Siewers Lumber and Loudoun Design Cabinet Recognized with AIA Virginia Honors

Richmond-based Siewers Lumber & Millwork and the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development’s Design Cabinet will be recognized with AIA Virginia Honors at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. AIA Virginia Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts.

For nearly 135 years, Virginia’s architects have relied upon Siewers Lumber and Millwork to help realize their designs. The company has reliably offered a vast array of historical wood trim patterns, in-house woodworkers, and expert craftspeople to help develop custom solutions for even the most sensitive restoration projects. Their ongoing commitment to offering high-quality educational opportunities to the industry not only serves the profession’s current needs, but anticipates them moving forward. For those in the design profession and construction trades — particularly those who work in the fields of restoration and historic preservation — Siewers has been an invaluable partner for generations.

In 2003, the Loudoun County Design Cabinet was formed through the county’s Department of Economic Development to help promote high-quality, environmentally sustainable, and culturally respectful architectural and landscape design in one of the fastest-growing communities in the Commonwealth. In addition to their awards program and design charrettes, the Design Cabinet is asked regularly to collaborate on a variety of issues, such as streetscape improvement, campus planning, sustainable design, and modifications to the County Zoning Ordinance. What started as a bold and unique experiment nearly twenty years ago to determine whether design professionals could effectively “work with their communities rather than for their communities,” has become the new standard within Loudoun County and a model for communities nationwide.

Tickets to Visions for Architecture are available online.

First Unitarian Universalist Church in Richmond Recognized with Test of Time Award

The First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) has been selected to receive AIA Virginia’s Test of Time Award in 2019. The award recognizes a structure at least 25 years old (but no more than 50) from the date of initial construction. Building use may change over time if the overall design is cherished as a significant contribution to the community and the built environment. The award will be presented at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond.

UUC was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born graduate of the Harvard School of Design. Built in 1972, the design reflects Louis I. Kahn’s influence, simultaneously complementing and distinguishing itself from its more traditional setting in Richmond’s Carillon Historic District.

Comprised of interlocking blocks of scored concrete and glass, the building proudly displays the how it was assembled, conveying a sense of honest purpose. The strong, solid massing, formal repetition, and simple materials give it a grounded sense of place and permanence on its prominent site.

The building frames shaded outdoor spaces for quiet contemplation but also opens up views to the garden through floor to ceiling glass, bringing a sense of peace and serenity to the meeting hall inside.

In 2002 and 2012, respectful renovations were completed by Quinn Evans Architects.

Called a “timeless work of abstract geometry,” the UUC has admirably met the changing needs of the Unitarian congregation with only modest renovations throughout its 47 year history.

Drake, Hogan, and McKinley Honored with Emerging Professional Award

April Drake, Emily Hogan, and Andrew McKinley will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. Launched in 2015, 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.

“In the midst of challenging projects, she never loses sight of her top priority: building up the next generation of architects, while delivering to them and future generations a profession that values equity and inclusion.”

-Jessica Anderson, PE and Jonathan Oswald, AIA with HDR
April Drake, AIA

Throughout her 15 year career, April C. Drake, AIA, has been a dedicated leader in the profession. She has been a passionate advocate for underrepresented voices and committed to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive profession. She regularly attends, plans, and presents at local, regional, and national events, highlighting the achievements of women and minorities in architecture.

In addition to her role as a senior project architect with HDR, Drake currently serves on the AIA Northern Virginia Board of Directors and is the past chair of the Women in Architecture (WIA) committee. As a WIA leader, she championed her own innovative STEM event for local Girl Scout troops and focused her efforts on introducing school-aged girls to the field of architecture.

But, her service to the profession isn’t limited to the AIA — since 2014, she has helped NCARB navigate the transition from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 through involvement on a Mapping Task Force and development of case studies for the exam. For the past two years, she has served on the NCARB Examination Committee which oversees development of several subcommittees and task forces and is a thought leader for NCARB regarding licensure assessment both now and into the future.

Her contributions to the profession, service to the community, mentorship of others, and efforts to engage students will have an indelible impact on the profession in the Commonwealth and beyond.

“As an architect, Emily Hogan represents her profession’s best qualities. She demonstrates an artistic creativity combined with a thoroughness and a keen eye for detail, whether engaging and guiding stakeholders through discovery, translation, and implementation phases successfully or in the role of advocate.”

–Andrew Pearson, Director of the Library, Bridgewater College
Emily Hogan, AIA

An award-winning architect with Quinn Evans Architects, Emily Hogan, AIA, has distinguished herself not only through her work, but also through exemplary service to the profession, her community, and to others. She has immersed herself in supporting the design community after graduating from the Emerging Leaders in Architecture program in 2014. She served as the AIA Richmond Treasurer and has been an active member of Richmond Women in Design, helping to coordinate some of the chapter’s largest events and programs. In 2017, she was recognized for her service with the Richard L. Ford Award for Young Architects. She has also exhibited a dedication to mentoring the next generation of leaders, organizing and hosting tours for students and young professionals.

