Volume 12, No. 7 - July 29, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Library at UVA's Campus at Wise, by CannonDesign (more info)
In This Issue

Chapter Honors Nominations

YAF Night at the Nats

June ABI Stays in the Black

Quick Notes

Featured Project: The Library at UVA's
    Campus at Wise


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Nominations Open for Chapter Honor Awards

PELLA / KC CompanyAIA Northern Virginia is seeking nominations for the Chapter's Honor Awards program. These awards recognize outstanding achievements of our members and colleagues and are given at our Annual Meeting in October in the following categories: Award of Honor, Distinguished Leadership, Outstanding Achievement, Service to the Chapter, AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award, and Craftsmanship Award. Information is available at www.aianova.org/honors.php. To nominate candidates, send a brief narrative (approximately 250 words) and any supporting graphic material, if needed, to our nomination committee at aianova@aianova.org. Please be sure to provide the nominee's name and contact information, as well as your name and contact information. Nominations are due by August 24.

Young Architects' Forum Night at the Nats!

DA18Join AIA Northern Virginia's Young Architects Forum, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Young Members Group (SEAMWYMG) and AIA|DC's Emerging Architects Committee on September 8 for our annual baseball game at Nationals Park. The Nats will be playing the Chicago Cubs. The registration deadline is August 13.

Tickets are $23 and include a concession credit. More specific details will be sent to registrants prior to the game.

Go Nats!
June Architecture Firm Billings Stay Positive

Architecture firm billings slowed in June but remained positive for the ninth consecutive month, according to the July 18 report from the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI). The ABI score for June was 51.3 compared to 52.8 in May; it remains positive since any score over 50 represents billings growth. As a result, June’s ABI shows that demand for architecture firm services continues to improve across all sectors.

Key ABI highlights for June include:
  • Regional averages: West (46.9), Midwest (49.8), South (57.4), Northeast (50.2)
  • Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (54.6), institutional (51.6), commercial/industrial (53.4), mixed practice (49.3)
  • Project inquiries index: 56.0
  • Design contracts index: 54.1

The complete report is available on the AIA website.

Quick Notes...     

DesignDC 'Early Bird' registration ends tomorrow...   so sign up now for the October conference; this year's theme is Constructing an Equitable Future [More]...   The ArchEx 2018 keynote speaker is...   award-winning Berlin architect Francis Kéré, a keynote speaker at the 2017's National Convention in 2017. ArchEx takes place in Richmond, November 7-9. [More]...  ArchEx 2018...   is seeking volunteers for Architecture Exchange East in exchange for free admission to events [More]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due August 1AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 Call for Session Proposals
Due August 1AAH Herman Miller Healthcare Scholarship Applications
Due August 6Emerging Professionals Exhibit Submissions
Due August 27AIA Film Challenge Submissions
Due September 1AIA Upjohn Research Grant Submissions
Due October 30AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 Call for Preconference Workshop Proposals
2018 Small Firms Business Models Survey for Small Architectural Firms
AIA Digital Transformation Focus Group Participation
Architecture Billings Index Panel Opportunity for Firm Leaders

Design News

Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for postings from: MTFA Architecture; John Milner Associates Preservation; GBR Architects; BOWA; Hughes Group (HG) Architects; Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; Little Diversified Architectural Consulting Inc.; Engineering Consulting Services (ECS); Powers Brown Architecture; Wendel; Stantec; John Linam Jr Architect + Associates; Sanchez Palmer Architects; and KGA Studio at Kerns Group Architects.

Featured Project

The Library at UVA's Campus at Wise
Wise, Virginia

 The new library at the University of Virginia College at Wise is the new landmark for the campus and local community. Centrally located it anchors the heart of academic and student life on campus. Placed on the side of a 60-foot hill that divides the upper and lower campuses, it also provides a much-needed, direct, 24-hour vertical pathway between these areas.

 To achieve this dual function as both library and campus connector, the building has two vertical circulation cores, one providing access between the lower and upper campuses via a free zone and one serving secure library functions. The free zone vertical pathway defined by group learning spaces, study spaces, lounge seating, and a café are accessible 24 hours a day.

The six-story building has entries on five separate levels. The entry on level one provides access from the lower campus academic core. The second level entry provides an ADA accessible path to the main campus drop off. The third level entry is for service and the loading dock. The main entry, at level four, connects the library to the student center plaza and serves as the primary entry to the library's secure zone. The entry at level five connects to upper campus with the café located in the free zone. The sixth level is the only level without exterior access and contains the library's quiet reading room and University boardroom.

The glass enclosed space at levels four and five serves as a beacon internally and externally to the campus.

Photography © Sam Kittner



1 | DesignDC Early Bird Registration Ends
     6:00p, Washington, DC. [info]

8 | Canstruction Team Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

15 | DC United Soccer Game with Young Architects Forum [SOLD OUT]
     8:00p, Washington. [info]

24 | Chapter Honor Award Nominations Due [info]

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

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 7 - Fellowship Information Meeting
  September 8 - YAF Night at the Nats
  September 14-17 - Interschool Design Competition

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.