Volume 5, No. 3 - March 22, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC
2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, by Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC (more info)
In This Issue

The Jury's Out

Help with Convention 2012

Architecture Week

In Practice...

Featured Project: 2000 Tower Oaks
  Boulevard

Calendar

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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia
2011 Northern Virginia Design Awards Jury
The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that we have finalized an exceptional jury from the Chicago area for our 2011 Design Awards. This jury represents design professionals that examine a wide variety of issues within the practice of architecture.

Joe Valerio, FAIA
Principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Inc.
An award-winning architect recognized for his creativity in project design, Mr. Valerio's 30-year career includes a wide variety of projects such as high-tech industrial, corporate, institutional, retail, healthcare, residential and cultural facilities. Mr. Valerio's work has been featured in numerous publications including a monograph published by Rizzoli. He holds a MArch from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BArch from The University of Michigan.

Eva Maddox, Associate AIA, FIIDA, LEED® AP
Design Principal, Perkins + Will
Ms. Maddox is a pioneer in the development of brand strategy and communications through design. Her research-based design approach identifies and integrates a client's "DNA" into tangible experiences. As Principal of the Branded Environments group, her design strategies target customer experiences, learning styles and the integration of community/cultural interpretations within corporate, education and healthcare environments. Ms. Maddox is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Philip Hamp, FAIA, LEED® AP
Principal, Vinci Hamp Architects
Mr. Hamp has over twenty-five years experience with the restoration of historic architecture, museum installations and the design of new buildings. His recent restoration work includes the Illinois State Capitol, the re-installation of the permanent collection galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Henry Ford Museum and the University Club of Chicago. Mr. Hamp holds a MArch from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, has taught historic preservation at the University of Illinois - Chicago, is a past board member of Landmarks Illinois and presently serves on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council.

John Ronan, AIA
Principal, John Ronan Architects
Mr. Ronan's work has been exhibited in New York and Chicago and has been published in many international design publications. Mr. Ronan has lectured throughout the United States and serves as the firm's lead designer and principal-in-charge. Focused on work that varies in type and scale, the office brings an exploratory attitude to the investigation of space and materiality, and a concern for issues of sustainability and the performance of the building over time, both functionally and environmentally. He earned his MArch at the Harvard University School of Design and Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan.

We will continue our electronic submission format begun with the 2010 program. Requirements have been posted at www.aianova.org/DA11. Awards submissions are due by 5:00p on Friday, April 29, 2011.

Good luck to all!


AIA National Convention 2012: Design Connects is HERE
by Randall Mars, AIA, Chapter Director
In May of next year, the National Convention will be in Washington, DC. Planning has already begun, with many great ideas being tossed around, showing off all of the great work and great places we have helped to shape. This is a special opportunity to experience an exceptional level of programs, and to be involved personally in sharing our experiences with the country.

Our chapter will be involved in 6 committees, which offer a wide variety of experiences and should be very exciting to develop. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Check out the following and contact the Chapter to let us know your interests.

  1. Design and Dine - architectural tours paired with a great meal.
  2. Tours - 70-100 tours of architecturally significant buildings and designs.
  3. This needs immediate attention.
  4. Fun and Family - outings for families, or just fun activities in the area.
  5. Design Leadership - focusing on three aspects:
  6. Design in the New Millennium
    Unique challenges of designing in DC
    Panel Discussions in the Host Chapter booth

  7. PR - getting the word out, including new opportunities for membership.
  8. Volunteers - requiring several hundred volunteers in all aspects.
It's time to get excited and join in the planning and execution of a great event. This is a real chance to have some fun, do a little work and really experience our profession at a national scale. Send an email to aianova@aianova.org to get involved.


Architecture Week Events 2011

April 8 - Canstruction® Build-Out Night
5:00p-midnight at Ballston Common Mall. Watch teams of architects build fantastic structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately goes to a local food bank. Structures will be on display through April 16. [info]

April 10 - Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
1:00-3:00p, beginning at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. The tour will be led by members of our Historic Resources Committee. 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Free, but requires reservations. [info]
Volunteer Opportunity - Historic Resources Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the tour. We will provide you with excellent notes for the buildings along the route and will offer a training workshop before the tour. Please contact Stephen Smith, AIA.

April 12 - Pecha Kucha Night
6:00p doors, 7:00p presentations; at the Light Horse Restaurant, 715 King Street, Alexandria. Thinking and drinking... this event features 8 PK presentations on art, architecture and design. Free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not necessary. [info]
Volunteer Opportunity - Individuals interested in presenting are encouraged to contact Christopher Kehde, AIA.

