AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia Acknowledged by General Assembly

AIA Virginia and our legislative advocacy partners ACEC Virginia were acknowledged on the House floor of the General Assembly on Feb. 26, 2020.

Below are the remarks made by Del. Betsy Carr:

Thank you, Madame Speaker, I rise for an introduction. Today joining us in the gallery are representatives from the American Council for Engineering Companies of Virginia and the American Institute of Architects Virginia Chapter. If they would please stand…

These organizations are present today to represent the important work that architects and engineers do for the Commonwealth, whether it is the design of buildings, parks, roadways, public utilities, electrical grids or renewable energy sources, or the next generation of the Commonwealth’s infrastructure. Architects and engineers have a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all Virginians through designing equitable, resilient, and healthy communities. They take an oath and must be dedicated to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare in performing their professional services. 

Today, as Virginia responds to a changing climate, both architects and engineers are working together to respond to these effects by designing sustainable and resilient structures that reduce their impact upon the natural and built environment, and protect the life and property of all Virginians.

Madam President I ask that members of the body please stand and give them a warm House welcome.

Pictured in photo
Bottom row, left: Lynden Garland, AIA; Kathy Galvin, AIA; Corey Clayborne, FAIA; Rob Comet, AIA; Chris Stone, PE
Top row, left: John Stuart, PE; Eric Burke, PE; Nancy Israel; Paul Anderson, PE

What’s Your Ripple Effect?

Towards the end of last month, the world received the shocking news that pulled our hearts deep into the pits of our stomachs.

Kobe Bryant. Dead. Age 41.

A fatal helicopter crash snatched the lives of all passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter.

The world is still processing this heart-wrenching news. Men and women. Young and old. Athletes and those who have never stepped foot on a basketball court. There is still chatter in the air at the local grocery store, church, and barbershop.

Those in my generation, felt like they knew Kobe personally. We didn’t. But his contributions on and off the court were so great that you could not ignore them. Even if you rooted against the Los Angeles Lakers, there was not one person who did not realize that the sport was better with Kobe than without him. And after basketball, the community benefited beyond belief from his contributions. He was enshrined as a Legend.

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA

So, what does this have to do with architects and architecture?

As the Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia, it is my goal that our members have the resources and support that allow them to make contributions to our communities and built environment that are undeniably positive. Every project you take on as an architect has great value, regardless of the size, scope, and fee. Yes, some projects are “glamorous” and win Design Awards. That’s cool and it is important to recognize design excellence, however that is defined.

But don’t you think for one moment that the sidewalk repair you did for your community’s Public Works department or the bathroom renovation for the local soup kitchen isn’t valuable or important. I would argue that these projects can potentially impact more lives than the projects that get bright lights and recognition at black-tie events. For example, someone who has been ordered by a doctor to get more exercise, because their life depends on it, requires that sidewalk. That bathroom for the soup kitchen may be the only opportunity an individual has to experience a clean space with natural daylighting daily. A space, no matter how public or private it is that says, “you matter.”

Don’t take any day for granted.

It is so easy to get into the “work” routine. Come in and get coffee. Bang out a reflected ceiling plan and wall details, take a meeting or two, finish a specification section, wash out your coffee cup and go home. What’s going to be your legacy when you are no longer on this Earth? Are you going to be selfish with your talents or share them with others?

I’m challenging you to take your God-given abilities and use them to the fullest. If it is design, then do that. If it is service, then consider serving on a Board or Commission in your community. They truly need your problem-solving abilities. AIA Virginia has the tools and resources to help you be that architect whose contributions are undeniably everlasting. That, my friend, is the value of membership.

Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to travel around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s his recent travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
AIA National Secretary’s Advisory Committee Meeting
Washington, DC
February 6 – 7

AIA National Grassroots Leadership Conference
New Orleans, LA
February 17 – 20

AIA Central Kentucky Guest Speaking Engagement
Louisville, KY
February 24

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Richmond
February 28

Ambassador Engagement
University Guest Speaking Engagement
Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
February 13

Virginia Department of Emergency Management Disaster Readiness Meeting
Richmond
February 27

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
AIA DC Board Retreat Dinner
Richmond
January 3

AIA Virginia Executive Committee Retreat
Staunton
January 17-18

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Reception with Delegate Wampler
Richmond
January 2

Legislative Reception with Senator Reeves
Richmond
January 6

Legislative Reception with Delegate Ward
Richmond
January 6

Legislative Reception with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus
Richmond
January 6

Legislative Luncheon with the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Richmond
January 7

Legislative Reception with the Virginia Joint Democratic Caucus
Richmond
January 7

Legislative Reception with the Virginia House Republican Caucus
Richmond
January 7

Virginia General Assembly Prayer Breakfast
Richmond
January 8

Blues, Brews, and BBQ General Assembly Reception
Richmond
January 15

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Architecture Exchange East
Richmond
November 6-9

Council of Architectural Component Executives Leadership Transition Meeting
Boston, MA
November 11

AIA Blue Ridge Annual Meeting
Roanoke
December 4

NCARB Licensure Advisory Forum
Oklahoma City, OK
December 5-7

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Richmond
December 12-13

AIA National 96th Presidential Inauguration
Washington, DC
December 13

Ambassador Engagement
ACE Joint Owner Forum with ACEC and AGC
Roanoke
November 13

