Meet W. Kenneth Wiseman, FAIA

As a Design Principal at CannonDesign, Ken Wiseman leads the firm’s creative process to conceive, refine and implement innovative, living-centered design solutions for clients. His creative leadership embraces visioning, programming, master planning, architectural design, and interior design. Additionally, he provides advice and consultation regarding the wide range of issues that inevitably arise when creating new places. While his primary focus has always been on design, he also served as President of the firm and was a member of the Board of Directors for over a decade. He was responsible for the firm’s design quality and process methodologies. He represented the firm at the AIA Large Firm Roundtable for over a decade and was a leader of the LFRT Deans Forum.

Ken has been named a Distinguished Alumni of The Ohio State University. He has lectured and taught at over twenty universities and has been a registered architect in multiple states and provinces. Ken served on the Recreation Access Advisory Committee of the United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board and in late 2019 completed his service on the NAAB ARC Steering Committee, which revised architectural accreditation standards and procedures. He is currently a board member of the Greater Washington D.C. Board of Trade, his local planning committee, and a member of the national AIA/AGC Joint Committee, which is focused on improving communication, integration, work force diversity and collaboration in the design and construction industries.

W. Kenneth Wiseman, FAIA

Ken has designed Olympic Sport facilities, mixed-use urban places, corporate headquarters, justice facilities, science and technology facilities, community spaces, health facilities, and virtually every type of building found on a college or university campus. His planning innovations resulted in new conceptual models and standards for sport facilities and campuses that have been adopted by institutions globally. His design innovations include the first precast dome ever constructed and the world’s largest wood roof.

His design work has been recognized with 31 awards for design excellence, including awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Five of his buildings have obtained LEED platinum certification. Ken’s work has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, from the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, to Architectural Record, Architect, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect, Interiors, and USA Today.

His career accomplishments include the design of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which was described as “the finest center of its kind in the world” by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Ken’s design of the Richmond Oval, which was the speed skating venue for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Innovation in Architecture Award of Excellence, and the Green Building Practices Award from the Globe Foundation and World Green Building Council. The IAKS (International Association for the Construction of Sport and Leisure facilities) designated the Richmond Oval as one of the “50 Most Influential Sports Buildings Designed in the Last 50 Years”.

Where did you go to college?
-The Ohio State University – Master of Architecture
-The Ohio State University – Bachelor of Science, Architecture

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Absolutely, and I do that regularly.

What does it take to be an architect?
Creativity, curiosity, optimism, a desire to make or improve something, and love of life.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
Ms. Patricia Swan, AIA: Pat was my first mentor. She evolved from being my supervisor to teacher, to collaborator, to friend, to inspiration. She was the first female Associate Partner at Skidmore Owings and Merrill. She was possibly the most complete and well-rounded architect I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I miss her.

What are you currently reading?
Several years ago my sister gave me a Kindle, so I now have multiple books in progress. My current reading includes The Peripheral by William Gibson; Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl; Atmosphaera Incognita by Neal Stephenson and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. T Haler and Cass R. Sunstein.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
The best meal I ever had was at Tante Louise in Denver Colorado. It was my first date with my wife and I have no idea what we had for dinner.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
My motivation is to help improve the profession and increase our relevance in society.

