SAVE THE DATE – AYAC in Philly Summer Send off Happy Hour – 9.11.14

Join the AYAC in Philly for a Summer Send Off Happy Hour on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8PM at Independence Beer Garden (100 South Independence Mall W)!  The summer is almost over, but that just means it is much nicer to sit outside and have a beer.  Come, see some old friends, meet some new friends and see what the A-school community in Philly has been up to lately.


SAVE THE DATE – Charlottesville alumni + local community welcome event

Please save the date for our U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Thursday, September 11th from 6-8PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  We welcome all of our A-School partners – non-profit and community leaders, local professionals, government officials, friends, faculty and of course, alumni to join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture. We hope that you are all enjoying your summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Many thanks to Andrea Douglas (MA ’96, PhD ’01) and the JSAAHC for hosting us!

Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6-8PM
The Auditorium at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

SAVE THE DATE – DC Alumni + Friends Fall 2014 reception

Please save the date for our annual FALL DC-Area U.Va. School of Architecture Alumni + Friends Reception on Wednesday, September 17th from 6-8PM at Oehme, van Sweden Landscape Architecture.  Join us as we welcome Beth Meyer as Dean of the School of Architecture. We hope that you are all enjoying your summer and we look forward to seeing you in DC in September!

Many thanks to Eric Groft (MLA ’84) for hosting us at OvS!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6-8PM
Oehme, van Sweden at 800 G Street SE (near Eastern Market)

Calling all Alumni! Complete the Design Intelligence Survey and help us rise in the rankings

It’s that time of year again!  We know you support The U.Va. School of Architecture as a leader in Architecture and Landscape Architecture education…One way to let the world know what we know already, s to fill out the survey about graduate architecture programs organized and published by Design Intelligence, a bi-monthly journal of the Design Futures Council. This voluntary and confidential survey will focus attention on our recent accomplishments, and our comprehensive, multidisciplinary and rigorous programs, as well as on the faculty, students, staff and ALUMNI who have built our distinguished national and international reputation.  The survey will only take about five minutes to complete and can be found at the links below.  We  hope you will take a few moments to fill out the survey for both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments, keeping in mind the role they play in shaping national opinion about our programs.  The surveys may ask for specific data about the School,  including the following:

Architecture Department:

  • Tenure/tenure track faculty 19.5
  • Lecturers 3.5
  • Adjuncts 2.5
  • Teaching loads–two courses each semester, with one course release per year based on research/course type

Landscape Architecture Department:

  • Tenure/tenure track faculty 6
  • Lecturers 0
  • Adjuncts 1.5
  • Teaching loads—two courses each semester, with one course release per year based on research/course type

 The Firms’ Survey is due August 22- This is the only survey that creates the official rankings. Hiring professionals and firms in the design world are asked to fill out this quick 25 question survey, asking their opinions as to which schools best prepare students for the profession and what they look for in new grads. Design Intelligence validates every survey using strict criteria to be sure they collect the true opinions of those respondents who meet the qualifications, thus giving the best, unbiased rankings and responses possible. All results are anonymous.

The links to the surveys are here:


Landscape Architecture:

Thank you for your support and participation!

Save the Date – Dean’s Forum Weekend 2014


26th Annual Dean’s Forum Dinner
welcoming Dean Beth Meyer
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Old Keswick

Formal invitation to be sent via mail in August. Check back for more details about weekend activities at the School.

To learn more about becoming a Dean’s Forum member or to renew your membership, please contact Kim Wong Haggart at or 434.982.2761, OR make your Dean’s Forum contribution online HERE.

Tell the hotel you are calling for the “UVA School of Architecture” block of rooms

Hilton Garden Inn
1793 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911 (closest to Old Keswick, about 20 min. See map.)
Phone: 434-979-4442
Rate: $183.20
Deadline for reservations: September 9

Courtyard by Marriott, University Medical Center
1201 W. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-977-1700 (p)
Rate: $165.17 (Thu), $231.57 (Fri/Sat)
Deadline: September 9

Inn at Darden (Sponsors Hall)
100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-243-5000
Rate: $135
Deadline: September 10

Holiday Inn – University Area
1901 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-220-2136
Rate: $149
Deadline for reservations: September 9

Link for other hotels in the area:


Old Keswick was part of the largest original land holding in Albemarle County, the 1727 Meriwether land grant of nearly 18,000 acres.  It is one of the earliest examples in Albemarle of an H-plan house, in which a new house is constructed parallel to the original but facing in the opposite direction and connected by a hyphen. The original structure was built as a hunting lodge for Dr. Thomas Walker of Castle Hill and was developed into a two-story log house in 1818 for Dr. Mann Page, who married Walker’s daughter that year.  Its frame H-addition was added in 1832, comprising two 16-by-23-foot parlors with 12-foot ceilings. Old Keswick is the bucolic home of Keswick Stables, which has bred many top stakes winners including the dam of the famed Northern Dancer.

by K. Edward Lay; Professor Emeritus U.Va. School of Architecture

Recap: Reunions Weekend 2014

Another great Reunion Weekend in Charlottesville this past weekend (June 6-8th)!  Many thanks to the A-School classes who returned to Grounds this year – 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009!! We had just over 100 A-School alumni return this year.

