Designing a Successful AIA Virginia Honors Nomination

Ready to nominate a deserving individual or organization for an Honor Award, but not sure where to start? Check out the recording of the webinar “Designing a Successful AIA Virginia Honors Award Nomination.”

You’ll hear an overview of each AIA Virginia Honors Awards category, see examples of successful past nominations, and learn about your role as a nominator. After reviewing the recording, you should be able to determine which category is the right one for your candidate and understand how to apply some of the common elements of successful nominations to your submission.

This session was recorded on June 3, 2020 and was accurate at the time of recording.

About the 2020 Honors Awards program

The Honors program recognizes the best efforts of Virginians who — by profession or avocation — have made creating, preserving, and enhancing Virginia’s communities an important life commitment.

Nominations must be submitted online. Each nomination should be submitted as a single PDF up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) that is no larger than 15 MB.

Nominations may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by AIA Virginia committees, or by the Board of Directors itself.

Current AIA Virginia Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award.

The deadline is Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. Check out the 2020 Call for Nominations for more information.

Still have questions? Contact Rhea George.

Webinar: Designing with Insulated Metal Roof Panels

This course focuses on design considerations when using insulated metal roof panels. Panel characteristics, paint finishes and roof geometry options are reviewed. Support structure requirements (ex: purlins, joists, decking) including steel alignment/tolerances, panel spans and roof diaphragm considerations are studied. Functional aspects including environmental control layers (air, vapor, water and thermal) are examined. A full color animated video provides guidance on the step by step process of how IMP roofs are installed. Code compliance including air/water, thermal, fire safety and wind uplift is addressed.

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ARE® Q&A and Virtual Happy Hour with NCARB

Bring your favorite drink and join us for a virtual ARE® happy hour. Hear the latest updates and engage in an open question and answer session with NCARB leaders.

Harry M. Falconer, Jr., FAIA, NCARB, HonD, Hon. FCARM | Vice President, Experience + Education

Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB, CAE | Vice President, Examination

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Webinar: Coating Innovations and the Healthy Building Movement

Indoor air quality is critical to occupant health and well being.  Advanced coatings can help address common concerns prevalent in commercial space. Transparency is critical to selecting products that perform as claimed, so you’ll learn how to find coatings that are third-party certified. Finally, you will learn strategies for incorporating natural elements with biophilic design theory. This is especially beneficial in urban areas with minimal exposure to green space.

Earn 1 AIA LU | HSW

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Webinar: Consider Acoustics: Incorporating Basic Acoustic Design in Everyday Projects

While the word “Acoustics” is generally reserved for specialty projects such as recording studios and concert halls, this course brings forth the reality that acoustics should be considered in all architectural projects. Room to room sound transmission, mechanical noise, room acoustics, outdoor to indoor noise reduction all come under the guise of “Acoustics.” The sound within a built environment should always be considered during the design phases where sometimes minor modifications can make a major improvement for the occupants in the space. Conversely, waiting until job completion to find problems with acoustics generally results in remedial solutions that are prohibitively expensive.

Taught by a 30 year veteran in the field of acoustics and noise control, the concepts will be presented in everyday language supplemented with case histories and product examples. Scott Harvey will guide you through the basics of acoustics so that you can implement critical acoustics concepts into your future designs.

Earn 1 AIA LU | HSW 

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Webinar: Concisely Navigating the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law providing approximately $2 trillion in assistance to individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes a new loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program – administered through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) – that provides up to $349 billion in 100% federally-backed loans to eligible employers.  This program provides a concise overview of the CARES Act and highlights what firms need to know about funding resources that have been made available.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans created by the CARES Act.
  2. Analyze the eligibility, use, repayment, and debt forgiveness requirements of the Paycheck Protection Program Loans
  3. Recognize how the CARES Act adjusted previous requirements of the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  4. Analyze the eligibility, use, and repayment requirements of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  5. Compare and contrast PPP Loans and EIDL loans so participants can determine whether to apply to none, one, or both


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Uniting the AEC Industry in Construction Administration During a Global Pandemic: Webinar Recording and Notes

On Friday, April 3, 2020, AIA Virginia, ACEC Virginia, and AGC Virginia collaborated to host an online panel discussion on construction administration.

Nea Poole, AIA | Poole & Poole Architecture
Pat Harrigal | Mason and Hanger
Bill Paulette | KBS

Moderated by: Ed Gillikin, AIA | KOP Architects

Listen to the webinar below and read key takeaways below.

Key Takeaways

  • Communication, relationships, and trust are critical during this period.
  • Firms have been relying heavily on technology to manage site visits, inspections, team meetings, and client communication.
  • Panelists and attendees reported some success with Skype and FaceTime for QC, in-wall, and above-ceiling inspections.
  • It was suggested that it be noted in pay apps that inspections were handled by photos or video calls.
  • In areas where it is still permitted, construction in generally proceeding with only minor delays in schedule. This may change moving forward.
  • In general, state and local public bodies have adapted quickly and are being very supportive regarding permitting, certificates of occupancy, and inspections.
  • Protective measures for staff can vary depending on the site. Hand washing, disinfectants, and social distancing remain critical.
  • There has been some focus on providing hand-washing stations on job sites.
  • Panelists and attendees reported that RFIs are proceeding without much change.
  • Some firms are conducting work or inspections in shifts.
  • Some firms are conducting punch list visits after hours.
  • Some firms are clearing areas of personnel during inspections to reduce exposure.
  • Some firms are using the Build Up app for punch lists.
  • Some healthcare work has accelerated.
  • It is anticipated that state and local government work will slow due to budget shortfalls.

Remote Work During COVID-19: Webinar Recording and Notes

On Friday, March 20, 2020, AIA Virginia hosted an open discussion on managing and working in remote teams. Several Virginia architecture firm leaders shared their approaches, best practices, and lessons learned.

Robert Clark, PE |Baskervill
Nick Cooper, AIA | HKS
Bill Hopkins, AIA | Hanbury
Rob Reis, AIA | Hanbury

Moderated by: Corey Clayborne, FAIA

Listen to the webinar and read the key takeaways below.

Key Takeaways

  • Communication and transparency are key.
  • When comfortable, share your camera during video calls. It enhances communication when people can see facial expressions.
  • Maintaining a sense of community is important. One firm hosted a virtual happy hour where team members shared their favorite drink recipes. Another gives awards for best hat or hairstyle during online team meetings.
  • Firms are using GoToMeeting, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Slack to stay in touch with each other and clients.
  • The biggest challenges so far have included audio quality and broadband/wifi issues.
  • Test technology in advance so meetings can start on time and glitches are minimized.
  • Consider business continuity. If you do not have a continuity plan in place, begin planning now in the event that key team members become ill.
  • If you don’t already have them in place, consider enacting policies regarding remote work, travel, and meetings that address the current call for social distancing.
  • Don’t forget to care for your well-being and mental health. Schedule breaks to walk around and get fresh air.
  • Try to carve out a working environment that matches your traditional space.
  • Temper your expectations. Your schedule may need to be flexible. With flexibility, comes transparency. Don’t forget to communicate.