Virginia Architecture Week


Thursday, March 29th, 7 pm

Jeanne Gang Lecture

Hancock Hall, VaTech Campus, Blacksburg

Jeanne Gang, AIA, the founder and principal of internationally recognized Studio Gang of Chicago, brings a focus on materials, technology, and sustainability through a mode that combines practice, teaching and research.

Joint program sponsored by Blue Ridge AIA & School of Architecture + Design.

April 1-14

Architecture by the Book

Lobby displays of architecture books and videos at Roanoke Regional Library branches throughout the valley. Exhibits of drawings and graphics of community projects that local architects currently have "on the boards."

Wednesday, April 5

"Believe in Bristol" Issues Forum

Believe in Bristol and the Bristol Public Library host a forum to discuss the recently commissioned master plan downtown study. This first in a series of public events will highlight the Grand Opening Week celebration for the new City Library. Event moderator Tom K. Davis, Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design and Design Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center, will moderate.

Friday, April 7, 6 pm-8 pm
Saturday, April 8, 10 am-3 pm

Solar Decathalon House Tours

VaTech Main Campus, Cowgill Hall, Blacksburg, VA. Visit and explore this award winning solar home prototype, designed and constructed by students of the School of Architecture and Design. Open to the public for student-led daytime and evening tours.


Saturday, March 25

Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking Ceremony

Since Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville started building homes with low-income working families in 1991, professional homebuilders and architects have volunteered to design and supervise the build sites to make them safe and effective. In June, we will build six Habitat for Humanity homes with these Home Builders Blitz 2006 Partners.

Thursday, April 6

Architectural Office Tours

The Central Virginia Chapter of the AIA welcomes students and members of the University of Virginia and the AIAS into local area offices. Our doors will be open on for students to tour offices, view ongoing projects and engage with the architects and staff.

Thursday, April 13, 1-2:30 pm

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Architecture Lecture

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, University of Virginia

Acclaimed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, known for minimalist exploration of the tactile and sensory qualities of space and materials, presents the annual lecture as the recipient of the 2006 Thomas Jefferson Medal. His work includes many examples of thoughtfully-crafted public architecture, modest rural residences, and small-town museums.

Sponsored by Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture

June 3-10

Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz 2006

The formula is simple. Builder/architect teams have been matched with house sites and qualified Habitat partner families to complete six simple, attractive, and sustainable homes in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville, an area consisting of 70% rental units. For more Information contact Kelly Trout at 434-971-7160

AIA Hampton Roads

Friday, March 31, 12:30 pm

Lecture on Local Works of Frank Lloyd Wright

Hampton University, Bemis Hall, Room 204

Robert Wojtowicz, Associate Professor of Art and Architecture History, Old Dominion University, will lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright's work in the Hampton Roads area, focusing on several projects that Wright proposed and completed.

Saturday, April 1, 9 am-1 pm

Kids Day at the Portsmouth Children's Museum

Portsmouth Children Museum, 221 High Street

Kids will build a large scale model playhouse with a brick base and pre-built wood frame while experiencing the art of brick masonry. Using their imagination they will build smaller scale models, using traditional purchased pieces, such as Lego's, connects, and Lincoln logs. Architectural drawings for the museum expansion and models and images that have a connection to children will be displayed.

Outside activity, free; museum admission required inside.

Sunday, April 2, 11am-5 pm

Architecture/Art Display

Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News

Architecture and artwork from architects, depicting different periods and styles of architecture will be displayed. Works of college and high school students will also be highlighted.

Monday, April 3, 12 pm

Green Day Lecture and Tour

Environmental Action Center, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk

Patrick Farley AIA of Watershed Architects in Richmond and John Deuel , Executive Director of Norfolk's Environmental Action Center, will speak about the EAC's Green Expansion project. After the lecture, attendees will be invited to tour a residence with a green roof.

For more information contact AIAHR at 757-455-5571 or email

Monday, April 3, 6-8 pm

Evening Presentation: The Virginia Center for Architecture

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Co., 120 Atlantic Street, Norfolk

John Braymer, president of the Virginia Center for Architecture, will speak to architects and the public about the newly renovated Branch House and the purpose of the Center.

Admission: $5, members; $10, non-members.

Tuesday, April 4, 3:30-5 pm

Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center for the Arts Tour

Ferguson Center for the Arts, Warwick Blvd, Newport News

Ted Porter, AIA, of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Co., will guide a tour of this newly completed magnificent facility with two concert halls and multiple display areas. RSVP by April 3 to AIAHR at 757-455-5571 or email

April 4-9, 10 am-6 pm

Architecture/Art Display

Architecture and artwork will be displayed at the d'Art Center, Selden Arcade, 208 East Main St., Norfolk

Wednesday, April 5

Shadow Day sponsored by Architecture Firms

AIA Hampton Roads has invited area high school students interested in architecture to spend an afternoon in an architect's office working with a local architect.

Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 pm

New Town Community Tour

New Town Associates, SunTrust Building, 4801 Courthouse Street, Williamsburg

Tour the 365-acre mixed-use "New Urbanism" community now under construction in Williamsburg and James City County, the result of a unique joint venture between the Endowment Association of the College of William & Mary and C.C. Casey Limited Company. New Town blends the best of yesterday's town planning principles with tomorrow's technology.

