Awards for Distinguished Achievement Announced for 2019

Michael Ermann, AIA, David Keith, AIA, and Kevin Sneed, FAIA, will be recognized with the Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals especially noteworthy achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect,” and service to the profession. This award may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

“I am pleased to have been a colleague of his, and continue to be impressed with his selfless approach to the education of professionals, young and old.”

Jack Davis, FAIA
Michael Ermann, AIA

Since 2001, Michael Ermann, AIA, has made significant contributions to the profession as an educator and researcher. During his time as a professor at Virginia Tech, he has taught design studio, building systems, architectural acoustics, materials and methods, architectural structures, and even a walking tour class for non-majors titled “Design at Every Scale.” For this work, he has been recognized with numerous teaching awards, including the university-wide Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week award and the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Lecture or Seminar Teaching Excellence Award, twice. He has received perfect student evaluations in six different courses.

In addition to his more than 18 years teaching at Virginia Tech, he launched an ARE prep program that has benefited thousands of practitioners around the country. His Amber Book and video series, have transformed the understanding of critical information on life safety, site design, construction, structures and mechanical and electrical systems aiding countless professionals along the path to licensure. He has also conducted vital architectural acoustics research which was published in Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (Wiley, 2015), and recognized with the AIA Virginia Prize for Design Research and Scholarship.

He has further been recognized as an accomplished designer, winning several design awards from AIA Blue Ridge.

“David has a visceral enthusiasm for every step of the design process. People want to work with him, work for him … Throughout his career, he has raised the bar for what qualifies as ‘good design’ all across Virginia.”

–Eric Keplinger, AIA
David Keith, AIA

David Keith, AIA, is a design principal and the Chief Executive Officer of Hanbury. Throughout his 30 year career, he has left a tangible impact on some of Virginia’s most well-known architecture firms as well as cities and institutions across the state. Recognized for his unwavering commitment to design excellence, he has worked on more than 250 projects, amassing an impressive number of Design Awards.

In addition to his service as Vice President on AIA Virginia’s Board of Directors and the Editorial Advisory Board for Inform Magazine, he has also served on the Hampton Roads Design Build Institute of America and the Virginia Beach Planning and Design Review boards.

A leader who is deeply committed to education and mentorship, he has delivered dozens of lectures and talks and has contributed numerous articles to nationally-recognized publications. Deeply engaged in Hanbury’s Summer Scholars program, he has helped to identify research areas that frequently reveal opportunities in communities that could profoundly impact their shape, vibrancy and economy.

Kevin G. Sneed, FAIA, is an architect passionate about the profession who, early in his career, engaged in
groundbreaking activities that have become mainstream initiatives for guiding the future of the profession.

John Burns, FAIA
Kevin Sneed, FAIA

OTJ’s Kevin Sneed, FAIA, has approached his career with a clear dedication to public and professional service.

Since joining the AIA in 1987, right out of school, he has been an enthusiastic advocate and engaged participant. In addition to serving as secretary, treasurer, and president, he also co-founded AIA Northern Virginia’s Young Architects Committee, setting a precedent for organizing activities to nurture emerging architects that now thrives in components throughout the Commonwealth — and across the country. He later served on AIA Virginia’s board and at the national level on the Young Architects Forum, Diversity Committee, Brand Advisory Committee, and the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community. In 2004, he was recognized with the National AIA Young Architect Award for his substantial contributions to the profession.

He used his role as a leader in the AIA to forge connections within the industry. He strengthened ties between the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects and leveraged his chairmanship of the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community to improve collaboration with interior design organizations, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council.

He has also been a model for community service.  Canstruction, Habitat for Humanity, the Board of Architectural Review for the City of Alexandria, the Maryland State Board of Interior Designers, and the Maryland State Board of Architects have all benefited from Kevin’s generous donation of his time and expertise.

Bierce, Galvin and Loomis Honored for Distinguished Achievement

Richard Bierce, AIA, Kathleen Galvin, AIA, and Paula Loomis, FAIA, will be recognized with the Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at the Hotel John Marshall. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect” and service to the profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

C. Richard Bierce, AIA

An architect and preservation consultant, Richard Bierce has dedicated his career to the preservation of Virginia’s rich architectural legacy. From serving as Alexandria’s historic resources director to a decade’s tenure with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to his own consultancy, his efforts on behalf of many of the Commonwealth’s historic treasures have had immeasurable impact.

Bierce has studied and documented individual buildings to develop thoughtful interventions that preserve their integrity and allow their continued use in the 21st century. He has inventoried and evaluated entire neighborhoods, and once listed, has protected them through written design guidelines. Not only do clients and their buildings benefit from his restoration expertise, but his public service record, beginning with the Peace Corps, has continued throughout his career, providing a lasting benefit to the Commonwealth and many local communities through his advocacy in numerous preservation organizations.