Meet Robert Dale Lynch, FAIA, FAAFS, D-IBFES

  • Registered Architect and Member, American Institute of Architects, 1970;
  • Testimony before a congressional subcommittee of the Judiciary of the US Congress on behalf of AIA to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 1990;
  • Accessibility Consultant to Architect James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed on ADA compliance at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1993;
  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects Gold Medal Award, 1996;
  • Member 30 years, American National Standards Institute, A117 Committee on Accessible & Usable Buildings & Facilities, 1988-2018;
  • Architect designer of accessibility modifications for over 170 homes, 1974-2019;
  • 12 years, faculty, U of Pittsburgh, School of Health & Rehab Sciences, 1988-2000;
  • Member, AIA National Design for Aging Committee Task Force guiding research at Georgia Institute of Technology for design standards on assisted bathing & toileting for aging & frail persons, 2015-2018;
  • Universal Design Consultant to Perfido, Weiskopf Architects in Pittsburgh for a pedestrian bridge, Western PA School for Blind Children – all students multiply disabled, 2018;
  • Historic preservation & accessibility expert, renovations to Art Deco Style Allegheny County Airport Main Terminal, 2009;
  • Member and Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), 3 presentations at national annual meetings on ADA compliance, personal injury, construction & building codes, 2009-present;
  • Expert testimony: 200 legal case reports, 7 depositions, 14 trials, 1974-present;
  • Presentations: AIA nationwide 3-day interactive teleconference on PBS to 5000 AIA members, “Opening All Doors”, 1993; AIA National Convention, Dallas, 1999; 3 presentations to annual meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
  • Secretary, Engineering & Allied Sciences Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2020-2021
  • Diplomate, International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences, 2020.

Where did you go to college?
The Catholic University of America, 1959-1967, Washington, DC, Physics and Architecture.

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?
Yes. The practice of architecture is a personally enriching professional life that can fulfill one’s natural desire for seeking the beautiful while contributing to the welfare, liberty, and happiness of one’s community.

What does it take to be an architect?
To be an architect, one must have a basis of principle and maintain adherence to it; an essential knowledge of and love of human nature and humanity; knowledge of and facility with the aesthetically true, history, spacial conceptuality, science, mathematics, geometry, and drawing by hand.

Was there an architect who particularly inspired you?
Yes. I have reverence for, and am inspired by several:
• Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) combined the flowing, complex beauty of nature in his carving the stone facade with a unique technological insight that forged man’s design on into the birth of the modern skyscraper.
• Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) conceived design with a deep understanding of historical truth; and, articulated what was, at first, Romanesque Revival, but ultimately owned by him as Richardsonian Romanesque with consistency and strength throughout his all too brief life.
• Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) had a magnificent ability to make the physics and geometry of nature a necessary and intimate component of his design. He glorified man’s architecture by emulating nature, just as did his ancestors, Sullivan and Richardson.

What are you currently reading?
Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Hemmingway & Severino; and, Jackson’s Way: Andrew Jackson and the People of the Western Waters by John Buchanan

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner of corned beef, cabbage & colcannon prepared by my wife, Anne.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
I would volunteer with the AIA in order to share my experience in the practice of the profession of architecture with those who would consider following me so that they may more fully know that the professional path they have chosen is true and proper. I would volunteer so that they who follow may proceed to utilize and benefiting from my experience. Though my direct participation in the College of Fellows as an organization has been limited, I have continued my practice in the same vein and for the same reasons that I was elected back in 1996. I continue to contribute to my community simply as a good architect.

Meet Randy Holmes, FAIA

Where did you go to college?
I attended UVA Undergrad (1979) and also UVA Grad School (1982)

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person? Absolutely. It is a wonderful major with many options for how to apply architectural training to various career paths. Architectural training can take one towards a more traditional route of designing buildings to newer forms of a career like CAD modeling, gaming, or other types of application of design training.

What does it take to be an architect?
It requires perseverance, faith, enjoyment of the creative process, good listening skills, and respect for collaboration and leadership…..many more qualifiers could be added, however, the great thing about architecture is that it can utilize a wide variety of abilities within the profession. Most important, it requires a commitment to the built environment and the elevation of people’s experience of it.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
There are many. As one who appreciate history, I value Vitruvius, Alberti (and many other Renaissance Architects), Wren, Lutyens, Cram, McKim, Mead and White, Carrere and Hastings, Bottomley, and others from around the turn of the 20th century. I was mentored by Jaquelin Robertson who heavily influenced the start of my architectural career and he introduces me to people like Leon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios and Andres Duany, and Liz Plater Zyberk. I collaborated on one project with Quinlan Terry who was influential to me. Jim Glave was a longtime mentor and friend. Robert A M Stern and his firm have always been an inspiration to me.

