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R. Corey Clayborne, AIA

Clayborne Named New Executive Vice President/CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RICHMOND, VA  May 1, 2017— AIA Virginia is pleased to welcome R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, in his new role as AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO starting Thursday, June 1. He will work in conjunction with departing AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, whose last day in the position is Friday, June 30.

“Clayborne comes to us with a unique set of qualifications,” says AIA Virginia Immediate Past President and Search Committee Chairperson Nicholas E. Vlattas, AIA. “He is an architect known for his leadership skills and his active participation in the American Institute of Architects on local, state and national levels. We look forward to working with him to mentor the next generation of architects and strengthen architecture and design professions at all levels.”

Currently project manager and senior architect with Wiley |Wilson, his responsibilities include financial health, quality control, operational management and project management for a wide variety of local, state and federal projects. Clayborne is particularly known for his mentorship of the next generation of architects, focusing on their entry into the AIA, licensure and professional and personal group. He has been active in AIA Richmond and AIA Virginia, serving on both boards of directors. He has won numerous awards including the AIA 2017 Young Architects Award and the AIA Virginia 2016 Award for Distinguished Achievement. His service to the community includes the Charlottesville Planning Commission, Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects and the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Mentoring program.

Clayborne lives in Charlottesville. He graduated from his hometown high school, Gloucester High before going to Virginia Tech where he earned his degree in architecture. He will be AIA Virginia’s sixth Executive Vice President/CEO since the position was created in 1970. Clayborne was one of 70 candidates who applied for his new position.

Dreiling is planning to focus on her own consulting firm. Through her company The Plum Studio, Ltd. she will provide specialized creative and consulting services to non-profits and design firms. Her offerings will be based on her leadership and management experience and will include cultural transformation, leadership development, corporate governance, change management, professional coaching, organizational resilience and strategic visioning

About AIA Virginia
AIA Virginia is a society of the American Institute of Architects and represents nearly 2,500 architects throughout Virginia. Founded by five architects in 1914, AIA Virginia is the voice of the architecture profession in the Commonwealth, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment. For more information, contact AIA Virginia at (804) 644-3041 or visit www.aiava.org.

Media Contact: Cathy Guske | (804) 237-1763 | cguske@aiava.org

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Thank You

“I’m not afraid of the new ideas.  I’m afraid of the old ones.” ~ John Cage

As I began considering the potential focus for this June edition of my bi-monthly newsletter article, I thought I would perhaps simply write about something of general importance to the profession or the organization, and steer clear of a ‘farewell address.’  But, this is my only such opportunity.  So I hope my colleagues and friends will bear with me as I share a few thoughts prior to my departure.

Many individuals have recently asked me about my “proudest achievements” in my positions as EVP of AIA Virginia and Executive Director of The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.  My response to them has been one that jumped to mind and it applies to both organizations, but in different ways: CULTURE.  This might be familiar to some of you, who knew that I focused on a “cultural transformation for the profession” when I ran and served as President of the AIA in 2014.  My message then: we need to act, think, and behave differently as architects if we are to be perceived in an enriched way by the public we serve.  That is the same point of view I brought to both of these posts.

For AIA Virginia, that “cultural transformation” has been realized through focusing on the single member.  As I’ve said to you before, every action we take or decision we make is with our dues-paying members in mind.  This, you can believe.  Often in the past, the AIA was criticized for keeping the organization going (as an entity) and not caring about the folks who comprise our membership (as individuals).  We favor the opposite approach, where the member comes first.  Members have noticed!  Colleagues all over the state have stated that the organization ‘feels’ different.  People are talking about AIA Virginia in many positive ways.  Firms that had not been members in a long time are coming back into the fold.  I’d like to think that the culture of the organization is, in fact, transformed.

Much of this has been possible because of a highly engaged and deeply committed Board of Directors, as well as ‘my’ three presidents who’ve been a joy to work with: Valerie Hassett, Nick Vlattas, and Bill Brown, to use their informal names.  These people did – and are still doing – awesome work on your behalf.  When I accepted this position, I insisted that our efforts be “about aspiration rather than appeasement.”  (In other words, after being AIA president, I wanted to move our state-level AIA well forward as we launch into our next century.)  Each of these leaders and their executive committees and boards have been all about the new AIA Virginia.  I have been extremely impressed with – and inspired by – their courage to explore new worlds and their dedication to finding fresh ways of providing service and support to our members.

