The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 5 AIA members from AIA Virginia to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Less than 3% of the architecture profession achieve AIA Fellowship.

The newly elevated members are:

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA (AIA Richmond)
Robert L. Easter, FAIA (AIA Richmond)
H. Randolph Holmes Jr., FAIA (AIA Richmond)
Gregory L. Rutledge, FAIA (AIA Hampton Roads)
W. Kenneth Wiseman, FAIA (AIA Northern Virginia)

New fellows will be celebrated at the Region of The Virginias Fellows Fete on Saturday, March 28th in Richmond and then again at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Los Angeles.

R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA is the Executive Vice President of AIA Virginia.

What the jury had to say:
Corey Clayborne creates a dramatically more diverse and sustainable leadership pipeline to the profession by accelerating the transition of students into practice, reshaping the path toward licensure, and empowering young architects to leave a legacy.

Robert L. Easter, FAIA is the President of KEI Architects in Richmond and Chair, Department of Architecture at Hampton University.

What the jury had to say:
Robert Easter is a passionate, vocal, and successful advocate for diversity and inclusion in the profession. His activism and leadership, including service as NOMA president, inspires a stronger learning environment for students and emerging professionals.

H. Randolph Holmes Jr., FAIA is the President and Senior Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond.

What the jury had to say:
H. Randolph Holmes is an artist and historian, both visionary and curatorial. Long admired for his dedication to honoring the finer attributes of architectural classicism, Randy creates environments and spaces that elevate the human spirit.

Gregory L. Rutledge, FAIA is Design Principal and Historic Architect for Hanbury in Norfolk.

What the jury had to say:
Gregory Rutledge is recognized by clients, peers and international colleagues not only for his design philosophy and technical expertise in preservation but for the power of his projects to contribute to and revitalize communities.

W. Kenneth Wiseman, FAIA is Design Principal for Cannon Design in Washington, D.C.

What the jury had to say:
In designing inventive, high-performance sports facilities for Olympic and collegiate athletes across North America, W. Kenneth Wiseman has created new conceptual models and planning standards now adopted by sports institutions worldwide.