A-School in NYC – mcdowellespinosa awarded 2015 Architectural League Prize: Authenticity Public Lecture, 6.23.15


Seth McDowell, U.Va. Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Rychiee Espinosa, mcdowellespinosa, have been selected as a winner of the 2015 Architectural League Prize: Authenticity.

Seth and Rychiee will deliver a lecture on the opening night
Tuesday June 23rd at 7pm

Aronson Gallery at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
mcdowellespinosa’s work will be on exhibit from June 23 till the end of July. 

To learn more about the award and mcdowellespinosa’s winning entry, click HERE


SAVE THE DATE: exclusive hardhat tour of the African American Museum in DC for Dean’s Forum members

We are excited to share a very special opportunity with our A-School Dean’s Forum members  – on Wednesday, July 15th, the U.Va. School of Architecture will host an exclusive hardhat tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, with drinks to follow.  Many thanks to Susan Williamson Ross (BSArch ’83) and Clark Construction for organizing and leading this tour which will begin at 3PM. Dean Beth Meyer will be in attendance. As many of you know, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open in 2016 on the last available space on the National Mall.

Please keep in mind that this is an active construction site, so wear appropriate clothing (no open-toe shoes) and note that due to space limitations, this special tour will be limited to 25 guests.  RSVP early!

We look forward to sharing this special Dean’s Forum insiders tour to our leadership donors to the A-School Annual Fund. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

3-5PM  – hardhat tour of the 

5-7PM – happy hour drinks at The Hamilton
600 14th Street NW (3 blocks north on 14th and F, at the bar)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Monday, July 6, 2015
kimwong@virginia.edu / 434.982.2761

If you would like to know more about becoming a Dean’s Forum member by making a leadership unrestricted gift to the A-School, please contact Kristen Schmidt at kschmidt@virginia.ed or 434.243.2098.

RECAP Reunions 2015: Welcome Back 0+5′s back to Campbell Hall!

Many thanks to the 0+5′s alumni who came back to Grounds this past weekend (June 5-7th) for yet another successful and jam-packed Reunions Weekend!  Everyone brought the good weather to Charlottesville after a week straight of gray clouds and rain.   The A-School panel talk on Friday with Dean Beth Meyer, Inaki Alday, Julie Bargmann, and Margarita Jover sparked interesting conversation about public spaces today. And we had a great turn out for our Friday night reception and Saturday picnic lunch, with about 80 members of the Class of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 and their families.  The Class of 1970 and the Class of 1985 were the top two contenders for “most classmates at Reunions” and a recent alumna from the Class of 2010 was the winner of “traveled the furthest” by coming all the way back to Campbell Hall from India.

We hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend and that we don’t have to wait another 5 years to see everyone again!  Many thanks to the faculty and staff who joined us for our A-School events – Nancy Takahashi, Peter Waldman, WG Clark, Anselmo Canfora, Professor Emeritus, Ed Lay, Kristine Nelson, and Dean Beth Meyer.


SAVE THE DATE: AYAC in Bay Area EXCLUSIVE visit to the Donnell Gardens, 7.26.15

Join the U.Va. A-School Young Alumni Council for a fun daytrip to Sonoma with lunch and an exclusive alumni visit to the Donnell Garden and House on Sunday, July 26th. The Donnell Garden is an icon of modernist landscape architecture designed by Thomas Church with Lawrence Halprin and George Rockrise. It is not open to the public, so take this special opportunity to see this breathtaking garden. Many thanks to Chelsea DeWitt (MLA+MUEP ‘13) for organizing!  All A-School years are welcome to join!

Please note that transportation to Sonoma will not be provided, but we will help to organize carpooling! The visit is FREE and lunch will be partially subsidized by the U.Va. A-School Foundation.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Lunch at the Fremont Diner (map)
2698 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476
(~1 hour drive from San Francisco up US-101)

2-3PM –Donnell Garden and House Visit
(~5 min drive from lunch, ~1 hour from San Francisco)

RSVP and organize carpooling by Monday, July 6th

If you have any questions, contact Kim Wong Haggart at kimwong@virginia.edu or Chelsea DeWitt at chelsea.dewitt@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Wednesday Jun 3 2015

2015 Call for AYAC new member applications! Due 7.15.15

To All A-School Alumni Classes 2006-2015,

For those interested in joining the A-school Young Alumni Council (AYAC), now is your chance to apply!  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by 5PM. The application questions are below, and responses should be emailed to kimwong@virginia.edu. If you have a classmate that you would like to nominate, feel free to email his/her name and why you think they would be great for the Council.