Speaking of dedication … and its very close cousin, devotion … there is not a stronger group than your staff team at AIA Virginia.  They are simply incredible, and it has been my honor to serve with such a professional, hard-working, and loyal group: Judy Cheadle, Marshall Dreiling, Keesha Ezell, Rhea George, Cathy Guske, Rebecca Lonadier, and Edward Nace.  All are willing to jump in to help in whatever capacity is needed, and all have been brave in stomaching the many changes I requested.  They have worked like crazy, sometimes to the breaking point, and I cannot speak highly enough about them either individually or collectively.

And how about that Corey Clayborne?  I am SO excited about his tenure!  He’ll be a stellar representative of the profession to related organizations and a charismatic face and voice on behalf of our members.  Not to mention an exceptional staff team leader.  In other words, Corey is the perfect fit for the organization at this moment in time.  I have every confidence that he, along with that brilliant staff team and outstanding board group, will elevate AIA Virginia to even greater heights.

Today, I extend my sincere appreciation to each of you for affording me this opportunity to serve the profession in our state and to support my fellow members.  I’m a lifer, really … a true “AIA Junkie” … and I eagerly anticipate being a fervent member of our beloved AIA Virginia, forever …

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | EVP, AIA Virginia

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Reflecting on Firm Culture

“We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance, and truly begin to live our dreams.” ~ Les Brown

Friday, March 31 brought the first Art of Practice Conference to AIA Virginia firm principals.  It was a pleasure to welcome so many of the profession’s leaders to the inaugural experience.  I especially want to again thank Maggie Schubert, AIA.  Maggie graciously accepted her appointment as the chair of this first-ever event and has been dedicated to its success since that moment.  We all have her to thank for envisioning and executing such a special member-focused conference.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

The day centered, as the title suggested, on matters of import to architectural practice, particularly firm culture.  It was (and will be) intended to complement the focus on design that is afforded by the ever-popular Virginia Design Forum.  Art of Practice will take place on alternating years (odd years) with the Forum (even years).  This program promises to be transformational for our profession within the Commonwealth, particularly as it grows and develops in the coming years.

In anticipation of the session, I recalled the inspiring words of noted African-American speaker Les Brown, quoted above.  If we apply Mr. Brown’s admonition to ourselves, it reminds us that WE ALONE have the capacity to be the architects, the designers, of an enriched firm culture … of a transformed culture for the profession … and of an enhanced, “big-C” Culture for the public we serve.  The Art of Practice Conference is our chance to design that future as it relates specifically to our practices.  It offers the perfect opportunity for us to work collectively and collaboratively to chart a course toward a preferred future for this profession.  As our firms grow stronger, the profession at-large in our state will be elevated as well.

Some 14 years ago, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) rightly shown a spotlight on “studio culture” through their Studio Culture Task Force Report.  We have all become sensitized to “studio culture” as a result of their great research and reporting.  Schools now have stated expectations for the way students will be treated in the studio and in the classroom.  The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has included the requirement for a policy on studio culture in their Conditions and Procedures, and schools are ‘dinged’ if they don’t have a policy in place.

But what have WE, as a profession, done to transfigure firm culture?  That is OUR part to determine and be dedicated to.  Aspects of firm culture certainly impact our emerging professionals, yes.  But, firm culture that is constructive, positive, and supportive inures to the benefit of all office team members, not only those just entering practice.

For this year, our conference focused on the aspects of firm culture that get at the heart of how individuals in this profession are engaged within their respective practice settings.  I hope that beginning with Art of Practice, we’ll have a new and different conversation that leads to a new and different place.  Better firm culture for ALL firms.  Better experiences for all employees.  Better outcomes for all clients.  We can especially anticipate a more amazing future as a result of our efforts on behalf of our practices … and the profession.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | EVP, AIA Virginia

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Nick Vlattas, AIA

EVP/CEO Transition

This message was shared with all AIA Virginia members via email on Nov. 1, 2016.

