Virginia Celebrates Four New Fellows in 2019

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 115 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows — an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. AIA Virginia welcomes four new Fellows who will be celebrated at the Region of The VirginiasFellows Fête on March 23, 2019 and honored at a ceremony at A’19 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Meet Virginia’s New Fellows

Manoj Dalaya, FAIA

While logic and planning serve as the foundation for collaboration in the design process, artistic intention is essential in Manoj Dalaya’s approach to design. His high-performance, fortified spaces embrace art, environment, and community — all while integrating the security, infrastructure, and technological requirements of secure campuses. A principal at KGD Architecture, Dalaya serves on the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Executive Committee and chairs their Design Awards Committee. He lends his architectural and real estate expertise to several Washington, D.C. area urban development committees and to architecture and real estate students at local universities. He was honored with AIA Virginia’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2018.

Jody Lahendro, FAIA

For nearly fifteen years, Jody Lahendro has served as Historic Preservation Architect at the University of Virginia where he manages work on more than 120 designated historic buildings — including the Academical Village designed by Thomas Jefferson.  Notably, he recently managed the award-winning Rotunda Renovation project.  Prior to time at UVA, Lahendro had his own architectural practice in Richmond for 18 years, specializing in historic preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse.  He also served as preservation architect for the Taliesin Preservation Commission as it began its charge to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  Lahendro’s public service includes volunteer positions with local and state governments, non-profit organizations, and pro bono assistance to non-profits owning historic buildings. 

Burt Pinnock, FAIA

A Principal with Baskervill, Burt Pinnock has been a profound voice for creative, compelling, and responsible design in Richmond’s urban landscape. Once the Capital of the Confederacy and an epicenter of the nation’s slave trade, Richmond was also home to thriving, independent black communities. His body of work spans projects that seek to preserve and integrate those distinct identities into a more complete version that is contextual to both time and space. Burt has also served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Board of Zoning Appeals, Commission of Architectural Review, Urban Design Committee, Richmond Slave Trail Commission, LISC Advisory Board, Historic Richmond Foundation, Venture Richmond, and many more. He is also the creator and co-founder of Storefront for Community Design, a nonprofit that creates access to architecture and design services while also facilitating community engagement workshops for development efforts throughout the city.

Nick Vlattas, FAIA

Nick Vlattas is one of the founding shareholders in 1979 of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company. Now known as Hanbury, the firm has been a respected voice in the planning, architecture, and interior design professions across the United States and abroad. The practice is based on a willingness to listen and learn, exploring transformational ideas with colleagues, clients, and consultants. This approach has garnered the recognition of both design and industry-specific award programs. As Chief Operations Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, Trustee, and architect at Hanbury, Nick has been responsible for quality of operations, financial management, human resources, and information technology. Nick served as President of AIA Hampton Roads, and on the Board of Directors for AIA Virginia for many years including serving as President in 2016 and Treasurer from 2010 to 2014. He is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oyster Point in Newport News.

About Fellowship

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;
  • Promoted the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice;
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or​
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included (Virginia’s own) Mary P. Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth University, who served as Chair; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell + Associates, LLC; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design & Architecture PLLC; Philip Castillo, FAIA, Jahn; Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects, LLC; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substancearchitecture; and Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, Drexel University.

Virginia Celebrates New Fellows

The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 152 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. These new Fellows will be celebrated at the 2018 Region of the Virginias Fellows Fete in Richmond on April 28 and honored at a ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

Donna Phaneuf, FAIA
AIA Hampton Roads

Donna Phaneuf is President/Lead Principal of VIA design architects, pc in Norfolk, Virginia. Whether producing legislation as Chair of the Downtown Norfolk Council Board of Directors, mentoring students interested in the profession, or seeking and winning new clients, Donna’s life and her profession are completely unified. Her work with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science led to an in-depth analysis of floodproofing regulations, exploring in great detail both traditional and more experimental options. Her work on Thoroughgood Elementary School has involved a close relationship with the students and teachers of the school, and has given these groups the opportunity to express their needs directly to her design team.
Edwin Schmidt, FAIA
AIA Northern Virginia

