Volume 10, No. 4 - May 19, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House
The New AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration June 14
    at LMI in Tysons

Region of Virginias Reception


Canstruction 2016

Featured Project: AIA Northern
    Virginia Chapter House


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Design Awards Celebration on June 14 at LMI in Tysons
LMILMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm, is graciously hosting our Design Awards Celebration at their new Corporate Headquarters in Tysons.

Guests will enjoy seeing the innovative, Gensler-designed space. Beginning with the grand entrance in the transformed basement, guests will enter the lobby through an outdoor terrace that connects the building with the heavily treed site. They will be welcomed by an impressive double-height reception space and wowed by a customized acrylic and light feature along the interconnecting stair.

LMIAt the request of LMI, Gensler opened the interior space, strategically positioning conference and teaming rooms to break the floor plate into small neighborhoods. This segregated noisy and quiet spaces, while still allowing for openness and collaboration.

As is our custom, we hold our Design Awards Celebration and a recently completed project to showcase outstanding local design. So please mark your calendar for June 14 and celebrate with us at LMI! Tickets are available now at https://aianova.org/DA16.

Photographs © Michael Moran/OTTO

Region of the Virginias Reception at AIA Convention this Week

The 2016 AIA Convention takes place this week, May 19-21, in Philadelphia. If you are attending Convention, please add the Region of the Virginias Reception to your schedule and visit with your colleagues at this casual event. No need to make reservations. We will gather on Thursday, May 19, from 9:00-10:30p at the Philadelphia Marriott, Room 408. Thanks to AIA Virginia for hosting this event!

DesignDC: From the Ground Up - Enjoy Super Saver Pricing through May 31

LMIFrom seminars about the latest on pre-fabrication to next-level firm marketing, DesignDC is the premier regional conference focused on the unique challenges of working in the metro area. This three-day event takes place August 24-26, featuring two days of educational sessions, a keynote presented by Gabe Klein – author of Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun – and trade show exhibits at the Washington Convention Center, with a third day full of opportunities to tour projects across the area. Take advantage of Super Saver pricing and earn AIA, AICP, GBCI, IIDA, LACES and PDH continuing education credit. Register here: www.aiadesigndc.org.

Canstruction 2016 at Reagan Washington National Airport on November 10

We're all proud and excited to see MTFA Architecture receive their Jurors' Favorite Award at the AIA Convention this week. This is the top honor of the 2015 International Canstruction® Competition. Is 2016 your year to win?

With Canstruction, you win whether you get a trophy or not because just by participating, you help to feed your neighbors in need. During the last 12 years we have donated tens of thousands of cans to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. AFAC is counting on us and we are counting on you to help. Please consider forming a team this year, within your firm or partnering with others. Team registration will open soon.

Demystifying Fellowship

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Fellow? Not sure where to start on your application? Join Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA for a webinar on what it takes to prepare a successful package. The webinar isn’t just for people ready to apply. It’s never too early to start thinking about Fellowship. The sooner you start preparing, the better off you’ll be! The free webinar is offered June 2, from noon-1:00p. 1 AIA LU is available. Additional information and registration are available here.

CRAN Seminar: Balancing Luxury and Budget

Join the Capital Area CRAN on May 26 from 12:00-1:00p for a practical nuts and bolts seminar on how to create award-winning designs without breaking the bank. Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD will share his experiences and knowledge of best industry practices on how to deliver luxurious results while staying within budget. Sponsored by KONST SieMatic, this event takes place at their showroom at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 130, Bethesda, MD 20814. Additional information is available here.

Alexandria Celebrates Historic Preservation

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and communities across the country are sponsoring events to celebrate this important milestone. This spring, the Alexandria Planning and Zoning Office and the Office of Historic Alexandria are hosting a series of events to highlight Alexandria’s historic preservation initiatives and contemplate future efforts. All events are offered free of charge. Upcoming events include:
  • May 19, 7:00p - Lecture: Understanding Cultural Significance
  • June 2, 7:00p - Lecture: Remembering the Past
  • June 11, 1:00p - Rejuvenation Workshop in Del Ray
Details are available here.

Awards and Opportunities

Due May 27City of Alexandria Beautification Awards
Due May 31AIA Virginia Prize for Design Research & Scholarship
Due May 31Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2016 Journal Call for Papers
Due June 13AIA Virginia's Awards for Excellence in Architecture
Due July 11Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Applications
Due July 15AIA Virginia Honor Awards Nominations
Due July 15AIA Architecture Firm Award

Featured Project

AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House
Volunteers + Staff of AIA Northern Virginia
Alexandria, VA

 Our new Chapter House is only one block away from our old place, but what a difference a block makes!

The exact history of our new home at 1101 Duke Street is still revealing itself to us, but it was originally built to serve as the office for the T.J. Fannon & Sons Coal Yard. From historic photos of the site, the rear section of the building appears to have been built in the 1880s, with the two-story section where we are located added in the 1930s. At some point, part of the adjacent townhouse was annexed. The parking lot next to the building once held four large coal silos, a difficult thing to imagine in Old Town Alexandria.

 The main part of our Chapter space was originally the Showroom for the coal yard, with huge windows and wide sills, where coal stoves were displayed. Reminders of its industrial origins remain, including a large exhaust fan, coal dust found in the ceiling as we installed new junction boxes and railroad tracks on our sidewalk. The old Parlor from the townhouse now serves as office space.

The prominent corner entrance is at the very busy intersection of Duke Street and South Henry Street (Route 1 southbound through Alexandria). There is steady stream of traffic offering us a new audience every time the traffic light turns red. To take advantage of this very public space, we plan to showcase our members' work, host events and display exhibits to serve our members, promote architecture and engage the public.

 Moving only a block was intentional. It is very important to us to maintain our close relationship with Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). We will continue to work together to provide opportunities and events for both students and professionals.

We owe thanks to countless people who have helped us during our move and with all the improvements to the space. They will be recognized soon in our AIA Northern Virginia News. Once we're settled, we'll host an open house so you can see our new Chapter House.
Photography © Matt Shuba, Associate AIA



19-21 | AIA Convention
     Philadelphia. [info]

19 | Region of the Virginias Reception at Convention
     9:00p, Philadelphia. [info]

26 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Fairfax. [info]

26 | CRAN Seminar: Balancing Luxury and Budget
     12:00p, Bethesda. [info]


2 | Demystifying Fellowship
     12:00p, Webinar. [info]

6 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

7 | Legal Risks and Responsibilities of Teaming up for a Winning Bid
     2:00p, Webinar. [info]

13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Location TBD. [info]

14 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration
     6:00p, Tysons. [info]

16 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Oxon Hill, MD. [info]

17 | AIA Virginia Virtual Membership Meeting
     11:30a, Webinar. [info]

23 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Location TBD. [info]

28 | Architect's Guide to Managing Risk on Residential Construction Projects - Webinar
     3:00p, Webinar. [info]

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.