What is the value of the Political Action Committee (PAC) to you?

by Eliza Engle, AIA

As the end of summer is drawing to a close, the PAC Board of Trustees will be starting their second fundraising “push” of the year.  Perhaps you know one of these dedicated volunteers. They might have asked you or your firm to invest in the PAC. 

Why invest in the PAC?  What does it do for you? 

Well, first let’s examine what the PAC means and does.  The AIA Virginia PAC is the entity that raises money to advocate for architects in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We use these monies to access fundraising events of legislators to make connections, build relationships, and introduce all that we do in our communities as architects.  Over the past few years, these relationships have proven very fruitful.  We have closed the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) “loophole” in the Virginia Public Procurement Act which allowed localities to select architects for projects based on fee. In partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC), we successfully lobbied for a 15-year statute of limitations for design and construction projects performed for the Commonwealth of Virginia, including public institutes of higher education. Today, the “duty to defend” language in indemnification clauses is against public policy because of our advocacy efforts. 

This year, we joined a coalition and successfully lobbied to support tax conformity legislation that included expense deductibility of $100,000 for PPP loans. This was a $75,000 increase from the original bill proposal. So, if you or your firm received a PPP loan, you can thank the PAC for getting this increase in business expense deductibility.  A great way to show your gratitude would be to invest in the PAC so we can continue strengthening these relationships and keep the Commonwealth a great place for architects to do work!

You can invest now here:  https://aiavapac.org/give/


Thank you to our current 2021 PAC investors:

$2,500 to $4,999

Hanbury
PMA Architecture

$1,000 to $2,499

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
VIA Design Architects

$500 to $999

MG2 Corporation
MTFA Architecture
William “Bill” Brown, AIA
Jeremy Maloney, AIA

$200-$499

Conkey Architects
Frazier Associates
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Eric Keplinger, AIA
David King, AIA
Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA
J. Mitch Rowland, AIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

$100-$199

Architecture AF
Colley Architects
Galvin Architects
Kerns Group Architects
KGD Architecture
Powe Studio Architects
Reader & Swartz Architects
r4 llc
Colin Arnold, AIA
JW Blanchard, AIA
Robert Dunay, FAIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Rob Reis, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Chris Venable, AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Steve Wakeman, AIA

Up to $99

B. Grace Design, LLC
Anonymous [ 2 ]
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Krystal Anderson, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
John Glenn, AIA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Shawn Mulligan, AIA
Marci Parrish
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Gareth Ratti, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Kristen Smith
Nick Wade, AIA
Chris Warren, AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA

2021 PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Comfortably Leading the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

AIA Hampton Roads is currently leading the competition comfortably with 80 points. The defending champions, AIA Central Virginia, currently hold second place at 40 points. AIA Northern Virginia is in third place with 30. No local component’s Board of Directors is at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been 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 the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

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

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Rumble in the Jungle is Back

Does Your Component Want to Win $1,000 for 2022 Architecture Week? Win 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 that 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 that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The Award has historically been 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 are 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 the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    • Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      • Yes = 20 points
      • No = 0 points
  2. 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
  3. 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 competition officially begins today and the scoring will be closed on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Let’s Welcome Our New PAC Investors!

We cannot have an influential voice without having relationships with our state legislators. As such, the PAC allows us the opportunity to build these necessary relationships through attending various fundraisers. Since June 15, the following individuals and firms proudly invested in our PAC:

MG2 Corporation
Powe Studio Architects
Krystal Anderson, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA
Stephen Wakeman, AIA

Let’s Welcome Our New PAC Investors!

We cannot have an influential voice without having relationships with our state legislators. As such, the PAC allows us the opportunity to build these necessary relationships through attending various fundraisers. Since May 15, the following individuals and firms proudly invested in our PAC:

Architecture AF
Frazier Associates
Hanbury
KGD Architecture
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
PMA Architecture
VIA Design Architects
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Colin Arnold, AIA
Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Mitch Rowland, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

Interested in Helping Us Elevate Our Voice?