Ed Schmidt is the Director of Project Management, North America for Nord Anglia Education. An AIA member since 1985, Ed has led the school inventory master planning effort for a number of urban communities including the District of Columbia; Detroit, Michigan; Providence, Rhode Island; and Syracuse, New York with this perspective on transformation. While managing the design of the Detroit School Construction Bond Program, Ed organized and oversaw a Summer Student Worker Program, employing almost 200 Detroit high school students over a three-year period and offering an incredible opportunity to improve the lives of these students. AIA award-winning examples of his school building repurposing have refocused attention back to responsive community architecture that allows for historic preservation, energy sustainability and community pride.
Nick Serfass, FAIA
AIA RichmondNick Serfass currently serves as AIAS Executive Director. In that position, he has created new events like “AIAS: Imagine” and expanded existing events like “AIAS Grassroots,” all of which provided access to real-world content that propelled AIAS members beyond studio. While at NCARB, Nick founded the “Intern Think Tank,” NCARB’s first committee dedicated to embracing the emerging professional perspective and granting that voice a spotlight in the licensure discussion. Largely a result of Nick’s work, today’s licensure candidates have many more reliable places to turn to in order to ensure a successful path into the profession.
Robert Steele, FAIA
AIA RichmondBob Steele is Principal Architect at BOB Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. For the past 30 years, his studio in Richmond has produced a number of noteworthy commissions. He has served his community as part of the Public Arts Commission, chairing the committee for two years. During his tenure, more than a dozen installations of major public sculpture were placed. Bob also serves on the steering committee for the Branch Museum for Architecture and Design, and helped launch an awards program that will foster an ever-increasing understanding and appreciation of architecture and design to the public.
Edward Tucker, FAIA
AIA West VirginiaEd Tucker is Principal Architect at Edward Tucker Architects in Huntington, West Virginia. Among his many accomplishments, Ed’s community leadership led to the creation of a 26-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail system, reviving parts of the city and promoting healthy and environmentally friendly activities.He also led the revitalization of downtown, creating a popular link between Marshall University and downtown Huntington, and was the visionary behind the redevelopment of Pullman Square, including an intermodal transportation/urban mixed-use center. On the national level, Ed served on the AIA Board of Directors and the Finance and Audit Committee with distinction, contributing to the AIA’s financial health during a challenging economic time.

Mills Awarded Fellowship

The 2015 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Robert S. Mills to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Robert S. Mills, FAIA, CID, NCARB is one of the founding principals of Commonwealth Architects. With more than 32 years of MillsFellowship2015experience, Robert is involved in all aspects of the firm’s practice in the areas of architecture, historic architecture, interior architecture, planning and management.

In addition to serving as the AIA representative on City and State Boards and Commissions, Robert served as Vice President for the Virginia Society AIA from 2002-2004 and in various roles within the  AIA Richmond over the years.

Recognized for exceptional service, leadership and professional expertise on the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission and Commission of Architectural Review, Robert received the Virginia Society AIA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 and the AIA Richmond Marcellus Wright Jr. Award for Public Service in 2012.

While serving as President of Commonwealth Architects, the firm was awarded the Virginia Society AIA’s T. David Fitz-Gibbon Architecture Firm Award in 2011. The highest award bestowed upon a firm by the Virginia Society, it underscores the invaluable contributions of rehabilitation and compatible infill design as catalyst for revitalizing livable communities.

Robert will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2015 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta in May.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

 

Bond, Hassett Awarded Fellowship

Two Virginia members, Sanford Bond, FAIA, and Valerie Hassett, FAIA, were awarded membership in the College of Fellows in 2014.

Hassett
Valerie Hassett, FAIA

Valerie Hassett, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is an architect and an interior designer. Having earned an MArch from Virginia Tech and a BFA in interior design from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has both NCARB and NCIDQ certifications. Valerie is past president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of IIDA, past president of AIA Northern Virginia, and First Vice-President of the Virginia Society AIA. She is a Project Manager with Wiencek + Associates.

Sanford Bond FAIA
Sanford Bond, FAIA

With a practice spanning over 40 years, Sanford “Sandy” Bond, FAIA, has designed landmark projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including buildings for Maymont Nature Center, the Richmond Ballet, Dominion Virginia Power, UVa Health’s  Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Richmond ARC, and numerous dwellings and vacation homes. He is a founding partner in two prominent firms in Richmond, Bond Comet Westmoreland + Hiner (now BCWH) and  3north.

The Jury of Fellows met at Institute headquarters from Jan. 25-29, 2014, and selected 139 new Fellows. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 83,000, there are just over 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship.

The 2014 Jury of Fellows included Craig Rafferty, FAIA (Chair), Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects; John Castellana, FAIA, TMP Architecture, Inc.; Brian Dougherty, FAIA, Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, LLP; Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Susan Maxman, FAIA, SMP Architects LTD; Raymond Yeh, FAIA, University of Hawaii and Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA, Yoshino Architecture, PA.

AIA Directors Announce Fellowship for Future Leaders

Two AIA Members
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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.

