Calling All Experts: ArchEx Seeks Presenters

Showcase your strategies, theories, ideas, research and results at the most energetic gathering of architects and construction-industry professional in the mid-Atlantic. Architecture Exchange East is seeking proposals from qualified speakers. Join nearly a thousand design professionals in historic Richmond for the 25th Architecture Exchange East, Nov. 7–9, 2012.

Feedback from prior conferences tells us that  attendees want information on the latest developments in the industry. Specific, focused seminars should be proposed that can convey information in one of these formats:

  • Three- or six-hour workshops
  • 90-minute or three-hour seminar presentations

Keep in mind that we are looking for sessions that are interesting, relevant to an audience of architects, and reflect current or emerging practice.  To propose an offering, please complete the required Presentation Information Form and submit it to us by Friday, April 27, 2012. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Program Advisory Group and you will be notified if your proposal has been accepted.

Tell us about your presentation. Be prepared to include:

  • A description of your workshop
  • Your presentation format
  • Audience level (introductory, intermediate or advanced)
  • Your presentation style
  • Main learning objectives
  • A short biography for you and for any co-presenters along with any recommended reading

Submit your presentation proposal online at

Mark your calendar for Nov.7–9, 2012, for the 25th Architecture Exchange East.


Kaufmann Announced as ArchEx Keynote

Michelle Kaufmann, photo by Garret Curtis

The Virginia Society AIA is pleased to announce Michelle Kaufmann as the 2011 Architecture Exchange East Keynote Speaker. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Studio, recipient of the 2008 TOP FIRM AWARD by Residential Architect, specializes in sustainable design including single family homes, eco-luxury resorts, and multi-family communities.  She is also a consultant for builders, developers and architecture firms on sustainability and prefabrication, and an advisor to Architecture for Humanity, and Cradle to Cradle Products Institute.

Her book, Prefab Green describes off-site construction and the green design principles of Kaufmann-designed homes such as the Glidehouse®, the Sunset® Breezehouse®, the mkLotus® and others. She has been called “the Henry Ford of green homes” by the Sierra Club and was named “2009 Green Advocate of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders. She was also included in Business 2.0 magazine’s list of “100 People Who Matter Now,” and listed as one of the “The Green 50” by INC magazine. She has been featured on the Sundance channel, HGTV, Discovery, Planet Green and in numerous magazines including Town+Country, Dwell, Sunset, Time, and the Smithsonian.

Working to help extend education and awareness about the beauty of sustainable design, Michelle has had a number of her homes showcased in museums. A full-size replica of Michelle’s home, the Glidehouse® home was built at the National Building Museum as part of the exhibit The Green House, and a fully-functioning 3-story Smart home is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The home is the exhibit on green building called The Smart Home: Green + Wired. Her work has also been on display at MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Vancouver Art Center, and the Virginia Center for Architecture.

Kaufmann received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and her Master’s from Princeton University. A well-known and highly-acclaimed speaker, she has taught at Iowa State University and Woodbury University, and prior to founding Michelle Kaufmann Designs, she was an Associate with Frank O. Gehry.

The 2011 Architecture Exchange East Keynote Address is sponsored by MTFA Architecture, Inc. and Hourigan Construction.

Sustainable Preservation Expert Speaks in Richmond

Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based design and planning firm.

Virginia, and especially Richmond, venerates its historic buildings. Just take a stroll down Monument Avenue or meander around the Capitol Grounds and you’ll immediately recognize that locals, and visitors alike, worship at the altar of historic preservation.  But, can our collective desire for sustainability overcome our reverence for existing architectural treasures? Do we have to make a painful choice between sustainability and history? One of the country’s leading preservation architects and author, Jean Carroon, FAIA, responds with a resounding “No!” Hear Carroon present a nuanced look at preservation and sustainability while she discusses her new book Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings at the Virginia Center for Architecture on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6–7 p.m. (1 AIA/CES learning unit). A reception and book signing follow the discussion.

 Sustainable Preservation looks at the hundreds of choices that adaptive use requires architects to make— and not just for architectural icons. Carroon considers why a 1970s strip-mall supermarket might deserve similar attention. Take a look at current research assessing the environmental value of reusing buildings and the emerging technologies that make it possible — regardless of age and style. Discover ingenious ways to redeploy existing structural elements along with time-honored techniques for natural ventilation.

Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Goody Clancy, a Boston-based design and planning firm, where her clients have included Harvard University, Trinity Church and the General Services Administration. She has testified before the U.S, Congress on ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the national Capitol Complex. She is currently working on the renovation of over 50 historic buildings at St. Elizabeths West Campus in Washington, D.C., for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.  A member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Sustainability Coalition, Carroon helped develop the 2009 Pocantico Proclamation on Sustainability and Historic Preservation, which asserts that historic preservationists must play a role in sustainability efforts. She holds BA and MArch degrees from the University of Oregon. Her new book, Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings (John Wiley & Sons), was released in November 2010. 

Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings at the Virginia Center for Architecture is presented in cooperation with the Virginia Society AIA, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute. Admission is $5; free for students and members of the Virginia Center for Architecture and the American Institute of Architects. Spaces are limited and reservations are requested. Call (804) 644-3041, ext. 100 to secure your space.

“For many years now, the Department of Historic Resources has carried the banner of sustainability through the recycling of our historic buildings and historic preservation’s focus on reinvestment in our existing communities and infrastructure,” said Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. “We are delighted to be a sponsor of Jean Carroon’s visit to the Virginia Center for Architecture, Sweet Briar College, and other venues in Virginia to discuss her new book and the lessons of sustainable preservation,” Kilpatrick added.

The Virginia Center for Architecture is located at 2501 Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia’s historic Fan District. The Center is dedicated to developing the understanding of the power and importance of architecture through programs, exhibitions, and its stewardship of an historic landmark. The Center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn more at

The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects represents more than 2,000 Virginia architects. The Society is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the art and science of architecture among professionals and expanding awareness and appreciation of architecture among the general public. For more information, contact the Virginia Society at (804) 644-3041 or visit

The Department of Historic Resources is Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Office. The mission of the department is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia’s significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Located on the campus of Sweet Briar College, Tusculum Institute is a historic preservation resource center, dedicated to preserving and studying the region’s historic assets within a context of environmental stewardship.