EVIA Wins National 2019 Architecture Business Plan Competition

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EVIA of Palo Alto, CA Selected by a Jury of Industry Leaders

 

PALO ALTO, CA - May 2019: An awards program in its fifth year, Charrette Venture Group’s 2019 Architecture Business Plan Competition recognizes small, innovative architecture firms that have invested time and resources in effective planning for their business. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes are awarded to the winner, including travel to the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas. Finalists have a unique opportunity to interface with a jury of industry leaders.

Leah Alissa Bayer and her firm, EVIA, emerged as the 2019 winner after three competitive stages culminating with video pitches to the jury, which included:

Jurors and CVG facilitators interviewed three finalists by video on April 23rd, 2019. (Top: CVG’s Todd L. Reding and Emily Hall, facilitators, Middle: Juror Mark R. LePage and Leah Alissa Bayer, EVIA); Bottom: Jurors Art Gensler and Matt Ostanik)

Jurors and CVG facilitators interviewed three finalists by video on April 23rd, 2019. (Top: CVG’s Todd L. Reding and Emily Hall, facilitators, Middle: Juror Mark R. LePage and Leah Alissa Bayer, EVIA); Bottom: Jurors Art Gensler and Matt Ostanik)

Founded in 2016, EVIA stands for “Evolving Integrated Architecture.” Bayer describes her four-person, Palo Alto-based firm as “an ambitious new architect-led research, design, and development firm specializing in creating contextually sensitive, story-rich, and future-minded single and multi-family residences. We design and manage beautiful, high-performing, resilient housing for the modern lifestyle along the Pacific West Coast with local offices in the Bay Area, California and Bellingham, Washington and a professional team spread across the US.” 

EVIA’s conceptual plan for the main residence of an off-grid, extreme environment, resilient residential development in Hawaii.

EVIA’s conceptual plan for the main residence of an off-grid, extreme environment, resilient residential development in Hawaii.

Operating as both designer and developer, EVIA’s innovative business model aims to tackle "increasing housing shortages, eminent climate change, and the financial distress of young generations" by creating "more high-quality, resilient homes that support modern lifestyles.” 

Through a strategically-phased launch of multiple business facets, EVIA’s vision ultimately includes a social purpose corporation, a real estate development facet, a virtual architecture and engineering team, a “lab-centered” research team, and an online social platform for residents' home performance data.

The jury was impressed with EVIA’s ambitious long-term vision, combined with Bayer’s highly organized plan for introducing new business facets and scaling existing facets. They noted Bayer’s excellent presentation and her balanced, overall grasp of the multiple pieces required for EVIA to succeed. “She really did her homework,” juror Art Gensler stated.

EVIA’s conceptual elevation for a mid-rise multifamily development in Mountain View, CA

EVIA’s conceptual elevation for a mid-rise multifamily development in Mountain View, CA

Bayer notes, “As a new founder, the competition was such a valuable experience and one that I whole-heartedly recommend to any entrepreneurial firm out there starting to get off the ground. With valuable feedback from the jury of awesomely successful leaders, EVIA now has a solid, detailed plan to inspire us as we grow and guide us as we move forward. We are so much more organized and empowered because of this process.

Emily Hall, CVG’s Vice President of Marketing adds, “CVG’s mission is to help small architecture firms become better businesses. This competition is one way we encourage entrepreneurial architects to invest in their vision and receive highly valuable feedback.”

For more information about EVIA, contact Leah Alissa Bayer at leah@eviastudio.com or (650) 275-3265. Visit EVIA’s website at  https://www.eviastudio.com/.


For more information about CVG’s Architecture Business Plan Competition, contact Emily Hall, VP of Marketing at Charrette Venture Group at emily@charrettevg.com or (401-580-3822.

Charrette Venture Group (CVG) is one of the world’s only investment companies focusing on growing small-to-mid-sized architecture firms. Our mission is to help architecture firms become better businesses. We offer a unique, shared-risk partnership model that provides financial management, leadership development, marketing and business development, organizational design, ownership transition advisory services, recruitment, and other critical business infrastructure. CVG is incorporated in Des Moines, Iowa with a team working across the world on a virtual platform. For more information, visit www.CharretteVG.com or call Emily Hall at 401-580-3822.