What are you currently reading?
The Future of the Past by Steven W. Semes. I just finished On the Road with Saint Augustine by James K. A. Smith which was fantastic.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
That’s tough. I like many meals (my waistline is proof of the fact). It is often the combination of food and atmosphere that makes meals memorable to me. I just returned from Jamaica where a group of my friends, my wife and I sat on a point, looking out on the sunset over the ocean and had a fabulous meal of fish, vegetables, bread, and wine….these kinds of experiences seem to make the best meals to me.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
Because AIA is the architect’s advocacy group and our only large, national, professional association. We must make it as strong as we can and so volunteering is one way to make a small contribution towards that aim.

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA

Corey Clayborne currently serves as the Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia. In this position, he has the responsibility of ensuring the success of the Advocacy, Education, Communications, and Member Services portfolios. Corey has been recognized by the AIA at the local, state and national levels. In 2017, he was an AIA Young Architects Award recipient and named to Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 class. His volunteer service has spanned across a multitude of roles for all levels of AIA, several NCARB Committees, and an appointment to Virginia’s regulatory Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, Landscape Architects by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Corey is an architect licensed to practice in Virginia who worked in private practice for 13 years serving as a project manager for local, state, and federal clients before taking the chief executive position at AIA Virginia.

Where did you go to college?

Virginia Tech for a B.Arch
Liberty University for a Master in Business Administration with a Public Administration cognate

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?

Absolutely! Architecture teaches you how to think systematically and how to problem solve. These two skills are extremely valuable across a variety of career spectrums. Whether one pursues the traditional architecture path with his or her degree or moving to a non-traditional path – like I did – you can be a valuable asset to our world.

What does it take to be an architect?

Discipline, perseverance, and the drive to make positive change. The path to licensure is not easy: Education, Experience, and Examination. And it is not intended to be as the responsibility of an architect to the public is great. However, when you reach that milestone, your creations – whether design or policy – touches many lives.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?

Not while I was growing up or in college. However, when I entered the professional field, I was adopted by several architects within the firm. They took me under their wing and much of my career success is attributed to these individuals. This is the power of mentorship.

What are you currently reading?

I honestly don’t find reading fun which does not diminish its importance. I’m not a fast reader and I often get drowsy while doing it.

My goal is to read more, about 10 minutes each day. I’m currently making my way through the latest Virginia Business magazine to keep up with what is happening in our Commonwealth. One of my friends is being featured in this particular publication. He put Danville on the map in terms of economic development and just took the Economic Development Director position in Arlington. It’s great to see your friends being blessed for their hard work.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Tough question. There is not a clear-cut favorite so I’ll tell you the best cocktail I have had. Get the “Old Fashion” at the newly renovated Cavalier in Virginia Beach. They put it in a smoke box which takes the cocktail to whole new level. I experienced it on a CEO retreat with other association colleagues. We all had more than one. Or two.

Why do you work for the AIA?

Once in a lifetime opportunity. Over 2,500 members have put their faith in my vision, my team, and our organization to make our profession increasingly more relevant each day.

Meet Robert L. Easter, NOMAC, FAIA

Robert L. Easter, AIA, NOMA, assumed the role as chair of the Department of Architecture at Hampton University in September 2008. He has overseen the reaccreditation effort of the professional program, securing a six-year affirmation of the program’s standing with the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Professionally, he is President of KEi architects (formerly Kelso & Easter, Incorporated) in Richmond, Virginia. A graduate (Bachelor of Architecture) of Hampton University, he also holds a Master of Architecture degree in Architecture / Urban Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He is an ordained minister and has done extensive graduate studies at the Divinity School at Howard University. His initial registration is in the state of Maryland, and he is licensed to practice architecture in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He holds certification with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and his firm holds active registrations in twelve states and Quebec, Canada. He began practicing architecture in 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as a Project Architect and designer for Ford & Associates, Inc. He also worked with the New River Valley Planning District Commission as a staff Architect and taught Architectural Technology for the Northern Virginia Community College. Following a four-year tour of duty in the US Army Corps of Engineers, he founded the Easter Design Center, later merging with John Kelso to form Kelso & Easter, Architects serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They were incorporated in 1985 and opened an office in Richmond, Virginia in 1987. In 2001, Mr. Kelso retired, and the entire operation was consolidated to the Richmond office.

