Volume 11, No. 5 - June 14, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Reader & Swartz Architects, PC
Camusrory, by Reader & Swartz Architects, PC (more info)
In This Issue

Women's Leadership Conference

A Secure Site

Residential Forum

YAF at the Nats!

Featured Project: Camusrory


Visit the AIANOVA Website

C. M. KLING + ASSOCIATES, INC. This issue of BLAST is sponsored by

AIA National Women's Leadership Summit 2017 Mid Atlantic
September 14-16

The Women's Leadership Summit (WLS) is a unique forum focusing on the advancement of women architects to upper levels of management. The theme "Creating Tailwinds" reflects the momentum happening industry-wide around equity, diversity and women's contributions to architecture and design. WLS includes inspirational presentations of the work of women architects and practical seminars for professional development within traditional firms, government and academia.

WoodWorksAlso, watch for information soon on the opening night reception, sponsored by all AIA chapters in Virginia and Maryland!

Early Bird registration ends June 16.

The Green Bar

The internet doesn't always feel like the safest place to store information but it's nonetheless frequently a neccessity. As your local Chapter, the only information we store about our members online are the firms' Referral Lists and Job Board. Still, to assure Members that we adhere to the highest standards for encyption and security, and to prepare for new features moving forward, we have added secure socket layering, indicated by a green address bar in your web browser with the Chapter's full legal name. This means you can feel safe entering information on our site knowing it is going directly to our web servers. Our vendor was GeoCerts out of Atlanta.

The Integrated Life of a Residential Architect: An Informal Forum on June 21

Join AIA Northern Virginia and the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) for a panel discussion on the intricacies of balancing a professional career as a residential architect and well-adjusted life outside of the office. We all face daily challenges that affect our ability to be productive inside and outside of the office.

1.5 AIA LUs. Sponsored by Protorae Law, PLLC and KC Company/Pella Windows & Doors, this event takes place from 6:00-8:00p at Protorae Law in Tysons. Register here.

Nationals Baseball Game - Young Architects Forum
Join AIA Northern Virginia's Young Architects Forum, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Young Members Group and AIA|DC's Emerging Architects Committee for the annual baseball game at Nationals Park on August 26. The Nats will be playing the New York Mets. Tickets are $22 and include a concession credit. Get your tickets by July 25!

Last Chance to Play!
Washington GasThe AIA Northern Virginia Charity Golf Outing takes place on June 26 at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria. Partnering with United Community Ministries, proceeds from the tournament support our chapter’s scholarship program and UCM’s mission to serve local children, youth and families. There are also options for a one-hour group golf lesson and for reception-only tickets. Register here.

DesignDC 2017: Super Saver Registration Ends June 16

DesignDC takes place October 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with tours throughout the metro area. With this year's theme, "Rooted in Resilience," DesignDC will look at how the region has achieved resiliency and how architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects and developers can be leaders in advocating for resiliency. Tim Beatley, author of "Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design," is the keynote speaker. Register now and save!

Awards and Opportunities

Due June 15AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence in Architecture Submittals
Due June 16Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Submittals
Due June 19Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Due June 232017 I Look Up Film Challenge
Due June 30Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards
Due July 1Latrobe Chapter SAH Symposium, "Building Washington, DC," Call for Papers
Due July 10Practice Innovation Lab, #YAFSummit25 Applications
Due July 14AIA Conference on Architecture (A'18) Call for Peer Reviewer Applications
Due July 21Tucker Design Awards Submittals
Due August 1AIA Conference on Architecture (A'18) Call for Education Proposals
Due August 1Herman Miller Healthcare Scholarship Applications
Due September 1AIA Upjohn Research Grants Applications

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: Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd; Mason & Hanger, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, GBR Architects and MODE4 Architecture.

Featured Project

Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Shenandoah County, Virginia

This is a new house, along the Shenandoah River. It was designed so our client could enjoy the river and spend time with his family.

 The house is comprised of three open truss, shed roofed buildings. The main volume contains the living spaces upstairs, to maximize the view; the guest bedrooms are below. The second volume houses the library above, with the master bedroom below. The third volume is a large screened porch. These three volumes all open to the south-facing river view, with large expanses of either glass or screen. Outside of the living volume is a large, monumental stair, which connects the main level to the river and acts as a set of bleachers to the river. A garage was designed to either hold a car, or to act as an outdoor pavilion when the garage doors on either end are opened.

The entry to the house is a low hyphen between the two main shed volumes. Within the entry hyphen, the river beyond is revealed through floor-to-ceiling glass. Closet doors have graphic images – one is an 1862 map showing the seven bends of the Shenandoah River; the other is a satellite image of the client's ancestral Scottish home. The family's Scottish tartan clan colors are referenced in the blue, green, black, and yellow color scheme along the south-facing, glass-filled river façade. Exterior materials consist of wavy edge, horizontal cedar siding, vertical cedar siding, corrugated Corten siding, poplar bark shingles, and a standing seam metal roof.

All previous photography © Nathan Webb, AIA

Aerial image above © Shaun Galang Aerial Photography - Cedarmeade Studios



15 | Reception Honoring Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA
     4:30p, Richmond.

15 | AIA Virginia Design Awards Due
     5:00p. [info]

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

16 | AIA Virginia Virtual Membership Meeting
     11:30a. [info]

16 | Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Due
     5:00p. [info]

21 | CRAN: The Integrated Life of a Residential Architect
     6:00p, Tysons. [info]

21 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

26 | AIA Northern Virginia Charity Golf Outing
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

28 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 25 - Deadline to Register for YAF Nats Game

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.