RECAP: A Capella in the Park II, a fundraiser for the Blair Philips Fund

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual A Capella in the Park in the Hundred Oaks Neighborhood Park in Chapel Hill on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  UVa’s Academical Village People and UNC’s Loreleis blew everyone away with great music on a perfect Fall day. The best part?  This wonderful event raised over $6,000 for the Blair Phillips Scholarship Fund at the UVa School of Architecture.

The School of Architecture would like to thank the Mack and Philips Family for hosting this wonderful event in honor of Blair (BSArch ’11).  If you would like to contribute to the Blair Philips Memorial Scholarship Fund, donate online at

A-School in Boston: Teresa Gali-Izard Lecture at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 11.13.14

Teresa Galí-Izard
Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the UVa School of Architecture

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

Landscape Lectures begin at 7 pm
Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Lectures include Museum admission and require a ticket; tickets can be reserved online, in person at the door, or by phone: 617 278 5156. Museum admission: adults $15, seniors $12, students $5, free for members.

Galí-Izard is principal of Arquitectura Agronomia, a landscape architecture firm in Barcelona. Through her work, she explores new languages and forms, working with living materials, and applying contemporary dynamics and management. She has been involved in some of the most important landscape architecture projects in Europe, including the new urbanization of Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona and the restoration of the nearby Vall d’en Joan landfill, which won the European Prize for Urban Public Space in 2004. Galí-Izard is the author of The Same Landscapes: Ideas and Interpretation (2005), and co-edited Jacques Simon: Los otros paisajes, Ideas y reflexiones sobre el territorio (2012) with Daniella Collafranceschi.
Image: Central Park Valencia competition, 2011, Valencia, Spain. Courtesy Arquitectura Agronomia/FOA/AIC EQUIP.

A-School in DC: Inaki Alday lecture at UMd, 10.22.14

“Hyper-Real Drivers”
Iñaki Alday
Chair of the Department of Architecture at the U.Va. School of Architecture 

This Lecture is open to the public.
October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Building 145, Room ARC 0204
College Park, MD 20742
 Iñaki Alday, founder and principal with Margarita Jover of ‘aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje’, has begun his appointment in August 1, 2011, as the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture. Previously, Iñaki Alday has been associate professor in the School of Architecture of Valles (Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia) as well as lecturer and visiting professor in several other universities. Both the academic appointment and the current practice of the office face the demand of a new attitude in front of the professional and academic challenges of the contemporary transformation. The role of Architecture and Architects, the interdisciplinary work and integration of scales, the new nontraditional programs as infrastructures and energy or the social and environmental ethics are some of the challenges to face with a global vision.


SAVE THE DATE: ASLA + Denver alumni event, 11.22.14

Please join the U.Va. School of Architecture for an alumni reception in conjunction with the ASLA National Meeting and Expo in Denver, Co.  We will toast Beth Meyer, FASLA (BSLA ’78, MLA ‘82) Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, in her new role as Dean and Edward Elson Professor of the School of Architecture, as well as the many U.Va. faculty, alumni and students who have won ASLA awards this year. Teresa Gali-Izard, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Julie Bargmann, Associate Professor, will also be in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of the School.  Drinks and appetizers provided.

Many thanks to Ann Komara (MLA ’84 + MARH ’02) for all of her Denver knowledge and help in organizing this event.


Saturday, November 22, 2014
Tamayo Restaurant
1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
(0.8 miles from the Denver Convention Center, a 7 minute walk along 14th Street)


RSVP by Friday, November 14th  to Kim Wong // 434.982.2761

SAVE THE DATE: Ed Ford + Studio Happy Hour in San Francisco, 10.20.14

Join the UVa School of Architecture, the AYAC in San Francisco and the A-School SF Alumni regional committee for a special alumni happy hour with Professor Ed Ford and his studio.  Come meet the students participating in a special Yosemite studio with Professor Ford, and catch up with old friends and classmates.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Hidden Vine Wine Bar
408 Merchant Street, San Francisco (in the Financial District)

