Thank You

AIA Virginia is Thankful for the Following PAC Investors

$5,000 to $9,999
Architecture, Incorporated

$2,500 to $4,999
Hanbury

$1,000 to $2,499
Glave & Holmes Architecture
Quinn Evans Architects
Kenney Payne, AIA (also gave in 2015, 2016, and 2018)

$500 to $999
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
William T. Brown, AIA (also gave in 2012-2018)
Robert Comet, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)

$200-$499
Anonymous
R. Corey Clayborne, AIA (also gave in 2014-2015 and 2017-2018)
Theresa del Ninno, AIA (also gave in 2015 and 2018)
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Nick Vlattas, FAIA (also gave in 2012-2018)
Lou Wolf, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Dan Zimmerman, Alloy Architecture & Construction llc (also gave in 2016-2018)

$100-$199
Anonymous
Husain Alam, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Jim Boyd, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Scott Campbell, AIA (also gave in 2016 and 2018)
Tim Colley, AIA (also gave 2012-2018)
Karen Conkey, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Robert Dunay, FAIA (also gave in 2018)
Robert Easter, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA OBO r4 llc (also gave in 2018)
Thomas Ellis, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Eliza Engle, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Lynden Garland, AIA (also gave in 2014 and 2016-2018)
Genevieve Keller
Thomas Kerns, FAIA (also gave in 2015 and 2017-2018)
Ed Gillikin, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Eric Keplinger, AIA (also gave in 2015-2018)
Jeanne LeFever, AIA (also gave in 2013 and 2015-2018)
Jeremy Maloney, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Gregory Powe, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA (also gave in 2013-2018)
Sean Reilly, AIA (also gave in 2015-2018)
Robert Reis, AIA (also gave in 2013-2015 and 2017-2018)
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA (also gave in 2015 and 2017-2018)
James Scruggs, AIA
Chris Venable, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)

Up to $99
Anonymous (9)
Krystal Anderson, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Sam Bowling, AIA
April Drake, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Keesha Ezell
John Burns, FAIA (also gave in 2013 and 2015-2018)
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA (also gave in 2015-2017)
Jody Lahendro, FAIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Robert McGinnis, FASLA
Andrew McKinley, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
T.J. Meehan, AIA
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Gareth Ratti, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Amanda Schlichting, AIA (also gave in 2018)
Marc Treon, AIA (also gave in 2016-2018)
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Jean Webster, AIA (also gave in 2017-2018)
Rob Winstead, AIA (also gave in 2016 and 2018)
Fred Wolf, AIA (also gave in 2018)

Give today at www.aiavapac.org

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Still Holds Narrow Lead in “Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 60 points
  2. AIA Central Virginia – 50 points
  3. AIA Richmond – 40 points
  4. AIA Northern Virginia – 20 points
  5. AIA Blue Ridge – 0 points

Winner receives $1,000 for its use for Architecture Week 2020.

As of July 1, no Board has reached 100% PAC participation.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective membership. The Award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Blasts to an Early Lead in PAC Rumble in the Jungle – $1,000 on the Line.

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 80 points
  2. AIA Richmond – 30 points
  3. AIA Northern Virginia – 30 points
  4. AIA Blue Ridge – 30 points
  5. AIA Central Virginia – 0 points

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Key stats:

  1. No Board has reached 100% PAC participation as of May 9
  2. 3% of the AIA Hampton Roads membership has invested in the PAC [Leads all to date]
  3. AIA Hampton Roads has raised $3,830 from 11 individuals and 1 firm
  4. AIA Northern Virginia has raised $6,345 from 10 individuals and 2 firms

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of the its respective membership. The Award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

The 2019 Rumble in the Jungle

The 2019 RUMBLE in the JUNGLE for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award Commences

Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services.  We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny.  We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of the its respective membership.  The Award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Invest today in the PAC at www.aiavapac.org.

Award Criteria
Below outlines point allocations:

1. Local component Board participation

a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

i. Yes = 20 points
ii. No = 0 points

2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

i. Component with highest % = 40 points
ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points

3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership

i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

2019 PAC Rumble in the Jungle

The 2019 PAC Rumble in the Jungle is underway!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective membership. Invest today in the PAC at www.aiavapac.org.

Award Criteria
Below outlines point allocations:

1. Local component Board participation

a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

i. Yes = 20 points
ii. No = 0 points

2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

i. Component with highest % = 40 points
ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points

3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership

i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on November 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Why Do This?
Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services. We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny. We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

PAC Rumble in the Jungle Update

AIA Richmond Enjoys a Slight Edge Over AIA Hampton Roads in the PAC Rumble in the Jungle.

The gloves are off! As you recall in the last newsletter, the PAC Rumble in the Jungle is underway. The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective membership. Invest today in the PAC at http://www.aiavapac.orgwww.aiavapac.org.

Current Scoreboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award Criteria
Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership.

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on November 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Why Do This?
Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services. We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny. We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

The RUMBLE in the JUNGLE

The RUMBLE in the JUNGLE for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services.  We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny.  We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective members. The Award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, the percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

Yes = 20 points
No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

Component with highest % = 40 points
Component with second highest % = 20 points
Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on November 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Not-So-Good PAC Fact

Less than 3% of AIA Virginia Members Participate

There’s marginal progress from last month. As of today, 70 participants have contributed to the AIA Virginia PAC totaling $5,235. Three of the participants are actually not members. Though this is the most participation we have had in the first six months of a calendar year in many years, we must do better.

