NCARB Live: Architecture Career Tips

Join NCARB on August 15 for a live webinar on career tips for emerging professionals in architecture!

Not sure how to find a firm that will support your licensure goals? Looking for advice on the best way to ask for a raise? Need tips for your next interview? Our experts are here to help!

Join Perkins and Will’s Director of Human Resources Amber Hamilton and NCARB Assistant Vice President of Experience + Education Jeremy Fretts, AIA, NCARB, M.A. Ed., for an interactive webinar on advancing your architecture career!

During the webinar, we’ll explore:
• Finding a firm that will support your licensure goals
• Interview and portfolio tips
• Advocating for equity and inclusion
• Coaching and professional development (as it relates to the AXP)
• Navigating benefit packages and negotiating salary
• The power of networking

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of our experts.

Date: August 15, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: To watch, simply go to YouTube before the webinar starts

Can’t make it? A recording will be available on the NCARB Blog and YouTube channel after the webinar.

Young Architect Update

It’s hard to believe I’m approaching one year since I started as The Region of the Virginias Young Architect Regional Director. My time as YARD has been a constant learning curve and simultaneously energizing. I want to give an overview of the exciting current events happening within YAF.

First, the AIA membership is listening to young architects. In 2017, emerging professional content was six of the ten most read articles on the AIA website, and 65% of the traffic on is ages 18-44. And for the second year in a row, the young architects’ ArchiPAC group, “EP WolfPAC”, donated more to Race for the ArchiCUP than any other group. I encourage all emerging professionals to stay connected by visiting the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals.

In 2017, YAF sponsored a Practice Innovation Lab that explored new ways of thinking about the profession and what lies ahead. The lab was designed “to get architects out from behind their desks to strategize rather than theorize.” More information can be found here. On the heels of a successful Practice Innovation Lab, the YARDS decided at the Annual Conference in February that the theme for 2018 YAF should be “Practice Innovation: Redefining Purpose.” By listening to the concerns of the emerging professionals around the country, there is an overwhelming desire to promote and challenge the profession; all while finding purpose in the process. Young architects in several regions and local components have been conducting their own versions of Practice Innovation Labs. These sessions can come in many different forms and sizes, and if you’re interested in organizing or starting one of these sessions, please contact me.

The Mission Statement of the Young Architect Forum is “Engage. Inspire. Advocate. Serve. Promote.” To solidify this mission, the YAF group is subdivided into five categories: Knowledge, Community, Public Relations, Communication, and Advocacy. I am currently serving in the Knowledge group. Our main task is getting emerging professional seminars formulated and approved for Conference. We’re already working on seminars for A’19 in Las Vegas. The YAF sponsored seminars for A’18 were superb. Some seminars available were “Rage Against the Machines: Surviving the End of Architecture”, the “Mini MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture for Emerging Professionals,” and “Harassment in the Workplace: Building a Respectful & Harassment-Free Workplace Culture.” I volunteered at A’18 in NYC with several tours, seminars, and some YAF sponsored causes, like the anti-harassment commitment wall. Post-conference, I helped get seminar summaries on YAF’s social media to try to reach an audience that maybe couldn’t attend A’18. To stay connected please follow the ‘aiayaf’ on Instagram and AIA Young Architects Forum on Facebook.

Another mission the YAF has been advocating is developing an EP Friendly Firm Initiative. Several regions have already started a successful Emerging Professional Friendly Firm recognition program, and YAF has worked with those regions to help assemble a toolkit for other regions to get one started. I believe Virginia is looking into this and West Virginia is in the process of starting a committee to explore this program. We’re also trying to conduct a comprehensive study of the status of component level committees. I’ve sent out a survey to the local component YAF leaders and we hope this information will enable the YAF to better support our members in the future and to ensure EP committees feel connected to each other and AIA National.

One more way to stay connected is by reading ‘YAF Connection’. This quarterly publication is the official magazine for young architects and includes articles on leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. See the latest issue here.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time so far as the Virginias YARD. Witnessing emerging professionals tackle the big issues in our practice is inspirational and invigorating. It really makes me question, “What can I do to advance the profession?”

All the best,




Marie McCauley, AIA
Virginias YARD

ELA Class Off And Running

The 2018 Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program has completed their fourth session of the year and it is shaping up to be a great year!

