and engage with the important issues to make a better-built environment that improves the quality of life for everyone in the community. With a focus on Corporate Interiors and Hospitality projects, Mickey’s work over the years include the Epicurean Hotel, Grand Central on Kennedy, Lykes Lines Corporate Headquarters, myMatrixx Headquarters, Metro 510, The Birchwood, IBM Regional Headquarters, United States Central Command Situation Room and “J” War Rooms, and Mise en Place Restaurant.

Registration opens Aug. 30 at www.ArchEx.net. Don’t miss it!

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Attend ArchEx for Free

We’re seeking individuals to serve as volunteers at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx). In exchange for your service, you can attend ArchEx for free on the day(s) you volunteer. Architecture Exchange East takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Nov. 2-4, 2016.

We are looking for volunteers who are capable of completing a number of different tasks throughout the conference including hosting events, monitoring classrooms, assisting at registration, and more. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one full day in order to receive the complimentary conference registration. While we try to accommodate all requests, you’ll be assigned to where you are needed most.

Limited positions available, so please contact us right away.

Contact Marshall Dreiling via email at mdreiling@aiava.org.

Registration for ArchEx 2016 opens Aug. 30, 2016.

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Sheng to Deliver Opening Keynote

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2016 Architecture Exchange East convention this November in Richmond. Sheng will be speaking on “Why Equity (in Practice) Matters – Elevating Architecture’s Impact”

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Equitable practice has the potential to foster success on multiple levels – equity in the workplace, and socially just access to basic resources, healthier communities and resilient public space in our urban centers. The value proposition of equity at all these levels is rooted in empathy, transparency, education, collaboration and trust.

The lack of equity in Architectural practice and allied professions has made Architects prone to lose talent to other more lucrative career paths due to factors that challenge retention; long hours, low pay, work that is misaligned with professional goals, and lack of transparency for promotion and compensation.

In order to achieve equity in the built environment, the design workforce needs to diversify to reflect the rapidly changing demographic of people that we are charged to serve. Architecture is also prone to the public not fully understanding the value or potential of what Architects can bring to the table. In terms of social impact, design has the power to inform more equitable, resilient, sustainable and relevant built environments for the increasingly multicultural population of our nation.

Join us in Richmond this November! Registration for ArchEx opens August 30, 2016.

About Sheng

Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a Senior Associate at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Founder and Chairperson for Equity by Design an AIA San Francisco committee. As a licensed architect with 21 years experience in Architecture and design, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is currently working on innovative and sustainable projects including a lecture hall at the University of California, Davis.

As the Founding Chair of the AIASF Committee Equity by Design, Rosa led the pivotal 2014 and 2016 Equity in Architecture Survey projects, authored AIA National Resolution 15-1, and served on the Equity in Architecture Commission. These efforts have launched a national conversation for achieving equitable practice in the architecture profession. Since the group started, Rosa has been presenting nationally and abroad – including Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, New Orleans. The group’s outreach for equity in architecture has been featured in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.

Rosa currently serves on AIA San Francisco’s Board of Directors as Treasurer,  the AIA National Equity in Architecture Commission, AIA National Diversity & Inclusion Council, is a member of SCUP, USGBC, and NCARB Supervisor.

About the Equity by Design

Fueled by the persistent and striking gender inequity within architectural practice, where women compose only 12–18 percent of AIA members, licensed architects, and senior firm leadership, Equity by Design, a committee of AIASF, was developed as a call to action for both women and men to help realize the goal of equitable practice to retain talent, advance the profession and communicate the value of design to society. The 2014 Equity in Architecture Survey with nearly 2300 respondents has sparked a much-needed dialogue that has resulted in a sold-out 250 person symposium, wide-spread media coverage and requests for EQxD presentations nationally and beyond. In 2016, the group conducted its 2nd survey with over 8,000 respondents and the 4th symposium planned on 10/29 at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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The theme for the 29th annual AIA Virginia convention will be Elevation

  • Elevation of the human condition through the power of architecture
  • Elevation of the profession through the sharing of knowledge
  • Elevation of your career through professional development
  • Elevation as a view of crucial architectural elements
  • Elevation as we look at rising sea levels and climate change
  • Elevation to Fellowship

Have an idea for an event, tour or seminar? Contact Marshall Dreiling, Education Manager, mdreiling@aiava.org

Registration opens in August.

