ArchEx 2019: Inspiration Zone

This year, we’ve organized our carefully-curated program for Architecture Exchange East into learning zones. You can pick and choose sessions from any of the zones or do a deep dive into a particular theme.

The Inspiration Learning Zone at ArchEx 2019 offers 9 sessions to help you find inspiration in new work and creative approaches. Check them out below or review the full agenda. Registration for ArchEx is now open.


100: Introduction to Cultural Landscapes
Cultural landscapes are places that have acquired significance through interactions between people and the land; they may surround one or more historic buildings or be significant sites in their own right. Interest in Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs), the landscape counterparts of Historic Structure Reports (HSRs), is on the rise among stewards of historic places who seek a deeper understanding of their site. Get an introduction to the key issues in the analysis of cultural landscapes.

200: Transforming Office Culture: Parkitectural Expression
Where do you spend most of your “awake hours?” For most of us it is at the office … so why not make it a “LIVING OFFICE” that supports the way you live, work, collaborate and play! The City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department had been deprived of a new administrative facility for decades and entrusted the presenters to bring them a fresh new definition of the workplace for their staff.

300: Creating a Culture of Integrative Design
A firm’s commitment to the 2030 Challenge helped transform a design culture to embrace high-performance design using an integrative design process. Recognizing that clients do not always want an official sustainability certification, the presenters worked to embed an integrative design process into the culture utilizing a network of sustainable design leaders, early and more energy modeling, and a more metric-driven design process. They’ll review the strategies that helped transform the culture to help enhance the firm’s design process to meet projects’ energy, water, habitat, and material sustainability goals.


410: Architectural Ethnography as a Learning Tool in Study Abroad
How could study abroad programs for architects teach cultural empathy? Drawing from on-site observation of buildings raises questions that help us understand cultural forces that shapes architecture. For example, why do wood lattices conceal Kyoto’s machiya storefronts instead of revealing the interior with an expansive window? Such question may uncover why contemporary Japanese architecture take on forms different from the western counterparts. The presenter demonstrates how architectural ethnography in study abroad programs can deepen cultural understanding.

500: How Drawings Work: A User Friendly Theory
Pulling from a diverse and eclectic landscape of theories from grammar, functional linguistics, philosophy, art criticism, science fiction, popular culture, and, of course, architecture, Susan Piedmont-Palladino proposes a new way to think about architectural communication and how drawings really work.

600: The Work of Joeb Moore & Partners
Joeb Moore & Partners is an architecture and design firm known for its intellect in design, craftsmanship, inventive formal and spatial systems, and details. The practice specializes in precise and creative buildings, landscapes, and furnishings that sensitively respond to their environment and ecologies of place. Hear from principal Joeb Moore, FAIA about the firm’s approach to residential design.

700: The Work of Ann Beha Architects
Hear about the work of Ann Beha Architects. The firm seeks a dynamic discourse between heritage and the future. With an equal emphasis on contemporary architectural expression and the revitalization of historic resources, their projects shape and strengthen community life, establish new directions, identities, and vibrant settings for education, the arts, and the civic realm.

800: AIA Virginia’s Design Awards Session
See the winning projects from AIA Virginia’s Design Awards program. Discuss the jury’s comments and hear insights from the jury chair.

900: Pecha Kucha: The Best Darn Thing I’ve Ever Done
Four presenters will have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell us about the best d@mn thing they’ve ever done as a designer. We’ve built some time in for discussion at the end. Join us for this dynamic session to wrap up your ArchEx experience.

About Architecture Exchange East
ArchEx is AIA Virginia’s annual conference and expo. This year, it takes place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from Nov. 6–8, 2019. The program is curated to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to explore the theme of culture.

Register online.

Looking Back at ArchEx 2018

As we look back at ArchEx in the rear view mirror, here are a few highlights from the 3-day program where the profession came together to be inspired, learn and make connections.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend ArchEx

From November 7th – 9th, we will convene for our annual conference, Architecture Exchange East, in Richmond. This may very well be the best one we have ever hosted. The theme of the conference is TENSION. From the physical tension that empowers buildings to stand to the tension between creative vision and practical restrictions. We will even have a dialogue on how tension is present between architecture and social equity.