The AIA Virginia PAC Board of Trustees is looking for members to serve who are interested in helping the organization elevate its voice in advocacy and community engagement. Click on the “service description” below that delineates what one can expect in serving on this Board. Those who are interested should submit a letter of interest to Corey Clayborne, FAIA, Executive Vice President at cclayborne@aiava.org.

View the Service Description>>

AIA Central Virginia Wins 2020 PAC Rumble in the Jungle!

Final Points Tally:
AIA Blue Ridge:                     0
AIA Central Virginia:            90
AIA Hampton Roads:            20
AIA Northern Virginia:          40
AIA Richmond:                    60

For the second time in three years, AIA Central Virginia took home the annual AIA Virginia PAC Rumble in the Jungle award. AIA Richmond led the competition nearly the entire time but could not hold off the 2020 Champions. This year, whether or not the local chapter’s Board of Directors had 100% participation in the PAC was the game-changer. Arguably the easiest requirement to satisfy, AIA Central Virginia checked that box and stormed ahead. With over 7% of its chapter investing in the PAC – the highest percent on record to date – put the competition out of reach. In the Spring, AIA Virginia will be awarding AIA Central Virginia with $1,000 for its use for Architecture Week/Month 2021.

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 has historically been 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.

Below outlines point allocations:

  • Local component Board participation
    • Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      1. Yes = 20 points
      1. 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

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Thank you to our 2020 PAC Investors:

$1,000 to $2,499
Glave & Holmes Architecture
Quinn Evans Architects
Kenney Payne, AIA

$500 to $999
Anonymous (1)
William T. Brown, AIA
Theresa del Ninno, AIA
Jeremy Maloney, AIA

$200-$499
Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Scott Campbell, AIA
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Karen Conkey, AIA
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA
W. Douglas Gilpin Jr., FAIA
John Glenn, AIA
Eric Keplinger, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

$100-$199
Anonymous (1)
KGD Architecture
Reader & Swartz Architects
Paul Battaglia, AIA
JW Blanchard, AIA
Tim Colley, AIA
Robert Dunay, FAIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Ed Gillikin, AIA
Jeanne LeFever, AIA
Sandra Leibowitz, AIA
Shawn Mulligan, AIA
Laura Ours, AIA
Gregory Powe, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA
Sean Reilly, AIA
Robert Reis, AIA
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA
Nick Serfass, FAIA
Elisabeth Sloan, AIA
Christine Snetter, AIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Chris Venable, AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Stephen Wakeman, AIA
Stephen Weisensale, AIA
Dan Zimmerman, AIA 

Up to $99
Anonymous (21)
Ryan Alkire, AIA
Krystal Anderson, AIA
Kelly Batchelder of Nello Wall Systems
Barbara Benesh, AIA
Marcos Borjas, Assoc. AIA
Scott Boyce, AIA
Ashleigh Brewer, Assoc. AIA
Jason Bryan, AIA
John Burns, FAIA
Kelly Callahan, AIA
Mayda Colon, AIA
Nick Cooper, AIA
Phoebe Crisman, AIA
Manoj Dalaya, FAIA
April Drake, AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Jori Erdman, AIA
Keesha Ezell
Braden Field, AIA
Kathy Galvin, AIA
Lynden Garland, AIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Meagan Jancy, AIA
Lisa Jolley, CDFA
Stephen Kulinski, AIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
George Logusch, AIA
Joe McCoy, AIA
Andrew McKinley, AIA
T.J. Meehan, AIA
Jonathan Moore, AIA
John Mott, FAIA
Jo Anne Murray, AIA
Kendall Nicholson, Assoc. AIA
Michael Poole, AIA
Nea May Poole, AIA
Gareth Ratti, AIA
Susan Reed, AIA
Joshua Rubbelke, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Amanda Schlichting, AIA
James Scruggs, AIA
Damian Seitz, AIA
Jacob Sherry, AIA
Lauren Shirley, AIA
Catherine Smith, Assoc. AIA
Greg Stephenson, AIA
Charles Todd, AIA
Mark Treon, AIA
Nick Wade, AIA
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA

2021 Membership Dues

Over recent years, AIA Virginia has undertaken significant steps to improve member value while reducing organization expenses. In 2020, Supplemental Firm Dues were completely eliminated! This means there are no other dues obligations outside of individual membership dues.

