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40th Design Awards Gala

100 Architects, scholarship winners and guests celebrated excellence in architecture at the 40th Annual Design Awards and Scholarship Gala on April 7th at Edgewood Country Club.  Honor Awards for Excellence in Architecture went to Silling Architects and The Thrasher Group.  A Citation Award for Un-built Work to ZMM Architects and Engineers.  See the winning projects here.

Construction and Design EXPO featured speaker Xavier Vendrell of Rural Studio

WV Expo 2018 was March 21-22 and AIA West Virginia offered you access to all AIA West Virginia seminars (8 LU/HSW and 2 additional business focused LU,) the chapter meeting, and lunch!   Our featured speaker on Monday the 21st was Xavier Vendrell, acting director of the Rural Studio at Auburn University who spoke about the “Citizen Architect.”



American Institute of Architects Elevates Edward Tucker to the College of Fellows

The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Edward Tucker of Edward Tucker Architects from AIA West Virginia Chapter to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The 2018 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, fewer than four percent of members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. Ed is the ninth architect from West Virginia to ever receive the honor.
Through volunteer leadership, advocacy, and community activism, Ed Tucker, FAIA has improved the quality of life in West Virginia by promoting healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles, inspiring a sustainable economy, and nurturing new generations of leaders.


Among his many accomplishments, Ed’s community leadership led to the creation of a 26-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail system, reviving parts of the city and promoting healthy and environmentally friendly activities. He fostered an advocacy group, “People Powered Huntington,” whose work has dramatically increased the number of bicycle commuters. He created the first commercial solar power installation opportunity for social enterprise groups Solar Holler and Coalfield Development Corporation at his firm’s office building. He started and nurtured AIA West Virginia’s Livable Communities Committee which has assisted several cities in the state since 2004.


Nationally, Ed served on the AIA Board of Directors and the Finance and Audit Committee with distinction, contributing to the AIA’s financial health during a challenging economic time. He championed the re-purposing of millions of dollars in AIA initiatives from legacy modalities to 21st-century projections of the AIA brand and meaning to its members.
Ed Tucker has served on the Executive Committee of the West Virginia AIA Chapter from 1998-2006 holding two-year terms as a Director, VP/President Elect, President, and Director/Past President. Currently Ed is a member of the NCARB Architects Registration Exam 5.0 Item Writing Committee and is the Secretary of West Virginia’s Architects Licensing Board.
One of Ed’s most enduring legacies has been mentoring a new generation of leaders. Throughout his career, Ed has supported students and emerging professionals, teaching them the importance of giving back to their communities and the profession. His energetic protégés are serving in leadership positions in Huntington, surrounding communities, and the AIA. One of his mentees became the first woman to serve as AIA West Virginia president, and a second the first female architect appointed to the state Architects Licensing Board.


View the AIA National press announcement for the entire class of 2018 Fellows.

Charleston CANstruction

The goal of Canstruction, in addition to providing thousands of pounds of food to hungry people, is to put a spotlight on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities they help to design and build in. Architects, engineers, designers, contractors, businesses and schools participate by entering competing teams.

In addition to supporting the Covenant House Food Pantry, this event raises awareness in the community with a creative and challenging competition. The creativity embodied with this event not only shows the generous spirit of the design profession, it offers a unique way for the public to appreciate good design. These incredible visual icons simultaneously create awareness for art, design and hunger relief — a powerful combination!

The structures will be on display March 24-28, 2018 at the Clay Center. Each structure will be judged, and awards will be given at the awards ceremony on March 26, 2018.

EXPO Seminar Line Up

WV Expo 2018 is March 21-22 at the Charleston Civic Center. The flat rate registration of $125 gives you access to all AIA West Virginia seminars (8 LU/HSW – 2LU,) the chapter meeting, and lunch on Wednesday! Our featured speaker on Wednesday is Xavier Vendrell, the acting director of the Rural Studio at Auburn University.