In addition to her service to the profession, she has been a committed volunteer in her community — from supporting Dress for Success, to serving as campaign leader for the United Way, to serving on the Museum District Association, to being a part of service projects through Hill City Church— she has made service a genuine part of her identity.

“Andy’s design talents and technical knowledge have significantly impacted the quality of buildings for his clients and local communities.”

– Scott M. Campbell, AIA
Andrew McKinley, AIA

Andrew McKinley, AIA, a principal with VIA design architects, has been a leader in design, sustainability, and mentorship throughout his career.

As co-chair of the membership committee for AIA Hampton Roads, he championed and helped lead the AIA Hampton Roads “Let’s Talk” firm discussion series with the goal of building relationships with all architecture firms — not just those who are actively engage with the AIA. A dedicated mentor, he has organized a number of Shadow Day programs to provide high school and college students the opportunity to spend a day at a local design firm. In 2018 alone, more than 60 students were paired with local firms, introducing them to the profession and helping them understand the impact a project can have on a community. He has also hosted Hampton University students for the “Firm Forward” program, giving them a glimpse into various firms’ operations. A graduate of the Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, he has committed to giving back to the profession by serving on the local steering committee. He also served on the York County Board of Zoning Appeals between 2010 and 2014.

McKinley has a passion for sustainable architecture and design for local public entities. He has been diligent in researching and understanding the positive impact that passive strategies an innovative technologies can have on the sustainability of our collective future. Moreover, he has committed to sharing his expertise with his peers. Within his firm, he launched a sustainability committee. Outside of it, he has presented a case study before the USGBC chapter and has focused on helping owners and builders understand how sustainable design reduces building operating and maintenance cost.

3north Wins Firm Award for 2019

The T. David Fitz-Gibbon Firm Award will be presented to 3north at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. As the highest honor bestowed by the AIA Virginia to a Virginia-based architecture firm, the Fitz-Gibbon Architecture Firm Award recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.

“I can say without reservation that 3north’s body of work rivals that of any of the top national design firms whose work I’ve observed at first hand. I cannot give them higher praise than to say that, as a knowledgeable client, I would place 3north in the top tier of any short list”

Samuel A. Anderson, III, FAIA

Since its founding in 1999, 3north has grown from a single architect to a multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Richmond and San Francisco. Their diverse portfolio of work — which includes hospitality, civic, commercial, educational, and residential projects — has earned awards and recognition for achievements in design excellence, environmental sustainability, and historic preservation.

The firm is deeply committed to supporting community nonprofits and has created an office culture that encourages pro bono work, broad-based volunteerism, board service, and speaking engagements. Beyond their community involvement, the firm’s principals and staff have a long history of service to the AIA and the profession. Through support of programming like AIA Richmond’s Front Porch and Richmond Women in Design, to engagement with AIA Virginia in the Emerging Leaders in Architecture program, the Art of Practice, and Architecture Exchange East, to service at the national level through the Small Firm Exchange, 3north has been a model for service to the profession.

In addition to cultivating a culture of service, the firm has nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit, founding several affiliate businesses and holding a number of patents pending.

Noland Medal Awarded to Bob Moje in 2019

A founding principal of VMDO Architects, Robert W. Moje, FAIA, will be recognized with the William C. Noland Medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. As the highest honor bestowed by AIA Virginia to an architect, the Noland Medal is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, spanning a broad spectrum of the profession, and transcending the scope of normal professional activities. The honor is in memory of William C. Noland, FAIA, one of the founders of the AIA in Virginia, its second president, and Virginia’s first member to be elevated to fellowship.

“Bob’s work in architecture is framed by three essential, interrelated commitments: a commitment to the discipline and practice as a public, civic endeavor; a commitment therefore to the communities in which he is called to work; and further, a specific commitment to education as both the fundamental design commission and the fundamental societal value … [his] design vision and leadership is purposeful, utterly authentic, and deeply holistic.”

Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor, University of Arkansas

Moje has been a leader in the planning and design of educational facilities for more than 42 years. Through his award-winning designs, research, and professional and public service, he has advanced the practice of educational facility design considerably. His innovative instructional environments have elevated the level of discourse on design, teaching, learning, and the communal aspect of educational facilities on an international scale. In 2014, he served as chair for the global AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) conference titled The Value of Design: Enhancing Education through Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

A regular juror for awards programs, including the national CAE Design Awards, he supports innovative work through the recognition of design solutions that enhance learning. He has also collaborated with the National Institutes of Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and the Green Schools National Network to study the environmental effects of school buildings on children’s health and happiness. In addition to receiving the 2012 Prize for Design Research and Scholarship from the AIA Virginia, he partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop a LEED Credit for school buildings that contribute to the physical fitness and health of thier occupants.

Moje has a long history of service to his profession and his community. Since 1997 he has served as the only architect on the Commonwealth of Virginia Joint House/Senate Subcommittee on Educational Infrastructure. He has also contributed his time on the Charlottesville Board of Architecture review, including a stint as chair, the Virginia Computer Foundation, the Virginia Center for Architecture, and numerous others.  