The April session was titled Practicing Professionalism and focused on the esteemed role of the architect as a pillar of the community that is looked to for leadership by many stakeholders. StrengthFinders certified coach, Kahtra Kayton, worked with the class to review their CliftonStrengths. Class participants learned more about their own strengths, shared it with the group, and then discussed how these attributes could best elevate the group’s performance on the class project. Next, Missy Rand conducted a dynamic session entitled Ethics and Standards of Practice. During this component, the class split into groups to role-play and discuss real-world examples of scenarios that firm leaders may face.  Alison Mullins, Esq. led off the afternoon with her engaging and laugh-producing presentation At the Crossroads of Contracts, Construction Documents, and Licensing Obligations. A topic normally considered mundane by many was presented in an attention captivating way that taught the class key points in risk management.  The session concluded with Paul Beckman’s Building Codes, which covered best practices in permitting and document review processes during the various design phases.

The group continues to advance with the class project. The next session will take place in Richmond on May 11.

Special thanks go out to the sponsors of the 2018 ELA program and to all who contribute in any capacity to make the program a success.

ELA Program Sponsors:

Patron ($1,500 – $1,999)
Moseley Architects

Sustaining ($1,000 – $1,499)
Hampton University

Supporter ($500 – $999)
VMDO Architects
AIA Central Virginia

Contributor ($1 – $499)
Alloy Architecture & Construction
Clifton Tiller, AIA
NFM Lending
Maya Restaurant

ELA Class of 2017

We are excited to announce the individuals who will be a part of the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA).

Katie Atwater of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Adreon Bell of Hampton University
Claude Breithaupt of Studio Breithaupt
Miken Cheveyo (Che) Clark of Mason & Hanger
Barry Collier of Colley Architects PC
Jameson MacNichol of Virginia Tech
Awais Mahmood of Baskervill
Corey McCalla of Moseley Architects
Andrew McKinley of VIA design architects, pc
Chris Moore of Hanbury
Theresa Mozinski of Virginia Tech WAAC
Gareth Ratti of Clark Nexsen
Amanda Schlichting of Dewberry
Andrew Shea of University of Virginia
Michael Spory of Stantec
Emely Taveras of Glavé and Holmes Architecture

Watch AIA Virginia NEWS for updates and for more information on their class project in Blue Ridge!

ARE Prep

ARE 5.0’s launch date has been confirmed as November 1st, 2016. To prepare for this upcoming change, below are some tools for those pursuing licensure.

  • ARE 5.0 Guidelines – For general guidelines as to the changes in 5.0 and tips on how to prepare for your exams the Guide Booklet is an excellent resource. A pdf version of the guidebook can be found here.
  • ARE 5.0 Handbook – Developed to help you prepare for the ARE this handbook provides information on what content will be assessed on the exam. Find a pdf version of the Handbook here.
  • 5.0 Test Specifications – The test specification identifies the division structure of the exam and additionally defines: the major content areas, called Sections; the measurement Objectives; and the percentage of content coverage, called Weightings. A pdf version of the Test Specifications can be found here.
  • 5.0 FAQs – Have a question about the upcoming transition, check out ARE’s FAQ’s for 5.0 here.

More information will continue to be released on the NCARB website. Additional news will follow in future AIA Virginia newsletters.

New Architect Class of 2015

We understand the dedication and effort required to study for and pass the ARE. Congratulations to the following members for passing their exams and gaining licensure in 2015. This is great news that thrills all of us and we are so proud to call you architects! Have you recently passed the ARE? Please send an email to Shanelle Calvin, Membership Manager, to upgrade your membership and be featured in the next newsletter.