EXPO Seminars Description

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March 21

8am                    The new Historic Tax Credit – WV SHPO 1 LU/HSW

An informational session regarding changes to the state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit by the legislature in 2017.  Explanation of the changes and how the program is now being administered will be discussed.

9am                    EXPO Keynote Address

10:00am           Tax Law Changes and the Effect on Design Professionals and Contractors –      Brown Edwards 1 LU

This course is designed to inform attendees of changes in the new tax law, particularly as they relate to design professionals and contractors, and to identify opportunities and pitfalls within the law in order to develop proactive strategies.

11:30am             AIAWV Chapter Meeting and Lunch  Upper Lobby of New Ticket Office

1pm                     Rural Studio: Educating the Citizen Architect – Our featured speaker, acting director Xavier Vendrell 1.5 LU/HSW

Drawing from Rural Studio’s 20 years of leadership in the area of Public Interest Design this session will outline Rural Studio’s “best Practices” with regard to design, constructability, and affordability while simultaneously engaging in community growth, health, welfare, sustainability, and education. It will provide an inside look at how Rural Studio continues to evolve within the ever-emerging complexities of an impoverished rural community while simultaneously striving to educate its students as citizen architects.

3pm                    Public Protection: Priority One – WV Board of Architects 1 LU/HSW

Participants will learn how the West Virginia Board of Architects protects the public by regulating the practice architecture.  Emerging issues affecting licensure will be covered, including ARE 5.0, IPAL (Integrated Pathway to Architectural Licensure), ethics, and proposed AIA titles.

4pm                    Ten Tips for Surviving Claims – Jackson Kelly 1LU

Incidents can occur on job sites.  This informative presentation will provide advice to design professionals to avoid or limit liability.

5:30-7:30pm   After Hours Reception

March 22

8-10am                            BOB – Business Over Breakfast

9am                    Nonstructural Flood Risk Adaptive Measures for Flood Risk Management  USACE National Nonstructural Committee Company _US Army Corps of Engineers  1 LU/HSW

Workshop/seminar provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) National Nonstructural Committee (NNC) to provide an in-depth overview of individual risk reduction techniques such as elevation, wet flood proofing, dry flood proofing, acquisition, relocation, and individual berms and floodwalls. This workshop will provide background information on the various physical and nonphysical nonstructural techniques and illustrate the general data requirements for conducting a nonstructural study and how to assess the information collected.

10:00am           The AIA 2017 Document Changes – What You Need to Know – Oswald Companies 2.0 LU/HSW

An interactive 2 hour review of the 2017 AIA A & B Series document changes, including Exhibit A Insurance and Bonds as well as the Sustainable Project Exhibit. (this is a different presentation from the one presented in Morgantown) 

1pm                     Preserving West Virginia River Heritage Through Adaptive Flood Risk Management  1.5 LU/HSW

A panel presentation focusing on design, construction and materials for flood resilient structures and non-structural flood mitigation measures.  Panelist include: Steve O’Leary, AIA USACE Silver Jackets speaking to Non-structural flood mitigation measures; Senator Greg Boso speaking to Green Infrastructure; John Crandall, AIA (WV native) speaking to residential architectural design for flood resilience; Bradley Allen speaking to historic preservation; moderator Jill Watkins, Watkins Design Works.