RSVP by October 17th to

A-School in Chicago: Sheila Crane at Northwestern Univ. Symposium, 10.18.14

Myers Symposium in Honor of David Van Zanten

The Art Institute, Morton Auditorium
October 17-18, 2014

For complete information:

This symposium honors the scholarship of David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, who has taught in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University since 1979 and the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979. His major works focus on modern architecture in Europe and America, including Designing Paris: The Architecture of Duban, Labrouste, Duc and Vaudoyer (1987), winner of the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award by the Society of Architectural Historians, Building Paris: Architectural Institutions and the Transformation of the French Capital, 1830-1870 (1994), Sullivan’s City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan (2000). Significant exhibitions he has directed are The Second Empire: The Arts under Napoleon III (1978-79), Marion Mahony Reconsidered (2011), and Drawing the Future (2014). He has also received several distinguished fellowships and awards including Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Francophonie of the French Republic and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.This event will celebrate his contributions over his 44-year career as a researcher and teacher. Colleagues and students from Europe and the United States will not only thematize his work but also discuss the current state of the fields in art history, architecture, and urban studies.

This event is sponsored by Northwestern University’s Department of Art History with support from the Myers Foundations.

Built Environment/Urban Space
Remarks by:
Nnamdi Elleh (University of Cincinnati)
Panel discussants include:
Neil Levine (Harvard University)
Aron Vinegar (University of Exeter)
Gergely Baics (Barnard College)
Shaoqian Zhang (Oklahoma State University)
John Stamper (University of Notre Dame)
Julia Ng (Goldsmiths University of London)

Moderated by:
Sheila Crane (University of Virginia)

Beyond the specific cases of Paris and Chicago, David Van Zanten’s scholarship has addressed the forms of the modern city broadly through systems of design, conceptualization, and construction, such as the Chicago grid and the Beaux Arts tradition. Even his early work on polychromy shifted attention to architecture’s history as a discursive matrix that tied questions of material and color to those of style and description. Such spatial networks of cities and history are understood as products of multiple, intersecting processes –– whether representational, economic, institutional, or political –– and myriad actors, including, but not exclusively limited to, architects and the institutions that shaped their work. Students in his courses on modern architecture emerge not only understanding the key roles of Haussmann and Napoleon III in the reshaping of cities across France, but also with a keen awareness of the contributions of the Pereire brothers. Over his career, David has shown us that cities are not self-contained entities, as he set Buenos Aires in dialogue with Paris and Canberra with Chicago long before transnationalism became a vital analytic frame for architectural and urban historians.

As much as David has understood cities as systems, he has also approached them as sites and products of human experience and social life. In Sullivan’s City, the architect is repositioned within and significantly defined by the urban milieu in which he operates. David’s city is not simply a terrain of abstract systems or autonomous actors, but an embodied spatial topography shaped by complex webs of affiliation and association, within which any interlocutor of significance is worthy of serious consideration.

How would you describe David’s conception of the city, as it has shaped his teaching and scholarship? How have his methods of studying urban space and the built environment contributed to your own?

Career Connect: Alumni Speed Mentoring on 10.10.14

The U.Va. School of Architecture and The A-School Young Alumni Council


FRIDAY, October 10, 2014
Three 30-minute mentoring sessions at 5PM, 5:35PM and 6:10PM
Various locations in Campbell Hall
Open to all current A-school students, undergraduate and graduate

How it works:

  • READ the short bios of the alumni participating below and see who you would like to talk to. We encourage to attend more than one 30-minute session and get a wide range of opinions.
  • SIGN-UP for a one, two or three 30-minute alumni mentoring session(s) HERE (NOTE: please put your full name and email OVER the “student 1/student 2/student 3″ slots. Please take caution to NOT write your name over another person who already signed up for that slot. Since this is a google doc, it saves automatically!)
  • PREPARE for your mentoring session by updating your portfolio, resume, and drafting questions to ask (Where the alum works, their career path, graduate school options, how to negotiate a salary, who are employers looking to hire, etc?).
  • ATTEND the timeslot you signed up and BE ON TIME.  Bring your work samples, resume, short cover letter, whatever you want to review with the alum. There may be up to 2 other students in your mentoring session, to help learn from one another and stimulate more conversation. You only have 30 minutes (the alumni will be timed) – so come ready to talk!
  • SWITCH to your next 30-minute session, if you chose to talk to more than one alum and get a different perspective.

