Volume 10, No. 2 - March 11, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

KohlMark Architects
Milleens, by KohlMark Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Virginia Architecture Week

ARE Structural Systems

BxW DC Gala

Equity in Architecture

Featured Project: Milleens


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Virginia Architecture Week - April 10-16
Architecture Week is held every April as part of the American Institute of Architect’s nationwide celebration of our built environment, featuring a variety of free activities for architects and the public alike.

AIA Northern Virginia will again offer our incredibly popular Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria, organized by our Historic Resources Committee. The tour will gather at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center where participants are invited to tour the studio space at 601 Prince Street and view the students’ current projects. The tour will then end at the Torpedo Factory where winning projects from our 2015 Design Awards will be on display all week. Partnering with the Torpedo Factory, we will host a panel discussion on the intersection of art and architecture.

 New this year, we are organizing an event titled "Working with an Architect," where potential clients can meet one on one with an architect to learn about the design and construction process and to get advice about their specific project. Christine Kelly, AIA is hosting this event at her Alexandria firm, Crafted Architecture LLC. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Chapter at aianova@aianova.org.

Other planned Architecture Week events include Girls in Architecture, an architectural scavenger hunt for children and a tour of Laurel Hill, built on the former Lorton Prison site. Complete information for all our Architecture Week programs will be available on our website soon. https://aianova.org/event.php?eventID=1279

David Thaddeus Returns for ARE Structural Systems April 8th Through 10th

We are thrilled to have David Thaddeus, AIA return to our chapter for the 11th year to teach his renowned Structural Systems review. He has taught architectural structures for over twenty-five years and is currently a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. David is an amazing teacher who can somehow make an intense review of structures fun! See what his students say about his sessions!

Our award-winning ARE Prep Series continues into May. All sessions offer AIA continuing education credits and discounted tuition for AIA members. Remaining sessions include:

March 19 - Site Planning + Design + Vignettes
April 2 - Building Design + Construction Systems + Vignette
April 8-10 - Structural Systems
April 30 - Schematic Design + Vignettes
May 4 - Life After Exams: Licensing + Professional Development

Thanks to our Young Architects Forum for organizing our ARE Prep Series! Visit our ARE page for complete information and registration.

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and BxW DC Gala

 The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received over 100 nominations for their Built by Women DC exhibition. The 39 finalists will be on display at the National Building museum March 19-20. The work of two members of AIA Northern Virginia's Women in Architecture Committee will be included in the exhibition. Theresa del Ninno, AIA, was honored for her work on the Olde Towne Youth Center as the principal architect, and Christina Bump, AIA, was recognized for her contributions to the American University Washington College of Law. A reception to honor the participants will be held at the Museum on March 18.

Olde Towne Youth Center by Maginniss + del Ninno Architects. Photo © Eric Taylor Photography

Please Don't Leave: A Conversation on Retention & Benefits

Presented by AIA NOVA Women in Architecture. Office culture in architecture firms is known for long hours, low pay and lack of flexibility. This is due to design projects with unrealistic deadlines, low fees and bad management. These factors ultimately contribute to professionals leaving the field. This lecture will explore human resource management best practices for small, medium and large architecture firms. Can incentivizing strategic project planning, using better technology and increasing hourly pay contribute to the retention of talented professionals? 1.5 AIA LUs. At HDR, 3001 Washington Blvd., Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22201. $15. You can register here.

Equity in Architecture Survey 2016
 The Equity in Architecture Survey, organized by AIA San Francisco and their Equity by Design Committee, aims to understand the career pinch points and intersections that cause architects to leave a firm or the profession.

The committee seeks to create a comprehensive national dataset detailing current positions and career experiences of architecture school graduates. The resulting research will focus on differential experiences of women and men as well as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. It is anticipated that the survey will provide insights into talent retention and factors that promote satisfying and sustainable careers in architecture. Additional information is available at eqxdesign.com.

