University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Foundation

Staff


Scott Karr
Executive Director / Associate Dean for Development and External Relations
skarr@virginia.edu
(434) 924-7717

Vacant
Associate Director of Development
(434) 243-2098

Kim Wong Haggart 
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
kimwong@virginia.edu
(434) 982-2761

Donna Rose
Development Coordinator & Office Manager
dgr@virginia.edu
(434) 924-7149

 

Fundraising Goals & Priorities

Our vision is to be the model of the 21st century engaged public university envisioned by Jefferson nearly two centuries ago.  We will do this through these three strategic priorities:

  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative issue-centered “action” research and design initiatives that tackle the most important issues of the day, among them sustainability and human health, community development, infrastructure and cultural preservation.
  • Global engagement to develop in our faculty and students the skills and fluency necessary to envision and create preferred futures around the world;
  • Collaborations with a broad community of alumni, firms, industry and public partners that advance innovative research and develop real solutions.  

As state funding for our core mission diminishes, an urgent need for our expertise is becoming more apparent and integral to the future of the University, our country and world.  Meeting these opportunities, and advancing the core mission that undergirds them, will require increased private funding, with an emphasis in the growth in the School’s endowment; additional corporate alliances focused on sponsored studios and research; and, expanded publicly-funded initiatives.   

As we successfully conclude the current capital campaign and look to the future, the School and Foundation have set the following fundraising priorities.

Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching

To attract and retain the most outstanding students and faculty, we will increase the number of endowed fellowships and endowed professorships at the School of Architecture; and we have also created a new Ph.D. program in the Constructed Environment.

The School’s teaching and research priorities will focus on the following initiatives of fundamental importance through which students will build a foundation for lifelong public service, leadership and community engagement:

  • Design and Health Initiative: Personal, Public, Planetary
  • Adaptive Infrastructures Initiative
  • Regenerate:  Cultural Practices and Sustainability Initiative
  • Design and Community Engagement Initiative
  • Design Thinking and Material Practice Initiative
  • Expanding Canons: Built and Human Environment Initiative

Additional curricular initiatives include:

  • The PhD in the Constructed Environment
  • The Curriculum in Practical Imagination: Design Thinking and Arts Administration
  • The Minor in Global Sustainability

Diversity in Our Community and Experiences Globally 

To create skilled global citizens, we will increase funding for international travel and study and further develop programs in the Veneto and China, study from Denmark and Germany to sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, and attract new resources to engage a diverse cadre of visiting scholars and graduate students here on Grounds.  

Outreach, Lifelong learning and Building Connections 

We will build the School’s communications and publicity outreach and develop enhanced alumni networks to make stronger the School community and national reputation.

Giving Needs

Endowed Funds to build a long-lasting legacy and secure the School’s financial future:

  • $5 million+ for Research Center
  • $2 million+ for Chaired Professorships
  • $500,000+ for Visiting Professorships and/or Research Fund
  • $100,000+ for Graduate Fellowships and/or International Travel Fellowships
  • $50,000+ for Awards and Scholarships

Programmatic Funds to support current projects

  • $10,000+ for new initiatives, sponsored studios, lectures, and fund student fellowships

Discretionary Funds to address immediate needs

  • $1 - $10,000 for the A-school Annual Fund (including the Dean’s Forum)

Boards & Governance

Foundation Board of Trustees

MISSION: The School of Architecture Foundation exists to support and foster the study and teaching of architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history and urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia, and to aid, strengthen, and extend in every proper and useful manner the work, services and objectives of the School of Architecture.

The major responsibilities of the Foundation Board are to:

I. Set Direction

Develop and maintain focus on mission and vision.

Establish and oversee implementation of strategic direction.

Delegate authority for organizational management.

Articulate, safeguard, model, and promote organizational values.

II. Ensure Resources

Identify human and financial resources needed for implementation of mission.

Establish policies for how these resources will be acquired, including policies for board member participation.

