AIA Hampton Roads Newsletter 2021.2 Print

Upcoming AIAHR Events: Architecture Month

Architecture Month is upon us! Join us and collegues alike by taking part in various in-person and virtual events across the state of Virginia to celebrate the profession. Through walking tours, facilitated discussions, exhibitions, and workshops, participate in some of these great upcoming events!

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Blog Post: Mel Price on Pay Transparency & Ownership Transition

Pay transparency historically is a taboo subject in the architecture and design profession. Follow along as Mel Price of Work Program Architects guides firms through an approach that is transparent and respectful of all sides. For the full blog post, click here.

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Member Spotlight: Natasha Mercado

Natasha Mercado of Dills Architects was featured in a "Tidewater Family" article, "Building Our World: Women Architects".

For the full article, click here.

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Member Spotlight: Zakiya Wiggins

Former 2019 ELA Class member, Zakiya Wiggins, has passed all her licensing exams and now practices with Clark Nexsen in their Raleigh, NC office!

Congratulations Zakiya!

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AIAHR Let's Talk!

With the ongoing Let's Talk! series, AIA Hampton Roads continues to engage with local firms and discuss a variety of topics within the industry. Our most recent discussions had featured Riddick Fiedler Stern and HBA - thank you to all who participated! If other firms would like to engage in converstaion, we would love to hear from you!

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ARE Update

Last fall, NCARB announced that we will be switching the test administration vendor for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) from Prometric to PSI. Originally, they anticipated this migration to happen sometime in summer 2021. To ensure the migration will go as smoothly as possible and allow time for enhancements to the candidate experience, they have decided to adjust this timeline to early-2022. More detailed information regarding the migration timeline will be released later this year to allow candidates ample time to plan their future testing strategy. 

In addition, take advantage of the ARE® “test run” resource now available through Prometric for candidates preparing to take an online proctored Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) appointment.Through your NCARB Record, you can schedule a free, 30-minute test run appointment with Prometric to confirm your computer and testing space meet the requirements for online proctoring.

For more information, check out NCARB's website here.

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Upcoming AIAHR Events: Women's Build Week

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads has started planning for the 2021 Women's Build Week. South Bay Communications & Security encourages businesses to support this worthy cause as they were proud to sponsor Women Build Week 2020. This annual event brings together women of all different ages, backgrounds, and industries to make an impact on our local community through building homes. 

This past year marked South Bay Communications & Security's 20th year of serving the Hampton Roads community - and it could not have thought of a better way to mark this milestone. For more information on sponsor opportunities, how to start a fundraising team, or to donate build materials, food, drinks, t-shirts, or even SWAG to get your business' name in bags of women builders please visit South Bay connects & protects businesses with today's technology and is dedicated to their partnerships for lifetime relationships. Visit them at

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Upcoming AIAVA Events: Architects Speak Up!

During the development of the current strategic plan, there was an overwhelming agreement that there should be a concerted effort made to invest and develop future generations of leaders for service for the AIA and the community. As such, the plan sought to launch a Virginia event that provides advocacy training and connects members with state legislators. Advocacy means taking the steps to make a difference. Good advocates organize themselves to take steps to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. As architects, we engage in advocacy regularly during our practice, sometimes we do not even know when we are doing it.

Therefore, we want your participation in AIA Virginia’s first ever ARCHITECTS SPEAK UP! event.

Registration will be open through Wednesday, April 21. 

If you are not able to participate in ARCHITECTS SPEAK UP! that is OK. There are other ways you can support AIA Virginia’s legislative objectives. We are embarking on building up our PAC for 2021 and we really could use your help and financial support in closing our fundraising gap for Q1. Can you invest today?

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On the Boards

Groundbreaking at Poquoson Middle School! When complete, this 101,000SF, $15M project will provide a 21st Century learning environment for the students of Poquoson. Read more about it here.

Heartland Construction, Waller, Todd & Sadler, Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C., AES Consulting Engineers, JP Harvey Engineering Solutions

Aquatic Center to Make A Splash by Summer of 2022! The two-story, 64,000 SF the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex will feature an eight-lane and 50-meter competition pool, two moveable bulkheads, two one-meter and two three-meter springboards, spectator seating for 1,500, on-deck athlete seating for 760, and an outdoor splash park. Read more about it here

Clancy & Theys Construction Company and Guernsey Tingle

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