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

NoVa/DC planning alumni – free “Green and Blue Highways Symposium” – 5/6/15

Green & Blue Highways Symposium

Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation

 Wednesday, May 6

9:30am to 4:00pm

 VT Executive Briefing Center

900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

The Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center seeks to raise awareness, increase discussion and foster excellence in education and research.

Join the national conversation in your own backyard.

Topics include:

  • Sustainability State of the Practice:  Measuring and Monitoring
  • Sustainability Rating Systems:  Case Studies and Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability
  • Sustainable Materials and Lifecycle Assessment
  • Managing Transportation System Health/Asset Management
  • Blue Highways:  Transportation and Stormwater Management
  • Climate Impacts and Resiliency of the Transportation Network

 Click Here for Registration Information

 Free of Charge for All Attendees (Webinar Options Also Available)


3 CHEERS – Phillip W. Neuberg (MAH ’81)

3 CHEERS to  Phillip W. Neuberg (MAH 1981) who received the award for Outstanding Stewardship  by a Government Agency at the Maryland Historical Trust’s 2015 Awards ceremony, on behalf of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD where he serves as the Federal Preservation Officer.  Congratulations!

Caption: The Maryland Historical Trust’s 2015 Awards ceremony  held in Annapolis on March 26, 2015 – showing (from left to right) Maryland Secretary of Planning Mr. David Craig, Phillip W. Neuberg (MAH 1981), and Acting Maryland SHPO Elizabeth Hughes ( MAH 1992).

Wednesday Apr 8 2015

3 CHEERS to Kayleigh Roy (BUEP ’15) – vote for her in Challenge Detroit Fellowship

3 Cheers to fourth year student Kayleigh Roy (BUEP ’15) – see the note below from Kayleigh to help her towards the Challenge Detroit Fellowship!

I was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Challenge Detroit Fellowship which is a program that brings young professionals into the shrinking city of Detroit to promote positive social and economic change and development. I am SO excited about this opportunity. I even halted my job search for next year to solely pursue this fellowship. Please take the time to go to this link, you will be prompted to “like” the page, but this is optional, you may just click “continue” and then make sure to click VOTE in the upper left hand corner for my video! The voting runs through this Sunday April 12th at 11:59 pm so please take a moment to help me out! And you are able to vote more than once; 24 hours after you last voted you have the opportunity to click VOTE again! It would mean the world to me to have your support and vote of confidence in showing Detroit how passionate I am about bringing about change in their valuable community.

Kayleigh Roy
UVA Architecture ’15″

SAVE THE DATE – AYAC in Boston’s MIT lecture with Elizabeth Diller + Drinks

The AYAC in Boston would like to invite all alumni in the Boston area to the Elizabeth Diller lecture at MIT on Thursday, April 9th at 6:00PM.  Come out for the lecture and meet at Middlesex lounge for drinks afterwards!  UVa School of Architecture admitted students are welcome to join and meet some A-School alumni!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lecture:  MIT School of Architecture + Planning
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 10, Room 250

Drinks: Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave

SAVE THE DATE: Atlanta alumni event in conjunction with the AIA Convention, 5.15.15

Join Dean Beth Meyer and your fellow U.Va. School of Architecture alumni for a reception in Atlanta in conjunction with the 2015 AIA Convention on Friday, May 15 from 6-8PM at HKS Inc. It will be a great opportunity to hear an update on the School,catch up with friends from Atlanta and around the country, and toast our impressive NINE new AIA fellows*:

  • Amy Gardner (BSArch ’81, MArch ’85)
  • Mark Gilliand (MArch ’86)
  • Luanne Green (BSArch ’84, MArch’88)
  • Margaret Griffin (MArch 91)
  • Beth Heider (BSArch ’79)
  • Donald R. Horn (BSArch ’79)
  • Tom Johnson (MArch ’81)
  • Pamela Lucas Rew (MArch ’86)
  • Joseph G. Tattoni (MArch ’85)

Many thanks to Bob Farrow, Frank Kittredge (BSArch ’78), and everyone at HKS for hosting us!

Friday, May 15, 2015

191 Peachtree Street NE, 50th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303 (map)
(less than a mile away from the Georgia World Congress Center, across the Centennial Olympic Park)

RSVP by Friday, May 1st to Kim Wong Haggart // 434.982.2761

*If you are an alum of the UVa School of Architecture and are rising to AIA fellowship in 2015, please contact Kim to be added to this list – congrats!