SAVE THE DATE: DC Alumni + Parent event with students – 2.13.15

Join the U.Va. School of Architecture and the A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) in DC for an Alumni, Parent + Student happy hour reception on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Cooper Carry in Old Town Alexandria from 6-8PM. Current students will be in the area for a DC Firm Crawl (first annual!), organized by the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) UVA Chapter, Student Association of Graduate Architects (SAGA), AYAC in DC and the A-School Foundation. There will be a short conversation/panel discussion about “working and living in the District”. It will be a great opportunity to meet with graduating students, help them network and learn about the DC-NoVa-MD A-School community, as well as see your fellow friends over some refreshments.

With special thanks to Torrey Law (BSArch ‘08) and everyone at Cooper Carry for hosting us.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Cooper Carry
625 North Washington Street # 200, Alexandria, VA 22314
(between Pendleton and Wythe Streets, about 0.5 mile walk from the Braddock Road Metro stop on the blue/yellow line. There is a parking lot under Cooper Carry, credit cards only.)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Wednesday, February 9, 2015 / 434.982.2761

First Annual DC Firm Crawl for AIAS members and graduating students (30 max)

  Student Group #1 Student Group #2
(Lunch & Tour 1)
Shalom Baranes Associates LSM
2:00-2:45PM  (Tour #2) Hartman Cox Architects EYP


(Tour #3)
Michael Vergason Landscape Architecture City of Alexandria planning and zoning
(Tour #4)
Michael Winstanley Architects and Planning Hord Coplan Macht
(tour and reception)

Alumni + Student Networking Reception at Cooper Carry

SAVE THE DATE: A-School in Boston reception at Reed Hilderbrand, 3.3.15

Join the U.Va. School of Architecture in welcoming Beth Meyer, (BLA ’78, MLA ‘82) Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, as Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of the School of Architecture at our Boston Alumni + Friends reception. Come, catch up with fellow alumni and hear a short update on the School by Dean Meyer.

With special thanks to John Grove (BA ’84, MLA ’88), John Kett (BA ’92, MLA ’98), Chris Moyles (MLA ’90), Elise Mazareas (MLA ’09), Ryan Ives (MLA ’11), Kezia Ofiesh (BSArch ’08), Dani Alexander (MLA ’14), and everyone at Reed Hilderbrand for hosting us.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects
130 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge MA 02139
(one block from Central Square T-stop)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Wednesday, February 25, 2015 / 434.982.2761

RECAP: AYAC Externship/Winter receptions around the country!

Thank you to all the young alumni and current students who came out last week for our annual AYAC Externship/Winter Break Happy Hours around the country! The events were all a huge success with a majority of the students in cities for their externship attending – meeting other recent graduates and getting to know the A-School community outside of Campbell Hall.  It was a cold week on the East Coast  - so we thank everyone for braving the weather in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, DC. Many thanks to everyone out in San Francisco and Seattle  - two alumni regions that continue to grow!

A big shout out to the AYAC members for hosting and organizing this great opportunity to network and gather post-holidays. Thank you to Jeff Goldstein and all those at DIGSAU for hosting the Philadelphia event at your office.

We look forward to more events bringing alumni and students together!

SAVE THE DATE: A-School in the Bay Area with Dean Meyer – 2.10.15

Join the U.Va. School of Architecture in welcoming Beth Meyer, (BSLA ’78, MLA ‘82) Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture, as Dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of the School of Architecture at our annual Bay Area Alumni + Friends reception on Tuesday, February 10th at the San Francisco office of SWA Group. Come, catch up with fellow alumni and hear a short update on the School and thoughts on the next two years by Dean Meyer. With special thanks to Cinda Gilliland (MLA ‘92), Rene Bihan, Nancy Coulter (MLA ‘05), Katie Jenkins (MLA ’13) and everyone at SWA for hosting us!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
SWA Group – San Francisco Office
301 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (map)


Please RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart at by Feb 4th. See you in February!

January 2015 AYAC Externship/Winter Break Happy Hours

Calling all students and young alumni – join the A-School Young Alumni Council (AYAC) for our 4th annual Externship Week/Winter Break Happy Hour – in a city near you!  These events are open to all students in town for their externship, as well as students home for winter break and young alumni in the area. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni in the area, network, and get to know a city you may be testing out.

Please contact Kim Wong Haggart, Associate Director of Alumni Relations for the A-School,, to RSVP for one of the following events.  You must be 21+ to attend any of the events in a bar.

  • New York City – Tuesday, Jan 6th from 7-9PM at location BXL Zoute (50 W. 22nd Street in the Flatiron District)
  • San Francisco  - Wednesday Jan 7th from 6-8PM at Mikkeller Bar (34 Mason Street in the Mission)
  • Boston – Wednesday, Jan. 7th from 6:30-8:30PM at The Field Pub (20 Prospect Stree in Central Square, Cambridge)
  • Philadelphia – Thursday, Jan 8th from 5-7PM at DIGSAU office (340 N 12th Street, #421)
  • Washington DC – Thursday, Jan 8 from 6-8PM at Drafting Table (1529 14th Street NW in Logan Circle)
  • Seattle – Thursday, Jan 8 from 5:30-7:30PM at Alstadt (209 1st Ave South in Pioneer Square)

We look forward to seeing you all in January!

A-School in DC: Prof. Tim Beatley to speak at WWF on 12/11/14

Join Chair of the UVa School of Architecture department of Urban and Environmental Planning, Tim Beatley, Heinz Professor of sustainable communities, next Thursday, December 11th at the WWF (1250 24th Street NW) for a talk about “Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet”.  Details below.

