Meet Kathleen M. Galvin, FAIA

Kathleen M. Galvin, FAIA is a registered architect with her own practice based in Charlottesville, VA (Galvin Architects.) Throughout her professional and political career, Ms. Galvin has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to creating authentic, equitable, and sustainable places where people of all ages and income levels can thrive.

Ms. Galvin was lead architect and urban designer on such notable projects as the Crozet and Places 29 Master Plans in Albemarle County, Old Trail Village in Crozet, a form-based code for the Town of Orange, and the Eastern Planning Initiative. For fifteen years she has shared her expertise and passion for sustainable and equitable neighborhood design with students as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia. Ms. Galvin served two 4-year terms as a Charlottesville City Councilor and one 4-year term as a City School Board member (from 2008-2020) where she focused on: creating pathways out of poverty; working with the community to reimagine their neighborhoods with more jobs, amenities, and affordable housing but without displacement; transforming city infrastructure to be safe for walkers, cyclists, and motorists alike; reforming the city’s zoning laws to reflect the community’s values; making government more responsive and effective, and designing city and school buildings to be more healthy and sustainable.

In 2017, Ms. Galvin received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Award for Distinguished Achievement and in 2021 she received the National AIA’s highest award for her public service and civic leadership while advancing the profession of architecture, by being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Ms. Galvin grew up in hard-scrabble Brockton, MA, the daughter of an auto mechanic and school nurse who both volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during WWII. As her “first teachers,” her parents emphasized the importance of education and modeled what it looked like to respond to the call to serve. Ms. Galvin received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics (with distinction) and Geography from Boston University and a Masters of Architecture (MArch) from the University of Virginia (UVA.) She is a graduate of Sorensen’s Political Leaders Program (an affiliate of the UVA Weldon Cooper Center.) In addition to running her own practice, Ms. Galvin now serves on the Virginia AIA Board, Advocacy Council, and Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Trustees, the Sorensen Advisory Board, the Form-Based Code Institute’s Advisory Committee, and the Friendship Court Redevelopment Advisory Committee. She and Michael B. Costanzo have been married for over thirty years and are the proud parents of their two sons, Patrick and Kevin, and the grateful caretakers of their beloved family dog, Orion.

Where did you go to college?
Cities always fascinated me, especially Boston so attending Boston University to obtain a BA degree was a perfect choice at the time. A childhood impacted by the economic decline of a once-bustling shoe factory town southeast of Boston however fostered an interest in economics and geography with a focus on affordable housing and urban development. After stints managing assisted housing and being the project manager for an architectural firm doing redevelopment studies for the Boston Housing Authority, I became passionate about community-driven design, placemaking, and architecture. Consequently, I built a portfolio at the Boston Architectural Center and was later admitted to the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture in 1983 under the leadership of renowned urbanist and architect, Jacquelin Robertson (who passed away in 2020.)

What does it take to be an architect?
The challenge for us today is how to keep our cities equitable, sustainable and beautiful, in the face of rising housing costs, climate change, growing income inequality, and a longing to preserve what is gracious and authentic while striving to innovate and create. Richard Swett, FAIA, former US Congressman and author of the book, Leadership by Design once wrote, “Creativity is the art of survival. If one is willing to look at all situations with an open mind, a creative attitude, then the limitations imposed by the problem become the finest incentives to exercise one’s maximum ability and talent.” That wonderful quote sums up why architects are well suited to take on the complex challenges of 21st-century urban life, not as bystanders, but as leaders. Architects are visionaries who both inspire and depend on others to get their projects built, from zoning officials, review boards, clients, and builders, to civil and structural engineers. Architects must be confident yet humble, decisive yet collaborative, all in the right ratios, and make connections with the right people all at the right time to solve gnarly multifaceted problems. These are the same traits that make for an effective elected or appointed political leader or community advocate. It’s probably why I won three out of four political campaigns and successfully served for twelve years in local elected office.

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
There was no one architect, but there were memorable urban places shaped by great architecture that inspired me. Despite our family’s precarious economic situation, my mother always found time for enriching experiences that unwittingly made me a lover of both great architecture and cities. Whenever we went to Boston, she would take me to wonderful places like the Italian North End and Copley and Lewisburg Squares (while my dad and brother went to Fenway Park). We’d visit magnificent buildings like H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church, McKim, Mead and White’s Boston Public Library, Henry Cobb’s (of I.M. Pei & Partners) John Hancock Building, and Willard Sear’s magical Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; designed as a Venetian palazzo, built by Venetian craftsmen and embraced by Frederick Law Olmstead’s “Emerald Necklace.” Little did I know as a child, that someday decades later I would become a UVA student of architecture studying in Venice, surrounded by such beauty every waking moment of my day.