The survey link below is customized for AIA Northern Virginia members. To preserve data integrity, you are asked not to share or post the link to social media. On average, the survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete. The deadline to participate is April 1.

Take the survey here.

Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) Portfolio Review and Career Fair
Portfolio Review – March 24, 6:30-8:30p Organized by the AIAS WAAC Chapter and the AIA NOVA Schools Connections Committee, volunteers are needed to review portfolios to help students prepare for upcoming job interviews. If you can help, please contact the Chapter House.

Career & Internship Fair – April 8, 12:00-4:30p Meet the brightest architecture, urban design and landscape architecture students at the WAAC Career and Internship Fair. The WAAC AIAS Chapter welcomes you to participate. Register by March 30 for the early bird rate of $250; $275 for later registrations. Email waac.aias@gmail.com.

Awards and Opportunities

Due April 21 – AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submissions Due (More info to come...)
Due March 142016 Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) Healthcare Design Awards
March 23 Deadline – Early Bird registration for the Philadelphia AIA Convention 2016, May 19-21
Register By March 30Preservation as Provocation Design Competition for Farnsworth House Visitor Center
   Submissions due May 11.
Due March 31Abstract Submissions for the Association for Preservation Technology Conference
Due April 1Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) U40 List: List of Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 Application
Due April 8Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship for Women
Due April 8PlayHouzz 2016 Submissions
Due April 18RFP for the Town of North Beach, Maryland Performing Arts Center Site and Facility Study
Due April 30ArchEx Call for Presentations
Due May 13Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition
Due May 31Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2016 Journal Call for Papers
AIA Digital Transformation Features and Functionality Tester Survey

Featured Project

KohlMark Architects
Woodbridge, VA

 The design of Milleens was driven by the owners’ desire for a three bedroom waterfront home that showcased the spectacular views and park-like setting. As nature lovers, they wanted their home to be organic, minimize any environmental impact on the sensitive site and embrace nature.

Milleens is sited on a high ridge with a 45° slope to the water on the right and a deep ravine on the left. The five acre site is completely wooded and tree preservation was a major emphasis. Very few trees were removed and special care was taken to protect the trees and environment throughout the project. To further minimize disturbance, grades were not changed and the home was designed to take full advantage of the site’s natural topography. Oak from the home site was re-purposed for the mantle, powder room counter, and select furniture.

The visually powerful twin pavilions were born from the need for level ground and parking on an otherwise challenging site. Fill dirt excavated from the main home provided the foundation. All structures are anchored with a natural stone base and exterior materials include timber framing, fir ceilings, shingle siding, a partial metal roof and Corten steel walls. Stone, wood, metal and glass transition the exterior to the interior and large windows flood the home with light and showcase the setting. Interior finishes include reclaimed heart pine floors, Douglas fir trim, dry-stacked stone, rustic cherry cabinets and soapstone counters.

Exterior spaces include a timber framed porch and fire pit stone patio with commanding views of the Occoquan reservoir. A second porch overlooks the ravine and a breezeway connects the garage to the home.

Numerous energy-saving features have been incorporated, including LED lighting, on-demand gas water heating and special insulation. Smart technology helps manage and control the entire house. The house was built by KohlMark Builders Inc.

Photography © Greg Hadley



14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Alexandria. [info]

14 | Firm Tour of HGA Architects and Engineers
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | ARE – Site Planning and Design + 2 Vignettes
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

20 | Young Architects Forum Brunch
     11:45p, Washington. [info]

22 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

24 | Women in Architecture Lecture - Please Don't Leave: A Conversation on Retention & Benefits
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  April 1-2 - Design Forum XII - Transformation: The Turning Point
  April 2 - ARE BD+CS
  April 8-10 - ARE Structural Systems
  April 10-16 - Virginia Architecture Week

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar  |  AIA Virginia Calendar  |  Branch Museum Calendar

For additional information on any of these events, please contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org. The Chapter House is located at 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.