ELECTRONIC MEMORANDUM:

DATE:         November 1, 2016
TO:              AIA Virginia Members
FROM:        Nicholas E. Vlattas, AIA, President
RE:              Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Transition

During performance evaluation meetings with current EVP/CEO Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA held in June, the AIA Virginia Management Committee discussed with Helene her interest in extending her three-year employment agreement. Helene spoke very highly of serving the members of AIA Virginia, but indicated her desire to remain true to her initial commitment of what she considered an interim position – to successfully transition our organization from one long-time executive to another long-time executive.

I think many of us had hoped Helene would ‘change her mind’ and decide that she wanted to stay well beyond her original time frame and actually be that long-term exec. However, because of her intentions and interests at this point, and particularly in light of the phased elimination of Supplemental Dues as adopted in the FY2017 budget (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017), she believes this timing is in the overall best interests of AIA Virginia. Thus, Helene’s tenure of service will conclude effective June 30, 2017.

This message has been conveyed to and discussed with the AIA Virginia Executive Committee and Board of Directors and now is being disseminated to our members, directly.

Our Bylaws call for the Board of Directors to be responsible for the selection of the EVP/CEO. In accordance with the prescribed process, I have appointed an EVP/CEO Search Committee for the purposes of identifying, interviewing, vetting, and recommending a new EVP/CEO for selection. I’m pleased that the following individuals have agreed to serve on the committee, which I’ll chair:

  • Valerie D. Hassett, FAIA, 2015 President (AIA Northern Virginia)
  • Eric Keplinger, AIA, 2018 President (standing for election, AIA Hampton Roads)
  • William T. Brown, AIA, 2017 President (AIA Northern Virginia)
  • Robert A. Steele, AIA, Director, Liaison to The Branch Board of Trustees (AIA Richmond)
  • Elisabeth Sloan, AIA, 2016 President, AIA Central Virginia
  • Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA (ex-officio without vote, AIA Blue Ridge)

A Position Description has been prepared and was reviewed and approved by the committee; it will be used for the search process. The committee will soon prepare evaluation criteria and potential questions to be utilized during interviews, in addition to other related tasks. They will commence the search process in November with interim reporting anticipated to the board in December and February and selection by April.

Should you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me, as I would welcome your input. I know you will also want to join me in expressing our gratitude to Helene for her incredible dedication and commitment, as well as the achievements during her term as our EVP/CEO. We wish her the very best in the next phase of her professional life.

Nick Vlattas

 

 

 

2016 President AIA Virginia
Nicholas E. Vlattas, AIA

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

What Membership Should Mean To Us

Most of you have recently received your membership dues statement from 1735 New York Avenue, NW, the home of the American Institute of Architects. As we all consider this payment of our professional dues, I thought it might be beneficial to reflect on what our membership in the AIA should mean to us. (Keep in mind, this is coming from a self-proclaimed “AIA Junkie”):

Through the AIA, we have a shared heritage.

In 1857, thirteen men gathered in New York to form the American Institute of Architects. These gentlemen did not have a plastic card in their wallets; they did not have a pin to wear on their lapels; they did not have an acronym following their names. What they DID have was a vision in their minds and passion in their hearts for what the profession of architecture could become … IF there was a collective body … to unite in fellowship; to promote the profession; to advance the standards of education, training, and practice; and to increasingly serve society. These core values of the AIA, we should reflect upon as we design our own futures.

Yet, we have a wealth of individual experiences.

Now with over 89,000 members, the AIA serves as the collective voice of architects across the country and around the world. However, even though we as a profession are bound by our shared experiences in our respective paths through architectural education, training, and practice, we each approach our work – and our passion – as individuals. Every member of our profession has something unique to offer, and the profession needs each one of these varied talents, skills, and abilities. We’ve been ‘called’ to the practice of architecture because of our desire to enrich the living experiences of those we serve, and how wonderful it is that we can do so in our own unique ways.

Together, we look to the future.