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The wait is over. Registration is now open for Architecture Exchange East 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the mid-Atlantic. Register today! Discount registration expires Oct. 20 and online registration closes Oct. 28.

Registration Now Open

Register for Architecture Exchange East 2015>>

The wait is over. Registration is now open for Architecture Exchange East 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the mid-Atlantic.

This year’s schedule includes keynotes from Andrew Freear and David Zach, 80+ career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, networking dinners and the Visions for Architecture Gala.

View the full event schedule>>

Register today for seminars, tours and events before they sell out! 

Discount registration rates good through Oct. 20, 2015.
Online registration closes Oct. 28, 2015.

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Call for Submissions: Virginia Women in Design Electronic Exhibition

VWiDVirginia Women in Design (VWiD) is pleased to present its second electronic exhibit of work by women architects and designers. The exhibit will be featured in the VWiD’s floor lounge at Architecture Exchange East, the mid-Atlantic region’s annual architecture conference in Richmond, Virginia from Nov. 5–7, 2014. VWiD welcomes work of all scopes and from all disciplines. Designers can submit as many entries as desired. A separate form identifying the designer’s name, firm name under which the project was produced (if applicable), the project, and the work for which the entrant is responsible shall be submitted for each slide. In an effort to include work by emerging professionals, it is not necessary to have been the designer for the entire project, as long as the portion for which the entrant is responsible is clearly stated.
Please complete the entry form and submit it with JPEG images of your design to lmarshall@glaveandholmes.com by Nov. 3, 2014.

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Registration for ArchEx 2014 is Open

ARCHEX-250Registration for Architecture Exchange East, held Nov. 5-7, 2014, in historic Richmond, is now open. The conference and expo features nearly 70 educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 100 vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall.  Brian MacKay-Lyons of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is this year’s Keynote Speaker. Discover more about his work>>

Find out more or register online today at  www.archex.net.

Special Events & Highlights

Keynote Address
Thursday 2:30-4 p.m.
featuring award-winning architect and educator Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA

ArchEx Exhibit Hall
Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Discover the latest trends, products and technologies in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall.

CONNECTIONS Cocktail Party
Thursday: 5:30-7 p.m.
Enjoy networking, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and fun.
Sponsored by Shade & Wise Brick Co., Inc. and TOTO USA

Mid-Atlantic Design Showcase
Delight in the work being done by your colleagues. Call (804) 237-1763 to exhibit your work.

ArchEx Bookstore
Pick up the latest design-inspired books and gifts in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall.
Sponsored by Acuity Business Solutions

ArchEx Exhibit Hall Education
Take part in educational opportunities right in the Exhibit Hall! Vendors deliver content-rich information in 15-minute sessions on our Presentation Stage.

Exhibit Hall Lounges
Take a break in our new lounge areas. Check your email in our Internet Lounge sponsored by Diversified Educational Systems (DES) and Technology Assurance Group (TAG), or kick up your feet in the Virginia Women in Design Networking Lounge.

Virginia Women in Design Series
Discuss the challenges faced by women in the profession in this fourth annual series presented with Virginia Women in Design. See sessions 101, 201, and 301.
Virginia Women in Design is sponsored by Draper Aden Associates

Virginia Society AIA Annual Meeting
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m. E11b
Hear about vital developments, elect officers, and conduct other business affecting your professional society.

In FOCUS: Emerging Professionals
Take part in a series of sessions that was assembled especially to support the needs of emerging professionals and students.

NEW! Project Delivery Series
The AIA National Project Delivery Knowledge Community presents sessions 401, 501, 601, and 701.

Mark Your Calendar for Nov. 5-7, 2014 for Architecture Exchange East.

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  • Good Golly Miss Mod-dy!

    Kenney Payne’s explanation of Mods. Otherwise, known as code modifications as found in the 2012 Virginia Construction Code Section 106.3.

Virginia Accord

  • The Virginia Accord

    Bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability — on Sept. 19-20, 2014 at the Virginia Accord.