Call for Presentations

Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) is the annual thought-leadership conference and expo curated by AIA Virginia. It will be held Nov. 2–4, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, with an audience of several thousand architects and allied professionals over the course of the three-day event. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds and most engaging speakers to present talks that are future-focused on a wide range of subjects ― and to provoke important conversations among design professionals.

Though Architecture Exchange East has a 29-year history, we are looking forward to building on the energy of last year’s conference with a renewed and vigorous focus on curating exceptional, inspirational content. We hope you will consider being an integral part of this gathering of creative professionals.

Your talk could range from a one-hour session to a full-day workshop. We don’t want to box you into a particular format. We’re encouraging creative approaches to content delivery, including panel discussions, tours, and guided collaborative conversations. We welcome all proposals.

Propose an offering you think is relevant and timely, or pick something from the Suggested Topics list below. To propose an offering, complete and submit the Presentation Proposal Form by May 8, 2016. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted by July 2016.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Those vendors interested in presenting a sponsored, please contact Judy Cheadle at or (804) 237-1777.


  • Submit a completed proposal form online
  • Proposals must be received by the deadline date
  • Expert speakers with public speaking experience are preferred
  • Presentation content must be sufficient for the proposed length of the session

Deadline is 10 p.m., May 8, 2016

Decision Process

All proposals are evaluated by AIA Virginia’s Program Advisory Group to ensure they address educational needs of the audience and that the program is well balanced. Course selections begin in May and will continue until the entire program is set.

Suggestions and Questions

Suggestions for potential speakers or questions about the conference can be directed to Marshall Dreiling, Education Manager at or (804) 237-1769.

Seminar Tracks

There are seven educational tracks: Design (includes all design-related topics, urban and universal, interior design, landscaping, Master Architects Series, etc.); Tech (trades, BIM, codes, software, emerging technology, regulations, contracts, AIA Documents, etc); Historic (includes tax credits, research, restorations, rehabilitations for alternative uses, etc.), Business (includes all business topics); Green (includes sustainable design, materials, building practices, etc.); and  General (includes AIA Virginia organizational meetings, activities and events, tours, Keynote, etc.)  


 Suggested Topics

Master Architect Series — examining the work of a prominent or master architect, which may include someone of historical interest or a modern master

Tours — Projects of interest, in progress or recently-completed, restoration, redevelopment, urban planning, historical architecture, etc.

Excellence in Design

New Uses of Technology



Sustainable Design


The topics below were identified by past attendees as desirable seminars for 2015


Building Codes

Business planning






New materials


Emerging professionals


Design process

Coping with changing nature of architectural practice

Office management

LEED and design/construction problems

Project collaboration systems/software

Envelope design

Moisture-proofing systems

Residential design

Emerging technologies

Adapting to challenging economic conditions

Affordable and practical ways to conserve energy

Evidence-based design

Websites and social media for architects

Green Globes vs. LEED

Innovative building practices

Climate resilience

Basic building materials

African American architects

Integrating research with practice

Use of BIM in the small firm

Designing spaces for alternative medicine

Wellness facilities

Zero-impact, self-contained structures in resource-development areas

Healthcare and wellness

Integration of trades, such as HVAC, electrical systems, communications, AV

Future of architecture as practiced in the U.S.


Surviving unemployment during recession

Advances in BIM for Facility Maintenance

Balancing work and family/life

Related fields such as mechanical design

Common causes of Change Orders

What is Architecture Exchange East?

ArchEx continues to be the mid-Atlantic’s largest annual educational event and expo with more than 60 educational sessions, behind-the-scenes architectural tours, engaging special events, and cutting-edge vendors.

Who Should Attend?

architects, designers, architecture school faculty and students, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and planners

Important Dates + Information

Sept. 4, 2018    Registration Opens
Sept. 14, 2018   
Early Bird Deadline
Nov. 7-9, 2018  Architecture Exchange East


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