Volume 10, No. 7 - August 30, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Monroe and Crocker PC
Sleeping Pavilion, by Monroe and Crocker PC (more info)
In This Issue

Piedmont-Palladino to Head WAAC

New Chapter Open House!

Teams Wanted for Canstruction

AIA at the Nats

Featured Project: Sleeping Pavilion


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Susan Piedmont-Palladino Named Director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Professor of Architecture Susan Piedmont-Palladino has been appointed director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), the urban extension of Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture & Urban Studies, succeeding Jaan Holt, who held that position for 32 years.

West River Sailing ClubSusan joined Virginia Tech in 1991 as an assistant professor at the center after several years of architecture practice and positions teaching at The Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland. She currently coordinates the new graduate urban design program, based at the center.

A former president of Architect/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, Susan has served on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. She has been a consulting curator at the National Building Museum since 2003.

Susan has lectured extensively, served on several architecture selection committees and on numerous design awards juries. She is the author of several books, with her forthcoming book, “How Drawings Work: A User-Friendly Theory,” expected to be published in late 2017. Susan holds a master of architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of fine arts in the history of art from the College of William and Mary. Read more here.

Celebrate the Opening of our New Chapter House & our Newly Licensed Members

AIA Chapter HousePlease join us on September 20 for the official opening of the new AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House!

While we are all together, we also want to toast our newly licensed architects. So join us from 6:00-8:00p on Tuesday, September 20 at our new location – 1101 Duke Street in Alexandria, at the corner of Duke and Henry Streets, only a block from our previous location. Make your reservation today.

Teams Wanted for Canstruction

Be creative, inspire teamwork, help your community and have fun!

During the last 12 years our Canstruction® Competition has donated tens of thousands of cans to help our neighbors in need. The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is counting on us and we are counting on you to help. We will again be building at Reagan Washington National Airport, where over 480,000 people will view your creation. Build-out night is November 10 and our structures are on display for 10 days. Please consider forming a team this year, within your firm or partnering with others. Details and the team registration form are on our website.

Play Ball!

West River Sailing ClubJoin AIA NOVA's YAF, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Young Members Group (SEAMWYMG) and AIA|DC's Emerging Architects Committee for a night at Nationals Park on September 10. The Nats will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are $20, which includes an $8 concession voucher AND it's free Nationals Beer Stein night for the first 20,000 fans over 21. Save your seat here.

360 Mentoring Registration Closes September 7

360 Mentoring is an annual program that provides opportunities to connect, teach and learn for architects at all levels of their careers. It is a year-long program where participants are organized in groups of 4-6 people with a range of experience. In addition to general sessions, smaller groups, organized by location, are encouraged to meet regularly. This year’s theme will explore ways to better integrate architecture with work, life and others. The program begins on September 21.

360 Mentoring is organized by AIA Northern Virginia's Young Architects Forum, Schools Connections, Women in Architecture and Fellows committees. Details and registration are available here.

Design News

  • Our Chapter's Design Award winners are featured in the fall issue of Home & Design Magazine as well as in the August 26 issue of AIA Architect. Be sure to visit our Design Awards Gallery which features video clips of the jury talking about each winning project.
  • Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect was recently honor with a prestigious International Architecture Award for the Mohican Hills House in Glen Echo, Maryland, one of only a few residential projects selected. The International Architecture Awards are the largest and most extensive global architecture awards program in the world. Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, over 130 buildings from 43 nations were recognized this year. Details and photos of the Mohican Hills House will be featured in our next newsletter, but you can see the complete list of winning projects here.
  • Fairfax County recently announced the winners of their 2016 Exceptional Design Awards. Since 1985, these awards have recognized achievement in the total design of a building and its site. This year nine projects were honored with awards. An illustrated article will appear in our next newsletter. In the meantime, you can view the winning projects here.

In Studio with HGA Architects and Engineers

Women in Architecture is hosting an In Studio with d’Andre Willis, AIA on September 14. d’Andre, a principal in HGA's Mid-Atlantic office in Alexandria, focuses on projects for the arts, higher education and community and brings a unique perspective to work in this region. Continuing education credits are offered. Reservations are available here.

Awards and Opportunities

AIA National Honors & Awards Submissions
Due August 29 – TAP Innovation Awards
Due October 7 – AIA/ACSA Topax Medallion
Due October 7 – Associates Award
Due October 7 – Collaborative Achievement
Due October 7 – Edward C. Kemper Award
Due October 7 – Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture
Due October 7 – Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
Due October 7 – Young Architects Awards
Due October 14 – Fellowship
Due October 14 – Honorary Fellowship
Due October 14 – Honorary Membership
Due August 31NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards Intent to Enter
Due September 2NAIOP DC|MD Awards of Excellence Due
Due September 30Architecture at Zero 2016 Registration

Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Come pay us a visit for new postings from MTFA Architecture, MG2, Little, Evergreene Homes and O'Neil Architects.

Featured Project

Sleeping Pavilion
Monroe and Crocker PC
Rappahannock County, VA

 A place to rest and soak in the view, this screened pavilion is one small part of a larger private residential complex. The small wooden structure sits atop a pergola covered garage, but through smart site planning and clever topographical manipulation, has at-grade access from its bluestone terrace to the neighboring guesthouse. Planted beds and natural material that make up the terrace are actually part of a green roof assembly. The elevated location gives a tree house effect on the back side, with screened openings at the same level as the tree canopy. Views to the front open across the roof terrace to an expansive view of the mountains to the west. An interior bed niche is the predominant furniture but there is enough room for a small table and chairs for dining. Interior sliding shutters allow for closing off the breeze if chilly and the morning sun for sleeping in. A client request for color led to the interior color palette and the violet colored glass in the corners of the screen panels. The architect designed the wooden and art glass light fixtures to provide a subtle glow when artificial light is needed.

Photography © Monroe and Crocker PC



10 | Young Architects Forum Nationals Baseball Game
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Arlington. [info]

14 | ARE 5.0 Transition Informational Session with NCARB - Sold Out
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

14 | Women in Architecture - In Studio at HGA Architects and Engineers
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

20 | Chapter Open House and Celebration of our Newly Licensed Members
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

21 | 360 Mentoring: Introductory Session [info]

30 | Small Firm Roundtable - Glass Wall Systems and Design Considerations
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  October 18 - 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Honors Celebration
  October 24 - WIA Charity Spa Night
  October 28 - Small Firms Roundtable

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.