Volume 12, No. 8 - October 1, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

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Greenvale Creek House, by new design office pllc (more info)
In This Issue

Autumn Social 10/16

360 Mentoring

Interschool Design Competition

Quick Notes

Featured Project: Greenvale Creek House


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AIA Northern Virginia Autumn Social on October 16

PELLA / KC CompanySave the Date – The AIA Northern Virginia Autumn Social combines Chapter elections with celebrating our honor award winners and newly licensed members. The event takes place at Chadwick's in Alexandria. Reservations will open soon here.

360 Mentoring Begins for 2018-2019

360 Mentoring is an annual program that provides opportunities to connect, teach, and learn for architects at all levels of their careers. This year's theme will explore the intersection of technology and architecture in the present and future of practice. The introductory session is on September 26 and three other general sessions are planned between November and April. In addition to these sessions, smaller groups, which are organized by location, are encouraged to meet regularly. Groups are being formed now. [info]

Interschool Design Competition

ISDCThe Interschool Design Competition (ISDC) returns once again to the National Building Museum (NBM) on September 16, with the awards ceremony on September 17. For over two decades, the three metro area chapters of the AIA, six local schools of architecture, and the NBM have collaborated to organize the annual ISDC. Students enrolled in architecture programs at Catholic University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center, University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia have greatly benefited from participating. Teams are composed of representatives from EACH school of architecture, resulting in very diverse and creative design solutions.

The awards ceremony takes place on September 17, 5:00-6:00p, at the NBM and is linked to the monthly "Spotlight on Design" lecture series, which features the ISDC awards chair, Patricia Bosch, FAIA, Design Director at Perkins+Will in Miami, as the keynote speaker. [info]

A Busy Fall for Fun and Professional Development

After a bit of a summer break, many of the Chapter's committees are planning interesting, informative and fun events in the next few weeks. For fun, try the Young Architects Forum baseball game at Nats Park and their brunch at Ambar or the Women in Architecture's "Back-to-Work" Rooftop Event and the kickoff of their Book Club. Learn about Fellowship and Mentoring or join the Small Firm Committee to learn about window options and contract documents. Learn about these events and more in our calendar, published below.

Quick Notes...     

2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code...   goes into effect September 4 [info]...   AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI)...   score for July was 50.7 compared to 51.3 in June, much of that growth came from one region - the South [info]...  ArchEx 2018...   registration opens September 4, with early bird pricing through September 14 [info]...  DesignDC...   conference will focus on creating an equitable future [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Upcoming AIA Awards

ROCKWOOLDue October 5 – AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education Nominations
Due October 5 – AIA Associates Award Nominations
Due October 5 – Collaborative Achievement Nominations
Due October 5 – Edward C. Kemper Award Nominations
Due October 5 – Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture Nominations
Due October 5 – Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Nominations
Due October 5 – Young Architects Award Nominations
Due October 12 – Fellowship
Due October 12 – Honorary Fellowship
Due October 12 – Honorary Membership
Due November 9 – AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards
Due November 9 – Housing Awards

Due September 262019 Intersections Symposium Abstracts
Due October 30AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 Call for Preconference Workshop Proposals
Call for Volunteers: ArchEx 2018
Women in Architecture Leadership Survey

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: LeMay Erickson Willcox; George Mason University; Roche Bobois; HLR Architects; 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; and Stantec.

Featured Project

Greenvale Creek House
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Lancaster, Virginia

 Situated between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, Virginia's Northern Neck is a unique node in the great American tale, an original gateway of the New World that still very much echoes its colonial history.

 Within this historical place, a retired Virginia couple built their new home on five acres on deep-water Greenvale Creek, just a few hundred yards upstream from the Rappahannock. Their architect, like the colonists, began with the efficient functionality of a gabled roof on vertical exterior bearing walls. This traditional elevation was then extruded over 100 feet and slotted between converging required side yard and waterline setbacks to situate the house as close as possible to Greenvale Creek. The gabled mass was then carved and stretched to provide a planted entry courtyard, a generous living/kitchen area, private bedrooms for visiting family members, covered walkways and to open views into the green forest outside.

The house was constructed using metal structural insulated panels ("sips") which provide excellent insulation and minimize energy usage, and with light gauge steel columns and beams that economically allow for longer-than-typical residential spans and the open common room plan. The home's pale metal standing seam roof and light grey stucco walls draw from similarly clad 100+ year old structures still standing on nearby farms. This light coloration helps the house harmonize with its environment, not through material camouflage but by serving as a backdrop for colourful sunlight and for the play of shadows from surrounding trees.

Photography © John Magor Photography



8 | YAF Nationals Baseball Game
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

10 | Board Meeting
     4:30p, Washington. [info]

11 | CRAN: Restoring American Heritage Tilework
     12:00p, Washington. [info]

14 | SFRT - Fiberglass Windows for Commercial Buildings + Window Solutions for Historic Buildings
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

16 | Interschool Design Competition
     9:00a, Washington. [info]

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

20 | WIA Back-to-Work Rooftop Event
     5:30p, Arlington. [info]

23 | Young Architects Forum Brunch
     11:00a, Arlington. [info]

25 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

25 | Small Firm's Guide to AIA Contract Documents
     3:00p, Webinar. [info]

26 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  October 2-4 - DesignDC
  October 16 - Autumn Social
  October 26 - Canstruction Build-Out

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.