Citizen Architect Scholarship – Architect Planning Commissioners

Part of AIA Virginia’s Strategic Plan is to enable Citizen Architects to expand their power to effect change.  Serving on a local Planning Commission is one way to do just that.  Planning Commissions advise the elected leadership on promoting the orderly development of the community.  To help you be more effective in your role, we have available a limited number of scholarships that will cover the cost of your registration at the 2018 American Planning Association Virginia Chapter Annual Conference at Wintergreen Resort.

The theme of the conference is Mountains of Influence and will be held July 22-25, 2018.  Each scholarship is valued at $50 which covers full registration for Planning Commissioners.  Included in this registration is breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and receptions on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

To apply for a registration scholarship, submit a letter of interest on letterhead to Corey Clayborne, AIA at cclayborne@aiava.org by no later than Friday, May 4.  To be eligible, you must be an AIA member in good standing and currently serve on your locality’s Planning Commission.  Recipients will be notified by May 31.

2015 Scholarships Awarded

In December 2014 the Virginia Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with the AIA’s Component Scholarship Grant program, awarded scholarships to the following Virginia Architecture students.

Hampton University – Isha Somerville, Chase Kea

University of Virginia – Laura Willwerth, Philip Miller

Virginia Tech – Joseph Forrest Bibeau, Alexander Wei Cheng

Established in 1954, the Virginia Center for Architecture  Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students at Virginia architecture schools.  The Foundation and the Virginia Society AIA congratulate these students on their awards.

Scholarships Awarded

In December 2012 the Virginia Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with the AIA’s Component Scholarship Grant program, awarded scholarships to the following Virginia Architecture students.

Hampton University – Meredith Stone, Iroda Karimova

University of Virginia – Aaron Gahr, Parker Sutton

Virginia Tech – Chelsea Kilburn, Sara Monsalve

Established in 1954, the Virginia Center for Architecture  Foundation awards scholarships each year to deserving students at Virginia architecture schools.  The Foundation and the Virginia Society AIA congratulate these students on their awards.

Call for Entries: VSAIA Prize for Design Research and Scholarship

VSAIA board members tour Va. Tech's campus and the award-winning Lumenhaus
VSAIA board members tour Va. Tech's campus and the award-winning Lumenhaus.

Compelling architectural research is conducted in universities and in practitioners’ firms all over Virginia. Firms pursue research to further the interest of staff, develop innovative ideas, and as a means to maintain productivity for staff during down periods.  The VSAIA Prize for Design Research & Scholarship was created in 2008 as one means of encouraging a healthy dialogue between researchers in the universities and the firms. Last year’s prize was awarded to Eclipsis System: An Innovative Sun Control and Insulation Fenestration submitted by the team of Robert Dunay, FAIA, Joseph Wheeler, AIA, Robert Schubert, Associate Dean for Research, and Jonathan Grinham from Virginia Tech.

The VSAIA Prize for Design Research & Scholarship will be awarded to a licensed, practicing architect in Virginia OR a faculty member at a Virginia institution of higher learning for outstanding design research and/or scholarship in the field of architecture.

Eligible papers or articles include those that have been submitted but are pending acceptance, or those that have been published in a journal or conference proceedings within the past two years. Research projects or innovative project case-studies completed within the past three years and summarized in a paper or article are also eligible.

Entry forms and payment are due by 5 p.m., Friday, June 10. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1. The winner will be announced in September. Download the registration form for more information or to register.

Member Leaves $100,000 Gift to Scholarship Fund

The Virginia Center for Architecture announced that it has received a $100,000 gift to its scholarship fund from the estate of Richmond architect Horace George Freeman, AIA.

The Virginia Center for Architecture was founded in 1954 as a scholarship fund for architecture students and over time has expanded that mission into a broader educational agenda.

“More and more students are seeking assistance in managing the increasing costs of attaining a degree in architecture,” says Executive Director Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA. “Through Mr. Freeman’s generous bequest, the Center is able to fully embrace our heritage of scholarship by making architecture school more accessible to Virginia students.” Since 2005, the Center has awarded nearly 50 scholarships and more than $43,000 to students enrolled in one of Virginia’s accredited schools of architecture.

Horace Freeman co-founded Henrico-based Freeman Morgan Architects with John Morgan in 1975. He died on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the age of 94. The Center received his gift, which was dedicated to the memory of his partner A. O. Budina, FAIA, on February 25, 2011.