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA. photo by Jay Paul

Headlined by award-winning architect and TED-presenter, Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA as the keynote and an appearance by The Hip Hop Architect, Michael Ford, I guarantee you will be moved in a special way. For the first time, we will engage the public within our conference for our Housing Equity Panel that folds under the Institute’s “Blueprint for Better Communities” initiative. This year, our education track is themed to cater to Practice Management, Design, Historic Preservation, Educational Environments, Healthcare Environments, Residential, Technology and Practice, and Building Performance. This means that there is content shaped to accommodate all of our members who have various practices with wide-ranging needs.

On Wednesday, we will offer our full-day program workshops that include our Safety Assessment Program training that will allow you to be instrumental contributors in getting communities back on its feet after a natural disaster. Thursday and Friday promise to offer exceptional content culminating with Visions for Architecture. For this special event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we will celebrate those whose work make especially strong contributions to society and celebrates the recipients of AIA Virginia Honors Awards and the Awards for Excellence in Architecture.

Would you rather be in your cubicle or do any of the following:

  1. Francis Kéré’s keynote address
  2. Michael Ford – The Hip Hop Architect. Enough said.
  3. Housing Equity Panel consisting of a prominent architect, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, and the Better Housing Coalition
  4. Safety Assessment Program disaster assistance training
  5. Join members of small, mid-size, and large firms to discuss relevant issues in roundtable format
  6. See the 2018 Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) present its class project and how it will benefit the City of Charlottesville
  7. Engage in dialogue with Higher Education decision-makers on improving collaborate with architects
  8. Tour of Historic Petersburg in collaboration with Preservation Virginia
  9. CONNECTIONS party and networking dinners that include ELA alumni and Virginia Women in Design
  10. Engage with over 70 Vendors that are showcasing cutting-edge materials

If your answer was “yes” to any of the above, then come join us at the conference.

Look forward to welcoming you to Richmond next month!

Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

ArchEx Registration Closes Soon

Online registration for Architecture Exchange East closes Nov. 2, 2018. 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:

Designing Justice Facilities for Mental Health
3:15-5:15 p.m. Thursday, November 8th

Justice Architecture touches almost every citizen’s life, whether through a family member, colleague, or friend. As such, correctional facilities may have a more direct impact on a larger number of citizens than any other civic building type, and yet, they have changed relatively little in this country over the past half-century. Today’s criminal justice context acknowledges that individuals serving time will not return to society as improved citizens without treatment and/or better coping strategies. Rehabilitative programs in corrections target addictions, criminal thinking, anger management, parenting skills, and job skills, among others. Teaching inmates to make better, more informed decisions lies at the heart of most programs, with the ultimate goal of providing an improved framework for addressing life’s problems within the parameters of the law. At the same time programs deliver improved mechanisms for making better decisions, the secure correctional environment reduces the level of autonomy and individual decision-making to a minimum. The rigid structure imposed by the prototypical secure correctional environment delays much of the practice required to master new behaviors until after release. It is widely believed that this structure is necessary for security; yet other countries have achieved better results upon re-entry with a different structural approach. How do their populations differ? How are they the same? This session hopes to better define the relationship between rehabilitative programming and legacy U.S. institutional design, and to probe the extent to which more normalized housing and creative, new approaches to facility design (such as those used in other countries) might enhance programming success, without compromising security. Within this workshop, you will learn about where correctional architecture is going in terms of integrating innovative mental health, behavioral health, & re-entry programs into new, replacement, and renovated facilities. All are encouraged to attend – the solution to fewer correctional facilities and a more effective criminal justice system is in the hands of not only the design and health professionals but policy-makers and every community nation-wide.

