The Muscarelle Museum of Art's colorful Trombe wall functions as a solar energy collection system.
Courtesy Carlton Abbott & Partners Architects The Muscarelle Museum of Art's colorful Trombe wall functions as a solar energy collection system.


The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects presented its annual architectural Honor Awards at the Visions for Architecture Gala, which took place at the Jefferson Hotel on November 7.

M. Kirk Train received the William C. Noland Medal, a recognition of his exemplary contributions to the profession over the course of his lifetime.

“Kirk’s extraordinary efforts to initiate collaborative projects within communities, his remarkable dedication to the AIA as the voice of the profession, and his steadfast belief that the architecture profession can meaningfully assist citizens in achieving a more balanced and wholesome life are, when considered collectively, attributes of the highest order for an architect,” said 2014 AIA President Helene Dreiling, FAIA, in a press release issued by the Society.

This year’s Test of Time award was presented to the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, designed by Carlton Abbott, FAIA. The museum’s most notable element is its Trombe wall, which features tubes filled with bright-hued water. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the wall also functions as a solar energy collection system.

Other honorees included Falls Church architects Robert E. Beach, AIA, and Lori Garrett, AIA, who each received an Distinguished Achievement award for their dedicated leadership. Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Hon. VSAIA, the current executive director of the Capitol Square preservation council, received the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service celebrating her 18-year commitment to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

Thomas F. McGraw, III, executive vice president of W.A. Lynch Roofing Co. in Charlottesville recieved Society Honors. The Society also welcomed two new honorary members--architectural historian Bryan Clark Green, Ph.D., and Virginia Society AIA Sales Administrator Cathy Guske.