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      Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, Elected 2014 AIA President

      Donald C. Brown, FAIA, and Susan Chin, FAIA, Elected as AIA 2013-2014 Vice Presidents; Richard DeYoung, AIA Elected as 2013-2014 Secretary

      Contact: Matt Tinder

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – May 22, 2012 –
      Delegates to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Washington, D.C. elected Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, (AIA Blue Ridge), to serve as the 2013 AIA first vice president/president-elect and 2014 AIA president. Donald C. Brown, FAIA, and Susan Chin, FAIA, each to serve as vice president from 2013 through 2014; and Richard DeYoung, AIA, as the Institute’s Secretary from 2013 through 2014.

      Dreiling currently serves as executive director of the Virginia Center for Architecture, a Richmond-based non-profit that develops the public understanding of architecture through a broad array of outreach programs.

      During more than 18 years of national AIA service, Dreiling has held numerous leadership positions including AIA secretary (2011-12), national vice president (2000), and national board membership (1997-98 and 2000). She is a past member of the board of trustees of the American Architectural Foundation and a past president of both the Virginia Society, AIA and AIA Blue Ridge. From 2000-2009 Dreiling held several positions at AIA National, including managing director of component relations, vice president of strategic initiatives and relationships, and team vice president, AIA Community.

      Dreiling believes architects are at a turning point as a profession. “While it may be tempting to focus on today, we must place a preponderance of our attention to the future—on where society, technology and this future will be in five, 10, or more years,” she said. “We can step forward to envision and advance a new reality: a reality in which we hold not only the capability, but also confidence, to be the architects of change, the architects of community, the architects of culture.”

      Dreiling’s private practice architectural career includes work with The Plum Studio, and The Dreiling Partnership Architects, both Roanoke, Va.,-based firms that she headed. She received her bachelor of architecture degree from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

      Donald C. Brown, FAIA, Elected 2013-2014 Vice President

      , from AIA Montgomery is a past AIA National board member and has served as the Gulf States regional director from 2009-2011. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA, served on the AIA Board Advocacy Committee from 2007-2011, and served as the chair for ArchiPAC from 2008-2010. He was also president of the Alabama Council AIA in 2003. Brown, a regional firm owner for more than 30 years, has had public and private commissions throughout the South. His firm, Brown Studio Architecture, has tackled projects such as downtown and riverfront redevelopment in Montgomery and a historic restoration of the original Tuskegee Airman Flying Field. Brown’s education includes art history at Williams College and the Auburn University School of Architecture, where he has also served as an assistant professor and chaired the Architecture School’s advisory council.

      Susan Chin, FAIA, Elected 2013-2014 AIA Vice President

      Chin, from AIA New York is a current AIA National Board member who serves as New York’s Regional Director. She is on both the AIA Membership Committee and Strategic Direction Group/Communications Committee. She chaired the AIA Gold Medal Advisory committee in 2011, served on the Executive Vice President CEO Search Committee in 2010, and was the president of the AIA New York chapter in 2005. Chin currently serves as the Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space. During the prior 23 years, she served as assistant commissioner of capital projects at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Chin was awarded a Loeb fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000. She earned a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a bachelor’s of science degree in architecture from Ohio State University.

      Richard DeYoung, AIA, Elected 2013-2014 AIA Secretary

      DeYoung, from AIA Pittsburgh has served as a past AIA national board member as Pennsylvania regional director from 2009-2011. He was a member of the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee in 2011 and an AIA Advocacy Committee member in 2007 and in 2009-2010. DeYoung was also president of AIA Pennsylvania in 2006 and president of AIA Pittsburgh in 2003. His firm, WTW Architects specializes in higher education design, environmental sustainability, and adaptive re-use and restoration. DeYoung is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and past secretary of the Arthritis Foundation National Leadership Forum.

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