Preservation Virginia Board of Trustees Meeting
Richmond
December 4

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Council of Architectural Component Executives Leadership Continuity Meeting
Washington, D.C.
October 6-7

Firm Visit
Richmond
October 8

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Virginia Tech – WAAC
October 11

AIA Richmond Front Porch Event
Richmond
October 17

AIA Disaster Assistance Bootcamp
Washington, DC
October 21-22

AIA Northern Virginia Autumn Social
Arlington
October 22

Firm Visit
McLean
October 23

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Miyares
Richmond
October 1

Legislative Reception with Delegate Davis
Richmond
October 1

Legislative Reception with Senator Vogel
Richmond
October 2

Department of General Services
Statute of Limitations Industry Meeting
Richmond
October 3

Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Advisory Board Meeting
Blacksburg
October 9-10

Legislative Reception with Senator Obenshain
Richmond
October 17

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement

Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training
Richmond
September 6

Firm Visit
Richmond
September 19

AIA Richmond Annual Meeting
Richmond
September 19

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Bagby
Richmond
September 5

APELSCIDLA Regulatory Board Meeting
Richmond
September 6

Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Ware
Richmond
September 6

AIA Virginia Community Dinner
Richmond
September 10

Virginia Society of Association Executives
CEO and Senior Staff Conference
West Virginia
September 16-17

Preservation Virginia Board of Trustees Meeting
Richmond
September 18

University of Virginia School of Architecture Centennial
Charlottesville
September 20

ACE Joint Owner Forum with ACEC and AGC
Arlington
September 24

Legislative Fundraiser with Delegate Rush
Richmond
September 26

Virginia Association of Government Purchasers Symposium
Lynchburg
September 30 – October 1

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what is on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Safety Assessment Program Training
Arlington
April 6

Firm Visit
Richmond
April 8

Design as Social Construct: Lessons from the Underserved South
AIA Central Virginia
April 9

Architecture Week: YAF Talks
Norfolk
April 11

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Hampton University
April 12

AIA Central Virginia Emerging Professionals Luncheon
Charlottesville
April 25

Ambassador Engagement
Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Peace
Richmond
April 10

Legislative Luncheon with Senator Saslaw
Richmond
April 17

Virginia School Board Association Conference
Charlottesville
April 22

ACE Joint Owner Forum with ACEC and AGC
Norfolk
April 23

AIA Virginia Prize Awards Dinner
Virginia Tech – Blacksburg
April 25

Legislative Luncheon with Delegate Kilgore
Richmond
April 30

From the EVP’s Desk

February is upon us and we have already accomplished a great deal. 

The Virginia General Assembly is in session and has been a major area of focus for AIA Virginia.  We have been advocating on your behalf and have had some great victories thus far.  In addition, we have been able to influence the defeat of several bills that we saw as problematic.  These bills include HB 2072 which would have allowed public bodies to conduct negotiations simultaneously with the top two ranked offerors.  How about the smack-down of HB 2804 that would have required design professionals working with state agencies to install software that allows for the verification of the number of hours worked on a project using a computer.  Bills pertaining to the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions have not been successful.  When the session ends, we will look to strengthen our relationships with legislators who are proponents of such causes.

The PAC contributions that you made in 2018 provided us numerous opportunities to be present at fundraisers and build personal relationships with legislators. We are seeing the fruits of that labor this session. Our [AIA Virginia and ACEC Virginia] bill, HB 2198 passed the House and is now waiting to be heard in the Senate. This bill will close the Qualifications Based Selection [QBS] “loophole” currently present which inadvertently erased this requirement for public bodies in the law. We successfully influenced HB 1738 which will require all school building projects, new work and renovations, to be reviewed by a person or entity with professional expertise in building security and crime prevention through building design. We have a verbal commitment from a bill patron to work with AIA Virginia in having an architect appointed to the Commission on School Innovation, Modernization, and Competitiveness being proposed by HB 2168. Thank you for making investing into the PAC part of your annual business procedures. Please make your 2019 investment at www.aiavapac.org.

And finally, our team is working hard on the upcoming Art of Practice.  We will be hosting this biennial event at the Winery at Bull Run in Northern Virginia on Friday, March 22.  Come spend the day in a great venue as we will have experts delivering content on topics such as recruiting, retention, succession planning, and persuasive communication.

This is a great time to be a part of AIA Virginia and our respective local components.  Collectively, we are doing the necessary work to increase member value and positively advance our profession forward.  I encourage you to take a moment and experience it for yourself!

Corey Clayborne, AIA, MBA
Executive Vice President

Where’s Corey

Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne, has pledged to get around the state and visit firms, components, partner organizations, and universities.

Here’s what’s on his travel schedule:

AIA Local, Regional, and National Engagement
Blueprint for Better Communities – National Mall Forum
AIA Virginia, AIA DC, and AIA Maryland
Washington, DC
February 13

AIA Virginia Board of Directors Meeting
Richmond
February 15

AIA National Board Knowledge Committee Meeting
Washington, D.C.
February 22

Ambassador Engagement
ACE Joint Owner Forum with ACEC and AGC
Richmond
February 21