The majority of members say their biggest value with AIA Virginia is Government Advocacy. Yet, I’m scratching my head in disbelief as the number of practitioners who do public work and contribute to the PAC is microscopic. Our voice is only a whisper at the table because the PACs of chicken farmers dwarf ours.

Here is how PAC membership participation stacks up by local AIA component:

 

Check out this infographic to see how we compare to allied industries.

I’m asking that you please make a contribution to www.aiavapac.org.  No amount is too small or too large.  Help us have a seat at the table as the voice of the ARCHITECT.

My Path, Our PAC

Most would agree, particularly most architects, that I have had an interesting path to the presidency of AIA Virginia. My involvement in the AIA began in the late ‘90’s. Upon encouragement and nomination by a colleague and good friend, David Keith, AIA, I joined the board of what was then AIA James River. After a few years of underwhelming service, I left that board, I left Richmond for Virginia Beach, and I left the traditional practice of architecture. Embarking on a new career in marketing and business development in the construction arena, I maintained my AIA membership, but for more than a decade I only occasionally attended local chapter events and socials. In my rebuilt professional path, I still had the pleasure of working with architects on a regular basis, and I began to think that I might be well positioned to serve the AIA once more. Bringing a new perspective and renewed vigor, I joined the AIA Hampton Roads board in 2012, and in a whirlwind that was as shocking as it was stimulating, I rose to AIAHR President, joined the AIA Virginia Society board as Secretary, and was nominated and elected as AIA Virginia President for 2018. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the membership.

In the last couple of years, under the leadership of Tim Colley, AIA, and Sean Reilly, AIA, the AIA Virginia Government Advocacy Advisory Council (GAAC) has been extremely productive, and as a member of the committee, I’ve seen firsthand the hard work being put in by a group of dedicated leaders in support of the membership and our profession. In alignment with our adopted strategic plan, strong efforts are underway to engage in the legislative and regulatory environment, advocating for policies that are in alignment with the principles that drive the design of healthy and vibrant local communities. Legislative key influencers from throughout the Commonwealth have been identified and opportunities are being created for members to interact with these legislators and discuss priorities and concerns. With the help of our lobbyist, an annual legislative agenda is developed, and potentially impactful bills are tracked with our positions articulated throughout the legislative sessions.

Citizen Architects can have a powerful influence on many issues affecting our communities, and the Council has made it a priority as well to equip, empower and engage potential Citizen Architect candidates for any number of potential opportunities. Just in the last 2 months, the GAAC and AIA Virginia have identified and supported interested candidates for openings on the Virginia Art and Architecture Review Board (AARB) along with two potential vacancies for gubernatorial appointments to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development. This board works closely with the development of the building code in the Commonwealth, and representation from within AIA Virginia is of value to and a benefit for the entire membership.

Much of the new perspective I was able to bring to the AIA table was gained through insight and experience garnered from involvement in a variety of other design and construction-related organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the Associated General Contractors (AGC), and the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE). Each organization had its own personality and helped to inform my thoughts and opinions about what the AIA did well and not so well.

AIA Virginia PAC Contributions by Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One area where AIA Virginia is striving to keep up with other related organizations is in the critical area of contributions to our Political Action Campaign. Let’s face it, architects don’t contribute to their PAC like engineers, contractors or home-builders, and we need to work on that. (Take a look at this comparison) Through the PAC, AIA Virginia supports candidates who understand our profession, and when these candidates win, you and your firm benefit. By speaking with a united voice through the AIAVA PAC, architects influence government actions that affect our profession and the quality of life for all Virginians. Amplify your voice. Please consider contributing to the PAC today>>

Eric Keplinger, AIA
2018 President
AIA Virginia

Why Give?

by Reggie Jones, Esq.

The practice of architecture is a regulated profession that is dependent on the actions of the General Assembly and the Administration, not only for the activity of the profession but also for much of the business atmosphere in which a Virginia architect operates. Elected officials decide:

  • how your profession is regulated;
  • how government policies are developed for the conduct of your business;
  • how your profession is taxed;
  • how government procures professional services; and
  • the priorities for expenditure of revenue collected from citizens.

In order for your profession to have a voice in the political process, it is important to support those candidates who best represent your viewpoint on the issues. The cost of communicating with constituents and running for office has escalated geometrically over the past 15 to 20 years and it is imperative for candidates to raise enormous sums of money to be successful

In order for AIA Virginia to play a significant role in the election of the right candidates, members of the profession need to encourage qualified candidates to run for office and to support the good legislators so they can continue to serve. By giving adequate funding to AIA Virginia’s PAC, it provides your representatives a better opportunity to be in the room when the candidates are formulating their policies and determining how to vote on issues that impact architects, the businesses you serve and the community where you live.

For comparison, below is the giving data for the reporting period 2015–2016 (which represents the most recent 2-year election cycle):

$349,632  Medical Society of Virginia
$521,665   Virginia Dental Association
$152,450   Va. Society of Certified Public Accountants
$208,045  Va. Optometric Association
$141,000  Va. Society of Anesthesiologists
$60,280   ACEC of Virginia
$10,750    AIA Virginia

I urge your profession to step up your contributions to AIAVA for political contributions. It is one of the best investments you can make for the future of your profession and your community.

You can make a contribution today at www.aiavapac.org/give