Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA Fellowship Opportunity


Purpose - The AIA Fellows of Virginia have honored the service and accomplishments of Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA by initiating an endowed Fellowship to both commemorate and continue her efforts in providing young architects with opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Throughout her career, Helene has championed the unique needs of emerging professionals, and advocated on their behalf as President of AIA Blue Ridge, President of AIA Virginia, Regional Director for the Virginias, as a staff Vice President at the American Institute of Architects, as Secretary of the Institute and nationally as National President of the American Institute of Architects.

Sourced through the Virginia Foundation for Architecture, this Fellowship fund is intended to give emerging professionals access to opportunities they might not otherwise have due to cost limitations, knowledge of the profession, or access to a network of peers to help them along their path. With the specific goal of increasing their exposure to and participation in the American Institute of Architects, this scholarship will acquaint emerging professionals with architectural practice in all its forms to assist them in making career choices, understanding the benefits of, and giving them a voice in the evolution of their professional society.

Eligibility - Emerging professionals (less than 10 years from graduation) are eligible for this Fellowship and individuals who are currently architecture undergraduate students or graduate students are eligible.

Terms - The Fellowship is awarded to one individual or team per year. For the inaugural year (2017) the award is for a maximum of $1,000 and is meant to cover basic expenses to allow the recipient time for focused inquiry and exploration in the eld of architecture or design. Collaborators may submit joint applications, but each individual must meet eligibility requirements. Joint applications must be submitted as one package.

Decision - The jury will announce the award in April of each year during Virginia Architecture Week. 



Have you submitted your project to AIA Central Virginia's Awards for consideration?! Head on over to the awards tab for all of the information you'll need to submit your work. 

The deadline for Entry Forms and Fees is September 13.

The deadline for Submissions is September 23.

And don't forget to mark your calendar for the Awards Gala on October, 19 at Old Met Hall in Downtown Charlottesville.

Congratulations to AIA Virginia’s 2015 Emerging Leaders in Architecture!

Congratulations to AIA Virginia’s 2015 Emerging Leaders in Architecture!  Their project, “Porous City,” helped the Commonwealth of Virginia land a $120,549,000 grant from the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), sponsored by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant, announced in Norfolk last week by HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Michael Berkowitz from the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, will be used to address sea level rise in the Hampton Roads region.


The 2015 ELA project, “Porous City – a digital test lab of current + future resiliency strategies for the City of Norfolk,” focused on the Chesterfield Heights neighborhood in Norfolk. The results included a website they created (www.porouscity.com) and an education program as well as design concepts applicable to coastal flooding areas throughout the region. ELA’s project supported the NDRC application by demonstrating ongoing and innovative research into scalable and repeatable strategies for flood-prone communities.


Each year, ELA participants complete a real-world project where they experiment with practical application of the principles discussed in the ELA sessions. Communities selected for the projects actively participate in the process and benefit not only from the creative, innovative problem-solving ideas developed by these young architects, but also from the ELA recommendations for implementation. Great work, AIA ELA 2015!


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Job Posting: Director of Construction - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, a Dynamic and innovate community development and homebuilding organization, seeks FT Director of Construction to oversee all aspects of building 20 homes per year. Residential construction and proven personnel management are required. Successful candidate will be able to work with diverse stakeholders, be flexible in a fast-paced environment and feel drawn to Habitat’s mission. Additional requirements include working across departments to help with volunteer engagement, grant procurement and general affiliate management issues. Come join a family of committed and highly-driven folks working to help families and communities thrive!

See full job description here. Please send resume AND cover letter to kfinch@cvillehabitat.org by 5pm on February 1st. No calls please! HFHGC is an EOE. Women, minorities and protected individuals such as those covered by Section 3 are encouraged to apply.