Volume 11, No. 2 - February 27, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Moseley Architects
Baldwin Elementary and Intermediate School, by Moseley Architects (more info)
In This Issue

New Fellows

Open House Tomorrow

AIA's Federal Agenda

WIA Lecture Series

Featured Project: Baldwin
    Elementary + Intermediate School


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Moseley Architects This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Moseley Architects

Congratulations to our New Fellows
 The 2017 Jury of Fellows elevated 178 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the profession. We are very pleased to announce that three chapter members have been elevated to fellowship, (from left):

Paul R. Erickson, FAIA, LEED® AP, President and Founder of LeMay Erickson Wilcox Architects
Kevin G. Sneed, FAIA, IIDA, LEED® AP BD+C, Partner and Senior Director of Architecture for OTJ Architects
Charles Swartz, FAIA, Partner at Reader & Swartz Architects

Congratulations also to Lori Garrett, FAIA from AIA Richmond, Wesley L. Page, FAIA from AIA Hampton Roads and to Sami Kirkdil, FAIA, an Unassigned Member of our chapter. Watch for detailed information in our March/April newsletter.

Join us for Mardi Gras at the AIA Northern Virginia Open House

Washington GasOpen House
Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28, 6-8p.

AIA Announces Its Federal Agenda and Values Statement

As AIA leaders visit Capitol Hill during the Grassroots Leadership Conference in early March, they will be advocating for policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities and emphasizing investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure. Learn more about the AIA's Federal agenda here.

The AIA has also published "Where Architects Stand; A Statement of Our Values," a document that re-asserts the values of the architecture profession and where it stands on a host of issues. This document is intended to be a guidepost for AIA members as they advocate for the profession on the federal, state and local level for policies that foster inclusive, diverse, sustainable and prosperous communities.

If you wish to join AIA Northern Virginia members as they visit our local representatives on March 8 or wish to share your thoughts on any issues, please email the chapter at aianova@aianova.org.

AIA Northern Virginia Women in Architecture 2017 Lecture Series - Resilience
 Our 5th annual WIA Lecture Series examines resilience through the lenses of Civic Culture, Economics and the Environment. Presented on three evenings in March and April, the series explores questions about resilience in the built environment, solutions that designers are uniquely positioned to offer and what’s on the horizon for resilient design. Continuing education credits (HSW LUs) are offered for all sessions.
ARE Structural Systems: March 31 - April 2

For the 12th year in a row, we are happy to announce that Professor David Thaddeus, AIA is returning to our chapter to teach his renowned Structural Systems review. He has taught architectural structures for over twenty-five years and is 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!

Our award-winning ARE Prep Series continues with these sessions:
  • March 11 – Building Design + Construction Systems
  • March 18 – Practice Management (ARE 5.0 material)
  • March 31-April 2 – Structural Systems
  • April 22 – 4.0 Vignettes (SD, PPP, SPD, CD, BDCS), simulcast from Roanoke
All sessions offer AIA continuing education credits and discounted tuition for AIA members. Visit our ARE page for complete information and registration.

Amanda Schlichting Selected Regional Associate Director
The Board of Directors of the AIA Region of The Virginias has selected Amanda N. Schlichting, Associate AIA, as Regional Associate Director for the 2017-2018 term on the National Associates Committee (NAC). Amanda graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 and lives in Danville, where she has worked for Dewberry since 2014. She has been involved with both local and national organizations as a student, a community advocate and as a Director on the AIA Blue Ridge Board. Through the AIA, she has helped run community design events and become a part of the 2017 Class of Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture Program.

The NAC serves Associate AIA members and wants to be a catalyst by becoming agents of change, by challenging the status quo, by representing a diverse membership and by promoting mentorship, fellowship, licensure, advocacy and service. The Regional Associate Director (RAD) serves as a vital link between Associates and the national organization. Read more about Amanda and the NAC here.