The AYAC consists of 25-30 members who graduated from the A-School within the last 10 years (undergraduate or graduate programs). The mission of the AYAC is to create a community for recent graduates – to provide mentorship to students and fellow alumni, create networking and volunteer opportunities, and organize social events to connect alumni to one another and back to the School. For more information on the AYAC, please scroll to the bottom of this link and click on “A-school Young Alumni Council.” The AYAC currently has alumni regions in Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Charlottesville and Boston.  Members who live/go to school outside of these major regions are encouraged to participate in larger AYAC initiatives (newsletters, mentoring, ways to give back, etc) and we are open to suggestions on how to better engage alumni outside these high-density regions.

New Council members will begin their terms at the annual meeting in Charlottesville which will be September 25-27th this year, and will be asked to serve a two-year term with the option to renew. Please feel free to email kimwong@virginia.edu or any of the AYAC nominating committee members with any questions.

We look forward to reviewing the applications and to adding great, new members to our team!

-          Kim Wong Haggart; UVa School of Architecture Foundation

-          Renee Pean, Patrick Woods, Bernard Harkless, Jaime Norwood, Joy Hu, Gabriela Gutowski, and Steven Reilly; The AYAC Nominating Committee


Copy and paste this questionnaire to email to Kim Wong Haggart, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, at kimwong@virginia.edu:

AYAC 2015 Application Instructions

There is no word limit – use as many words as you need to effectively and thoroughly answer each question. However, brevity is appreciated. 

Applications are due on July 15, 2015. Good luck and thank you for applying!

Applicant Information

Degree + Year:
Current Job + Title (if known):
(expected) Region/Location:


  1. Why are you applying to serve on the School of Architecture Young Alumni Council
  2. Describe your past and present involvement (if any) in University-related clubs, organizations, and activities.
  3. Describe your professional experience and other involvement outside of the University since graduation.
  4. In your experience, how effective is the School of Architecture at serving the needs and interests of the young alumni community currently?  What ideas do you have – both large and small – for greater engagement between the School of Architecture and its young alumni/recent graduates?

For Class of 2015 recent graduates only:

  1. Having just completed your final year, how can the AYAC best serve graduating students? (did you attend the Alumni Career speed mentoring? Did your reach out to AYAC members for advice?)
  2. What are your plans after graduation?
Tuesday Jun 2 2015

3 CHEERS: Alumni in the news, June 2015

Congratulations to our busy and accomplished A-School alumni!

Here are some of our alumni in the news for June 2015:

Tom Chung (BSArch ’94) featured in Metropolis:
“Who Cares About Making Connections?: Two Designers on the Traditions Put in Place by an Architecture Firm’s Adventurous Founders”

Jason Johnson (BSArch ’96 and former A-School faculty member) elected Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) President.  http://acadia.org/news/D6PGRY

SAVE THE DATE – AYAC in Boston hosts 20/20 presentations on alumni projects, 6.22.15

The A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) in Boston would like to invite you to attend and present at our first 20/20 Alumni Presentation Night, where alumni from different graduation years, disciplines, and career paths present their work and interests in 20 continuous slides, 20 seconds each (for about a 7-minute talk). We want to share what alumni in the Boston area are doing  – your latest projects, research, ideas, endevours!

Our 20/20 Alumni Presentation Night will take place on Monday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Workbar in Central Square (45 Prospect Street, Cambridge). Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to attend and present at http://sectioncut.com/uva/ by Friday, June 12. In order for this event to be successful, we need presenters of all ages, professional backgrounds, and interests! If you would like to present, please RSVP by Friday, June 5. Presenters will be notified if they are selected by June 8.

Please feel free to contact Ryan Yowell at try3hy@virginia.edu with any questions.

The Boston-based AYAC hosts a variety of events for A-school alumni throughout the year.  For more information on AYAC in Boston, please visit our blog and for more info on A-School alumni happening nationwide, visit A-School Connect.  We are always looking for ways to collaborate and enhance the A-school alumni experience.

