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AIA recognizes five Virginians with architecture awards

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The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects in Richmond has honored five Virginians with awards for their work in creating, preserving and enhancing Virginia’s communities.

Charlottesville architect M. Kirk Train received the William C. Noland Medal — the society’s highest honor bestowed upon an architect. It recognizes a lifetime of achievement for an individual architect. “Kirk’s extraordinary efforts to initiate collaborative projects within communities, his remarkable dedication to the AIA as the voice of the profession and his steadfast belief that the architecture profession can meaningfully assist citizens in achieving a more balanced and wholesome life are, when considered collectively, attributes of the highest order for an architect,” AIA President Helene Dreiling said in a statement. 

An Award for Distinguished Achievement went to Falls Church architect Robert E. Beach and Richmond architect Lori Garrett. Beach, principal of Robert E. Beach Architects LLC, was recognized for his leadership and unwavering commitment to serve the community. Garrett is honored because of her leadership in the AIA and as a senior principal and vice president of Glavé and Holmes Architecture.

Thomas F. McGraw, III, executive vice president of W.A. Lynch Roofing Co. in Charlottesville, was recognized with Society Honors. McGraw recently supervised the successful reroofing of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

Kathleen S. Kilpatrick received the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service, the society’s most prestigious public award presented jointly with the Virginia Center for Architecture. Kilpatrick was honored for her service with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, from 1995-2013, and her leadership as current executive director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council.


The Society’s Test of Time award went to College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, designed by Carlton Abbott. The building’s most notable feature is the trombe wall, which incorporates tubes filled with colored water. In addition to the wall being a work of art, it also functions as a solar energy collection system.




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