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1 | Large Doors: How to Select the Right Door (CE)
2 | Rubell Museum and Gallery 64 Multifamily Construction Tour (CE)
5 | WIA Holiday Party
5 | Procrastinator Series: Design Green & Healthy Built Environments with Natural Wood Flooring (CE)
7 | Procrastinator Series: Shifting Trends in Foodservice (CE)
8 | CRAN Annual Holiday Party
8 | Procrastinator Series: Maximizing Tile Installation Using Profiles (CE)
9 | Procrastinator Series: High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Compact Panels for Rainscreen Wall Systems (CE)
12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
12 | Procrastinator Series: Interior Non-Load Bearing Partitions (CE)
13 | Procrastinator Series: Waterproofing Roof Decks and Balconies with Walkable PVC Membranes (CE)
14 | Procrastinator Series: Meeting LEED v4.1 Acoustical Requirements for Schools (CE)
15 | Monthly CAE Firm Spotlight & Meeting
15 | Procrastinator Series: Structural Mulling for Fenestration (CE)
26 | Christmas - Closed for the holiday (observed)

2 | New Years Day - Closed for the holiday (observed)
18 | Session 2: 360 Mentoring


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215 N. Payne Street, Suite 310
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-9747

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AIA Northern Virginia Announces Design Award Recipients for 2022
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Submit a Nomination for a 2022 Chapter Honor Award!
Due August 12

It's that time of year again – Award season is upon us. Every year, AIA Northern Virginia seeks nominations for the Chapter's Honor Awards program. These Chapter awards recognize the outstanding achievements of our members and colleagues and include the following categories:
  • Award of Honor
  • Distinguished Leadership
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Service to the Chapter
  • Chapter Award
  • Craftsmanship Award
  • President's Award for Distinguished Achievement
Members are encouraged to nominate potential Honor Award recipients. To do so, please complete this form to submit the nominee's name and contact information and include a brief narrative (approximately 250 words) and any supporting graphic material. Nominations are due by August 12, 2022, and awards will be presented at the annual business meeting. Email with any questions.

Farewell to 1101 Duke Street
Monday, April 11

In case you haven't heard the news, the AIA NoVA Board of Directors has decided not to renew the Chapter House lease at 1101 Duke Street. Instead, a task force is conducting a strategic analysis and programming exercise to assess our current and future needs to identify what type of space will best fit those needs for the next 5 years. The task force has been and will continue to provide updates throughout the process at Board meetings. During this time, staff will continue to work virtually and deliver the same level of high-quality services to which everyone is accustomed. We will also be working in collaboration with our members’ firms and local businesses to host in-person events beginning next month. Our temporary new address will be 215 N. Payne Street, Suite 310, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please email any questions to Executive Director, Jaclyn Toole, Assoc. AIA at

April is Architecture Month
Wednesday, March 30

Every year AIA NoVA celebrates Architecture Month throughout April with a goal of increasing the public's awareness of the different roles an architect can take on to create positive change, educate people on the practice of architecture, and engage people of all ages in learning about and experiencing the built environment. This year's schedule of events includes tours, lectures, and activities for children and families. Be sure to spread the word and sign-up for the different offerings.

ARE Prep Returns in 2022
Wednesday, December 15

The Young Architects Forum of AIA Northern Virginia is once again offering ARE Preparatory Seminars beginning in Jan. 2022 with a kick-off introduction and roundtable featuring National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Manager of Examination, Nicholas Respecki, AIA, NCARB.

Each virtual seminar offers the attendees the opportunity to learn from a top-notch design professional while gaining knowledge that can be used to prepare for each section of the Architect Registration Exam® (ARE). Topics covered include Practice Management; Project Management; Programming and Analysis; Project Planning and Design; Project Development and Documentation; and Construction and Evaluation.

Continuing education credits are offered for all sessions and advance registration is required. Attendees can register for individual seminars or for the complete series. For more information and to register for an individual seminar or the complete series, visit 2022 ARE Prep. Space is limited, don’t wait!

Season of Change
Monday, November 15

After 22 years of dedicated service, Debbie Burns, Hon. AIA has retired as the Executive Director of AIA Northern Virginia. With Debbie at the helm, the Chapter’s membership and reserve funds have grown significantly over the years. She assembled an outstanding team during her tenure who remains in place to provide continuous high-quality service to our members. As we move forward and build upon this strong foundation, the Chapter welcomes our new Executive Director, Jaclyn S. Toole, Assoc. AIA.

