Volume 10, No. 8 - September 30, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

MTFA Architecture
Urban Exchange, by MTFA Architecture (more info)
In This Issue

Annual Meeting Oct. 18

ELA Nominations Due

WIA Spa Night is Back

Continuing Education Seminars

Featured Project: Urban Exchange


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41st Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections and Honors Celebration
October 18, 6:30p
Please join us for our 41st annual Chapter Meeting. Besides offering a wonderful opportunity to mingle with friends and enjoy a gourmet dinner with stunning views of the Potomac River, this event serves two important functions - voting for 2017 Chapter leaders and honoring the service and achievements of our colleagues as we present our Honor Awards.

We are gathering at Cedar Knoll Restaurant along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River. Originally a farmhouse, parts of the building date from the early 1800s. Operating as an inn and restaurant since 1941, Cedar Knoll recently re-opened as a new restaurant, run by "a close-knit group of daring culinary artists."

Guest will enjoy a fall feast with four different main courses from which to choose. Tickets are $75 and reservations are requested by October 14. A reduced rate of $40 is offered for AIA Northern Virginia Chapter members who are recent graduates, newly licensed architects (within the past 2 years) or are currently candidates for licensure. Please visit our Annual Meeting Page for menu selections, directions and reservations.

Complete election information, including biographies of the candidates and information on mail-in ballots, will be available in our September/October issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Emerging Leaders in Architecture - Chapter Nomination Requests due October 5

AIA Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture is a year-long leadership program offering presentations, discussions and collaborative activities at locations across the state. Applications for the 2017 ELA Class are now being accepted. In addition, each local AIA chapter in Virginia has the opportunity to nominate a single applicant to the ELA program. Northern Virginia nomination includes a confirmed place in the program and offers a financial commitment to cover up to 50% of the selected candidate's ELA tuition.

If you are interested in seeking Chapter nomination please submit the following items to aianova@aianova.org by October 5:
  • A letter to the board of directors explaining why AIA NOVA should nominate you
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A draft of your essay required for the ELA application
Additional information is available here.

Women in Architecture Charity Spa Night
October 24, 6:00p
Back by popular demand, Women in Architecture and Circe of Alexandria will host the 4th annual Spa Night on October 24. Enjoy an evening of networking and indulge in mini spa treatments stationed throughout the salon and spa. Profits from the event will be donated to the National Breast Center. Last year this event raised over $1000 for the Center.

Tickets are $30 and reservations are limited to 70 attendees. This event usually sells out quickly, so guarantee your place by making your reservation here.

Continuing Education Seminars for October

Case Study: Sustainable Libraries - Informing Communities for a Brighter Future
October 25, doors at 6:00p, presentation at 6:30p
Organized by the Committee on the Environment and prepared by the COTE members of The Lukmire Partnership, this presentation will provide a detailed design discussion of two recently certified LEED® Gold building projects and examine project team member roles in the successful implementation of sustainable buildings. At The Lukmire Partnership, 2700 South Quincy Street, Suite 300, Arlington 22206. 1 HSW LU. Refreshments provided courtesy of Lukmire Partnership. Free. Additional information and registration are available here.

Drawing the Line: How to Achieve Accessibility Compliance
October 28, Noon-1:30p
Organized by the Small Firms Roundtable and presented by Mark Jackson, Senior Accessibility Consultant with Steven Winter Associates, Inc., this session will discuss best practices for integrating accessibility requirements during plan design, field construction and project assessment. Jackson will highlight examples of commercial projects which are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. At AIA Northern Virginia, 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. 1 HSW LU. Lunch will be provided. $10 AIA members; $20 non-members. Additional information and registration are available here.

AIA Northern Virginia / WAAC Exhibit Looking for Volunteers
AIA Northern Virginia and Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) are teaming up to host an exhibit at the Torpedo Factory highlighting architecture, design-build, landscape architecture and urban design. The exhibit will be in the ground floor Special Projects room and run for the month of October. Student work from the WAAC will be on display and several mid-term reviews will take place there and be open to the public. Activities for children and families will also be available to help visitors explore the topics presented. Volunteers are requested at the exhibit during the weekends to answer visitors' questions and assist with the activities. You can come for an hour or two or as much time as your schedule allows. Contact Joe McCoy at jmccoy@sanchezpalmerarchitects.com or (703) 598-5623 for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

AIA Chapter House
We celebrated our new Chapter House and our newly licensed architects on September 20. Watch for information and photos in our September/October issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Photograph © Matt Shuba, AIA

Design News

Awards and Opportunities

Ends September 30ArchEx Early Bird Discount Registration
Due September 30Architecture at Zero 2016 Registration
AIA National Honors & Awards Submissions
  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 October 14Nominations for 2017 AIA Committees
Due November 1Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant
Due March 29, 2017HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century 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 Helbing Lipp Recny Architects, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects, Esoarc Studio, Hord Coplan Macht and MG2.

Featured Project

Urban Exchange
MTFA Architecture
Harrisonburg, VA

Urban ExchangeLike many small agricultural towns in America, downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia has been decimated over the past few decades from the relocation of industry and the loss of downtown vibrancy to the suburban “Big Box” retailers who abandon the city and now sprawl along the highways.

Downtown Harrisonburg has not seen a significant urban redevelopment project in more than thirty years. It was clear that a critical mass of vibrant residential and retail activity was necessary to bring back a new sense of pride and place to the old downtown.

Inspired by both the civic presence of the early masonry architecture that defined the town center, as well as the direct connection to the agriculture and industrial heritage that helped the town economy to proliferate for generations; Urban ExchangeUrban Exchange transforms an abandoned used car lot into a catalyst of revitalization.

Designed to inspire the urban lifestyle and housing needs of a growing university, expanding hospital and emerging new technology jobs, this pedestrian friendly mixed-use project addresses past, present and future architectural sentiments into a coherent and exciting solution of context and connection. By extending the town center and linking it with an urban mews park, this project provides the necessary energy to the renewal and sustainability of urban living. It is not enough to just live green, rather we must address the full spectrum of the modern small city life.
Urban Exchange
Photography © MTFA Architecture



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

5 | ELA Chapter Nomination Requests Due [info]

6 | Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
     6:30p, Location TBD. [info]

11 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Tysons. [info]

17 | Mail-in Ballots for AIA Northern Virginia Elections Due. [info]

18 | 41st Annual Meeting, Election + Honors Dinner
     6:30p, Alexandria.[info]

19 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

24 | Women in Architecture Charity Spa Night
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

25| Case Study: Sustainable Libraries - Informing Communities for a Brighter Future
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

26 | ArchEx Online Registration Closes. [info]

27 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

28 | Drawing the Line: How to Achieve Accessibility Compliances
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 2-4 - ArchEx
  November 7-11 - WIA Dress for Sucess Clothing Drive
  November 10 - Canstruction Build-Out Night

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 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314.