April 14 - Award Winning Projects: An Exhibit and Lecture
6:30-8:00p, at WAAC, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria. The exhibit highlights our 2010 design award winners and features a lecture by Geier Brown Renfrow Architects focusing on their award winning Lab School Library Retrofit in Washington, DC. 1 AIA/CES LU. Free, reservations are not necessary. [info]

April 30 - Rebuilding Together Alexandria Day
Volunteer Opportunity - Working with Rebuilding Together Alexandria, volunteers from our Chapter will participate in National Rebuilding Day as RTA works to make repairs to more than 50 houses in Alexandria. Please take the time to participate; your help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Sy Samaha, AIA to volunteer. [info]



In Practice...
AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Call for Entries
To encourage and support students pursuing a degree in architecture, the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter, with support from the National AIA, are pleased to announce our 2011 Scholarship program. Organized by our Schools Connections Committee, our annual scholarship program is available to rising 4th year and higher students enrolled in an accredited architecture program in Virginia or to those who live within the Chapter boundaries and attend an accredited architecture program elsewhere in the country. Scholarships of at least $1000 each, to be used for tuition, will be awarded. Students wishing to be considered are encouraged to submit an entry, a postcard design depicting their design work, by April 18. Additional information is available here.

Professional Women's Clothing Drive
We all have professional clothes that we no longer wear. There are women in our community that can't afford to buy clothing for interviews and work. To help them out, the Women in Architecture Committee is organizing a clothing drive for professional women's clothing to take place during Architecture Week from April 10-16. The clothing will be donated to Dress for Success. We are accepting business attire, shoes and wire hangers. We are looking for volunteers at individual firms to collect for their firm during that week. The WIA committee will arrange to pick up the clothing at the end of the week. If your office would like to get on the list for pick-up, please e-mail us at wia@aianova.org. Clothing will also be accepted at the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House.

Commerce Department Program Targeting India Represents Opportunity for AIA Members
The AIA is applying for a grant to the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) for a series of trade missions to India. The MDCP is a program led by the Department of Commerce to assist US based companies in exporting goods and services. Targeted sectors include, but are not limited to, master planning, hospitals, educational institutions and airports. The Institute is accepting applications from firms interested in participating in the first trade mission. There are a total of 17 positions available. Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2011. For additional information, visit the AIA website here.


Featured Project

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard
Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC
Rockville, MD

Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC (KGD) of Rosslyn, Virginia provided full-service architectural and interior design for the projects, which included interior design for developer The Tower Companies' new corporate headquarters and all building common areas, in addition to base building architecture and site masterplanning. The base building was co-developed with Lerner Enterprises, whose corporate headquarters is also located in the same building.

2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard is part of the Tower Oaks mixed-use development masterplan designed by KGD. Tower Oaks, when completed, will consist of 4 office buildings totaling 1.5 million square feet, a business-class conference hotel, an exclusive regional 75,000 SF fitness center, and 100 luxury hotel residences.

Located just off I-270 in Rockville, Maryland, the Super Class A office building is 198,000 GSF and additionally contains a 4-level underground parking garage. This corporate office building has successfully achieved LEED® CS Platinum certification by utilizing a variety of green-building strategies including: high use of recycled-materials, energy-efficient state-of-the-art air quality systems, and abundant natural day-lighting to reduce energy demand. 100% of the electricity for the building is purchased from wind-generated power sources and a large portion of the site has been dedicated to a 14-acre woodland preserve.

As a separate project for the top floor of the building, KGD designed the LEED CI Platinum certified headquarters office space for The Tower Companies. The architect worked closely with the owner's family over the course of two years to develop a design that would capture the family's unique culture and philosophy. The design team endeavored to create a sophisticated, elegant office while observing the highest standards of sustainability and health. The space conveys a feeling of light and openness, while maintaining privacy and personal space. The office is designed to provide views to outside from almost every occupied space, reflecting the company's belief that a connection to the outside world should always be evident. Textures, patterns, colors and various elements of scale work together in a cohesive manner to create a space that emulates the diversity of the natural environment.
photography by Ron Blunt


March 23 - ARE Supplemental Series: ADA
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. Advance registration required. For information visit the Chapter's ARE Prep webpage.

March 24 - Portfolio Workshop
6:30p reception, 7:00-8:00p program, at WAAC, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria. A conversation between students and area architectural firm leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of internship and practice. Additional information may be found on our website calendar.