Mr. Easter is active in community, civic and professional activities. He has twice served as a Director for the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects and is now the chair of the City of Richmond Board of Code Appeals and a board member of the Metropolitan Business League. His other civic involvements have included: board member Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for the City of Richmond, Board member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Board chair of the and is a member of the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council. He has served as a board member for the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia, Freedom House, Social Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Member, Woodley-Nightingale Land-use Task Force, Fairfax County; Member (and former Chair), Architectural Alumni Committee, Hampton University; Board of Directors, Richmond Opportunities Industrialization Center, Richmond, VA; the Board of Directors, Greater Metropolitan Richmond Literacy Council, and as a member of the Northern Virginia Minority Business & Professional Association.

In 1992 he was elected as the fifteenth president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and has been a vigorous advocate for increased minority participation in the public and private sector building industry. During his tenure, NOMA worked to increase opportunities for its members throughout the nation. International engagements included a tour to South Africa where he served on a mission to bridge relationships between black and white architects and assisted in the formation of the Association of Black Architects in that nation, a sister organization to NOMA, during the transition from apartheid to democratic rule. His work, both civic and professional has been recognized in local and national print media, including NOMANews, the New York Times, Metropolitan Magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Richmond Free Press, Progressive Architecture Magazine and Inform Magazine.

Where did you go to college?
I attended Hampton University for undergraduate work and Virginia Tech for graduate school.

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person? Absolutely. As an educator and practitioner, I believe that the work we do makes a difference

What does it take to be an architect?
Passion, creativity, determination and opportunity.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
I only knew two architects before attending school: John Spencer, FAIA, who was the dean of Architecture at Hampton University (and a friend of our family), and Bert Berenson, who was Mr. Spencer’s predecessor (whom my mother worked for). Since beginning my career, I am inspired by a number of great architects, including John Chase, Wendell Campbell, and John Kelso. Stylistically, my favorite was the Japanese American design icon, Minoru Yamasaki.

What are you currently reading?
I am reading Slaves in the Family, by Edward Ball.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
The next one. Every meal is good. I love food.

Why do you volunteer with the AIA?
It is an opportunity to serve our profession and to share a perspective that is not always considered. It is an opportunity to make a connection between the profession and students who need to know that our profession welcomes them.

Region of The Virginias Fellows Fête 2020

As recommendations to protect public health rapidly evolve, we believe it is prudent to postpone the Fellows Fete. AIA Virginia will be working with our vendors and venue to identify a new date for this event. We will be in touch with ticket holders as soon as details can be finalized. Refunds will be available for those who are not able to join us for the rescheduled event.

American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Region of The Virginias cordially invites you to the 2020 Fellows Fête.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Mobelux
1635 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Attire is Black Tie.

Join us for cocktails, dinner, and a celebration of our new fellows!

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA (AIA Richmond)
Robert L. Easter, FAIA
(AIA Richmond)
H. Randolph Holmes Jr., FAIA
(AIA Richmond)
Gregory L. Rutledge, FAIA
(AIA Hampton Roads)
W. Kenneth Wiseman, FAIA
(AIA Nothern Virginia)

Purchase Tickets>> Ticket sales are currently suspended.

Read about the Historic Rehabilitation of this building done by Robert Steele, FAIA and BOB Architecture>>

Hotel:
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Richmond. Make reservations online or call 1-804-672-8585 and ask for the American Institute Architects group rate. DISCOUNT ENDS MARCH 11th.

Parking:
Carpooling from the hotel is recommended. There are limited parking spaces at Mobelux and street parking available on Broad Street in front of the building.

Thank you to our sponsors

Pella Windows of Virginia

Show your support for this event through sponsorships. Contact Judy Cheadle, jcheadle@aiava.org for more information.

