Holmes Named AIA Virginia Emerging Leader
by 
Jeanine Quaglia
October 1, 2021

Kelley Holmes, AIA, NOMA

Richmond-Based Architect Committed to Professional Diversity

Kelley Holmes, AIA, NOMA, an architect based in Quinn Evans’ Richmond, Virginia office, has been named a 2021 Emerging Professional with the Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Holmes was recognized for her professional accomplishments as well as her commitment to diversity, mentoring, and student outreach.

An associate with Quinn Evans, Holmes contributes to the design of a wide variety of projects, including libraries, academic buildings, museums, civic facilities, and campus planning efforts. She is also active in a number of professional organizations including Richmond Women in Design, where she chairs the Steering Committee; the Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, where she serves as a board member and mentors students interested in architecture; and the AIA. Holmes was also the first female board member in the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and helped plan NOMA’s 2021 Southeast regional summer camp, providing outreach to K-12 students.

Holmes holds a Master of Fine Arts (2011) from the Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Architecture (2007) from Virginia Tech.

Launched in 2015, AIA Virginia’s Emerging Professionals Award recognizes contributions in design, research, education, discourse, service to the profession, mentorship, or community service. Most recipients are accomplished in several of these areas and all demonstrate the strength of the architectural profession in their early promise as thought leaders and designers.

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