Virginia Architecture Week


WHEREAS, architecture can positively influence our attitudes and emotions, and bring people together to preserve, strengthen or create a spirit of community; and

WHEREAS, governments, religions, industries, and families have used architecture throughout history to express values, needs, capabilities, and aspirations; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s second post-Colonial governor, Thomas Jefferson, used architecture as his measure of a government’s relative worth, asserting that we must “avail ourselves of every occasion when public buildings are to be erected, of presenting to [our countrymen] models for their study and imitation;” and

WHEREAS, architects envision and create places for families to live and work in harmony with one another and the natural environment, as well as preserve and enhance the quality of life for future generations; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary in 2014; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Center for Architecture will celebrate its ninth anniversary this April 1st  at its renovated historic home on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, one of the world’s grandest boulevards; and

WHEREAS, members of the American Institute of Architects in Virginia will join their neighbors in community exercises designed to instill a greater appreciation for proper stewardship of the Commonwealth’s built and natural resources as a part of their Virginia Architecture Week activities; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Center for Architecture will announce the results of a public survey identifying Virginia’s Favorite Architecture on April 10, 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 6–12, 2014, as VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.