Demystifying Security in Design: A Holistic Approach
3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 8th

In today’s America, sincere emotion and fear surrounds the conversation on security as we become more aware of incidents of mass shootings, sexual assault, cyber bullying, and terrorism. Responses by many have called for the “hardening,” of our schools, cultural centers, and civic spaces. Designers have the awesome responsibility of respectfully listening to end users, distilling concerns, and yet still meeting clients’ functional, aesthetic, and programmatic needs. Architects, administrators, and educators can begin demystifying security by using a more democratic, holistic, and well-informed approach. Join us for a round table discussion with a group of panelists who work in multiple arenas: architectural design, infrastructure and technology, governance and legislation, and socio-emotional development.

Tour of the Varina Area Library
3:15-5:15 p.m. Thursday, November 8th

Tour the Varina Area Library which was awarded a 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award. The Varina Area Library, which opened on June 1, 2016, is a brand new 43,000 square foot building located on a 22 acre parcel of land in the rural, eastern section of Henrico County. The new state-of-the art-library replaces a small 6,000 square foot branch that served the Varina community for over 40 years. Varina’s citizens wanted an active library that provided a “next generation” of library services. To create a hub for learning with sufficient quiet space, the library features several unique learning spaces and programmatic elements that facilitate project-based learning pedagogies. More casual learning spaces are integrated throughout the library in the form of private and group study rooms outfitted with mobile, adaptable furniture to promote various learning, working, and collaborating styles.

Tour of Capitol Square
3:15-5:15 p.m. Thursday, November 8th

Explore one of America’s most influential buildings. The Virginia Capitol, a living landmark and home to the oldest elected legislative body in North America, was designed by Thomas Jefferson and was the first public building in the New World constructed in the Monumental Classical style. It has served as a prototype for countless capitols, public buildings, churches, and residences for more than 200 years. This tour will include an overview of Capitol Square, a survey of the Capitol’s architectural history, and a tour of the public spaces and exhibits inside the Capitol.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Online registration for Architecture Exchange East closes Nov. 2, 2018. Register today>>

ArchEx Discount Registration Ends Oct 5

The Discount Registration deadline for Architecture Exchange East is October 5, 2018. Register by then to save big on tours, seminars and parties!

Register here today>>

This year’s conference features countless educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 60+ vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall. Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, is this year’s Keynote Speaker. You won’t want to miss it.

We look forward to seeing you in November!


ArchEx Early Bird Deadline Extended

The Architecture Exchange East Early Bird registration deadline has been extended until Wednesday, September 19 to accommodate those who have been under mandatory evacuation orders or have been caught up in hurricane prep or response.

We still encourage attendees to sign up before popular tours, dinners and seminars fill up, but we wanted to make sure that everyone has a chance to save the most money on their ticket.

This year’s conference features countless educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 60+ vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall. Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, is this year’s Keynote Speaker. You won’t want to miss it.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

ArchEx Registration is Now Open!

The wait is over. Registration is now open for Architecture Exchange East 2018, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the mid-Atlantic.

This year’s conference features countless educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 60+ vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall. Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, is this year’s Keynote Speaker.

View the event schedule>>

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

Early Bird registration rates run through Sept. 14, 2018.

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Call for Volunteers: ArchEx 2018

We’re seeking a limited number of individuals to serve as volunteers at Architecture Exchange East 2018. In gratitude for their service, volunteers are invited to attend ArchEx for free on the day(s) you help out.

We are looking for volunteers who are capable of completing a number of different tasks throughout the conference. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one full day in order to receive the complimentary conference registration. Volunteer positions are open to all AIA Virginia members or students at Virginia’s accredited schools of architecture.

While we try to accommodate all requests, volunteers are assigned to positions where we have the need. (Volunteers must fulfill their entire commitment to receive complimentary conference registration.)

If you are interested, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form. We’ll be in touch later to confirm the details of your participation.

ArchEx Registration Opening in September

Registration for Architecture Exchange East held Nov. 7-9, 2018, in historic Richmond, will open on September 4, 2018. The conference and expo features countless educational sessions, spectacular behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and more than 60+ vendors in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall. Francis Kéré, Hon. FAIA, is this year’s Keynote Speaker. Discover more about his work>>

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