In France, as in many countries, architects swear a solemn oath upon becoming licensed. Roughly translated, this vow reads, “In respect to the public interest, which attaches great value to architectural quality, I swear to exercise my profession with conscience and integrity and to observe the rules contained in the law on architecture and the Code of Professional Duties.” How different would our profession be if we pledged – even privately – to uphold the ideals of our beloved profession for a public that “attaches great value to architectural quality?” This shift in our own professional culture is what we’re working toward … to foster a broader, societal culture that appreciates architecture and values what we do as architects.

Advocacy to ensure our profession’s relevance to the public is what the staff team at AIA Virginia dedicates itself to every day. We work to combine our sincere compassion for the individual – a true dedication to each member – with a strong collective direction for this profession in the Commonwealth. We hope that as you pay your 2017 AIA dues, you perceive this level of devoted service and support. Many thanks for your contributions to society through your work, and for renewing your membership in your professional society!

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
Executive Director

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Elevate Your Career

 “Design can ELEVATE ordinary experiences to extraordinary levels.”

             ~ Russell E. Davidson, FAIA | 2016 AIA President

ELEVATE your career!  You won’t want to miss Architecture Exchange East 2016 …

As I contemplated possible topics for this month’s newsletter article, I decided that concentrating on our largest gathering of architects was well worthy of the space and attention!  Last year, for Architecture Exchange East 2015, our focus was on enriching the experience for our attendees.  We enlivened our signature member event in a way that had everyone departing with their ‘batteries fully recharged.’  Dozens of aspects of the conference were energized, in alignment with our desire to make it more aspirational – and inspirational – for everyone.

Folks definitely noticed the CHANGE in last year’s Architecture Exchange East.  89% of attendees rated the event good or excellent, and 93% indicated that they plan to attend this year.  Their favorite things included the new layout of the ballroom for general sessions, the opening and closing keynote speakers, the convention ‘app,’ and shorter, higher-quality educational seminars.  Votes for the least-favorite things included lunch seating, cost and availability of parking, and low exhibitor numbers.

There were a number of excellent suggestions for improving the quality of the experience, and we’ve taken many of those to heart in planning for ArchEx 2016: better registration system, enhanced seminar descriptions, collaboration with allied professional groups, and even more ‘meet and greet’ time.

ArchEx 2016 will elevate the profession with its renewed emphasis on networking, innovative learning methods, and dynamic new materials and products.  You should have already received the mega-card in the mail, and registration opened August 30.  Additional promotional materials will arrive shortly that will further stimulate your interest in participating.  And for those of you who are focused on obtaining credits, a total of 19 hours will be available, 14.5 of which are HSW.  Schedule highlights include:

  • New ‘eye-opener’ educational seminars both mornings;
  • Thursday morning opening keynote speaker Rosa T. Sheng, AIA, an authority in the AIA on all issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Rosa will share why equity in practice matters, and on elevating architecture’s impact;
  • AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, November 3, 12:45 p.m., room E11a.
  • Meet and greet events all of Thursday, with a Welcome Coffee in the morning, the exhibit hall Connections Party late in the afternoon, and Networking parties in the evening;
  • Seminar tracks on business, design, building science, sustainability, and materials/products;
  • Tours of the Metl-Span Factory, the Branch House + Broad Street Station (now the Science Museum of Virginia), the State Capitol, and streetscapes of downtown Richmond;
  • Friday afternoon closing keynote speaker Mickey Jacob, FAIA, the AIA’s favorite Citizen Architect, 2013 AIA President, and 2018 Tampa Mayoral candidate. Mickey’s message will elevate your career and your engagement as a vital contributor to the built environment;
  • Visions for Architecture, AIA Virginia’s honors and design awards ceremony/celebration at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Friday evening.

I look forward to sharing an elevating experience with you at the Greater Richmond Convention Center during Architecture Exchange East 2016, November 2-4!

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA | Executive Vice President/CEO

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

A Cultural Transformation

“Life’s most persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Friday, June 19, a number of you joined the virtual meeting of the membership of AIA Virginia.  Afterwards, several of you requested a copy of my report.  Since my remarks were directed to the entire membership, I thought that providing them as my July newsletter article to you would be appropriate:

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

I’ve now been serving as your Executive Vice President/CEO for about 18 months.  During this time, we have addressed many items and issues on your behalf.