 

Kathy Galvin, AIA

Kathleen Galvin, principal at Galvin Architects, has devoted more than three decades to smart growth management, equitable redevelopment, and creative place-making. Her urban design projects across the Commonwealth have benefited Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Orange, Mt. Jackson, Gordonsville, and Crozet. Nominators cited her talent to build consensus and to introduce others to the value of sensitive design thinking and problem-solving.

Currently serving her second term as a Charlottesville city councilor, Galvin is recognized as a solid voice of thoughtful reason and an advocate for city zoning that is inclusive and sensitive to the current residents of her city. She has championed urban design and infrastructure improvement projects, multi-modal street standards, sustainable building design and transformative community revitalization efforts to close academic achievement and wealth creation disparities in Charlottesville’s neighborhoods. The City’s Strategic Investment Area (SIA), a revitalization and redevelopment plan for a former industrial area south of downtown, was her vision and initiative. The SIA has been recognized with numerous awards and is now being implemented.

 

Paula Loomis, FAIA

Throughout her career as both a military and civilian public architect, Dr. Paula Loomis has emphasized the importance of public architecture and the value of quality design in public buildings and places. Her service to the profession ranges from chapter to national level. As the Hampton Roads AIA president, Loomis encouraged the successful redevelopment of Norfolk’s Granby Street and initiated efforts to enhance public transportation in the region. She has also stood at the forefront of design excellence in the military services. As the base architect at Langley Air Force Base, for example, Loomis developed base architectural standards that returned Langley to its Tudor-Gothic roots. She went on to create standards for all Air Combat Command bases, as well as for other major commands, more recently incorporating sustainability requirements.

Her work on the national AIA Resiliency Committee led to her involvement in the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project; she is now helping to re-start the Virginia Resilience Task Force so the Commonwealth can prepare for disasters. Serving on AIA’s Federal Acquisition Task Group (FATG), Loomis researched federal procedures to help make contracting easier for architecture/engineering firms – a benefit to many architects across Virginia.

Gillikin Honored For Distinguished Achievement

Edward Gillikin, AIA, Principal at KOP Architects, will be recognized with the Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect” and service to the profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

Ed Gillikin, AIA
Ed Gillikin, AIA

Ed, a graduate of Benedictine High School and Virginia Tech, has shown by example that being an architect involves finding ways to serve the communities in which we live. Ed has held leadership positions in AIA Richmond for nearly 20 years and has served on committees, advisory councils and the board of directors of AIA Virginia for the past 15 years ― including a term as president. Most recently, Ed became the first Chair of the John Braymer Leadership Council which consists of all living past presidents of AIA Virginia.

Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA, comments, “Ed encourages those around him to elevate their efforts in order to achieve a higher goal, whether it is design or in service to the profession. In fact, it was witnessing Ed’s commitment that encouraged me to re-engage with the AIA after several years of being an inactive member.”

For his tireless work to raise the awareness of the profession and architecture throughout the Commonwealth, AIA Virginia presents Ed Gillikin with the Award for Distinguished Achievement.

Distinguished Achievement Goes to Beach and Garrett

Robert E. Beach, AIA, and Lori Garrett, AIA, will be honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement on Nov. 6 at Architecture Exchange East during the Annual Meeting of the Membership and on Nov. 7 during the Visions for Architecture gala at the Jefferson Hotel. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals especially noteworthy achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect,” and service to the profession. This award may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

Robert E. Beach, AIA
Robert E. Beach, AIA

Throughout his 28-year career, Bob Beach, principal of Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC of Falls Church, Va., has exhibited leadership, integrity, social responsibility and an unwavering commitment to serve the community. Notwithstanding his success as an architect, Beach has consistently advanced the public’s understanding of the value of architecture through fundraising and civic involvement. In addition to his dedicated service to the AIA, he has spent countless hours volunteering at various boards, associations and institutional entities, including the Fairfax County History Commission, the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, and as volunteer pilot for Air Life Line – Angel Flight. In his current pro-bono project, he has provided architectural design services for The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and has continued to work with local volunteers to inspire a truly unique local landmark with national implication. Through these collective efforts and initiatives as a “citizen architect,” he has elevated the practice of architecture throughout the Commonwealth.

Lori Garrett, AIA
Lori Garrett, AIA

Through leadership in the AIA and as Senior Principal and Vice President of Glavé and Holmes Architecture, Lori Garrett has promoted the aesthetic and practical efficiency of the profession; coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture; and advanced the profession’s service to both its members and society at large. An accomplished designer, she has developed a portfolio of award-winning work and forged a successful career that serves as a role model to others. Her efforts in mentoring emerging professionals and supporting women and minorities are of special significance. Noted accomplishments include creating Richmond Women in Design, initiating the formation of the Virginia Emerging Professionals Knowledge Community, and promoting an industry sponsorship plan to recruit allied members to the Virginia Society AIA. For close to three decades, she has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and initiative within the design professions, actively assisting women within the design professions in achieving their full leadership potential, and providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community.