You spoke loudly—the most important thing we at AIA Virginia do for you is advocacy. You expressed a desire for us to be more proactive on issues that elevate the importance of architects and good design. We heard you.

The AIA Virginia PAC supports legislators who understand our agenda and support our goals without regard to political party affiliation. By speaking with a unified voice, architects can influence legislation affecting our profession and the quality of life in our communities. For more information regarding the AIA Virginia PAC, please click here to read the FAQs.

How much of my 2021 dues payment will go to the AIA Virginia PAC?
$5 for Associate AIA members
$10 for Architect members
$10 for International Associate members

If this investment is acceptable, no action is required on your part. If you wish to divert your 2021 PAC allocation to our general operating account, please let us know by going to https://www.aiava.org/2021-dues-pac-opt-out/.

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA at cclayborne@aiava.org. Thank you for believing in what we do.

AIA Richmond Widens Lead in the RUMBLE in the JUNGLE

Winner gets $1,000 for 2021 Architecture Week

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 has historically been 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.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    • Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      • Yes = 20 points
      • No = 0 points
  2. 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
  3. 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 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Thank you to our 2020 PAC Investors:

$1,000 to $2,499
Glave & Holmes Architecture
Kenney Payne, AIA

$500 to $999
Jeremy Maloney, AIA

$200-$499
Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Scott Campbell, AIA
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Karen Conkey, AIA
Theresa del Ninno, AIA
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA
John Glenn, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

$100-$199
JW Blanchard, AIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Jeanne LeFever, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA
Sean Reilly, AIA
Robert Reis, AIA
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Stephen Weisensale, AIA 

Up to $99
Anonymous (3)
Krystal Anderson, AIA
Kelly Batchelder of Nello Wall Systems
Barbara Benesh, AIA
Mayda Colon, AIA
Phoebe Crisman, AIA
Manoj Dalaya, FAIA
April Drake, AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Jori Erdman, AIA
Keesha Ezell
Kathy Galvin, AIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Stephen Kulinski, AIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Andrew McKinley, AIA
Jonathan Moore, AIA
Susan Reed, AIA
Joshua Rubbelke, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Charles Todd, AIA
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA

PAC Award Update

AIA Richmond Takes Early Lead in the RUMBLE in the JUNGLE:  Winner gets $1,000 for 2021 Architecture Week

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 has historically been 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.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    1. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
      1. Yes = 20 points
      1. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    1. Component with highest % = 40 points
    1. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    1. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    1. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    1. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    1. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    1. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    1. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Thank you to our 2020 PAC Investors:

$1,000 to $2,499

Kenney Payne, AIA

$500 to $999

Jeremy Maloney, AIA

$200-$499

Ron Anderson of Nello Wall Systems
Scott Campbell, AIA
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA
Karen Conkey, AIA
Theresa del Ninno, AIA
Rebecca Edmunds, AIA
John Glenn, AIA
Lou Wolf, AIA

$100-$199

JW Blanchard, AIA
Thomas Ellis, AIA
Eliza Engle, AIA
Jeanne LeFever, AIA
Beth Reader, FAIA
Sean Reilly, AIA
Robert Reis, AIA
J. Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA
Michael Spory, Assoc. AIA
Nick Vlattas, FAIA
Stephen Weisensale, AIA 

Up to $99

Anonymous (2)
Krystal Anderson, AIA
Kelly Batchelder of Nello Wall Systems
Mayda Colon, AIA
Phoebe Crisman, AIA
Manoj Dalaya, FAIA
April Drake, AIA
Robert Easter, FAIA
Jori Erdman, AIA
Keesha Ezell
Kathy Galvin, AIA
Rhea George, Hon. AIA VA
Cathy Guske, Hon. AIA VA
Stephen Kulinski, AIA
Spencer Lepler, AIA
Jonathan Moore, AIA
Joshua Rubbelke, AIA
Maury Saunders, AIA
Charles Todd, AIA
Chris Warren, Assoc. AIA
Ed Weaver, AIA
Rob Winstead, AIA