QUESTIONS? Want advice on who would be best for you to talk to?
Contact Kim Wong Haggart at / 434.982.2761.

Alumni Participants:

Robert Champagne (MArch ’90) – New York
Vice President, CHANEL Global Store Design Inc
Robert Champagne is a practicing architect in New York City, overseeing design and construction worldwide for the esteemed fashion house, Chanel.  He has also lived in London, Paris, Ahmedabad and Hong Kong over the past 24 years, working on the consultant side and the owner side of project development, for SOM, Peter Rice, BV Doshi, HOK and Lane Crawford.  Mr Champagne graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1990 and the University of Michigan in 1986.  He is NCARB Certified, a LEED AP and a member of the American Institute or Architects.

Kevin Chavers (BSArch/UEP ’84) – New York City
Managing Director, BlackRock
Kevin G. Chavers, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions. Mr. Chavers has extensive experience focused on the mortgage capital markets and housing policy in both the public and private sectors. He provides advisory services focusing on housing and mortgage finance to clients and serves as BlackRock’s senior coverage officer for the principal federal housing and mortgage related entities. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Chavers was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Majority Staff Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Mr. Chavers is also a graduate of Harvard Law School (1987). 

Sarah Cox (BSArch 2005) – Detroit/New York City
Editorial Director; Curbed
Sarah F. Cox is the editorial director of Curbed, where she oversees 16 blogs about real estate, architecture, and development. She is the founding editor of Curbed Detroit and has written for Dwell, the Architect’s Newspaper, and Architectural Record.

Betsy del Monte (BSArch 1978) – Dallas
CEO, The Return on Innovation Project
Betsy is the CEO of The Return on Innovation Project, a team which convenes around the issue of innovating to provide solutions to life’s needs: shelter, water, food, education. They work with people in challenging circumstances: refugees, disaster victims and the impoverished, to help them find solutions that solve these problems, and that provide opportunities for livelihood. Previous to joining the ROI Project Betsy was principle and director of sustainability at the Beck Group in Dallas where she led architectural design, project management and sustainability consulting. She also teaches graduate courses at SMU in Master of Arts in Sustainability and Development.

Tom Eitler (MUEP 1987) – Washington, DC
Vice President of Advisory Services; the Urban Land Institute
Tom Eitler, AICP, is an urban planner and land use professional with more than 20 years of experience in comprehensive planning, revitalization, historical preservation, transportation systems, infrastructure planning, and sustainable design. Tom is the VP of Advisory Services for the ULI, a nonprofit education and research institute that focuses on issues of land use, real estate and urban development.  The mission on the Institute is to providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. He is an expert on US zoning law, municipal codes, and urban design and government operations. 

Guy Geier (BSArch ’76, MArch ’78) – New York City
Managing Partner; FXFOWLE Architects
As Managing Partner of FXFOWLE Architects, Guy Geier is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and its operations. An architect with over 35 years of experience, he also remains deeply involved with the design of numerous projects for corporate and institutional clients. His company has been in the forefront of green architecture and sustainable designs. Most notably, Guy and his colleagues were instrumental in creating an eco-friendly office for the National Audubon Society and The New York Times building.

Owen Hannay (BSArch ’85) – Dallas, TX
Chairman and CEO, Slingshot LLC
Owen founded Slingshot in 1995 with the belief that clients and agencies were missing out on opportunities enabled by the exploding media landscape and digital environment. Prior to that, he spent seven years running businesses as diverse as Tom-Thumb Grocery Stores, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Pergo Flooring at The Richards Group. Owen started his career planning media for brands owned by Nestlé and Anheuser Busch for what is now known as Publicis Mid-America. One of Owen’s first loves was architecture, which was his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. Later Owen would return to his hometown of Dallas where he would earn his MBA at SMU.