Awards for Distinguished Achievement Announced

H. Randolph Holmes, Jr., AIA, Burchell Pinnock, AIA, and Keith Zawistowski, AIA, will each be honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement on Nov. 7 at Architecture Exchange East during the Annual Meeting of the Membership and on Nov. 8 during the Visions for Architecture gala at the Jefferson Hotel. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals especially noteworthy achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect,” and service to the profession. This award may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

H. Randolph Holmes, Jr., AIA
H. Randolph “Randy” Holmes, Jr., AIA

During his more than 30 years in practice, Randy Holmes, senior principal and president at Glavé and Holmes Architecture, has developed an outstanding body of work which is characterized by a deep respect for the region’s architectural heritage and a particular sensitivity to context. His commitment to an architectural expression which is not focused on buildings as objects, but as part of an environment has clearly placed the emphasis on human interaction and cultural heritage. A gifted designer, his passion for careful materials-selection and commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship have transformed and elevated the practice of architecture in the state and demonstrated a modern approach to contextual design.

 

 

Burt Pinnock
Burchelle “Burt” Pinnock, AIA

With an approach to design that is both forward-thinking and historically sensitive, Burt Pinnock’s work is rooted in the belief that architecture can provide not only solutions to cultural challenges but true social change in our communities. As founder and principal of BAM Architects, and in his current role as principal at Baskervill, he has developed a portfolio of award-winning work and has become a powerful voice for creative, compelling, and responsible design. He co-founded Storefront for Community Design, a volunteer-based, nonprofit building and design resource aimed at “quality community development and strengthening the legacy of Richmond’s urban neighborhoods through education, advocacy, and participation.” For the past two decades he has powerfully combined passion, talent and personality to realize the many projects that have defined him both as an outstanding architect and an exemplary leader.

 

Keith and Marie Zawistowski
Keith Zawistowski, AIA, and Marie Zawistowski

In 2008 Keith Zawistowski, AIA, joined the faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, where he co-teaches with Marie Zawistowski. In addition to teaching Professional Practice, Building Analysis, and Building Assemblies, they founded the design/buildLAB. The design/buildLAB is a project-based, experiential-learning program focused on the research, development and implementation of innovative construction methods and architectural designs. Students collaborate with local communities and industry experts to conceive and realize built projects that are both educational and charitable in nature. The aspiration of the innovative program is to reinforce the knowledge and skills necessary to the successful and meaningful practice of architecture by removing the boundaries between academy and professional practice. For their extraordinary joint efforts to advance the art and science of architectural education, the Society presents Keith Zawistowski with the Award for Distinguished Achievement and also recognizes Marie Zawistowski with Society Honors.

 

Distinguished Achievement Awarded to Evans, Good

S. Michael Evans, FAIA and Clinton K. Good, AIA, will each be honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement on Nov. 3 at Architecture Exchange East during the Annual Meeting of the Membership and on Nov. 4 during the Visions for Architecture gala at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals especially noteworthy achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect,” and service to the profession. This award may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

Mike Evans, FAIA
S. Michael Evans, FAIA

Mike Evans, a principal at Hanbury Evans Wright + Vlattas, has been described as a powerful national influence on the planning and design of student residential learning communities. Through his work, Evans has helped shaped the student experience on more than 120 campuses throughout the United States and abroad. “Michael Evans is clearly a nationally recognized authority on the campus design as a reflection of the mission and values of an institution. Through his substantial and award winning body of work, Evans has influenced the current thinking on the design of student residential environments,” said president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Judith Kinnard, FAIA. Evans has also diligently worked to develop a number of programs that strengthen the ties between schools of architecture and professional practice, including the HEWV Summer Scholars and Virginia Design Medal programs. “Mike embraces ‘boundarylessness.’ His pursuit of excellence has caused him to use his talents to transcend the limits of normal professional activities,” said his colleague Jane Wright, FAIA. While his commitment to mentorship is particularly commendable, in recommending him for this honor, the Honors Committee remarked, “Soup to nuts, Evans represents the entire package for this award.”

Clint Good, AIA
Clint Good, AIA

Clint Good, AIA, principal of Clint Good Architects, PC, was an early pioneer in environmental architecture. Borne out of a concern for the effects of the indoor-air quality on occupant health, he wrote the book Healthful Houses: How to Design and Build Your Own. In addition, he has lectured, appeared on radio and TV broadcasts, authored many articles, and has been featured in numerous national newspapers including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Good’s mantra is to ensure that all occupants live and work in buildings that are conducive to good health and well-being. “Good was one of the few voices in Virginia beating the drum for sustainability well before it was chic. He helped shape my career,” said one supporter. In addition to this distinctive specialty, Good has personified the ideals of the “Citizen Architect” by serving on many community boards including the County of Loudoun’s Board of Zoning Appeals, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Art and Architecture Review Board, and the APELSCIDLA Board. “His tremendous community service, commitment to sustainability, and wide range of professional activity is astounding,” exclaimed a member of the Honors Committee.