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 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 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 / 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

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!

Monday May 4 2015

3 CHEERS: Michael Perry (BSArch ’11) wins “Future of Architecture” competition

3 Cheers for Michael Perry (BSArch ’11)!  Mike has won a 2015 “Future of Architecture” competition, co-sponsored by and the AIA. He received a cash prize and an all expense-paid trip down to the AIA convention in Atlanta.

Check out his winning entry “#FOASocialImpact”:

And for more information about the competition:


SAVE THE DATE – A-School in DC Alumni Reception and 20/20 Alumni Presentations on University Residential Life, 5.20.15

Please join Dean Beth Meyer (BLA ’78, MLA ‘82), and faculty members Margarita Jover and Peter Waldman for our A-School DC Spring Alumni + Friends reception at Quinn Evans Architects on Wednesday, May 20th from 6-8PM. There will be several short 20/20 alumni and faculty presentations (continuous 20 slides, each 20 seconds) about “University Residential Life: Creating Community” with an update from Dean Meyer. With special thanks to Dan Curry (BSArch ’96), Alyson Steele (MArch ’94), Christine Cho (BA ’85) and everyone at Quinn Evans for hosting us.

Please note that due to space limitations, this event will be capped at 50 guests. So RSVP early!

20/20 Presentations and Talks on Residential Life projects

Peter Waldman; Kenan Professor of Architecture – The Ivy Road/250 Corridor – Vortex 2015, BoV approved study, and Fall Studio 2015

Dan Curry (BSArch ’96); Quinn Evans Architects – The Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 at Gallaudet University

Nicole Keroack (MArch ‘12); McGraw Bagnoli Architects – Changing Fraternity Culture: Redesign of a fraternity house at Randolph Macon College in Richmond, VA

Alan Dynerman (MArch ’81); Dynerman Architects – Contemplatives in Action: Georgetown University’s Calcagnini Contemplative Center in Clarke County, VA

Jesse Wetzel (BSArch ’06); Mulvanny G2 – Macro to Micro : techniques for micro residential space and urbanism in the new era of social media

Margarita Jover; Professor of Practice at the School of Architecture – The U.Va. Medical Center West Complex: multi-year studio at the request of President Sullivan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quinn Evans Architects
2121 Ward Place, NW, 4th Floor, Washington DC 20037

(between New Hampshire and 22nd Street NW in the West End. Please note the address is 2121 Ward Place NW (not Ward Court NW). The Quinn Evans Architects lobby is at the west end of the building. It is not the entrance on the North side, which belongs to our neighbors Perkins Eastman and Rails to Trails. Call the office at 202-591-2500, if lost.)

RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by Friday, May 15, 2015 / 434.982.2761

RECAP: AYAC in Boston attends Diller Lecture and Dinner

On Thursday, April 9th, the AYAC in Boston hosted a fun evening of learning and dining. A group of nine alumni (and partners) attended  founding partner at diller scofidio + renfo, Elizabeth Diller’s lecture at MIT, which covered small museum installations and complex wall tectonics to large projects like the new cultural shed to be constructed at the north end of the High Line. They moved over to the Miracle of Science for dinner and conversation! Many thanks to Emily Williamson and the AYAC in Boston for organizing and alumni, Effie Nicholaou, Phillip Redpath, Maressa Perreault, Kyle Sturgeon and Lauren Shirley for attending!

Friday Apr 24 2015

3 Cheers – Thaisa Way (MAH ’91) named 2015 Rome Prize winner in landscape architecture

3 Cheers to Thaisa Way (MAH ’91)!  Thaisa was named the 2015 Rome Prize winner in Landscape Architecture.

After U.Va., she earned her PhD from Cornell University. Thaisa is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural History at the University of Washington. She has authored two books, Unbounded Practice. Women in Landscape Architecture in the Early 20th C. and Haag. The Landscape Architecture of Richard Haag.

