Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will be awarded the Architectural Medal for Virginia Service this year for its commitment to environmental, social, and financial health in its building campaigns, and aligning this commitment with curricular innovation. As the AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service honors an individual or an organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to our understanding and awareness of the built environment. Since 1984, and with this year’s award, 35 individuals and two organizations have been premiated with the medal.
VBCPS students actively learn about the interconnectedness of our world, and through the school district’s efforts, they are able to recognize the importance of place, values, and culture in the Commonwealth. For the past 15 years, VBCPS has been both a regional and statewide recognized leader in school design and sustainability. Since the development and initiation of their Sustainable Schools program in 2006, VBCPS has constructed nine LEED buildings, and plans to complete three more in 2020 alone, bringing its LEED building inventory to over 2 million square feet. Since 2006, they have managed to reduce their energy use per square foot by 27 percent, even while adding nine percent to their total building square footage, resulting in a cumulative cost avoidance of $45 million since 2006.
VBCPS’s commitment has expanded beyond the building envelope to demonstrate how the Commonwealth’s fourth largest school district can walk the walk on sustainability in a real and long-term way. Examples include implementing a “cook-from-scratch” program for cafeteria food (thereby relying less on packaged items and instructing students on food sourcing and preparation), to supporting electric buses and charging stations, to its 25-year partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create outdoor learning experiences, to integrating sustainable messages, practices, and principles into all aspects of its curriculum for all grades.
In his nomination letter, AIA Hampton Roads President Scott A. Campbell, AIA, applauded “VBCPS’s exceptional and relentless dedication to their mission of ‘educating students about the Triple Bottom Line and understanding the interconnectedness and interdependency of social, economic and environmental systems,” and calling VBCPS’s award, “a well-deserved honor for their incredible accomplishments in school design and sustainability.”
The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service will be presented at Visions for Architecture on Thursday, Oct. 8 in an online awards ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program is free but registration is required.
Architectural historian Calder C. Loth will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment.
A tireless teacher and prolific author, Calder Loth’s efforts to preserve Virginia’s architectural legacy have impacted all residents of the Commonwealth. Loth spent four decades on the staff of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) as an advocate, educator, and historian after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural history from the University of Virginia. Even after his 2009 retirement, he continues to be consulted for his expertise by individual landmark owners, Virginia historic site managers, universities, and international forums.
As former Branch Museum Director Dr. Craig Reynolds notes, through his “unmitigated passion and depth of knowledge, Loth has shielded buildings from the wrecking ball, championed historic tax credits, made preservation easements the standard, and helped develop excitement for our historic places among new generations.”
Kathleen Kilpatrick, Loth’s former DHR colleague and retired Executive Director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council, calls him an ego-free “rock star” committed to generously sharing his knowledge. Indeed, Loth has published dozens of articles and books, including the prize-winning volume, Virginia Landmarks of Black History (1995). He compiled the Virginia LandmarksRegister’s fourth edition (1999), with nearly 1,800 entries representing the most comprehensive inventory of Virginia’s rich and varied architecture. And, he has championed architectural literacy through speaking engagements across the globe.
In recognition of his near half-century of service to Virginia and his accomplishments in communicating the full meaning of historic preservation and Virginia’s architectural heritage to both professional and lay audiences, AIA Virginia honors Calder Loth with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service.
AIA Virginia is pleased to recognize eight Virginians with 2016 Honors awards for their life commitment to creating, preserving and enhancing Virginia’s communities. These will be presented at the Visions for Architecturegala on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Virginia Tech Center for Design Research Director, ACSA Distinguished Professor and T.A. Carter Professor of Architecture Robert J. Dunay, FAIA, will be awarded the William C. Noland Medal. This is the highest award given to a member architect. Dunay’s work spans a 40-year career integrating teaching, research, and scholarship. He has established innovative cross-disciplinary projects connecting academia and architectural practice. In addition to teaching and influencing thousands of architects, his co-leadership of projects such as LumenHAUS which won an international Solar Decathlon Competition in Spain have brought worldwide acclaim to Virginia architecture. He has taken students abroad and created the only pre-professional summer camp focused on design for high school students in Virginia. His supporters credit him with the high national ranking of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design.
Virginia Tech Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture Jaan Holt will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. This is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring individuals or organizations that have made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment. For 44 years, Holt has served in the university’s architecture program including a six-year stint as chair. More than 35 years ago he co-founded the university’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), then permanently relocated to Alexandria to become the center’s director. He established a consortium to bring faculty and students from other national and international schools to WAAC creating an ethnically, culturally and educationally diverse program. Holt has elevated awareness of superb architecture by organizing several high-profile, Washington-based competitions, bringing international attention to WAAC and Virginia Tech.
Central Virginia architect R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, project manager and senior architect at Wiley|Wilson will receive the Award for Distinguished Achievement. Clayborne is active in AIA Richmond and AIA Virginia, serving on both boards of directors. He is particularly known for his mentorship of the next generation of architects, focusing on their entry into the AIA, licensure and professional and personal growth. His service to the community includes serving on the Charlottesville Planning Commission and the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Mentoring program.
Richmond architect Rachel Shelton, AIA, project manager and project architect with Glavé &Holmes and Northern Virginia architect Katherine Williams, AIA, assistant project manager at Marion Construction are each to be honored with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award. In addition to her work with a variety of clients, Shelton has taken on a strong mentoring role. She serves on the AIA Richmond board and organizes networking opportunities. She also is a leader in Richmond Women in Design and a licensing advisor to new architects. Williams has advanced the profession through AIA service, writing, teaching and facilitation events. She is a past chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community advisory group, former editor of the National Organization of Minority Architects magazine and has organized numerous events connecting minority women architects.