Conference on Architecture

Awards and Opportunities

Due March 1Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA Fellowship Application
Due March 3Southeast Region Exhibition of School Planning and Architecture Awards
Due March 10Marvin Architects Challenge
Due March 13AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards
Due March 152017 AIA National Photography Competition
Due March 17Call for Nominees: 2017 AIA Representatives on NAAB Visiting Team
Due March 23DesignDC: Rooted in Resilience Call for Proposals
Due March 312017 UIA-PHG International Student & Young Architect Competition
Submit Architectural Sketches for AIA National's Instagram for Architecture Week (April 9-15) to socialmedia@aia.org

Earn Continuing Education Credits and Enjoy Lunch
March 24: Risk Management - Should I Go or Should I Not Go?
Organized by the Small Firms Roundtable, this session will walk you through the four steps of risk management: identifying, assessing, managing and controlling risks. This session is presented by RLI Insurance and The Klein Agency and takes place at the Chapter House from noon-1:30p. [info]

March 29: Universal Design Solutions and New Technology for Residential Practice
Organized by the Capital Area CRAN Committee (Custom Residential Architects Network), this presentation takes place from noon-1:30p at the Miele Showroom in Tysons Corner. [info]

Design News

Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for new postings from: BSBDesign, MODE4 Architecture, Architecture, Incorporated, Ritter Norton Architects, Hord Coplan Macht, Heffner Architects and MTFA Architecture.

Featured Project

Baldwin Elementary and Intermediate School
Moseley Architects
Manassas, Virginia

 The new Baldwin Elementary and Intermediate School, completed in 2016, features 21st century learning spaces for students in kindergarten through sixth grade in an urban setting. The three-story school utilizes corridors as extended learning spaces, while still providing space for circulation and egress. The extended learning labs include smart boards and computer monitors with flexible furniture for small group, project-based learning opportunities.

 The school is divided into five academic villages based on grade level. Each village has traditional classrooms that connect to a centralized, extended learning lab. The extended learning labs have multiple learning centers, which provide for small group discussion or expand to include larger groups. Each classroom entrance is staggered across from an extended learning center. This enables teachers to supervise the classroom while allowing other students to collaborate with peers at the adjacent, extended learning center. Each extended learning lab is designed with a teacher center where teachers can meet  with students, prepare lesson plans and conduct private conversations.

Inspired by the city's nearby train tracks, the bold interior design strategy incorporates a bright color palette and unique furniture designs. Selected carpet and tile colors as well lighting patterns in the corridors, media center and extended learning lab mimic the look of train tracks.
CalendarPhotography © Jim McCalla, AIA, REFP


2 | LEED v4 and Beyond (SOLD OUT)
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

3 | Building Enclosure Workshop (SOLD OUT)
     8:30a, Arlignton. [info]

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

7 | Capital Area CRAN Committee Meeting
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

11 | ARE: Building Design and Construction Systems
     10:00a, Arlington/Roanoke. [info]

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

14 | Women in Architecture Lecture Series: Resilience and Civic Culture
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

14 | On a Path to Zero Energy Construction (SOLD OUT)
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

18 | AIA Virginia Fellows Fête
     Blacksburg. [info]

18 | ARE: Practice Management
     10:00a, Arlington/Roanoke. [info]

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

23 | Young Architects Forum Committee Planning Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

24 | Risk Management - Should I Go or Should I Not Go?
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

24 | WAAC Career Fair
     1:30p, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Women in Architecture Lecture Series: The Economics of Resilience
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

29 | Universal Design Solutions and New Technology for Residential Practice
     12:30p, Vienna. [info]

31 | ARE Exam Series: Structural Systems (3-Day Workshop)
     Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  April 9-15 - Architecture Week
  April 19 - Women in Architecture Lecture Series: Resilient Design and the Environment
  April 20 - Design Award Entries Due
  April 25-29 - AIA Conference on Architecture

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.