The Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the AIA Potomac Valley chapter, providing a venue for tax-deductible contributions to the future of the architecture profession in our region. Members of AIA Potomac Valley chapter are also members of the Foundation and provide the core resources and leadership for the Foundation’s work. Industry partners and members of the public also play a role in Foundation activities and leadership.
Please take a look at the report of our 2013 Accomplishments.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote architectural education, training and research and to increase public awareness of the field of architecture. PVAF currently fulfills its mission through three major programs:
PVAF currently awards four scholarships annually to architecture students at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Contributions will allow the Foundation to expand its scholarship program to other local architecture programs and schools. Your contribution can be allocated to one or more of the following scholarship funds:
Bernard M. Frishman, AIA Memorial Fund — scholarship for graduate student of architecture
Andrew R. Winters, AIA Memorial Fund — scholarship for graduate student of architecture
General Scholarship Fund — students entering an architecture program in a community college or university, currently studying in a community college or university undergraduate architecture program, or pursuing a graduate degree in architecture
The Lloyd N. Unsell, Jr. Chapter House is located in LEAFHouse, the University of Maryland’s 2007 entry in the Solar Decathlon. This inspiring and smart building that generates surplus energy that is being fed back into the grid is envisioned as a sustainable design showcase for the community and a resource for chapter members. Contributions to PVAF help us maintain this remarkable “learning lab” and help it evolve as a living building.
PVAF members are invited to participate in various community outreach programs to help convey a better understanding of architecture and design to the public. Architects volunteer for community design and building projects, take architecture learning into primary and secondary schools, and share their expertise through community education forums. These programs vary from year to year.
Randy A. Steiner, AIA LEED AP
Coordinator, Architecture – Montgomery College
President, coalition of Community College Architecture Programs (cCCAP)
Architectural Sales, Ernest Maier Inc.
Tom Nyein, AIA
Tom Nyein, Architect
Helen Crettier Wilkes, AIA
Kawa Wilkes Architects
Bo Green, AIA
Scott Knudson, AIA LEED AP BD + C – Wiencek + Associates
Lloyd N. Unsell, Jr., Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President
Renee Brooks Catacalos