Corey Clayborne Named AIA Virginia Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient

Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Wiley|Wilson Project Manager was recently named a recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Virginia’s 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes an architect’s contribution to the profession during the year in one of these categories: design, practice, education, service as a “citizen architect,” or service to the profession. Corey was recognized for his commitment to mentoring young architects, his promotion of the profession through extensive community service involvement, and his work to advance the field and the organization at all levels.

“This is an incredible distinction, one that is usually reserved for professionals with a longer history in the field, so I am honored AIA Virginia selected me for the Distinguished Achievement Award,” Corey said. “The past recipients of this award are some of the most noteworthy and respected professionals in the industry and include former Virginia Tech President Dr. Charles Steger, FAIA, and former AIA National President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA.”

“We are extremely proud of Corey and this recognition by AIA Virginia,” said Neil McSweeney, PE,
Wiley|Wilson Senior Vice President, Richmond Office Manager. “Anyone who knows Corey knows that he is a dedicated advocate for the field of architecture and strives to promote the industry, its organizations, and other professionals whenever possible. This award joins the long list of well-deserved honors that Corey has earned and we are honored to celebrate his recognition this year.”


Corey’s list of professional and personal achievements in the architecture space spans several areas, from community involvement to regulatory support. He was appointed by Charlottesville City Council to serve on the City‘s Planning Commission and was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. He’s Secretary of the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, a nationally recognized organization that promotes black male achievement through mentorship.

Through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Corey has worked tirelessly to promote the profession, serving as Chair of the NCARB Intern Think Tank and on the NCARB Education and Internship Advisory Committees. For AIA, Corey has held multiple Vice President roles at the state level and currently serves as President of the local AIA Richmond Chapter.

Corey is a noted expert on the topic of developing emerging talent and has been invited to speak and present at seminars and conferences across the country on the subject. He has had several articles published under that theme and has been highlighted in numerous magazines and websites.

The Award for Distinguished Achievement was presented at the Visions for Architecture gala on November 4, 2016, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.