New Director at Va Center for Architecture

The Virginia Center for Architecture welcomes Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, as its new executive director. Dreiling, an architect and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, brings extensive experience in non-profit management to the Center. She began on January 21, 2011.

“I am quite excited to be taking on this new challenge,” says Dreiling. The center has led by example in the development of centers throughout the United States. By building strong relationships with members of the architecture profession, the design and construction industry, and private citizens who love architecture, I expect the Center to continue its leadership in these emerging enterprises…Our communities everywhere depend on the kind of public understanding and appreciation of architecture that the Center fosters as its mission.”

Dreiling, a former president of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, is currently national secretary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and principal of the Plum Studio, Ltd. Other professional experience includes nearly ten years on the senior staff of the AIA and work with several Virginia architecture firms, as well as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Dreiling received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, where she was named “Woman of the Year” in 1981.

The Virginia Center for Architecture is located at 2501 Monument Avenue in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The Center is dedicated to developing the understanding of the power and importance of architecture through programs, exhibitions, and its stewardship of an historic landmark. The Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Learn more at

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