AIA/CES: Continuing Education

Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA)

Inform, inspire, and collaborate! These actions are the main goals of the 2011 ELA class, an honor’s academy under the auspices of the VSAIA. Each year, the ELA class selects a specific region within a city of Virginia and develops a project aimed to improve through architecture.

The 2011 group has chosen Manchester, a region of Richmond rich in history and culture, but afflicted by urban drought. A 6-lane highway dissects Manchester into two separate parcels with transitioning industrial buildings to the north and a residential neighborhood to the south. Master plans for redevelopment have been prepared by the city planning office, but little action has occurred to implement the proposed plans. In order to engage the community, the class project is an interactive kiosk that is designed, built, and marketed by the class. The kiosk will be introduced into the neighborhood at three separate sites within the Manchester with the intent to interact with residents, business owners, and passersby about the future of Manchester: The Hull Street Library, Tricycle Gardens Urban Farm, and 201 Hull Street, near the Mayo Bridge.
ELA participants will be onsite at each location to spark dialogue between visitor and kiosk.

The kiosk is designed and built by the class. Designed to fit into a standard parking space, the kiosk consists of four 4 x 8 modules that create a transparent shelter, evoking the regionally historic lath construction. Within the rectangular shape, the form channels the visitor to a specific framed view. Within the kiosk, visitors will have the opportunity to leave their imprint on the neighborhood through drawing and writing. This visual conversation will be recorded and collected for a final presentation at Architecture Exchange East.

The class is also spearheading its own marketing campaign to engage the community and other stakeholders within the community. In addition to social media sites on Twitter and Facebook, Posters and postcards are being designed for distribution throughout the community and region.

Please visit:

Facebook site: What Do You See

Twitter site: What_do_u_see

If you are in the Manchester Region, on the following dates, we invite you to join us to celebrate architecture, community, and the collaborative spirit we share!

Saturday, Oct 8 – 201 Hull Street
Sunday, Oct 9 – Tricycle Gardens Urban Farm at 9th and Bainbridge
Saturday, Oct 15 – Hull Street Library

Click here to view the 'what do you see' project poster!

AIA Hampton Roads is an "AIA CES Registered Provider" of continuing education programs for members

This means that AIA Hampton Roads is one of more than 2500 educational providers within the AIA/CES systems made up of AIA Chapters, affiliate organizations, manufacturers, universities, other non-profit organizations and government agencies. Our goal is to provide the best available continuing education opportunities to our membership and related industry professionals.

New!  Click here for an updated FAQ Sheet on AIA Continuing Professional Education.


Look for the AIA/CES provider logo to denote AIA CES programs.

When you see the AIA/CES logo advertised in conjunction with our educational seminars, workshops, and conferences you'll know the specific program has been registered through the AIA CES system.   If a program is registered, this means that all members who register and attend will have their time recorded for credit by the provider (eg. AIA Hampton Roads).  AIA/CES records are kept on file with the University of Oklahoma where transcripts are maintained for all AIA members. 

For non-AIA members,  AIA Hampton Roads will provide a certificate of completion upon request for all AIA/CES programs offered by the Chapter.

Remember, all active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit (LU) hours each year, with at least 8 LU hours relating to health, safety and welfare (HSW).

Click here for more information regarding AIA Continuing Education, Learning Units, Health Saftey and Welfare (HSW) and Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE).   

Visit our upcoming events calendar to plan around your busy schedule

Visit our Upcoming Events listing to register for AIA Hampton Roads continuing education programs and to learn about other educational programs of interest within the community. As you view our calendar, look for the drop down box labeled Display All Event Types and click on AIA CES Event for a listing of AIA/CES programs registered by AIA Hampton Roads.  We've also tried to include programs offered by CES providers other than AIA Hampton Roads as they become available.

Self-Report those programs you attend that are not registered with AIA/CES

If a program is not offered by AIA Hampton Roads or another AIA/CES registered provider, AIA members have the option of self-reporting independent activities or research.  The intent of this activity must be educational in nature and related to new knowledge in reference to their practice of architecture.  The AIA national component offers an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section where members can learn more about Self-Reported Activities and other AIA/CES requirements. 

Click here to be linked to the AIA National web site for a refresher on the Self-Report form.

Click here to view your transcript and complete your AIA/CES self-report form online through the AIA National Component web site.  After you enter your AIA member number you will be directed to a site to view your transcript online, fill out your online self-report form, and many other AIA CES options.

Information for Educational Program Providers

If you and/or your firm are providers of quality educational programming and can offer speakers on related industry topics and issues of concern to local AIA members and design industry professionals, we'd like to hear from you to explore future programming opportunities. You might also want to learn more about becoming a local Affiliate Partner. One of the benefits of local Affiliate Sponsorship within AIA Hampton Roads is the opportunity to connect with AIA members through programs such as our "lunch and learns," annual Speaker's Meeting, Scholarship Golf Tournament and involvement in Architecture Week.  If you are already a member, be sure to stay involved and share your expertise.

If your company or architectural firm is a regular provider (throughout the year) of educational programs geared to architects you might want to explore becoming an AIA/CES Registered Provider.  Information on the AIA/CES Provider Program can be found on the AIA national web site.  Click here to learn whether this program might be right for your organization.


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