Ensure that the necessary resources are made available to carry out the strategic direction. 

III. Provide Oversight

Establish financial policies, including spending and investment policies, and ensure accountability.

Ensure compliance with applicable laws and ethical standards.

Ensure compliance with the University of Virginia Policy on University-Related Foundations.

Approved by the University of Virginia Board of Visitors in October 2003, the School of Architecture Foundation (SARC Foundation) was incorporated in May 2004. The Foundation is organized to receive and administer gifts, grants, contributions and donations, and manage all alumni activities of the School, to support and advance the School of Architecture.  The Foundation Board consists of alumni, parents, and friends of the UVa School of Architecture with a deep commitment to the above mission.

Paul S. Weinschenk, Foundation President
Managing Director and Vice President, Head, Retail Division, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust
1987 BSArch, University of Virginia 
1992 MBA, University of North Carolina 
Arlington, VA

Susan Williamson Ross, Foundation Vice President
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Clark Construction Group LLC
1983 BSArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

William C. Mott, Jr., Foundation Treasurer
Managing Director, Berkeley Point Capital, LLC
1982 BSArch, University of Virginia
1981 MBA, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Susan Pikaart Bristol
SPB Architecture LLC
1982 BSArch, University of Virginia
1986 MArch, University of Virginia
Rocky Hill, NJ

Anselmo Canfora, SARC Faculty Representative
UVa School of Architecture
Associate Professor
Director, Initiative reCOVER
Charlottesville, VA

Robert Champagne, Jr.
Vice President, CHANEL Global Store Design Inc.
1990 MArch, University of Virginia
New York, NY

Kevin G. Chavers
Managing Director, BlackRock Solutions
1984 BSArch/BUEP, University of Virginia
JD, Harvard University
New York, NY

Alan Dynerman
Principal, Dynerman Architects
1981 MArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Katherine Hobby Gibson
1987 BArch, University of Virginia
Houston, TX

Owen Hannay
Chairman/CEO, Slingshot, LLC
1985 BSArch, University of Virginia
Dallas, TX

Courtney Crenshaw Kapp
Kapp Architecture
1983 BArch, University of Virginia
Philadelphia, PA

George Keith Martin, BOV Representative
Rector, Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia
Partner, McGuire Woods
Richmond, VA

Mary Ryan McCarthy
Managing Director, Capital Markets, Hines
1975 BSArch, University of Virginia
MArch, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, University of Pennsylvania
San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth K. Meyer
Dean, University of Virginia School of Architecture
1978 BLAR, University of Virginia
1983 MLAR, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Eileen Nacev
Vice President, Commercial Management, JBG Companies
1982 BSArch, University of Virginia
1987 MBA, University of Virginia
Rockville, MD

Matthew L. Richardson
Global Head of Architecture, Design and Construction, Hilton Corporation
1981 BA, University of Virginia
1985 MBA, University of Virginia
McLean, VA

Colette Sheehy, UVA President's Representative
Vice President for Management and Budget, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Stuart N. Siegel, Special Advisor
BA, Kenyon College, 
1978 MAH, University of Virginia
New York, NY

Katherine Willson-Ostberg
1986 MArch, University of Virginia
Edgewater, MD


Dean’s Advisory Board 

Mission: To assist the School of Architecture in setting and achieving its goals through the contribution of time, expertise and financial support.  

The primary roles of the Advisory Board members are to:.

  • Raise awareness of and support for the School of Architecture among key constituencies.
  • Advise and assist the School of Architecture in the development and marketing to key constituencies.
  • Advise and assist the School of Architecture in establishing and strengthening relationships with private industry for sponsored research, new ventures and other forms of collaboration.
  • Support the School of Architecture with contributions of time and financial resources and encourage fellow alumni to do the same.
  • Provide advice to the Dean on matters affecting the future direction of the School of Architecture

In addition to meeting twice per year, activites of the Board include hosting alumni events, assisting with recruitment, serving on career panels, overseeing the A-school Distinguished Alumni Award, and networking with students, alumni and faculty.  The Advisory Board consists of mainly alumni of the School of Architecture, with a wide variety of personal and professional skills to help accomplish the above mission. The Advisory Board carries no governance nor fiduciary responsibilities.