HOW IT WORKS

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.

AIA CONVENTION IN DENVER

June 20-22, 2013

Denver, Colorado

FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING LEADERS

Students

Associates

Young Architects

TWEET OF INTEREST

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

Hansen, Moje, Reader Elevated to Fellowship

Three Virginia members — Alan L. Hansen, FAIA, Robert W. Moje, FAIA, and Elizabeth A. Reader, FAIA — have been elevated to Fellowship, the AIA announced today.

Alan L. Hansen, FAIA
Alan L. Hansen, FAIA

Hansen, a Director at DBI Architects, Inc., is noted for his work to form the Loudoun County Design Cabinet through the county’s Department of Economic Development. The Cabinet promotes high-quality, environmentally sustainable, and culturally respectful architectural and landscape design in one of the fastest growing communities in Virginia.  The Design Cabinet is made up of planners, architects, landscape architects, and engineers who, in volunteer collaboration, resolve community design challenges that arise when an agrarian county steeped in historical significance faces sweeping cultural and economic change.  Having successfully set the Design Cabinet in motion, Hansen encourages every architect in a community without a design recognition mechanism to create one as a Citizen Architect, thereby embracing the AIA’s national initiative to promote design excellence through collaboration with community decision makers.

Robert W. Moje, FAIA
Robert W. Moje, FAIA

A founding principal of VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, Moje has advanced the practice of educational facility design considerably by developing innovative instructional environments for a multitude of school districts, enriching the spaces where children learn and where educators teach. He leads VMDO Architects’ public K-12 school projects, directing design teams to create great schools that inspire students to become active participants in the learning process. In the current fast-paced Information Age where students cannot learn enough, fast enough, solving that mission has required a new direction in educational architecture. Moje has defined this new direction with his commitment to designing every school space – hallway, cafeteria, playground, and classroom alike — in innovative ways that promote opportunities for teaching and learning.

Elizabeth A. Reader, FAIA
Elizabeth A. Reader, FAIA

In a small city within a rural area, Reader has established a vibrant, diverse, collaborative architecture practice that excels in design and is committed to bettering the community. Along with her husband and partner, Beth Reader began her practice — Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.,  — during the 1990 recession, in a small city of 21,950 people, proving that architecture firms don’t need to be located in large metropolitan areas to be viable. The firm has received over fifty design awards, from national, state, and regional entities for a diverse range of project types, from low-income housing, to museums, to innovative adaptive reuses of historic buildings. The firm’s work has been published in many books and magazines. Additionally, she has served as an advocate for architecture and small design firms by serving as both a juror, and a speaker, for many AIA programs. Over the years, design award juries have consistently praised her ability to achieve excellence in design. Doing good design work, despite a project’s budget or location, is an essential component of her practice.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 122 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.

The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention on Friday, June 21.

 

AIA Summer Advocacy Fellowship Announced

The AIA has announced a 2013 AIA Summer Advocacy Fellowship to provide Associate Members the opportunity to engage with AIA Advocacy staff regarding legislative issues that influence the profession of architecture. The summer fellowship, which begins in mid-June, 2013, allows recipients to spend eight weeks working at AIA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. gaining experience in the areas of legislative action, regulatory reform, and public advocacy.

All current Associate members of the AIA are eligible for the Fellowship program. At least two fellowships will be awarded in 2013 and each recipient will receive a $6,000 stipend for the period. All housing, meals and other costs will be the responsibility of the recipient. More>>

Clark Elevated to Fellowship

James P. Clark, FAIA
James P. Clark, FAIA

The Society’s Immediate-Past President James P. Clark has been elevated by the AIA to its prestigious College of Fellows — an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession.

Throughout his 25 years of membership in the AIA, Clark has worked tirelessly to create programs that empower collaborative connections between architects, students and institutions that inspire awareness, creativity, education and excellence.

Clark founded and chairs the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall, a competition that has attracted both national and international attention and has facilitated free discussion outside the highly sensitive political world of reviewing agencies.  During his term as President of the Virginia Society AIA, he convinced the AIA, George Washington University, and architecture schools throughout the nation to sponsor the competition the results of which will be featured in an exhibition called Someday in the Park with George at the Virginia Center for Architecture opening April 12, 2012. Clark also founded and leads the Annual Interschool Design Competition at the National Building Museum and helped found AIA Northern Virginia’s School Connections Committee.  As the Society’s Vice President for Professional Excellence, he was instrumental in establishing the Prize for Design Research and Scholarship and the Emerging Leaders in Architecture programs.

The 2012 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony on Thursday, May 17 at the 2012 National AIA Convention.