I am most proud of three particular things, all of which relate to cultural transformation:

  • Realigning our overall focus to be more member-centric (and less about the organization itself);
  • Achieving a very constructive office climate that is positive, supportive, and nurturing; and
  • Creating a more engaged, strategic, and excited Board of Directors.

We have built on the strong leadership and creative vision of the past to achieve an ever-greater aspirational and inspirational position on behalf of our members.  This is a necessary transformation towards a successful future.  Following the great recession, there is no way architects can think, act, and behave as they did before.  Instead, we – as a profession and as individuals – need to be about process innovation, diligent entrepreneurship, and visionary thinking.  For our clients, we are able to envision future realities that don’t exist, and we need to apply that same brilliant creativity to design our own pathway to a sustainable, vibrant, and successful future.

I see my role as being dual:

  • A visionary for the organization and its members: utilizing my experience and exposure to thousands of members and nearly every local and state component, and bringing that unique knowledge to bear for the benefit of the AIA members in Virginia.
  • A shepherd for the staff team: nurturing, coaching, and mentoring them. We have a wonderful team, and I feel fortunate to be shepherding such a competent, dedicated group of individuals.  They have a strong commitment to bettering the practice climate for our members, so working with them is a delight.

In closing, I would like to once again emphasize the importance of the cultural transformation we have tried to achieve at AIA Virginia.  Within this new way of thinking, every action we take and/or decision we make is conducting with the best interests of our MEMBERS at heart.  In so doing, the likelihood of success is greater, the tendency to please the members is higher, and the sense of engagement is stronger.  This, I believe we have achieved in large measure in a rather short amount of time.

It is my honor and pleasure to serve the members of the AIA in Virginia … my fellow members!

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
Executive Vice President/CEO

 

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Sharing Your Words

“Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they have.”
~ Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher and Poet

For this installment of my newsletter article, I am sharing YOUR words with YOU. As you know, we at AIA Virginia have been focused on the member (and membership) experience – our service and support to each individual and to the collective. To learn more in this regard, we asked attendees at Architecture Exchange East to complete comment cards in response to the question, “From your perspective as a ‘design thinker,’ how could AIA Virginia elevate your member experience?”

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Below are the comments from those cards; they’re conveyed here just as we received them, without any editing or editorializing. They were both enlightening and helpful. You’ll see a variety of responses, but many were focused on the development and delivery of knowledge. I hope you’ll review these, give thought to what your own response might be to this query, and offer your own to us via e-mail. We would love to hear from more of you as we endeavor to refine our programs, projects, and initiatives to best meet your needs:

2015 Architecture Exchange East Comment Cards

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Be present in your community, volunteer in something you have interest or passion in. If nothing comes to mind…find something!
  • Community education/community intervention. When jurisdictional level of respect for architectural values is low or non-existent.
  • Change… the way the public sees the profession of architecture…and architects.
  • Position architects as an important and powerful force in the community; leverage the stories and personalities within the membership – create a campaign around it.

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING

  • Structural engineers are your friends.
  • Introduce more opportunities for those not currently in the field but aspire to be (unemployed or unrelated profession) i.e., advertise free events, offer opportunities to gain I.D.P credits.
  • Structural engineers are your friends.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE

  • Work with the universities to open the door to architect as developer and construction leader. We need to be the leader master builder in the future.
  • Engage the society and the academics (faculty members) of the architecture programs throughout the commonwealth to begin to improve their relationships and ultimately begin to support each other.
  • Pay more attention to the needs of small architectural firms and individual architects (sole practitioners)!
  • Remember the small firm.
  • Help small firm architects understand we’re better when we work together…70% of all AIA members (56,000) work in firms of <20 staff.
  • Assist firms in collaboration through firm roundtables throughout the year.
  • Provide more events like Design Forum – maybe smaller less expensive events but that occur more frequently. Or possibly design concerns/discussion in each Chapter, then a composite session at AEE.
  • Connect Chapters to AIA knowledges resources to plan programs.
  • Architecture education, practice…and the in between. Elevate the conversation between AIAVA and both Emerging Professionals and Non-members to inspire membership but also establish membership.
  • Focus on technical training opportunities.
  • AIA has to become a theme leader on big issues. Yesterday our young professionals presented the web for sea (level) rise. This could be the next big issue. AIA take the lead and hold the info. There are many issues like this where AIA can shine.

