CHARLESTON - For the first time in its 94-year history, the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, has chosen a woman to lead its profession.
Phoebe Patton Randolph, principal with Huntington architectural firm Edward Tucker Architects Inc., was installed as president by her peers at the chapter's March 4 meeting.
"She is very capable and a genuine leader who is well-deserving of the office," said Ed Tucker, president and founding principal of Edward Tucker Architects who served as the chapter's president in 2002 and 2003. "I believe she'll do a great job, because anything she does, she does it 100 percent, and the chapter will be better for it."
Patton Randolph has been a member of the AIA since 2004, serving as a founding member of the livable communities committee, as well as on the scholarship committee, which oversees scholarship awards to West Virginia natives pursuing an education in architecture.
She has served on the chapter's executive committee since 2011.
"We are experiencing a unique time in the field of architecture, with many of our members retiring and younger members moving up in the profession," Patton Randolph said. "I hope to position our organization to assist with recapturing West Virginia's young talent by connecting them with job opportunities in the state. We also will continue to strongly advocate for the profession from a policy standpoint and promote the value of architecture and design to the general public. I am proud to represent such an engaged and optimistic group of architects."
A Huntington native, Patton Randolph began working at Edward Tucker Architects during summer and holiday breaks while pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
After graduating in 2000, she returned in 2003 as a full-time employee. She was licensed in 2008 and certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Accredited Professional in 2010. She was promoted to firm principal in 2014.
Her portfolio of work includes health care, higher education, commercial food production, and library and museum projects.
Patton Randolph's volunteer efforts include addressing issues with housing, early childhood education and community centers. In the Tri-State, she has served with the United Way of the River Cities, KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission, Region II Planning and Development Council, Huntington Museum of Art, River Valley Child Development Services, Marshall Artists Series, A Vision Shared - Entrepreneurship Committee and Create Huntington.
"I believe architects have a unique skill set to offer to civic projects," Patton Randolph said, "and we have a responsibility to apply those skills toward the betterment of our communities."
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and their two sons as well as traveling, doing yoga and throwing parties for family and friends.
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