What are you currently reading?
Adam Bede by George Elliot, Why Nation’s Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, and Sick City: Disease, Race, Inequality and Urban Land by Patrick Condon.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
It was a dinner party in 2016 at the Ristorante il Falcone, a restaurant in Charlottesville’s Sister City, Poggio a Caiano, owned and operated by septuagenarian, Chef Roberta Vivetta Cintelli. Chef Roberta had come to Charlottesville that year as part of a restaurant exchange program to mark the 40-year anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Charlottesville and Poggio inspired by the friendship of two famous native sons, Thomas Jefferson and Filippo Mazzei (a celebration I helped plan as a City Councilor.) That same summer, I gave a talk in Rome, about resident-centered community revitalization work, after which I was joined by my husband and sons for a tour of Tuscany. I alerted Mayor Marco Martini of our arrival in Poggio and he arranged for us to visit Guiliano da Sangallo’s renaissance palace for Lorenzo the Magificent. “Il momento culminante” however, was dinner at il Falcone with the Mayor, his city councilors and their spouses, my husband Michael and our sons Patrick and Kevin. The food and wine were spectacular, the company and conversation were brilliant and the friendships forged that evening are still alive and well!

Why do you volunteer with AIA?
It was time to give back to a noble profession that had enriched the life of this working-class girl from Brockton, MA beyond measure, affording her countless opportunities to do well by doing good.

Meet Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA

Director and Principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Limited, UK, Lemieux has led the advancement of building science in architecture throughout his over a 25-year career in professional practice and as a thought-leader in the development of international technical design and construction standards. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science, Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Daniel Lemieux, FAIA

Since joining WJE in 1996, Dan has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the area of building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized nationally for design and restoration excellence. As the firm’s Director of International Development, he is responsible for advancing WJE’s global architecture and building science practices. Prior to that, Dan served as Managing Principal of WJE’s Washington, D.C. office from 2005 to 2016.

Dan currently serves on multiple ASTM International committees including first vice chair of E06, Performance of Buildings and chair of E06.55, Performance of Building Enclosures. He is founding chair and a primary author of ASTM E2813, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and worked closely with WJE colleagues and practicing and teaching professionals from across North America to support the development of ASTM E2813, ASTM E2947 Standard Guide for BECx and ASHRAE Standard 202 Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems. He served as an author and technical editor for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) web-based Whole Building Design Guide and NIBS Guideline 3: Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process and is a core member and contributor to the AIA Knowledge Community on Building Performance.

Dan has developed, chaired and been invited to speak at multiple workshops and symposia on building science and the physics of building enclosure performance in North America, the UK, EU, UAE, and China, and co-chaired the Symposium on Building Physics and Conservation with Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland in London. In 2017, Dan helped establish the first overseas operating unit for WJE in London as a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice in the UK. He is a chartered member of RIBA, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a listed architect in the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Dan was invited to review and offer technical input on proposed regulatory reforms in the UK in response to the fire and continues to work closely with WJE’s Fire and Life Safety practice on this topic through project work and as an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Europe.

Dan’s project work has included iconic buildings and cultural landmarks in the U.S. and worldwide, notably the post-seismic assessment, stabilization, and repair design of the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral as well as failure investigation; repair design; design peer review; design-assist and supply-chain quality assurance services for clients and projects located in North and Central America the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia.

Where did you go to college?
Georgia Tech

What does it take to be an architect?
Creativity and perseverance…

Was there an architect that particularly inspired you?
In history, Brunelleschi, as you might expect, for embodying – and demonstrating through his own work – the creative potential that can be unleashed when nature, art, and science are brought together to inform and to deliver structurally efficient, unique, and truly inspiring architecture. For many of the same reasons today, I am most inspired by the work of Calatrava and, perhaps in a slightly more restrained way, the late Zaha Hadid…

What are you currently reading?
Re-reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin and just starting A Promised Land by Barack Obama…

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Dinner at Hisa Franko in the Soca River Valley near Kobarid, Slovenia. The history of this place, it’s pastoral setting in the shadow of nearby mountains, and the creativity of chef Ana Ros make this journey well worth the trip.

Why do you volunteer with AIA?
To give back, and to join with others to further develop and enhance the technical depth of our profession…

In a world facing what many now recognize as a climate emergency, we are for many of them the ‘first responders’ in this crisis – reacting to fires and leaning into increasingly violent weather to understand their origin so that we can deliver a safer and resilient built environment for those we continue to serve. To respond effectively to that challenge, it is imperative that we return to first principles in how we educate and train the next generation of architects in building science and the ‘art’ of delivering truly sustainable design.

2021 Fellows Fete

On Saturday night, April 10th, the Region of The Virginias celebrated the 2020 and 2021 elevated fellows – 13 in total!!!

Our new Fellows Regional Representative, Jane Rathbone, FAIA, gathered nearly 60 fellows and their spouses and guests to raise a toast to the new fellows and then have some fun cooking a delicious dinner with Chef Rolf Strub from Culinary Concepts AB out of Charlottesville.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Culinary Concepts AB

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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