While Jaclyn is transitioning to this new role and becoming familiar with our members, events, programs, and overall Chapter business, please reach out to her with any questions or ideas you may have as we begin planning for 2022 and beyond. She can be reached at

Demand for Design Services Continues to Increase
Friday, October 29

Architecture firms continue to report increasing demand for design services in September, according to the October 20 AIA Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

The ABI score for September was 56.6, which is up from August’s score of 55.6. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings from the prior month. During September, scoring for both the new project inquiries and design contracts moderated slightly, but remained in positive territory, posting scores of 61.8 and 54.7 respectively.

“The ABI scores over the last eight months continue to be among the highest ever seen in the immediate post-recession periods that have been captured throughout the index’s history,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, it’s unlikely that revenue increases at architecture firms can sustain this pace. Given that growth in both new design contracts and project inquiries have moderated in recent months, we expect to see a similar path for the ABI."

Visit AIA's website for more ABI information.

Autumn Social Scheduled for October 19
Saturday, October 2

Our Autumn Social offers an opportunity for us all to "see" each other and visit, in a virtual way.

We are using Gather to create the meeting space where participants will be able to interact with colleagues and friends in real time. There will be plenty of space for socializing. Our Gather space may look familiar to many since it is modeled on the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC).

During the evening, we will announce our Honor Award Recipients and our 2022 Board Members, and recognize our wonderful Chapter staff, celebrating both Lorin Boswell and Matt Shuba for 15 years of service. We will also honor Debbie Burns for 22 years as our Executive Director and celebrate her upcoming retirement.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Registration closes at 7:00p on Monday, October 18.

Doors will 'open' at 5:30p, allowing time to explore and practice moving around the Gather space.

Thank you to our Autumn Social Patron:
E.E. Reed Construction-East Coast, LLC
For information, contact Catherine Boggs.

And our Autumn Social Sponsors:

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour Offered on September 25
Friday, August 27

Hollin Hills is a mid-century modern neighborhood of 468 homes designed by Charles M. Goodman, FAIA, and constructed between 1949 and 1972 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. This unique community has a high degree of integrity and is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. This self-guided walking tour, which takes place from 12:00-6:00p, is organized by the Civic Association of Hollin Hills and will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping, and interior design. To learn more about the tour and to purchase tickets, visit

If you are interested in being a volunteer docent at one of the mid-century homes during the event, please reach out to Jeff Vandersall, AIA at

Congratulations to our 2021 Design Award Winners
Thursday, August 26

Winners of our 2021 Design Awards were announced in a virtual celebration which is available for viewing on our Chapter's YouTube channel, along with videos of the jury comments and of all the submitted projects, organized by category.

In addition, we have posted a gallery of the winning projects on our website. Congratulations to our winning firms: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, Bowie Gridley Architects, Carter+Burton Architecture PLC, Cook Architecture, Cooper Carry, Cunningham | Quill Architects, FORMA DESIGN Inc., Gensler, HGA, Hickok Cole, Kerns Group Architects, KGD Architecture, KUBE architecture, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc., MTFA Architecture, Perkins+Will, Reader & Swartz Architects, PC, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, Studio MB, U+ Design Partners, Wiedemann Architects and Wouter Boer Architects.

Demand for Design Activity Continues to Expand
Friday, August 20

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its sixth consecutive positive month. The ABI score for July was 54.6. While this was down slightly from June's score of 57.1, it still indicates very strong business conditions overall (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings from the prior month). Scoring for new project inquiries also declined in July but remained near its all-time high at 65.0. The score for new design contracts was essentially unchanged from June to July with a score of 58.0.

"In prior business cycles, architecture firms generally saw their project work soften quickly and then recover slowly," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "So the strength of this recovery is unprecedented. Firm leaders who have leaned into this economic upturn by reinvesting in their firms by hiring staff and upgrading their technology, will likely have a better year than those that anticipated a slower recovery."

Key ABI highlights for July include:
• Regional averages: Midwest (58.3); West (56.0); South (54.6); Northeast (54.1) • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (58.4); institutional (55.4); multi-family residential (54.7); mixed practice (54.4)

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

To learn more about recent economic developments impacting design and construction, visit AIA's website.