The Hon. Stephen T. Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., will deliver the Vecellio Distinguished Lecture on Friday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at Holtzman Alumni Center Auditorium in the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

His talk, "Serve, Preserve, and Inspire," is free and open to the public.

Ayers is the 11th architect of the Capitol, nominated to his position by President Barack Obama. In his position, Ayers provides a wide range of professional expertise and services to preserve and enhance the U.S. Capitol.

His talk will provide an overview of current projects, such as the Capitol building dome restoration, and will showcase efforts to preserve the historical buildings on Capitol Hill.

Prior to his current position, Ayers was a general engineer with Voice of America and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In 2011, Ayers received the Construction Industry Institute's Carroll H. Dunn Award for Excellence.

The Vecellio Distinguished Lecture Series is funded by an endowment created in 2000 – with donations from the Vecellio Family Foundation Inc., Vecellio & Grogan Inc., and members of the Vecellio family – to benefit the Construction Engineering and Management Program in Virginia Tech's Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.