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Kevin Jones, AIA, will be Granted the Virginia Emerging Professional Award

Kevin Jones, AIA, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, and Erin Webb, AIA, Senior Project Manager at 3north will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories: design, research, education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to the community.

Throughout his nearly 15-year career, Kevin has pursued rigorous design work, robust community engagement, and mentorship of young designers. With the built environment and our profession  in the midst of unprecedented change – technological, demographic, economic, environmental – the time is right to interrogate the means, methods, and values of contemporary spatial practice in search of new territories. With a view of both practice and pedagogy, Kevin is excited to roll up his sleeves in the coming “already emerged, middle part” of his career.

As a member of the leadership team for AIA Blue Ridge, and as a current and former member of design-focused groups like Beer+Design and Modern Richmond, Kevin has made spreading the word on the value of architecture an integral part of his extracurricular pursuits.

Kevin works to introduce real-world scenarios and community-focused experiential learning opportunities into his courses at Virginia Tech. In the studio, this has manifest with design-build collaborations with the music department as well as the introduction of client voices to studio critiques. Over the last year, Kevin has also been faculty co-leader of the Malawi Studio – a vertically-integrated studio of undergraduate and graduate students working collaboratively with faculty to realize a singular work: a new campus library for the University of Mzuzu in Malawi, Africa. In collaboration with architects in Malawi, the project is slated for construction in 2019.

Article courtesy of AIA Virginia