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Corey Clayborne to Serve as Senior Vice President at AIA Headquarters

Photograph of R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA, CAE
R. Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA, CAE

VANOMA is pleased to share that our board member, Corey Clayborne, FAIA, NOMA, MBA, CAE, has accepted a new role with the AIA National Headquarters in Washington, DC. On June 17th, 2022, Corey will be stepping down as the AIA Virginia Executive Vice President to serve as the Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Practice at the American Institute of Architects. He has honorably served Virginia's AIA community since 2017, and looks forward to this new journey at the national level.

This is a tremendous opportunity to work alongside a dedicated and dynamic staff team to equip and position architects around the globe with the resources to lead in the fight against the climate crisis while maintaining a commitment to shaping healthy equitable communities. R. COREY CLAYBORNE, FAIA, NOMA

Though Corey is taking on this new position in his professional career, rest assured that he has committed to continue serving our VANOMA membership as a Director At-Large on our Board of Directors.

In addition to this, Corey has also served a variety of other roles over the years with great influence across the Commonwealth:

  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Secretary of Administration (two Cabinet Secretary's of the Governor of Virginia) on how to implement legislation that would improve equity of the state's procurement of design and construction services.

  • Planning Commissioner for Albemarle County, Virginia, which serves as the chief policy advisor to the Board of Supervisors on issues pertaining to planning, land use, zoning, affordable housing, transportation, and capital improvement planning.

  • 2020 Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee (JLC)

If architects want to impact the world around them, we have to be visible. We have to be in front of people. R. COREY CLAYBORNE, FAIA, NOMA

Corey's legislative impact in Virginia is not to be overlooked. He has a life-long passion for uplifting minority architects and the profession of architecture alike. In 2020 and 2021, his achievements included:

  • Virginia General Assembly advocacy efforts, including the defeat of legislation that would have circumvented the regulation of architecture licensure by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), and the establishment of legislation to enhance procurement programs for Small Women-Owned and Minority-Owned (SWaM) businesses. Read more at

  • Launched AIA Virginia's inaugural 'ARCHITECTS Speak Up!" event, holding 10 legislative roundtables virtually around the Commonwealth. This series connected 50+ architects with their elected officials to discuss affordable housing, sustainability, equity, safe schools, and more. Read more at

It goes without saying that VANOMA is immensely proud of Corey Clayborne and what he continues to do for our profession. We congratulate him on this new adventure ahead and look forward to the great work that he will continue do with this national platform.


Get to know Corey Clayborne and learn more about his service to the profession from the following sources.


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