ELA Class of 2016 Announced

We are excited to announce the individuals who will be a part of the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA).

Alexander Cheng of Virginia Tech

Alyssa Tope of Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

Asher McGlothlin of VMDO Architects

Braden Field of MTFA Architecture

Brian Gurczynski of Clark Nexsen, Inc.

Chris Warren of Cox, Kliewer & Co.

Donna Ryu of University of Virginia

Janine Stewart of Hampton University

Kelsey Oesmann of Antunovich Associates

Kevin Svensen of Glavé and Holmes Architecture

Kyle Springer of Moseley Architects

Lauren McQuistion of VMDO Architects

Luke Stearns of AECOM

Michael Chapa of Parsons Brinckerhoff

Robert Crawshaw of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

Simone Saidel of LKH Architects

Watch AIA Virginia NEWS for updates after each class meeting (first one is January 8, 2016) and for more information on their class project in Richmond this year!

AIA Directors Announce Fellowship for Future Leaders

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The AIA Board of Directors Class of 2013 chose as its name The Original 13 based on Richard Upjohn and the 13 Architects who founded the AIA in 1857. They took their class name from the tradition of the past but are looking to the future.

They want to meet Emerging Leaders at the AIA Convention this June in Denver, and are offering five fellowships in the amount of $1,000 each to attend the Convention, expand career horizons and look to the future.


Send a Tweet of Interest to share what you hope to learn by attending the Convention as an Emerging Leader. The Class will review your Tweets and select ten finalists. These finalists will write a more detailed narrative of their aspirations. Five Fellowship Recipients will be selected from this group on the basis of their narratives.

Each Fellowship Recipient will be paired with two Class of 2013 Board Directors during the Convention and will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset expenses. They’ll help each Fellowship Recipient realize his/her aspirations at Convention; get to know them personally with the hope of forming enduring relationships. After Convention they’ll ask for a report on the experience to share with other Emerging Leaders.


June 20-22, 2013

Denver, Colorado




Young Architects


Tweet us at #2013FEL

Tweet period is open until MARCH 30TH

Finalists will be notified via phone by APRIL 12TH

Recipients will be selected by APRIL 29TH