Beyond his design and research accomplishments, he has been an exemplary leader at VMDO. He helped establish a firm culture that is people-oriented, family-friendly, and inclusive of different viewpoints, backgrounds, and experience levels. He has contributed an effective transition plan and a generous profit-sharing system that is available to all at the firm.

Reggie Jones Selected to Receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service

Reggie Jones, Partner at Williams Mullen, will be recognized with the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is AIA Virginia’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment.

Jones’ decades of support for the profession of architecture and its practitioners coupled with his tireless efforts to protect Qualifications Based Selection in the Commonwealth has protected the health, safety, and welfare of generations of citizens and has served as a model nationwide. Jones helped shepherd the adoption of the Virginia Public Procurement Act based on the Brooks Act and has proven a tireless advocate for QBS for professional services. Jones is an invaluable resource on legislative matters extending beyond his scope of services.

Jones has more than 40 years of legal experience representing clients before the Virginia General Assembly and the agencies of state government. His practice specializes in government relations, health care, professions, technology, financial institutions and energy. Active in a number of business, community and civic organizations, he was a founding member of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s board of directors and has served since 2006.

Carr and Style Weekly Recognized with AIA Virginia Honors

Delegate Betsy Carr and Style Weekly Magazine will be recognized with AIA Virginia Honors at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. AIA Virginia Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts.

Delegate Betsy B. Carr serves portions of the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County in the Virginia House of Delegates. A member of the House since 2009, Delegate Carr is focused on improving education, healthcare and preserving our environment. In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

During the 2018 General Assembly, Delegate Carr successfully championed HB 590 and HB 591. These two pieces of legislation will make it easier for land banks and land trusts to acquire property that they can develop and ensure that the property then remains affordable in the long term. It is this type of legislative action that creates sustainable and diverse communities.

As a member of the House General Laws Committee, Delegate Carr is a vital partner in AIA Virginia’s Government Advocacy efforts. Most legislative proposals that impact our profession navigate through this Committee. During these moments, Delegate Carr has engaged in numerous conversations with AIA Virginia seeking our position and counsel. Because of the profession’s relationship with Delegate Carr, we have every reason to be optimistic in building a “Blueprint for Better Communities”.

For more than a quarter-century, Style Weekly has both promoted and critiqued the works of the architects of Virginia, and in the process, heightened the awareness among the general public as to the importance and impact of good design.

Since 1992, Style Weekly, principally through the writings of its architecture critic Edwin Slipek, has provided in depth writing on individual buildings, individual architects, firms and architectural trends and styles that have lauded good design, and duly criticized those designs that have not met the highest standards. Readers (many architects among them) may not always agree with the magazine’s position, but its articles are sure to generate discussions regarding the built environment that otherwise would likely not have occurred.

For the 26 years of its publication history, Style Weekly, through print and its website, has been the only general news outlet in Virginia to provide regular and continuous coverage of the fields of architecture, design, planning, and historic preservation specific to the Commonwealth. The magazine’s base of operations, the City of Richmond, has a long and deeply valued architectural history. Style’s writers have achieved a sustained record of appreciating the City’s architectural past, while strongly promoting a contextual, yet diverse and appropriate future.

Honorary Membership Conferred Upon Tune

Elizabeth Tune, Director of Division of Preservation Incentives at Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will be recognized with Honorary Membership in AIA Virginia at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the AIA Virginia but who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment in Virginia.

In her current role, Elizabeth works closely with property owners, design teams, and division staff throughout the Commonwealth to develop appropriate treatment and resolve preservation challenges in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors’ Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. When she is not representing DHR in meetings and negotiations, she is helping to advise preservation partners (such as National Park Service and Preservation Virginia) in development of policy and guidance on the treatment of historic resources and researching solutions for the direct use and appropriate treatment of historic property. Her commitment to Virginia’s historic resources and properties has made a significant impact on the surrounding community, as well as highlighted DHR’s strategic role.

Her work with the Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program for the past 13 years has resulted in approximately $5 billion of investment in rehabilitation of historic properties. Most notably, Elizabeth conducted an in-depth review of a $60 million redevelopment of D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory (Lorton), Fairfax County, which includes rehabilitation of over 70 historic buildings and structures, and construction of new residential and commercial buildings; clearly communicating review determinations in writing and work with development team to resolve issues of compliance with Standards.

In addition to her work with the Tax Credit Program, Elizabeth instituted comprehensive revision of the Historic Preservation Easement Program policies, procedures, and template documents to reflect current land conservation and historic preservation laws and best management practices; engage in regular evaluation to ensure that high standards are maintained. Her most significant impact made with the program was her assistance in expanding the easement portfolio by 70%, from approximately 350 to 600 properties (and to include Civil War battlefield properties), as well as her influence in increasing the professional staff by 150% despite overall downsizing within state government.