Boston-AYAC members and the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation
Joy Hu
Marilyn Moedinger
Kyle Sturgeon
Emily Williamson
Ryan Yowell


Save the Date: AYAC in DC special tour of Carlyle House and Jazz, 6.18.15

Join the A-School Young Alumni Council and the U.Va. School of Architecture for a DC-NOVA kick-off Summer Alumni event on Thursday, June 18th at the Carlyle House in Alexandria. Join us for a free, private tour of the historic home by Carlyle Historic Site Administrator, Susan Hellman (MAH ’97) and then stay for a reception during “Jazzy June: African American Music Appreciation Month” concert series with DuPont Brass from Howard University. There will be some drink tickets courtesy of the A-School, as well as a cash bar during the music.

With special thanks to Catherine Kahl Miliaras (MAH ’04 + MUEP ’05), Susan Hellman, (MAH ’97), and everyone at the Carlyle House for hosting us!

Please note that the tour size is limited to 25 guests. So RSVP early! All are welcome to the “Jazzy June” reception, feel free to come to one or both parts of this event. All years are welcome to join.

June is African-American Music Appreciation month, and Carlyle House and Alexandria’s Black History Museum will be co-hosting talented local artists to celebrate the roots of this music! Join us for two concerts on the Magnolia Terrace in the gardens of Carlyle House for “A Jazzy June!” On Thursday, June 18th from 6-8pm, DuPont Brass, a local group from Howard University will be performing. This energetic and youthful group of musicians is self-described as “a new, innovative brass band.” The concert on the 18th takes place on the eve of “Juneteenth,” one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Admission to the concerts is FREE.

Thursday June 18, 2015

5:30PM -Special Carlyle House Tour
6:00-8:00PM – Jazz Concert and Reception

Carlyle House Historic Park
121 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA (map)
(the closest metro station is King Street on the blue/yellow line, and then take the FREE King Street trolley down towards the water.)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Friday, June 12, 2015
kimwong@virginia.edu / 434.982.2761

RECAP: DC alumni build community at our Schools, 5.20.15

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our annual Spring DC area alumni reception last night (Wednesday, May 20, 2015) at Quinn Evans Architects. About 50 alumni enjoyed a fantastic program focused on “University Residential Life: Creating Community”.  Dean Beth Meyer set the stage and welcomed guests by sharing how our small School is having a large impact on the University at large. Starting with UVA-wide graduation awards recognizing our students, to President Sullivan and the BOV’s looking to the A-School to review two sites on grounds as possible, future residential college communities.

Margraita Jover, the A-School’s first Professor of Practice, talked about her multi-year studio starting this fall researching the West Medical Complex site and Kenan Professor, Peter Waldman, spoke about his multi-year studio starting this fall that will build on the School’s 2015 Vortex work on the Ivy Road/250 corridor.  Four alumni gave interesting 20/20 presentations on their work in residential life – Dan Curry (BSArch ’96) from Quinn Evans, Nicole Keroack (MArch ’12) from McGraw Bagnoli, Alan Dynerman (MArch ’81) from Dynerman Architects, and Jesse Wetzel (BSArch ’06) from MG2. Many thanks to our presenters and to our hosts – Dan Curry, Alyson Steele and everyone at Quinn Evans!

If you have done (or currently doing) interesting work in University residential life and would like to add your name to a list of alumni who could act as resources, consultants, critics, case studies for our two studios running this Fall, please contact kimwong@virginia.edu.

See you all in the Fall!

RECAP: Amazing views and great gathering in ATL for AIA

Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday, May 15th, 2015 for our A-School alumni reception in conjunction with the annual AIA Convention in Atlanta. About 70 guests joined us at the Atlanta office of HKS – with grand views of the city from the 50th floor on Peachtree Street.  Associate Dean of Development and Executive Director of the A-School Foundation, Scott Karr, welcomed guests and gave an update on the School, and alumni, Guy Geier (BSArch ’76, MArch ’78) talked about the successful NAAB accreditation visit at the School, and Mary Kay Lanzillotta (BSArch ’85 and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board) toasted the unprecedented NINE alumni who were inducted as Fellows this year. With many thanks to Frank Kittredge, Bob Farrow and everyone at HKS for hosting us.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia next year!