 Total Credits Available:  8.0 LU/HSW, additional 2 LU




Marie McCauley, AIA named Young Architect Regional Director

Young Architects Regional Director Selected
The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects Region of The Virginias has selected Marie McCauley, AIA, as Regional Director for the 2018 – 2019 term on the Young Architects Forum, a National AIA Committee.
A 2007 graduate from The University of Tennessee, Marie joined Silling Architects in 2017 and serves a valuable role in contributing to our creative design studio. As a Project Manager, Marie collaborates with staff and consultants throughout the design process and maintains day-to-day project coordination and communication and is also responsible for architectural design and detailing.
Over the last ten years, she has worked on a variety of architectural projects for educational, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Silling, Marie served as Project Architect and/or Project Manager for a number of West Virginia secondary school projects, including Gauley River Elementary School, Kenna Elementary School, Ripley Elementary Early Learning Center, and John Adams Middle School, among others. She also currently serves on AIA West Virginia’s Young Professionals committee and as an AIA IDP Mentor for AIA West Virginia.
Marie was raised and lives in Ripley, WV. She has been married to her husband, Tyler, for 10 years and they have two sons, Ian and Mick. Marie loves being outside and enjoys traveling, playing basketball, attending her son’s sporting events, and working in the yard. She also enjoys several West Virginia activities, including kayaking, skiing, zip lining, white-water rafting, and camping.
Marie describes familiar milestone events in her first few years as an architect, “During the five years after graduation, I got married, bought my first home, had my first child, sold my first home, and moved from Indiana to my home state of West Virginia. I say this because I understand much of the joys and challenges of what young architects experience.” Of her upcoming service as YARD, Marie says that, “I would listen to the concerns of recently licensed architects,” because she believes, “We all share in the same goal, to positively contribute to the architectural landscape and dialogue in the communities where we live and work.”
AIA WV President Phoebe Patton Randolph said, “We are confident in Marie’s ability to represent the young architects of the Region of the Virginias and congratulate her on the opportunity. Marie will bring a great perspective and thoughtful approach to the role of YARD.”
AIA’s YAF is the voice of recently licensed Architects and a catalyst for progress within the profession. YAF programs, activities, and resources provide young architects with information and leadership; excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.
The Young Architects Regional Director (YARD) serves as a link between the YAF and regional AIA members. YARDs are also responsible for gathering information about issues facing young Architects within their Regions and helping to disseminate information about national/regional activities and resources.

AIAWV January Chapter Meeting – Paternos at the Park

Join us for three seminars and lunch with Fierst Distributing, Paolicelli One Source and AIP.

1 – 1:00               Jack Bindyke (Jim Tasillo) – Fierst Distributing Co.

A guide for the Successful Installation of Glue-Down Hardwood Flooring – 1 LU/HSW

  • List the types of floors that can be glued down and the benefits of a glued floor
  • List floor preparation steps including how to achieve a clean and level substrate
  • Determine if the substrate is of adequate dryness and remedy a damp substrate
  • Explain the importance of acclimation in regards to hardwood flooring

2 – 2:15               Mike Means – Paolicelli One Source

Lighting with Life Safety -1 LU/HSW

This course is designed to educate designers on the need for Life Safety Solutions. It provides an overview of the most common Life Safety Code(s) as well as a comprehensive overview of various lighting solutions to meet Life Safety code, an a methodology to layout your next Life Safety Lighting project.

3 – 3:30               Trent Gabbert – AIP (via Tommy McCarty)

Understanding the importance of Safety in Sport Flooring 1 LU/HSW

Sport and Multi-Purpose Flooring is an important element in the design of schools, churches and athletic facilities.  Shock absorption, slip and slide characteristics, as well as the ability to clean and maintain a floor, are essential to the health and safety of the athlete or casual user.  Participants will learn how the various components of a Sport Flooring material can affect the user’s comfort, performance and safety.  We will explore the various types of Sport Flooring available in the market today.  Participants will be able to feel and touch various floor samples.

Lunch and Learn: YKK AP America

Join us at The Brickside Grille in Bridgeport on Oct. 11 and the Charleston Area Alliance on Oct. 12 for a one-hour course – Proper Application of Storefronts, Window Walls and Curtain Walls by YKK AP America.

YKK AP America – “Proper Application of Storefronts, Window Walls and Curtain Walls”While storefronts, window walls, and curtain walls are all fenestration systems, they do have distinctive differences that dictate where they should be installed on a building. Discover performance attributes of each system and learn basic assembly and installation procedures. Explore hurricane impact and blast mitigation systems and the latest design concepts to meet more stringent energy codes.