Amanuel B. Admassu, AIA
Catherine M. Atwater, AIA
James L. Barker II, AIA
Lacie A. Beemer, AIA
Charles B. Beshore, AIA
Rebecca C. Boller, AIA
Barbara M. Boykin, AIA
Carmine A. Cafiero, AIA
Kristin R. Carleton, AIA
Anna E. Carpenter, AIA
Helena C. Cerda Kun, AIA
Michael D. Dinka, AIA
Kelly N. Drewry, AIA
Hallie A. Futterman, AIA
Christopher L. Garwood, AIA
David A. Grootegoed, AIA
Kenneth Charles Harbaugh, AIA
Jeffrey D. Hart, AIA
Laura A. Helminski, AIA
Sara A. Heppe, AIA
Christopher M. Humes, AIA
Jessica Lane Inge, AIA
Michael Farrell Kennedy, AIA
Hazel Eclarinal Lai, AIA
Ross T. Larkin, AIA
Amanda G. LeBeau, AIA
Yeni Li, AIA
Chelsea D. Lindsey, AIA
Whitney C. Ludvik, AIA
Corey E. McCalla, AIA
Joshua S. McCullar, AIA
Joshua A.W. McKenrick, AIA
Eric W. McLaughlin, AIA
Carmen Adela Monroy Firoozfar, AIA
Emre Ozkan, AIA
William G. Payne, III, AIA
Mary E. Phillippe, AIA
Allison L. Powell, AIA
Gareth J. Ratti, AIA
Susan B. Reed, AIA
Juan J. Riestra, AIA
Sarah M. Schubert, AIA
Dustin A. Schulze, AIA
David L. Smith, AIA
Pete Soukas, AIA
John H. Spain, AIA
Meghan E. Spigle, AIA
Brittan W. Springs, AIA
Jeana M. Stright, AIA
Shriram Surendhranath, AIA
Steven T. Treser, AIA
Daniel H. Whitmire, AIA
Hong Zhu, AIA

A Path to Leadership

A Path to Leadership

Do you ever wonder, “What is the next step?” or “What can I do to be more involved in the industry I serve?”

In partnership with AIA, your state component has responded to these questions by adding additional support as well including a new resource called “A Path to Leadership.” We hope this document helps emerging professionals see the journey from joining as an AIA associate member clear through to fellowship.

If you have any questions about this new resource, please contact Shanelle Calvin, Membership Manager at or (804) 237-1772.

Charles and Ripple Honored As Emerging Professionals

Christopher Charles, Assoc. AIA, Associate at Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company and Jeana Ripple, AIA, Founding Principal of Ripple Architecture Studio and Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will be recognized with The Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia. The Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories: design, research, education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to the community.

Christopher Charles, Assoc. AIA
Christopher Charles, Assoc. AIA

Christopher, who earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Hampton University, combines his exceptional leadership and engagement skills to collaborate with his clients, peers, and students whether it be in advancing the profession, mentoring, lecturing or teaching at his alma mater, or in service to his community.

“One of the many admirable characteristics Chris possesses is his commitment to gaining a wide variety of work experiences, in project types and scale, as well as each of the phases of design, bidding and construction. Chris recognized early he needs to fully comprehend the many facets of architecture in order to be a competent designer and well-rounded architect. This level of maturity for someone in Chris’ position is exemplary,” stated William Hopkins, Principal and Operations Director at Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company.


Jeana Ripple, AIA
Jeana Ripple, AIA

Jeana, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering and her Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, has balanced research and practice during her first decade of professional work. Jeana draws on this background to combine computational and material technology, seeking critical efficiencies in social, ecological and economic systems.

William H. Sherman, Professor of Architecture and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia said, “I recognize the importance of Jeana’s combination of deep domain knowledge, her capacity to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and her willingness and success at bringing her research into her practice and her classroom. These are the hallmarks of the best of a new generation of architects that will transform the disciplines and practices beyond the academy.”

For their accomplishments as emerging leaders in Virginia and for their contributions to the profession, AIA Virginia presents Christopher Charles and Jeana Ripple with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award.

Is the 2030 Challenge Feasible?

As the 2030 Challenge deadline approaches, people are beginning to question if global carbon-neutrality is a feasible reality. But some think the question should not be whether we can build one carbon-neutral building, as many individual buildings have reached this goal, but rather whether we can build a carbon-neutral community.

A group of regional emerging professionals has developed a survey [adrotate banner=”53″]  aimed to uncover gaps in knowledge and practice around sustainable design techniques pertaining to the built environment. It has been developed as a launching point to begin a discussion about what may or may not be holding us back from carbon-neutrality. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete, and will contribute to a base of knowledge for further research studies. You are encouraged to fill out the survey at