Marlene Heck (MAH 1977) – Hanover, NH
Professor Architectural History; Dartmouth College
Marlene received her B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, her Masters in Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 1977 and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Her research and writing focus on the architectural and social history of ‘America in the age of Jefferson.’ She is particularly interested in vernacular building traditions and the way 18th-century building design was altered to respond to new social and cultural practices adopted during the early national period. As a founding partner in the Austin, TX-based cultural resource management firm of Hardy.Heck.Moore & Associates, she has conducted architectural surveys throughout the country.

Courtney Crenshaw Kapp (BSArch ’83) – Philadelphia, PA
Principal, Kapp Architecture
Ms. Kapp has a private practice in Architectural Design in Philadelphia.  She is co-owner of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch in Stanley, Idaho and manages the National Historic Register renovations and additions.  Prior to forming her own firm, she worked at Mancini Duffy Design (New York City), Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects (San Francisco), and was an Associate at Krieger Architects (Philadelphia).  She earned a Bachelor in Architectural History at the University of Virginia in 1983 and a Masters in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin in 1990.  

Paul King (BSArch ’78, MArch ’82) – Boston
Lead Designer; EYP Architecture and Engineering
Paul King, AIA, LEED AP, brings more than 25 years of experience in the design of college and university facilities, laboratories, corporate headquarters, and government buildings. As a Lead Designer, Paul contributes substantively to the design of award-winning facilities for science education and research. He served as EYP’s Director of Architecture for four years. His led the effort to standardize the firm’s production process and activating its network of Technical Directors to improve practices across the firm, and contributed to the development of EYP’s new Design Charrette process. 

Mary Kay Lanzillotta (BSArch ’85) – Washington DC
Partner; Hartman Cox
Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA, LEED AP, received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduate school Ms. Lanzillotta was a US-ICOMOS fellow to the Soviet Union. She is NCARB certified and a registered architect in the District of Columbia and three states. Mary Kay joined the firm of Hartman-Cox Architects in 1989. She has been responsible for managing complex institutional and historic projects in Washington, DC and throughout the country. She founded the Architecture in the Schools program within the Washington Architectural Foundation where she continues to serve as the program director.

Mary McCarthy (BSArch ’75) – San Francisco
Senior Managing Director – Capital Markets; Hines
Ms. McCarthy joined Hines in 2006. She serves as a senior managing director in the Capital Markets Group and is responsible for structuring funds, joint ventures and separate accounts, and raising capital for Hines initiatives. Ms. McCarthy began her career in the real estate investment banking department of Morgan Stanley and has worked for real estate investment managers including Copley Real Estate Advisors, Clarion Partners and CB Richard Ellis Investors. Ms. McCarthy graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Architecture and received Master of Architecture and MBA degrees from The School of Design and The Wharton School, respectively, of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and its PREA Institute Committee. 

Catharine Miliaras (MAH 2004, MUEP 2005) – Washington DC/Northern VA
Urban Planner and Historic Preservation; the City of Alexandria
Catherine Kahl Miliaras has worked as an urban planner focusing on historic preservation for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, for the past six years.  Prior to this, she worked as a preservation consultant in Washington, D.C., and as county planner for Cumberland County, Virginia, a rural locality in central Virginia.  She received dual Master’s degrees in Architectural History and Urban and Environmental Planning, as well as the Certificate of Historic Preservation, from UVA in 2004 and 2005.

Marilyn Moedinger (BSArch 2005, MArch 2010) – Boston
Founding Principal; Runcible Studios
Marilyn is the founding principal of Runcible Studios, a design/build/research practice in Boston, MA., where she is also a Member of the Faculty at the Boston Architectural College (BAC), and an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Previously, Marilyn was a project architect at Utile Inc Architecture + Planning and the Director of Practice Instruction at the BAC, where she directed the Gateway Initiative, a series of nearly 50 design-based community engagement projects in the Boston area.   