World Wildlife Fund’s Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

Can urban biophilia drive global conservation by bringing nature into everyday life? 

Join WWF and our speakers to discuss if biophilic cities can drive global conservation.

Who: Tim Beatley and Stella Tarnay. Moderated by Kerry Cesareo.
When: December 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Register now!

Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet

As urban populations continue to grow, how do we create a vision for sustainable communities that integrates nature and its value into urban life? Can a deeper link between urban communities and nature drive global conservation? Biophilic cities are those with abundant nature where citizens are connected to local biodiversity and ecological processes and understand the impacts of their community on the natural world. UVA School of Architecture professor Tim Beatley spearheads The Biophilic Cities Project, an initiative to provide people in urban areas the ability to have close contact with nature. Through a conversation with Prof. Beatley and urban planner and local green building specialist Stella Tarnay, we will learn how to embrace the idea of biophilia and implement urban conservation right here in D.C, as well as the impact this concept could have on conservation around the world.

About the Speakers

Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

Stella Tarnay is the Chair of Education for Dumbarton Oaks Park, a historic woodland landscape in Washington, DC. She serves as advisor to City Wildlife and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. Before working with natural systems, she was the Senior Policy Officer for Green Building in the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. She was a participating member of the Nature and Green Economy working groups for Sustainable DC.

Kerry Cesareo leads WWF’s strategy and work related to forest conservation to produce measurable results in mitigating and reversing the impacts of the forest sector as a driver of biodiversity loss, particularly in WWF’s priority places. In 2006, Kerry successfully launched the North American program of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), forging partnerships with P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and others. She also managed project start-up for the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with The Home Depot and USAID, and served as Operations Manager for GFTN globally. She currently serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, a forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG Field Manager.

Architecture Events in DC – “The Future of Architectural Journalism” – 12/3/14



You are Invited—Panel Discussion / Q+A

The Future of Architectural Journalism

Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-7:30pm

AIA|DC—District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
Space is limited. Light refreshments.
1.5 LUs: Participants must attend the entire session to receive continuing education credit.

Architectural journalism provides an important filter for public understanding of the built environment and for architectural firms to communicate with the communities that they work in. The changing media landscape, however, has made it difficult for this filter to function as well as it has in the past, and this panel of writers, editors and industry leaders will discuss what they see as the future of architectural journalism (and criticism), and what that means for practitioners as well as the public.

Presented by FXFOWLE and AIA|DC

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University, he has written 7 books, 47 book chapters or introductions, and over 325 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S. His most recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge, 2012) looks at failures across an array of systems and argues for a more ecologically based way of thinking about the infrastructures we all depend on.

Alan Brake is the Executive Editor of Architect’s Newspaper. He has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for Architecture, Architectural Record, Azure, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis, The New York Times and other publications. He studied architectural history and urbanism at Vassar College and Yale University, where he earned a Masters in Environmental Design. He is the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Ned Cramer is the Editor-in-Chief of Architect magazine, the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer was the Executive Editor of Architecture magazine. Previously, he served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions. A recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston.

Meghan Drueding is the Managing Editor of Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Before joining Preservation in 2013, she spent 16 years as an award-winning architectural journalist for magazines such as Residential Architect, EcoHome, and Custom Home. Meghan is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and lives in a Midcentury Modern building in Washington, D.C.

Robert Ivy, FAIA, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. Since assuming management responsibility, Ivy initiated two important investigations—one in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative—into the role of architects in society and the future of architecture practice. Previously, Ivy was Vice-President & Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction and Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, where he also oversaw 16 print and 17 digital publications. Through his long tenure, Ivy has established himself as a spokesperson for the profession on important issues, such as the effect of architecture on climate and social and political questions involving the built environment.

Roger Lewis, FAIA, is a practicing architect and urban planner, a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland College Park, a writer and a cartoonist. Since 1984, The Washington Post has published Lewis’ thematic, illustrated column, “Shaping the City,” about architecture, planning and urban development. Lewis is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and books, including The Growth Management Handbook and Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, first published in 1984 by MIT Press (third edition, 2013). Since 2007, he has appeared regularly on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show, broadcast and podcast by WAMU-FM, American University’s NPR affiliate in Washington, DC.

FXFOWLE Architects | 22 West 19th Street | New York | NY | 10011 | 212-627-1700


A-School in NYC – Karen Van Lengen “Conversations on Steinberg: Between Art and Architecture”

Conversations on Steinberg: Between Art and Architecture

At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place [Directions]

Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia
Christian Rattemeyer, Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art in New York
Organized by: Center for Architecture with The Saul Steinberg Foundation

Price: Free

Join us for a conversation on the occasion of Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space, an exhibition in celebration of the centennial of Steinberg’s birth presenting a selection of drawings that explore the themes of architecture and public space.

We will be joined by Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, and Christian Rattemeyer, for a conversation that will explore Steinberg’s drawing practice as it relates to the intersection of art and architecture.

This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.”

Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space is on view at the Center for Architecture through January 3, 2015.

Admissions – ACSA virtual expo with UVA on 11.22.14

The ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) is holding a virtual expo Saturday, November 22nd from 12-noon to 4pm.

This is an opportunity to virtually visit and chat with representatives from a variety of Architecture programs across the country. The U.Va. School of Architecture is participating. Therefore, please forward this information to anyone you know who is interested in the A-School undergraduate or graduate programs but who may be unable to visit Charlottesville. Student registration is FREE!

Visit the ACSA website to see the participating schools and to register.