To reveal the inherent beauty of the created form and space, igniting a passion for design.
1) Finances and Fundraising: Stabilize financial operations, resulting in net positive income to support debt reduction and a sustainable positive cash position, while increasing contributions received from fundraising activities.
2) Programs and Exhibitions: Continue to offer a selection of exceptional exhibitions and associated programs for the benefit of members of the architecture profession, the design and construction industry, and the greater public throughout the state.
3) Staffing: Reduce staffing costs while minimizing negative impact on fundraising, operation of the property, and execution of the Center’s programs.
4) Facility Rentals: Appropriately maximize the income stream derived from the short- and long-term rental of the property and its indoor and outdoor spaces.
5) Alliances: Strengthen relationships with representative neighborhood organizations to bolster the benefits of the Center to the community and leverage alliances with strategic partners to extend the reach of Center programs to a larger audience.
Dear Richmond Philanthropic Community:
It is my honor to be the 2014 Chair of the Virginia Center for Architecture's Board of Trustees. In over a decade as a trustee of the VCA I have endeavored to use my passion for architecture in the service of the VCA's mission, particularly in the area of program development.
The Center is very fortunate to have Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, as Executive Director. Helene’s arrival brought forth a new era for the Center, with a new energy, focus, and vision, and truly set the Center on a dedicated course that promises to continue to enhance our programming and increase our financial viability. Her expertise and leadership, along with the collective accomplishments of our dedicated board and talented staff, have led to several significant advances over the past three years:
• Extended outreach across the state through targeted visits in Northern Virginia and Norfolk, with additional visits planned for 2014
• Enriched neighborhood relationships and stature as a result of careful diplomacy through the Special Use Permit Amendment process
• Enhanced financial stability as a result of a re-negotiated loan agreement with our lending institution, BB&T
The VCA Board of Trustees is a diverse composition of individuals with different backgrounds and skill sets. It is not comprised solely of architects, but includes experts in finance, business, and construction, as well as civic-minded individuals. Additionally, the members of the Board of Trustees are not just Richmond-based, but come from all areas of the state; the balance is perfect for us as we pursue fulfilling our organizational purpose and goals.
This visionary group voted in May to broaden the mission of the Virginia Center for Architecture to include design. Our augmented mission will allow us to deepen our programmatic 'presence' by expanding programming to reach a larger audience in Richmond and beyond through more diverse lectures, traveling exhibitions, architectural tours, and shared content. Of course, this is in addition to our concentration on being good stewards of our notable home, the Branch House, our physical 'presence.' Special projects currently underway include meticulous conservation of the 500-plus windows throughout the house, along with replacing our antiquated heating and cooling equipment with a highly-efficient sustainable system.
Your generous philanthropic support not only affords us important opportunities to maintain and preserve our famous historic home, but also allows us to engage, educate, and serve the public through a diverse array of offerings. Our goal is to provide excellent and innovative programming that will continue to educate, entertain, inspire, and challenge those within our community and the region. We hope you will be a part of it.
01.2011 - present: The Virginia Center for Architecture | Executive Director: Chief executive for museum and historic property, dedicated to developing the understanding of architecture and its influence on our lives, our communities, and our world through exhibitions, public programs, special events, and publications.
11.2009 - present: The Plum Studio, Ltd. | Roanoke, VA | President: Managing Principal of a specialty firm with expertise in architecture and design, program management, association/non-profit planning and facilitation, organizational consulting, fund-raising and grant-seeking, business writing, and artistic commerce.
09.2006 - 06.2007: Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Relationships: Member of Executive Team with overall management of AIA150 (the AIA’s sesquicentennial observance), the AIA’s strategic initiatives (sustainability and integrated project delivery), and advancing relationships with the collaterals and related groups.
08.2002 - 09.2006: Team Vice President, AIA Community: Member of Executive Team, liaising with Board group as well as managing four AIA staff departments supporting member aspects of the AIA: Component Relations, Membership Services, Communities by Design, and Alliances; briefly included Government Relations.
04.2000 - 08.2002: Managing Director, Stakeholder Relations: Responsible for supporting member constituent groups, nurturing emerging professionals through programs/services/committee structures, bridging to architecture education, and cultivating alliances with collaterals and related professional groups.
01.1989 - 04.2000: The Dreiling Partnership Architects, PC | Roanoke, VA | President: Managing Principal of a small, woman-owned business enterprise with expertise in residential remodeling and additions, custom homes, religious facilities, and small commercial projects; and expanded services in programming and technical writing.
06.1986 - 01.1989: Smithey & Boynton, PC | Roanoke, VA | Project Architect: Responsible for facilities planning, presentation preparation, feasibility studies, and programming for a large architectural and engineering firm specializing in educational and institutional work.
03.1984 - 06.1986: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation | Williamsburg, VA | Space Planner & Project Architect: Duties included supervising alterations to the Foundation’s 300,000+ square-feet of office space in both historic buildings and support facilities for the Architecture and Engineering Department.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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