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Meet Michael Bednar, FAIA

Michael Bednar, FAIA, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia as well as Partner in Bednar Lawson Architects in Charlottesville.

TEACHING:

University of Virginia, School of Architecture
Assistant Professor of Architecture; 1972-1975
Associate Professor of Architecture; 1975-2007
Professor of Architecture; 2007-2009
Professor Emeritus of Architecture, 2009-present
Co-Chairman, Division of Architecture, January 1976-June 1981
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, January 1992-1995,
Acting Associate Dean for Students, Spring 2006
Director of Undergraduate Advising, 2007-2009
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture and Center for
Architecture research (joint appointment) Assistant Professor of
Architecture; September 1968-June 1972

MAJOR PUBLICATIONS:

The Role of the Physical Environment in the Education of Children with Learning Disabilities, Center for Architectural Research 1969 (with D. S. Haviland).

Architecture for the Handicapped in Denmark, Sweden and Holland, Architectural Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1973.

Barrier Free Environments, Editor: Dowden, Hutchinson and Ross, Stroudsburg, PA 1977.

Facilities for Special Education Services, Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA 1979 (with A. Abend, V.J. Froehlinger, Y. Stanzler).

“Architectural Planning for Special Education,” in Handbook of Special Education, J. M. Kauffman, D. P. Callahan, Editors, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1981.

The New Atrium, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1989.

Interior Pedestrian Places, Whitney Library of Design, New York, 1989.

“Urban Atriums” Chapter 6.1 in Time Saver Standards for Urban Design edited by Donald Watson, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2003

L’Enfant’s Legacy: Public Open Spaces in Washington, D. C., Johns Hopkins
University Press, Baltimore, 2006

“John A. G. Davis House,” Magazine of Albemarle County History, Volume 72,

Where did you go to college?

Bachelor of Architecture, U. of Michigan 1964 (Tau Sigma Delta Honorary) Master of Architecture, U. of Pennsylvania 1967 (Louis Kahn Studio)

Would you recommend studying architecture to a young person?

I would recommend studying architecture because it is a diversified field with skills useful in many occupations.

What does it take to be an architect?

To be an architect it takes vision, organization, zeal, and discipline.

Was there an architect who particularly inspired you?

I. M. Pei inspired me as a student and I was fortunate to get a job in his office after graduation.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading the Power of Art by Simon Schama.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Any pasta dish cooked and served in Italy is the best meal.

Meet Dale Ellickson, FAIA

I have been a licensed architect and attorney since 1975 and 1976 respectively. Elected to the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects in 1991, I managed the publication of AIA’s Standard Documents for nearly 20 years. I have written for such publications as Architectural Record, AIA Journal, Architect, AIA Handbook of Professional Practice and ABA’s Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Journal. My blog, www.architects-tales.com and its 30+ stories about architects’ lives has a worldwide readership. I currently practice construction law as Senior Counsel to the Washington, DC branch of the Carlton Fields law firm

Who inspired you to become an architect?

It’s in my genes.

I wanted to become an architect since my pre-teens when I read about Frank Lloyd Wright, whose picture appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. It turned out that he came from Wisconsin as I did. In high school, I read his autobiography.

The truth be told – major decisions are made for the flimsiest of reasons.

I did not like English courses with their mandated exercises in writing on such themes as, “What did I do last summer?” I liked geometry, math, and the smell of sawdust. Early on, I got over the youthful desire to become a policeman, fireman, or cowboy. So, what were my choices? I decided that there was something in the essence of my being about sawdust. Although my father was a watchmaker, my family has a long line of Scandinavian carpenters who brought that skill from the Old World. Through genealogy research, I discovered that many of my cousins are carpenters, contractors and at least four living architects. My father’s ancestors came from the city of Skien, Norway, which so happens to have been the home of the playwright, Henrik Ibsen, who wrote the story Master Builder – about a carpenter who dearly wanted to achieve the status of an architect. According to my family’s lore, my Great-Aunt Aaget Eigildsdotter was a maid in the Ibsen household in the 19th century.