Mary-Katherine Lanzillotta, Advisory Board Chair
Partner, Hartman-Cox Architects
1985 ARC BS Architecture
Washington, DC

Paul King, Advisory Board Vice-Chair
Principal and Lead Designer, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott
1978 BSArch, University of Virginia
1982 MArch, University of Virginia
Boston, MA

Rodrigo C. Abela
Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd
1999 MArch, University of Virginia
2000 MLA, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Steven B. Bingler
Chairman, Concordia, LLC
1972 BSArch, University of Virginia
New Orleans, LA

Betsy Rupp del Monte
CEO, The Return on Innovation Project
1978 BSArch, University of Virginia
Dallas, TX

Thomas Warren Eitler
Vice President, Advisory Services, Urban Land Institute
1987 MUEP, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Guy F. Geier, Former Board Chair
Principal, FXFowle, Architects
1976 BSArch, University of Virginia
1978 MArch, University of Virginia
New York, NY

G. Peyton Hall, Jr.
Principal, Historic Resources Group, LLC
1974 BArch, University of Virginia
Sierra Madre, CA

Marlene Elizabeth Heck
Professor, Architectural History, Dartmouth College
1977 MAH, University of Virginia
Lebanon, NH

Marcus Hurley
Project Manager, Mark G. Anderson Consultants
2000 MArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Casey L. Jones
Director, Design Excellence Program, GSA
1988 BSArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Paul D. Kariouk
Principal, Kariouk Associates
1985 BSArch, University of Virginia
Ottawa, Canada

M. Bridget Maley-Cannon
Owner, architecture + history, llc
1993 MAH, University of Virginia
San Francisco, CA

Mary Shaw Halsey Marks
1977 MArch, University of Virginia
Greenwich, CT

Carden C. McGehee, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Brokerage Services, Transwestern
1980 MArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Marc L. Miller
Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University
1999 MArch, University of Virginia
Ithaca, NY

Suzanne W. Moomaw, SARC Faculty Representative
Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Robert E. Nalls
President, Nalls Architecture, Inc.
1977 BSArch, University of Virginia
Narberth, PA

Jill E. Nolt
Glave and Holmes Associates
1998 BSArch, University of Virginia
2004 MArch + MLA, University of Virginia
Richmond, VA

William S. Ryall, Jr.
Architect, Partner, Ryall Porter Architects
1974 BA, Cornell University
1977 MArch, University of Virginia
New York, NY

E. Michael Vergason
Principal/Landscape Architect, Michael Vergason Architects
1972 BSArch, University of Virginia
1975 MLA, University of Virginia
Alexandria, VA

 

A-School Young Alumni Council

Mission: The A-school Young alumni Council was founded in 2011, to facilitate and strengthen the connection between the UVa School of Architecture of and its young alumni. 

The objectives of the AYAC are to:

  • Develop a business, social, and academic network for the School of Architecture young alumni community.
  • Aid young alumni in the transition from UVa to the workplace or graduate school.
  • Encourage young alumni to engage the School of Architecture through increased participation in financial support, as well as through visits, volunteering, student interactions, and networking.
  • Promote stronger communication between the School of Architecture and its young alumni.

In addition to meeting at least once per year in Charlottesville, with regional meetings occurring periodically, activities include: hosting alumni and student events, assisting with recruitment, liaising with student leaders, providing graduate school and early career advice/programming and producing regular communications to the young alumni community.

The AYAC consists of recent graduates from the School of Architecture who have graduated within the last 10 years from either the undergraduate or graduate program.

