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2023 Recap | Message from the VANOMA President

Portrait photograph of Ian Vaughan, VANOMA President
Ian Vaughan, VANOMA President

Dear VANOMA Members,


Reflecting on 2023, our community has navigated a year of significant accomplishments and collaborative strides. Throughout the year, our Spotlight Series, both virtual and in-person, resonated with success, hosting engaging sessions in Norfolk and Charlottesville. These events brought us together, fostering connections and deepening our appreciation for the diverse narratives within our VANOMA family.


Renewing our MOU agreement with AIA Virginia underlines our dedication to mutual support, solidifying a robust alliance between our organizations. Architecture Month became a hub of collaboration, not only with AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Hampton Roads but with plans to extend our collaborative efforts to other AIA components within the state.


VANOMA remains committed to supporting candidates for licensing, as Joel Mieses continued to lead our ARE Series, providing crucial support and resources. Simultaneously, our commitment to fostering growth within the architectural community extended to supporting NC NOMA's ARE Scholarships. This vital initiative ensures a pathway for aspiring professionals, aligning with our dedication to inclusivity and advancement.


Under the leadership of our Vice President, Crystal Miller, we hosted a successful Project Pipeline Camp at Brightpoint Community College, leaving a lasting impact on aspiring young architects.


A moment of immense pride came as our founding/past president, Ken Martin, was elevated to the College of Fellows in the AIA, recognizing his significant contributions to the architectural community. Additionally, at ArchEx in November, AIA Virginia awarded VANOMA members Erin Young Agdinaoay and Brian Gore as the recipients of the Virginia Emerging Architect Award and the Virginia Associates Award.


These collective achievements resonate with the collaborative spirit and dedication that define VANOMA. As the year concludes, we express gratitude for your collective efforts and anticipate a new year filled with continued success.


Looking ahead, we are filled with excitement for the future of our industry. We extend our heartfelt congratulations and unwavering support to NOMA President Pascale Sablan as she continues to lead NOMA at the national level. Additionally, we celebrate the historic achievement of former NOMA President Kimberley Dowdell, who will serve as the first Black woman architect to lead the AIA as the 100th president. Their leadership exemplifies a commitment to diversity, innovation, and excellence in architecture. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact they will undoubtedly bring to our profession.


Wishing all VANOMA members joyful holidays and a prosperous New Year!



Ian Vaughan AIA, NOMA 

VANOMA President 


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