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.