Patrick Woods, Founding Co-Chair
Gridium
2006 BSArch, University of Virginia
2013 MBA, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Kyle A. Sturgeon, Co-Chair
Boston Architectural College
2005 BSArch, University of Virginia
MArch, University of Michigan
Boston, MA

L. Bernard Harkless, Jr., Co-Chair
HFZ Capital Group
2007 BSArch, University of Virginia
2013 MUEP, MIT
Cambridge, MA

Elizabeth C. Bailey
Landscape Architect
2011 MLAR, University of Virginia
Asheville, NC

Benjamin W. Chrisinger
PennDesign
2010 BUEP, University of Virginia
2011 MUEP, University of Virginia
Philadelphia, PA

Brian Cofrancesco
Old State House
2011 BARH, University of Virginia
Meriden, CT

Sarah F. Cox, Former Co-Chair
Editor, Curbed Detroit
2005 BSArch, University of Virginia
2011 MFA, School of Visual Arts
Detroit, MI

Colin Curley
M.Arch + MLA Candidate
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
2011 BSArch, University of Virginia
Philadelphia, PA

Chelsea DeWitt
PWP Landscape Architecture
2013 MLAR + MUEP, University of Virginia
San Francisco, CA

Christopher Donnelly
HFZ Capital Group
2006 BSArch, University of Virginia
2007 BS Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
New York, NY

Alejandro Fernandez de Mesa
Steven Harris Architects
2006 BSArch, University of Virginia
2010 MArch, Yale University
Brooklyn, NY

Gabriella Gutowski
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
2005 BARH, University of Virginia
Brooklyn, NY

Lauren Hackney
CMG Landscape Architects
2005 BSArch, University of Virginia
2011 MArch + MLA, University of Virginia
San Francisco, CA

Sara Allen Harper
UVA initiative reCOVER and American Visionary Arts
2011 BSArch, University of Virginia
Baltimore, MD

Jia (Joy) Hu
Sasaki Associates, Reed Hilderbrand LLC
2013 BSArch, University of Virginia
Boston, MA

Harriett Jameson
UVA Community Design and Research Center
2014 MLA + MUEP, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Ting Ting Jin
Scalar Architecture
2012 BSArch, University of Virginia
New York, NY

Brittany Johnson
Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus
2010 MSArch, University of Virginia
2012 MEd, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Catharine Killien
Miller Hull Partnership LLP
2013 MArch, University of Virginia
Seattle, WA

Torrence (Torrey) Warren Law
Cooper Carry
2008 BSArch, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Roshni Mahtani
2014 BSArch, University of Virginia
Great Neck, NY

Catherine Kahl Miliaras
City of Alexandria, Department of Planning and Zoning
2004 MAH, University of Virginia
2005 MUEP, University of Virginia
Alexandria, VA

Elizabeth Milnarik
Davis Buckley Architects
2004 MAH, University of Virginia
2009 PhD Architectural History, University of Virginia
Washington DC

Emily Miyares
Manuel Zeitlin Architects
2011 MArch, University of Virginia
Rye, NY

Marilyn Moedinger
Runcible Studios and Boston Architectural College
2005 BSArch, University of Virginia
2010 MArch, University of Virginia
Boston, MA

Jamie Norwood
Hord Coplan Macht
2006 BSArch, University of Virginia
Baltimore, MD

Renee Pean
Shinberg.Levinas
2010 MArch, University of Virginia
2011 MUEP, University of Virginia
Washington, DC

Steven Reilly
Planning Graduate Student, UNC
2010 BSArch, University of Virginia
Carrboro, NC

Elizabeth L. Roettger, Faculty Representative
Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
1997 BArch, University of Virginia
2000 MArch, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Charles L. Sparkman
KieranTimberlake
2012 MArch, University of Virginia
Philadelphia, PA

Emily Williamson
MIT SMArchS AKPIA Graduate Program
2009 MArch, University of Virginia
Boston, MA

Thomas (Ryan) Yowell
Volpe National Transportation System Center
2013 BUEP, University of Virginia
Boston, MA

For recent news and activities of the AYAC, read the AYAC Newsletter.