We enjoyed two beautiful, hot and sunny days back at U.Va. – with plenty of food, drinks and good friends. Many thanks to A-School faculty members, Peter Waldman, Robin Dripps, Lucia Phinney, Beth Meyer, Suzanne Moomaw, George Sampson and Schaeffer Somers for joining us!

We hope you all had time to walk around Campbell Hall and see the great work our students are still doing today. Thank you to everyone who made a gift to the A-School in honor of your reunion year!!  We hope to see you all again in 5 years, and hopefully sooner.

Enjoy some photos from our Friday reception and Saturday BBQ Lunch.

Save the Date: Bay Area Alumni event on 6.10.14

Please join the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation and the A-school Bay Area regional committee for a special alumni event and preview of Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis followed by a Q&A with executive producer, Ron Blatman (producer of Saving the Bay).  The event will be on Tuesday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30PM at the MINI Showroom of San Francisco (799 Van Ness Ave).

Many thanks to MINI for hosting us and Mary McCarthy, BSArch ’75, for organizing the evening.  We look forward to seeing you there for food, drinks, a short program and catching up with fellow A-school alumni.  RSVP to Kim Wong Haggart by May 30th at

Tuesday Jun 3 2014

Call for applications – Join the A-School Young Alumni Council

To All Alumni Classes 2005-2014,

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 2, 2014 by 5PM. The application questions are attached, and responses should be emailed to 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.” You will also receive our Spring ’14 AYAC e-newsletter shortly (here is last year’s Spring ’13 AYAC e-newsletter) with details on our latest events, members and projects. The AYAC currently has alumni regions in Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, 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 in the early fall and will be asked to serve a two-year term with the option to renew. Please feel free to email 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, and Steven Reilly; The AYAC Nominating Committee


Copy and paste this questionnaire to email:

UVA School of Architecture Young Alumni Council (AYAC) Questions for Applicants
Spring 2014

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. Please provide your responses directly on this document and submit an electronic copy to Kim Wong Haggart at the School of Architecture Foundation:

Applications are due by July 2nd, 2014. Good luck and thank you for applying!


Applicant Information




Employer / School:

best phone number to reach to for an interview:

preferred email:



  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?

For recent graduates/Class of 2014:

5.  Having just completed your final year, how can the AYAC best serve graduating students? (did you attend the Alumni Career panels? Did your reach out to AYAC members for advice?

6.  What are your plans after graduation?

Save the Date: Chicago alumni event in conjunction with the AIA Convention – 6.26.14

Please join Dean Kim Tanzer and the U.Va. School of Architecture Foundation for our annual A-school Alumni reception in conjunction with the AIA Conference to be held in Chicago this year.  The reception will be on Thursday, June 26th from 6-8PM at Booth Hansen. It will be a great opportunity to hear an update on the School, celebrate Kim Tanzer’s deanship, toast our new AIA fellows (Don Jones, Roxanne Sherbeck and Todd Ray!), as well as catch up with friends from Chicago and around the country.

Many thanks to Scott Cyphers (BSArch ’97), Shirin Reklaoui (BSArch ’09) and everyone at Booth Hansen for hosting us!   

Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 6:00-8:00PM
Booth Hansen
333 S Des Plaines St Chicago, IL 60661
(off of W. Van Buren Street. About a 12-15 minute cab ride from the Chicago Convention Center. The CTA Clinton Blue metro stop is near the office.)

RSVP by Wednesday, June 18th to Kim Wong at

Recap: DC Spring Alumni Event at Shalom Baranes – 5.7.14

Thank you to everyone who joined us for yesterday’s A-school in DC Spring Alumni Reception at Shalom Baranes.  About 50 alumni joined us on a beautiful spring evening for wonderful views of the Potomac River and Georgetown, as well as a thought provoking talk on “Intention and Improvisation: 4 Provocations” by faculty members: Dean Kim Tanzer, Jeanna Ripple, Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh, and Cammy Brothers. Their presentations on the art of representation turned into a lively conversation about hand vs digital drawing and their roles in the profession and academia.

Many thanks to Dean Tanzer, Jeana, Ghazal and Cammy for traveling up from Charlottesville for the evening. And a very special thank you to Mark Gilliand, Bob Karow and everyone at Shalom Baranes for hosting and sponsoring the event.

Enjoy the photos and if you would like to host our Fall A-school in DC alumni reception, contact Kim Wong Haggart at