Jill Nolt (BSArch 1998, MArch+MLA 2004) – Richmond
Associate Studio Leader Higher Education Studio; Glave & Holmes
Jill Nolt, AIA, LEED Green Associate, is an architect with 16 years of experience and will support the expansion of G&HA higher education practice. She joins G&HA from 3North, where she was a Director. She currently serves as Chair of the City of Richmond Urban Design Committee and is on the Steering Committee for Virginia Women in Design. She is also a member of the AIA Richmond Chapter. 

Renee Pean (MArch 2010, MUEP 2011) – Washington DC
Designer, Shinberg Levinas
Renee Pean currently works at Shinberg Levinas, where she is on the architectural design and coordination team for a public charter school slated to be built in southeast DC.  She is also contributing to the early stages of a synagogue design in Pennyslvania.  While previously employed at R2L: Architects,  she worked on multifamily residential and mixed-use design. Before studying architecture, Renee worked in civil engineering in Houston, TX where she received her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in 2005.   

Kyle Sturgeon (BSarch 2005) – Boston
Education Director and Coordinator of Fabrication Labs; Boston Architectural College
Kyle holds a BSArch from UVA (’05) and a M.Arch from University of Michigan (’11), a Certificate in Design Education from the BAC, and a Construction Supervisors License. Kyle specializes in academic administration and curricular development, design/build education, community organizing, and the coordination of trades. Current work outside of the BAC is focused on Section Cut as Director of Development and applied design research in urban farming and aquaponics through the Productive Collective.Kyle has 5 years of experience as a design architect at offices in Boston, MA and is currently in the process of completing registration exams.

Paul Weinschenk (BSArch ’87) – Washington DC
 Managing Director and Vice President, Head of Retail Division; WRIT (Washington Real Estate Investment Trust)
Mr. Weinschenk joined WRIT in February 2013 as Managing Director and Vice President, Head of Retail Division. Prior to joining WRIT, he was Vice President, Retail at The Peterson Companies. During his 16 years there, he oversaw development of several of its most significant projects in the Washington metro region, including Fairfax Corner, Virginia Gateway, Frederick Crossing, and East Market at Fair Lakes, in total containing more than 1.9 million square feet of leasable area. Mr. Weinschenk’s work at Peterson also included anchor sales and leasing responsibilities for the shopping centers he developed, and he completed transactions in excess of 1.4 million square feet. Mr. Weinschenk’s professional career began as an architect working on a variety of projects for Dewberry. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia. Mr. Weinschenk is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), currently serving as State Director for Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. 


RECAP: Dean’s Welcome at OvS in DC – 9.17.14

Thank you all so much for joining Dean Meyer and the School of Architecture last night for our annual Fall alumni + family event in DC. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to have the opportunity to celebrate the School and a new academic year together. And if you weren’t able to join us last minute yesterday – we hope to see you soon!  Enjoy these photos of the evening.

Many, many thanks to Eric Groft (MLA ‘84) and everyone at Oehme, van Sweden for hosting us.  Stay tuned for the many ways alumni and friends can help the School connect with students for recruitment and career development!  See you all in the Spring, if not before…


SAVE THE DATE – Richmond Alumni Reception at Glave & Holmes 10.23.14

Please save the date for our U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Thursday, October 23 from 6-8PM at Glave & Holmes Architecture.  We welcome all alumni, parents and friends to join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture.

Many thanks to Randy Holmes (BSArch ’79, MArch ’82), Jill Nolt (BSArch ’98, MArch + MLA ’04), Lori Garrett (MArch ’86) and everyone at GHA for hosting us and sponsoring the evening!

Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6-8PM
Glave & Holmes Architecture (2101 East Main Street – parking is available in the GHA lot on the SE corner of Franklin and 21st)