3 Cheers – Becca McCharen (BSArch ’06) keynote speaker at Tom Tom Founders Fesitval 2015

Welcome back to Charlottesville, Becca McCharen (BSArch ’06)!  Becca was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at theTom Tom Founders Festival, April 13-19, 2015.  She also participated in several workshops and talks throughout the weekend, which celebrates music, art and innovation in Charlottesville.

Check out her interview with UVA Today!


SAVE THE DATE: 27th Annual A-School Dean’s Forum Dinner 2015


Members of the A-School Dean’s Forum are invited to join Dean Beth Meyer and the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation for our 27th Annual A-School Dean’s Forum Dinner, to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Ruins at Barboursville. Cocktails at 6PM and Dinner to follow at 7PM, with the presentation of the 2015 A-School Distinguished Alumni Award.

Additional events during Dean’s Forum Weekend:

  • Friday, 9/25 – The A-School will be hosting alumni mentoring of students at Campbell Hall, time TBD.  If you would like to participate, please contact
  • Friday, 9/25 – There is a home football game, U.Va. vs. Boise State, time TBD.
  • Saturday, 9/26 – There will be events at the School of Architecture during the day to welcome alumni back to Campbell Hall – more details to come.

Hotel Blocks for the A-School Dean’s Forum Dinner 2015 – make your reservations today!

Inn at Darden
100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22906
Rate: $165 per night
Group name: UVA School of Architecture Foundation Board Meeting/Dean’s Forum
Deadline: August 24
(about 21 miles from Barboursville, on the North Grounds. 30 minute drive)

Hyatt Place
2100 Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Rate:  $139 (Thurs), $179 (Fri/Sat)
Group Code: G-UAF5
Deadline: August 9
(new hotel in the Stonefield Shopping area, about 20 miles from Barboursville.  30 minute drive)

The School also has rooms available at Barboursville’s 1804 Inn, right on the property. There are only 10 rooms total, therefore first priority goes to Dean’s Forum Members at the Partner Level ($5000+ to the A-School Annual Fund).  Please contact Kim Wong Haggart for more details and availability.

There are not many hotels immediately near Barboursville, but the venue did suggest several B&B’s or Inns within 10 miles, that you may call for availability.  We did not reserve room blocks at these locations since they are small:

Questions about the dinner or how to become a Dean’s Forum Member?  Contact Kim Wong Haggart in the A-School Foundation; 434.982.2761 or

About Barboursville

Barboursville was the estate of James Barbour (1775-1842), significant in early American history as Governor of Virginia (1812-1814), United States Senator, United States Secretary of War, and Minister to Great Britain. Barbour began to acquire land in 1796 and ultimately amassed over 6,000 acres in Orange and Albemarle Counties. Part of his original holding remained in the Barbour family over five generations, until the 1940s.

Barbour’s friend, neighbor and political mentor, Thomas Jefferson, designed the estate’s main house, constructed early in 1817 but devastated by fire on Christmas Day, 1884. Other buildings, remnants of structures, traces of roads, a cemetery, gardens, and a half-mile oval collectively offer extensive evidence of this significant nineteenth-century cultural landscape.

Gutted by and abandoned after the 1884 fire, the remaining house ruin continues to stand at the center of a cross-axial estate plan.  Facades of locally-made brick were originally fronted along both north and south by four portico columns each side.  Exterior walls still stand nearly to the original roofline, the interior walls are substantially intact, and structural stabilization was conducted in the early 1980s. The dwelling includes an octagonal room, at the east, beam pockets and pier footings indicate a side porch was once present.  There is evidence that an effective drainage system was once in place.  The approach to the house on grass ramps at grade with the second story would have made it possible to ride directly to the front door and dismount beneath the portico.

In the late 1970s Professors Mario di Valmarana and Benjamin Howland devised and for several years oversaw extensive Historic Sites field courses, study and research of the ruin and site by School of Architecture students, assisted by the National Park Service Division of Remote Sensing.  By 1981, student work had been concluded and measured drawings produced documenting the ruin and the extensive landscape plan and its numerous features.

By Rosa Crocker (MLA ’81); edited by Calder Loth (BAH ’65, MAH ’67)