ENHANCING COMMUNICATION

  • Transparency. When are meetings? Where does the money go?
  • Keep chapter websites up to date.
  • Why aren’t phone numbers on website for staff (VSAIA)? Without them the assumption is you don’t want to be contacted.
  • Provide incentives for completing ARE’s (publish names, ext).

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
Hdreiling@aiava.org

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Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

A Special Relationship

“When I design a project for a client, my shoes are underneath their bed.” ~ Hugh Newell Jacobsen

At Visions for Architecture in early November – and with the current exhibition at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design – we have celebrated the best designs by our organization’s members. And the work is truly exceptional.  All this attention to our colleagues also led me to think about the special relationship that exists between architects and their clients. Very frequently, our ‘magic’ is made possible by these enlightened patrons of our work.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA

As an architect, I’m always eager to see our profession celebrated for the often extraordinary work we do at all scales, from ambitious transformational urban plans to single-family houses. And I know that one of the highest priorities of AIA members is a desire to cultivate a greater appreciation and understanding of the value of our work.

This focus on the power of our own design thinking is all well and good. But do we give enough credit to the critical role played by those who commission us? Yes, there is the fee for service. However, far more important to the quality of our work is the nature of the relationship between us and the client.

Who among us doesn’t have a horror story where communication between client and architect broke down over a misunderstanding or, worse, a stubborn demand to cut a corner? Nor is the experience any better when working for a disengaged client whose interest stops at cost per square foot and schedule. We can’t do our best work with clients who don’t challenge us, who don’t demand excellence.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of one of the featured projects in the exhibition at The Branch.  They had traveled from Northern Virginia to view the exhibit and see their ‘cabin’ among the awardees.  We had a lively conversation … and they were effusive about the wonderful experience they had with their architects and the pleasure they have derived from their new country getaway.  They described what a magnet this well-designed second home has been for them and for their children and grand-children – a place where all gather for fellowship and for a battery recharge away from the hectic DC commute.  For them, their architect-designed retreat had transformed their lives and enhanced their familial ties.

So while we applaud one another for work well done, let’s not forget one of the most important members of the design team—the engaged and discerning client. It’s their support that allows us to do more and better than we could do on our own.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
Executive Vice President, AIA Virginia

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Helene Combs Dreiling Annual Scholarship

The AIA Fellows of Virginia is proud to announce the formation of the Helene Combs Dreiling Annual Scholarship to honor its namesake, now serving as AIA Virginia Executive Director/CEO, for her generous contributions to the profession.

“Our goal is to benefit future leaders in the field of architecture. This scholarship fund will give young architects opportunities such as access to AIA Convention Fellowships, a professional development City Summer and mentoring programs,” says VCU University Architect Mary Patton Cox, FAIA. “Throughout her career, Helene has championed the needs of emerging professional architects and advocated on their behalf, not just in her current role, but also as president of AIA Blue Ridge, president of AIA Virginia, Regional Director for the Virginias, staff vice president of the American Institute of Architects and as national president of the American Institute of Architects. Helene, herself, was elevated to fellowship in 2000.”

So far, the AIA Fellows of Virginia have raised more than half of the total endowment goal and are continuing to accept donations. They expect the scholarship to be fully endowed by the end of next year so that scholarships can be available in 2017. The Helene Combs Dreiling Annual Scholarship will be awarded to students, interns and young professionals up to 10 years after receiving their accredited degree.

To donate by check:
Make your check payable to the “Virginia Foundation for Architecture”
Send your check to:
Keesha Ezell
Virginia Foundation for Architecture
2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

To donate by credit card:
Call Keesha Ezell at 804-644-3041, ext. 200.  She or her associate will take your credit card number over the phone.

To transfer securities:
1. Notify Keesha Ezell of the date of the transfer
2. Give the following information to your financial planner or broker:
Virginia Foundation for Architecture – Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA Endowed Scholarship Fund
DTC  0715
Acct: 1170-9400

 

 

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