Indeed, it’s in my genes.

Where did you go to college?

Testing the waters at the local University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse, I took a semester in calculus – wrongly following the common misconception that architecture requires a lot of math. I then transferred to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to join a herd of 6,000 incoming freshmen where I was educated as a modernist in the School of Architecture under Dean Ralph Rapson, who used a modified Bauhaus Vorkurs teaching method combined with Gropius’ teaming approach.. (At that time, Wisconsin did not have an undergraduate school of architecture due to strenuous resistance by establishment architects in Milwaukee who despised Frank Lloyd Wright and his school at Taliesin. That’s another story.) After graduating from Minnesota, I moved on through an odd sequence of events to enroll in Atlanta Law School. Read that part of the story in my blog’s article, No challenge too small or too great.

Would you recommend studying architecture?

If you like to visualize and dream about being involved with big projects, architecture may be for you. But first, do you know the difference between an architect and a professional engineer? See my blog’s most-read article, Architect or Engineer – What’s the difference? It astounds me how people are confused about that!

The following is an excerpt from a letter I recently wrote to a high school student who wants to be an architect.

“It is not too early to plan and prepare for college. Many schools require a portfolio of original drawings, paintings, etc. from the prospective student. Now is the time to assemble that portfolio. Taking an art class in high school or at a community center is very helpful in preparing and organizing such a portfolio.

As for schools of architecture, there are about 75 accredited schools in the United States where you can obtain a professional degree – usually bachelors of architecture (5 years) or masters of architecture (6 years) – which will enable the degree holder to obtain entrance to take the licensing exam. Some community colleges offer two-year associate degrees that might get you a job as a draftsman, but no license.

Since 1953 according to the AIA, the vast majority of the accredited schools have chosen to teach a form of modernism derived from Germany ’s Bauhaus school (1919-1933) where “form follows function.” Prior to that, the Beaux-Arts School of Paris (founded in 1797) was the model for the dominant teaching method – where design begins with the exterior visual composition or “big idea.” Very few American schools teach the Beaux-Arts method, today.

For more information on architects, I recommend obtaining the book, Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession by Roger Lewis. He has a list of schools at the end of his book.”

What does it take to become an architect?

Similar to a general in battle, an architect is expected to assess a situation containing multiple factors, be quick decision-making about them to visualize a solution, and have the tenacity to pursue that vision.

What are your current readings?

My nightstand may have a half-dozen books on it, which means I seldom read a book with one sitting as I switch from one book to another to suit my interests and attention span. Thus, I am not a Kindle fan. I am still a hard copy user. I also tend towards non-fiction – so the books on my nightstand are:

  • The Holy Bible
  • Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe by J.R. Gott
  • Saxons. Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic roots of Britain and Ireland by Bryan Sykes
  • Exploring The Sky by Richard Moeschl
  • The JLC Guide to Production Carpentry

What was the best meal you’ve ever had?

My very first prime rib at a Christmas party in a fine Minneapolis restaurant hosted by Thomas Hendricks & Associate Architects where I worked as a junior draftsman during college. The steak was so well prepared that even the fat, which I still seldom eat, was delicious!

Why do you volunteer to work for the AIA?

Actually, I did work for the AIA as an employee. As a Fellow, I feel obliged to give back whatever I can to the profession. Architecture is still my first love.

Meet Robert Vickery, FAIA Emeritus

After graduating from Washington University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Robert Vickery traveled to Spain on a Fulbright Grant. In 1969, Bob was invited to join the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture as the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor in Architecture. During his three-decade tenure at UVA, Bob made an indelible mark on the University’s architecture program by helping to implement the school’s 4-2 architectural curriculum and by mentoring close to 4,000 students, both in Charlottesville and through travel programs in Venice and Vicenza, Italy.

Bob’s passion for education and providing opportunities for young architects was realized in professional practice in 1976 with the founding of VMDO Architects alongside three students – Robert Moje, Lawson Drinkard, and David Oakland.