Colonial Williamsburg Curator of Architecture William Graham and metal conservator Andrew Baxter will receive AIA Virginia Honors. In the 35 years Graham has been at Colonial Williamsburg, he has become a leading authority on architecture spanning 200 years in Virginia. His impact goes far beyond the scope of Colonial Williamsburg having served as a consultant for historic landmarks including Montpelier, Monticello, Blandfield, and Mount Vernon. Baxter, owner, and principal of Bronze et al Ltd. has enhanced and protected many well-known pieces of public art in Virginia and beyond. Of particular note is his work on all 13 statues of the George Washington Equestrian Monument at the Virginia State Capitol, the Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Maury statues along Richmond’s Monument Avenue and President James Monroe’s tomb canopy in Hollywood Cemetery.
AIA Virginia Managing Director Rhea George will receive Honorary Membership in AIA Virginia in recognition of what AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA calls “thoughtful and dedicated leadership in service to architects.” She has held a number of different positions on AIA Virginia’s professional staff and she has stepped up many times to fill temporary vacancies along with carrying out her normal duties. In the community, she has held several positions as a Chesterfield Board of Supervisors appointee. She’s a co-chair of the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg Education Action Council and she developed a Girl Scout architect badge program which she is currently encouraging the Girl Scouts to reinstate as a way to pave the way for more women to become architects.
Join us as we celebrate these honorees at the Visions for Architecture Gala on Nov. 4 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. RSVP online>>
Robert S. Ukrop, President and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, and James E. Ukrop, Principal of New Richmond Ventures, will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia. The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment.
“The Ukrop brothers have been ‘architect friendly’ in their community service work,” says Bruce Justice, FAIA.
Bobby is a graduate of George Wythe High School, the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, and the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia; Jim graduated from John Marshall High School and the College of William & Mary.
Bobby and Jim are a constant presence and willing participants in many community projects and organizations that have surely benefited from their vision. Their influence and leadership expands beyond the extraordinary philanthropic contributions. Bobby commented, “James and I have been very blessed to have been a part of a successful business that enabled us to be at numerous tables where City of Richmond and regional projects have been considered and completed over the last 30-40 years.”
The brothers have worked collaboratively— whether it was time, resources, or both— on projects such Communities in Schools, Ukrop Park, Sports Backers Stadium, or the Collegiate School Aquatics Center.
Yet, each has pursued separate passions, too. While Bobby took the lead in striving for regional cooperation to make The Diamond a reality, Jim was particularly instrumental in making the vision of a downtown arts center a reality with the opening of CenterStage. “Few individuals in any community could have shared more than Jim has in the range of extraordinary gifts that have enhance our city and its cultural, academic, and economic strengths in significant ways,” commented a member of the CenterStage Board of Directors.
For their significant contributions to the built environment and promoting the understanding of good design, AIA Virginia presents Jim and Bobby Ukrop with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service.
Stanley and Dorothy Pauley have been selected to receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. The Society’s most prestigious public award, the Medal honors an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of our built world. The Society presents this award jointly with the Virginia Center for Architecture at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Jefferson Hotel.
The Pauley’s contributions to the built environment in the Commonwealth of Virginia have had a tremendous impact. Not only has their generous support for education, the arts, and health care substantially enhanced their local community’s resources; it has transformed the quality of life within the entire Commonwealth and beyond. In addition to their philanthropic support, both Dorothy and Stanley Pauley have been dedicated volunteers, committing countless hours to enriching the cultural landscape of their Richmond community. Their gifts and time have been critical in leveraging other resources and matching funds to expand the impact of their generosity.
Staunch supporters of the arts, the Pauleys’ efforts were critical to the expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and to the realization of Richmond’s CenterStage. Their remarkable commitment to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering has helped shape engineering education in Virginia. “As a founding trustee of the VCU School of Engineering, [Stanley Pauley] helped create the vision for our school. As a member of the building and design committee … he has helped to ensure our continued success,” says Dean Robert Mattauch.
Likewise, their ongoing support has helped transform the Medical College of Virginia campus and increased the presence and visibility of cardiac care in Virginia through the Pauley Heart Center. “The Pauley’s generosity through the years will have a lasting impact on the region and nation for the remarkable breakthroughs made possible by their support,” said Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, senior vice president for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System.
“Their name and impact will forever endure … as lasting elements of Virginia’s built environment,” says Richard M. Parison, Jr., Executive Director of CenterStage.
The Dominion Foundation has been selected to receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. The Society’s most prestigious public award, the Medal honors an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of our built world. The Society presents this award jointly with the Virginia Center for Architecture at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Hotel John Marshall.
The Medal celebrates, particularly, the Foundation’s philanthropic support for organizations working to advance the ideals of livable communities and environmental conservation across the Commonwealth. Contributing more than $20 million annually to non-profit organizations and schools, the Foundation supports a wide range of human service, environmental, educational, and cultural organizations. Their support for the Learning Barge on the Elizabeth River has educated thousands of Virginia residents about the importance of environmental stewardship. Similarly, their support for programs like Energy Share, area Agencies on Aging, the United Way, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Project Plant It!, the Nature Conservancy, the Artificial Reef Program — and many more — has helped to build stronger communities throughout mid-Atlantic.
In addition, the award recognizes the Foundation’s generous gift to the Virginia Center for Architecture which was instrumental in securing the Center’s continued ability to pursue its educational mission. Their substantial gift, contributed over the past 5 years, has been utilized by the Center to advance the understanding of architecture through a variety of educational programs and exhibitions. It also made possible much-needed historic preservation of the Center’s historic home at 2501 Monument Avenue.