Thursday, April 6, 3-5 pm

YAF Hard Hat Tour

Norfolk Botanical Garden Children Play Area

Friday, April 7, 6:30 pm

Design Awards Gala

Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 West Olney Road, Norfolk

Join AIA Hampton Roads in a black-tie (optional) gala event with an Awards Ceremony showcasing the area's best design talents, as selected by an esteemed Atlanta-based jury. The evening will be capped off with dinner and an open bar.

Tickets are $90, AIAHR members; $115, non-members. Advance Reservation Fax: 757.455.9618 or email

Saturday, April 8, 2 pm

Historic Moses Myers House Tour

Moses Myers House, Bank and East Freemason Streets, Norfolk

Tour the newly renovated elegant residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen. Containing more than 70 percent of its original late 18th-century (Federal period) furnishings, the Moses Myers House was one of the first brick homes built in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War.

RSVP by Thursday, April 6, to Chrysler Museum of Art at 757-333-1085.

Sponsored by the Chrysler Museum of Art

Sunday, April 9, 1 pm-5 pm

Architecture/Art Display

d'Art Center, Selden Arcade, 208 East Main St., Norfolk

Architecture and artwork from architects, depicting different periods and styles of architecture will be displayed. Works of college and high school Students will also be highlighted.


Friday, March 31, 5 pm-midnight


Ballston Commons Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington/p>

Cheer on the teams as they build fantastic structures out of cans. Bring a can and use it to place a vote for your favorite. Winning structures will be entered in the national competition. The structures will be on display at the Mall through April 8. The food will then be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Friday, March 31, 6:30-7:30 pm


Ballston Commons Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

The chapter's Architecture in the Schools Committee, the Washington Architectural Foundation, and several volunteer architects have been working with five Virginia elementary schools this semester doing a variety of projects. The evening begins with a reception in the food court, followed by an opportunity to view the student projects on display in cases throughout the mall.

Saturday, April 1, 10 am-Noon


Ballston Commons Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Press review of the construction sculptures and judging.

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am - Noon


This self-guided tour highlights architectural features along the George Washington Parkway Bicycle Path between the Roosevelt Island parking lot and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Tour books that clip onto a bicycle are distributed at either end of the tour. 2 AIA/CES credits.

For more information on Virginia Architecture Week events or to make a reservation to attend an event, contact the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter at or 703-549-9747.

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8 pm


Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, 1001 Prince St., Alexandria

Exhibit showcases award-winning projects by AIA Northern Virginia Chapter members. Andrew Pittman, AIA, of STV Incorporated, will speak about the design process for the firm's award-winning Morgan Boulevard Metro Station. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW credits.

Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm


Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Sunday, April 9, 2-3:30 pm


Tour begins at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria

Walking tour through Old Town Alexandria, discussing its history as reflected through its architecture and urban design. Examples cover a full range of architectural styles from Georgian through Art Deco, and the pedestrian scale of the city plan and streets will be discussed.

Reservations are required: call 703-549-9747 or email 1.5 AIA/CES HSW credits.


Sunday, April 2, 1-3 pm


Tour starts and ends at the Virginia Center for Architecture, 2501 Monument Avenue

Noted Richmond Historian Calder Loth leads an architectural tour of one of the Fan District's earliest streets. $10 admission. Space is limited, so RSVP early to

Tuesday, April 4;6:30-7:30 pm


Virginia Center for Architecture; 2501 Monument Avenue

W.G. Clark, Edmund Shurman Campbell Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been widely published and is the subject of Richard Jensen's book, Clark and Menefee. He was included in "40 under 40" by the Architectural League of New York and twice listed in Time magazine as one of America's best designers. His work has received three National Design awards from the American Institute of Architects. W.G. Clark Associates is currently designing two residences, and adaptive reuse of a manufacturing plant as apartments, and an addition to the University of Virginia School of Architecture. For a view of some of Clark's most recent works, click here:

Seating limited to 50, RSVP to

Wednesday, April 5, 12-4 pm


Allied Concrete, 1231 Willis Road, South Richmond

Sponsored by the Virginia Masonry Association, this event highlights disaster-resistant construction that is possible through the use of concrete block. Events include shooting 2x4s at concrete block walls - with a cannon!

Space is limited; RSVP to

To learn more about working with masonry, visit VMA at:

Friday, April 7, 11:30-1: pm


Start and end at the Patrick Henry Building, 1111 E. Broad Street

Thomas Jefferson's historic Virginia Capitol is currently undergoing the most significant restoration and renovation in its two centuries of existence. This $86-million project will provide the legislature with a modern facility, in the context of America's most historic statehouse. Tour the capitol building and the recently renovated Patrick Henry Building (old State Library) with representatives of the Department of General Services.

Admission limited to 40 persons, $10 admission; RSVP to

For more on the Capitol Square renovation, click here:

Saturday, April 8, 9am-1pm


Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street

Kids can build scale buildings using only boxes, tape, and their imaginations - and a bit of guidance from AIA Richmond architects.

Saturday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 pm


Henrico County Public Library, Glen Allen Branch, 10501 Staples Mill Road

Learn what you need to know to form a good working relationship with an architect in this great program for homeowners and business people alike, Presented by Patrick Farley, AIA of Watershed Architecture, Richmond.

Seating is limited to 40, so RSVP to

Visit Watershed Architecture at: