Central Virginia AIA Design Awards

Central Virginia AIA Design Awards

These are the biannual  Awards for Excellence for the Central Virginia Chapter.

Award Submissions are due by COB on September 15th.

Please email or mail award submissions to:

Sara Teaster  teaster@vmdo.com


c/o Sara Teaster

200 East Market Street

Charlottesville, VA 22902

Questions, please call Sara Teaster 434-296-5684 ext 162


The Central Virginia Chapter Awards are as Follows:



This year, the Board of Directors for the Chapter have also asked for the H&A Committee to resume the process for AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE.  This category of awards will follow the Virginia Society and the American Institute of Architect  Awards process and requirements.  The Central Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture willrecognize outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past ten years. Also known as the Design Awards, the program is juried by a team of esteemed practitioners selected by The H&A Committee and approved by the Chapter’s Board of Directors. The number of awards given is based only on the quality of the submissions in the Jury’s opinions.

For 2014 there are five categories in the Awards for Excellence: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Contextual Design, and Residential Design.  Within the five categories, the awards may be for buildings, interiors as well as envisioned or uncompleted projects.

Please note the deadlines and dates for this year’s Awards of Excellence will be COB on Monday, September 15th.

The Submission should follow the following Guidelines:

$100 fee for each submission,  $60 for each additional submission

Please make check payable to the Central Virginia AIA and include with you submission or, if electronically submitting, please mail check to Sara Teaster at the above address.  Payment and submissions must be received by COB September 15th.

Each entry shall be submitted as described below. Entries submitted in an unspecified manner will be disregarded.

The submitting designer shall clear all photographs and drawings for unrestricted release and reproduction in connection with publicity of the program including, but not limited to, print media, web media, and exhibition.

The submitting designer may qualify as a member of the design team, whether or not serving as the head of that team. Where one individual is not the sole author, all other persons substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission, regardless of professional discipline.

Project authorship will remain concealed throughout the jury’s deliberation.

Winners shall provide high-resolution images (300 dpi) of their projects within two weeks of notification to program organizers.


PDF#1 Concealed Identification PDF to be titled concealedid.pdf


  • Project name and address
  • Owner’s name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Designer’s name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Contractor’s name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Photographer’s name, address, email address, and phone number

PDF#2 Project PDF to be titled project.pdf

WILL NOT EXCEED 15MB and 8.5×11 inches in SIZE.

WILL INCLUDE Page 1: brief project description (voided of the design firm’s name or logo) and category to which it is being submitted

Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: photographs, renderings, and/or plans/sections that provide a clear understanding the project. Also encouraged are concept sketches that communicate the development of the project and/or its method of construction

Sustainability Conference

The Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia brings together thoughtful leaders in the residential and commercial building industry and aims to inspire building for the future through education in quality green-building practices, products and projects.

September 4th-6th Harrisonburg, VA


Early Bird Discounts Available Until June 30th

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Virginia Center for Architecture Reception

Thank you to all who attended the Virginia Center for Architecture Reception.

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA came to Central Virginia to speak with the CV AIA Board and guests for an evening reception at VMDO Architects about the VA Center for Architecture becoming the VA Museum of Architecture.

2014 Design Awards

Here is a listing of the Virginia Society Awards. Deadline is July 31, 2014.


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 are due on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Nominations must be submitted electronically. Nominations should be submitted as one PDF document up to 20 pages (not including letters of support) and no larger than 50 MB.

Eligibility criteria and submission requirements vary by award. Click on the awards listed below for additional details and to review past recipients.

Nominations for all Virginia Society honors may be made by individual members, by chapter honors committees, by Society committees, or by the Board of Directors itself. Current VSAIA Board members and Honors Committee members are not eligible for any award. No member of the Honors Committee may be used as a reference or advisor or be solicited by the candidate or the candidate’s advisor. See the 2014 Honors Committee members.

Award Categories

The William C. Noland Medal, as the highest award bestowed on a member architect, is intended to honor a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, that spans a broad spectrum of the profession and that transcends the scope of normal professional activities. Only one medal may be bestowed each year.

The Architecture Medal for Virginia Service is the Society’s most prestigious public award, honoring an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of the built environment. Only one medal may be bestowed each year but may be given simultaneously to more than one person.

The T. David Fitz-Gibbon Virginia Architecture Firm Award, as the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Society to a Virginia-based architecture firm, recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect” , and service to the profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader. Up to three awards may be bestowed each year.

Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the Virginia Society but who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment within the domain of the Society.

Virginia Society Honors may be bestowed on non-member individuals or organizations that have inspired, influenced, or complemented the architecture profession in Virginia through practice of an allied profession, research, education, planning, legislation, architectural writing, the arts, or crafts. An individual who has previously been elected an Honorary Member of the Society is ineligible to receive Society Honors.

The Test of Time Award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance. The structure should be in Virginia and must be no less than 25 years old. Building use may change over time if the overall design is cherished as a significant contribution to the community and the built environment.

Virginia Center for Architecture Reception


Please save the date to welcome the AIA’s 90th President, Helene Dreiling as she gives a brief talk celebrating architecture, design, and the built environment in Virginia.

The reception will be on Wednesday May 21,2014 from 5pm- 630pm at the VMDO offices, 200 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Pop Up Parking Space Design and Supply Needs

Working on our Pop Up Parking Space Design for the PCA -TOM TOM Festival. The theme is experiencing Thomas Jefferson in honor of his birthday. Spaces will give visitors an opportunity to experience his architecture in an intimate, hands on way. We will need volunteers for the weekend of April 12th to set up, visit with, and break down spaces. Contact me with any questions.

Please Take a moment and look at our needed supply list and let us know if you have any of the following:

kids cardboard bricks
8″ sonatube columns
cardboard sheets (preferably white)
zip ties
oriental carpet
drafting table
indoor/outdoor carpet (green)
pvc tubing
potted plants
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Spring Events

Happy Spring from your CVAIA!

Grab your calendar and start saving the dates for some very exciting Spring CV AIA Events:

Tuesday, March 25, 5:30-7:30- Spring Chapter Meeting and Design Charrette at VMDO, 200 East Market Street. Welcome in our 2014 year with your fellow CVAIA Members! Wine and Cheese mingle, followed by presentation of the 2014 tentative calendar, new CVAIA business and concluding with a Design Charrette for our upcoming PCA/ TOM TOM Festival Pop Up Parking Space Event. **At this meeting we will also be giving away a ticket to the upcoming Design Forum. Look for an Evite to follow.

April 9-13, Tom Tom Founders Festival- we are pleased to merge Architecture Week once again this year with the Tom Tom Founders Festival. This will be an extra special week with the addition of the Please visit the Tom Tom website for a full schedule of all events happening around Charlottesville.


April 11-12, VS AIA Design Forum- This year the Design Forum will be held in Charlottesville. For additional information and registration please visit the VS AIA website. The CV AIA will be hosting a reception during the forum. Please look for more details to come. CV AIA will be giving a registration to this event during our March 25th meeting. http://www.aiava.org/featured/terence-riley-announced-design-forum-speaker/

Saturday, April 12, all day- PCA Pop Up Parking Space Event. We have Reserved 2 spaces for this event. We will be working on designs at the March 25th Chapter Meeting. We will need members and volunteers to work on supplies, set up, day of, and break down. The two parking space ideas are to recreate Thomas Jefferson’s bedchamber and to make a child size Pavilion garden. Please come to our 3/25 meeting to help brainstorm ideas.

Friday, April 11- Founder’s Day- Thomas Jefferson’s birthday has been celebrated at the University of Virginia, in one form or another, since the University’s first academic session. On Founder’s Day, U.Va. and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit corporation that has owned and operated Monticello since 1923, join together to present the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals to recognize outstanding contributions in three fields that Mr. Jefferson held in high regard — architecture, law, and citizen leadership. The tree planting ceremony and medals presentation will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Thursday, April 24, 5:30-7:30- Spring CV AIA/ JRGBC Social- Location TBD. In an effort to include a broad range of friends from related disciplines we will be hosting a social event and inviting members of the CV AIA/ JRGBC/ WiD/ CvilleRUG/ and others to a spring social event. More details to come.

As more details about these upcoming events emerge, please check our website and Facebook for additional information.

All questions and comments are welcome.

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Women in Design Event

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Please join the Charlottesville Women in Design group on Tuesday, February 18th at the offices of VMDO Architects for a Sustainability Forum featuring a panel of local experts. Arrive at 6pm to set up your wine and snacks to share, forum to begin at 6:30.
Please contact Regina Davis at charlottesvillewomenindesign@gmail.com with any additional questions


Learn how design can address critical challenges in your community!

Charlottesville Public Interest Design Institute Instructors
Register by 1/22/14 for Super Early Bird Pricing!
Date: February 21 + 22, 2014
Location: Charlottesville, VA University of Virginia, Newcomb Hall and Rotunda Dome Room
Regular Super Early Bird: $350
Regular: $450
Non-profit Super Early Bird: $250
Non-profit Regular: $350
Student Super Early Bird: $150
Student Regular: $250
Register: www.publicinterestdesign.com

Learn how design can address critical challenges in your community!

How can your community use design to shape the worlds limited resources into healthier, safer and better conditions?

How does design address the critical challenges of your life, your community and your world?

Through design, your community has the ability to change our world for the good. Come and learn how Public Interest Design can make your neighborhood and city a better place, and how you can use design as a tool to be involved in shaping important decisions. Workshop leaders will be national experts who will show their work and train attendees in the use of this important tool for change, especially in preserving the assets of existing communities and existing buildings. Attendees will become SEED certified professionals.

The Public Interest Design Institute Charlottesville: Preserving Equity is presented by the SEED Network, Design Corps, and University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Join Your CV AIA for a Hard hat Tour of the UVA Children’s Hospital Battle Building


January 22, 2014- Wednesday- 3:30pm
Hard Hat Construction Tour

Tour is Limited to 30 People. RSVP and Hardhat Required! RSVP by Monday, 1/20/2014 at noon.

Please email Sara Teaster
teaster@vmdo.com to RSVP.

Additional details about meeting time and parking will be emailed to those who RSVP.

Join Carolyn Entzminger, AIA of Odell Associates on a hard-hat tour of the Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital. This comprehensive outpatient facility will consolidate all of the UVA Medical Center’s outpatient pediatric care in one building, with convenient access to pediatric inpatient services at UVA Children’s Hospital. The seven-story, 200,000 square feet building is scheduled to open for patients this summer.

Designed by Odell Architects in partnership with Stanley Beaman & Sears from Atlanta, GA, the team faced challenges such as gaining consensus from multiple user groups. These included 36 specialty outpatient clinics and the UVA Outpatient Surgery Center. The resulting building has care organized in complementary ‘neighborhoods’ and will feature rotating storytelling themes at each floor. General contractor Kjellstrom + Lee has also struggled with tight site conditions and no material storage space at the location at JPA and West Main.

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