2017 AIA Virginia Prize Awarded

At 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, students at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), and Hampton University were given a limited time challenge. By 9 a.m. Monday participating students had to turn in their design for a terminus for King Street at the Potomac River waterfront to celebrate its historic role as the origin of Alexandria and the front door of the City. It should be a significant public space that offers a destination, or as was written: ‘where one of America’s great streets meets one of America’s great rivers’. It should provide a counterpoint to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial at the other end of King Street.

2017 AIA Virginia President, Bill Brown, AIA, 2017 AIA Virginia Prize Jury Chair, Rachel Shelton, AIA, 2017 AIA Virginia Prize winner, Erik Styrbjorn Odd Torell from Virginia Tech, and Stewart Roberson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Moseley Architects. photo by Jay Paul

The Honorees

Erik Styrbjorn Odd Torell is the winner of the 2017 AIA Virginia Prize which includes a $1,500 cash prize.

The judges were impressed with the details of the structure, they felt he did an excellent job explaining the different aspects of the design on his board, and enjoyed how open the view was and especially enjoyed how the view was framed differently depending on which direction you were looking. They felt that this was a great design for an all year, any weather community space.

Best of School

Jonathan Legaspi received the Best of School for Hampton University.
Yuchao Xu received the Best of School for Virginia Tech.
M. Ryan Delaney received the Best of School for the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. He also received the Runner-Up award.


Aneela Jain, Virginia Tech
Chris Cheng, Virginia Tech
Hannah McDorman, Virginia Tech
Minh Do, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Terry Davis Jr., Hampton University
Victoria D’antone, Virginia Tech

Honorable Mention

Masie Carr, Virginia Tech

AIA Virginia would like to thank Moseley Architects for sponsoring the 2017 AIA Virginia Prize.

Hampton University Celebrates

Seventy-five years ago, Hampton University began offering courses for students wishing to pursue a career in architecture.  Fully accredited by NAAB since 1963, the program offers a five-year Master of Architecture degree.  In addition to providing preparation for successful professional lives, the department has a special commitment to engagement with regional challenges, particularly for urban communities.  It is also committed to teaching sustainable design and to the challenges of building well and sensibly by the water’s edge.

To celebrate this anniversary, the department of architecture is holding a Beaux Arts Ball on 29 April and extends a most cordial invitation to area friends and professionals to join us.  The traditional fiesta of architecture students everywhere, the after-dinner ball will feature costumes related to the theme “Historic Artifacts” for those inclined to such expression, with a $75 prize to the best, selected by a panel of current and former department chairs.  Regional artisanal cheeses, produce, fondues, beer, and champagne punch will be on tap and music will be a mix of the songs that made 75 years of students get up from their desks and dance.

The department also hopes as part of the celebration to raise $75,000 to establish a scholarship fund for fifth-year students who, after clearing undergraduate status, find traditional funding sources like Pell Grants unavailable to them.  As a consequence, many must find jobs during this crucial final year of the program.  We hope many will join us trying to provide this crucial support.

While the department is small and the curriculum dense, we currently run a number of unusual programs within in – we have participated in two Solar Decathlons with ODU as our partner, offer – to the best of our knowledge – the first concentration in adaptation to sea level rise. Our first adaptation elective, done with Wetlands Watch and ODU for the Norfolk Neighborhood of Chesterfield Heights, became the basis for work in the Dutch Dialogues and was awarded $1,100,000 implementation grant in the  The department is one of six members of the National Resilience Institute, a program put together by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the AIA.  We run an urban design travel program overseas; this is orchestrated in part by faculty member Ray Gindroz, FAIA, who also teaches a course in urban design.  We hope to make more of our academic work available to the local community with eligibility for continuing education credit.As the only accredited architectural program in the

As the only accredited architectural program in the region, we are proud to be part of the region and its professional community.  Many of our students stay and pursue careers locally.

Please join us in celebrating our milestone anniversary and supporting our scholarship program.

Tickets and contributions may be managed at https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=32651911747 by mail to Department of Architecture, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668, or at the door.  Thanks for your support!


Hampton University Joins Resilience Network

The Hampton University Department of Architecture has been named a National Resilience Initiative network, a collection of six design studios across the nation that serve their local communities preparing for and adapting to natural challenges. The HU Department of Architecture will be the representative for the Mid-Atlantic region and the designated center on the study of adaptation to sea level rise.

“Our designation is an enormous honor and responsibility,” said Mason Andrews, associate professor in the HU Department of Architecture.  “The department’s on-going interest in engagement with urban communities has led to a leadership role in an emerging field. We may be the slightly damp canary in the coal mine here in Hampton Roads, and have the opportunity to develop adaptation strategies useful to other communities as they eventually face the challenges on which we’re working.  What a privilege!”

The six chosen design studios in the National Resilience Initiative network will continue work in their own communities, but share best practices nationally and identify policy and legislation issues impeding sensible response to an array of current new challenges.

HU’s Department of Architecture was selected due to the past two years of success in the field. An initial project studying adaptation to sea level rise in the National Register of Historic Places listed Norfolk neighborhood of Chesterfield Heights, executed under a small Virginia Sea Grant to Wetlands Watch, resulted in the project’s inclusion in the international design workshop The Dutch Dialogues Virginia: Life at Sea Level. The project was subsequently incorporated into the Commonwealth of Virginia’s entry in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition which has now been funded with $120,000,000 for implementation.

HU’s architecture department has also strategically cultivated with students from the Old Dominion University (ODU) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and made a commitment to collaborate with a group of engineering students from James Madison University.

The Coastal Community Design Collaborative, the cross-university and cross-disciplinary entity poised to continue design efforts, is headed by Associate Professor of Architecture at HU Mason Andrews and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at ODU Mujde Erten-Unal. They are committed to exploring adaptation strategies for regional neighborhoods through the crucibles of community engagement and collaborative design. Both departments are pursuing the creation of the first cross-disciplinary cross-university concentration in adaptation to sea level rise, a first for the region.

Reprinted with permission from Director of University Relations – Hampton University.

Final Presentations At Hampton University

You are cordially invited to join the Hampton University Department of Architecture as we review final student projects for the Fall academic semester. Reviews will be held in Bemis Laboratory on our campus. Parking is available adjacent to the building. We endeavor to serve light refreshments and solicit your candid and critical reviews of the work presented by our students.

View the schedule.

Students Compete in Virginia Society AIA Prize

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Students from Hampton University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, and the University of Virginia took part in the 32nd annual Virginia Society AIA Prize competition over the weekend of Jan. 27–30, 2012. From those submissions, each school advances 10 finalists; the winning design will be selected by a jury in February.

This year’s competition problem was developed by faculty at Hampton University and addressed our ability (or inability) to provide temporary emergency housing. Students were asked to propose a semi-permanent and reusable intervention in one of the region’s most naturally vulnerable locations — Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The problem asked students to design one prototypical unit, not to exceed 600 square-feet, capable of housing up to 4 individuals. Designs were to include a site plan demonstrating how four of these prototypical units could be arranged to form the embryo of a community. Students were also asked to envision how these structures could be used as housing for special events during non-catastrophic times.

The Virginia Society AIA Prize — along with the accompanying $2000 check — will be awarded during the Virginia Design Forum: Skins, March 16-17, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Best of School nods (and possibly an honorable mention or two) will be noted as well. An exhibition of all of the finalists will tour each of the schools and will wrap up in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall at Architecture Exchange East on Nov. 8–9.