March 25 - AIA Contract Documents for Small Firms
Noon-1:30p, at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center's new building, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. The Small Firm Roundtable has invited staff from AIA's Contract Documents Education Office to speak about how small firms can effectively use contract documents. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Free, but registration required. Additional information may be found on our website calendar.

March 25 - WAAC Career and Internship Fair
12:00-4:00p, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria. Organized by the WAAC chapters of AIAS and ASLA, this event offers an opportunity for firms to meet architecture and landscape architecture students seeking full-time, part-time and internship positions. Click here for more information.

March 26 - Focus on Building Craft - Masonry
10:00-11:30a, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industry Building, 900 Jefferson Drive, SW, DC. Tour features Steve Netcott, Head Mason for the Smithsonian Institution, discussing masonry work underway at the Arts and Industry Building. This is the first in a series of presentations focusing on the work of craftsmen organized by the Small Firms Committee. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Free, but registration required. Additional information may be found on our website calendar.

March 30 - ARE Supplemental Series: Historic Preservation
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. Advance registration required. For information visit the Chapter's ARE Prep webpage.

March 30 - 2011 Firm Pin-up Series
6:30p, at Catholic University. Sponsored by the Schools Connections Committee, featuring Matthew Jarvis, AIA, principal of AURAFORM. For additional information contact David Prevette, AIA, SCC Chair, at dprevette@gparch.com.

April 2 - ARE Prep Series: Site Planning Design
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. Advance registration required. For more information visit the Chapter's ARE Prep webpage.

April 6 - 2011 Firm Pin-up Series
6:00p, at Howard University. Sponsored by the Schools Connections Committee, featuring Suman Sorg, AIA principal of Sorg & Associates. For additional information contact David Prevette, AIA, SCC Chair, at dprevette@gparch.com.

April 7 - 2011 Firm Pin-up Series
6:00p, at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. Sponsored by the Schools Connections Committee, featuring John Cole & Mike Detomo with Cole & Denny Incorporated and Christopher Kehde, AIA with Lemay Erickson Willcox Architects. For additional information contact David Prevette, AIA, SCC Chair, at dprevette@gparch.com.

April 7 - In Studio with Maginniss + del Ninno Architects, PC
6:30-7:30p, at Maginniss + del Ninno Architects, 209 Commerce Street, Alexandria 22314. The In Studio series, organized by the Women in Architecture Committee, offers a look into the work of a local architect, including a studio tour. This tour features Theresa del Ninno, AIA, LEED® AP. 1 AIA HSW/SD LU. Free, but reservations required. Additional information may be found on our website calendar.

April 8 - Canstruction® Build-Out Night
5:00p-Midnight, at Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Architecture Week. Our 8th annual Canstruction® Competition feature teams of architects building fantastic structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately goes to a local food bank. Watch teams build their structures on April 8 and visit the exhibit through April 16. Free and registration is not necessary. Additional information may be found on our website calendar.

April 10-16 - Virginia Architecture Week 2011

  • On display through April 16 - Canstruction® Competition
  • April 10 - Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
  • April 12 - Pecha Kucha Night
  • April 14 - Award Winning Projects: An Exhibit and Lecture
Additional information may be found in the article above and on our website calendar.

April 11 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 S Patrick Street, Old Town, Alexandria.

April 15-17 - ARE Prep Series: Structural Systems Workshop with Professor David J. Thaddeus, AIA
At ITT Technical Institute, Springfield. Intensive three-day workshop to prepare candidates for the Structural Systems exam. Advance registration required and only limited spaces remain. For additional information, click here.

April 25 - Women in Architecture Planning Meeting
6:00-7:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. For additional information, contact WIA Chair, Sonia Jarboe, Associate AIA, at sjarboe@gbrarch.com.

April 27 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, at the Somerville Showroom, 6535 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church. Two sessions: Universal Design and Water Conservation, presented by Mandy Miller with Kohler. 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Registration required. Additional information may be found here.

April 29 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submittals Due
Electronic submissions are due by 5:00p. The Call for Entries is available from http://www.aianova.org/DA11.

April 30 - Rebuilding Together Alexandria Day
9:00a-5:00p. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Virginia Architecture Week. Working with Rebuilding Together Alexandria, volunteers will participate in National Rebuilding Day as RTA works to make repairs to more than 50 houses in Alexandria. Please take the time to participate. Additional information is available here.

April 30 - ARE Prep Series: Building Systems I - Electrical + Plumbing
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. Advance registration required. For more information visit the Chapter's ARE Prep webpage.