Volume 12, No. 8 - October 5, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Randall Mars Architects
Nordok Place, by Randall Mars Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Come Get Social

Walk for Breast Cancer

Quick Notes

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Nordok Place


Visit the AIANOVA Website

 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Ames & Gough, C.M. Kling and Stantec

Chapter's Autumn Social on October 16

The Autumn Social offers a casual reception and celebration honoring our newly licensed architects, our ARE Scholarship recipient, our new fellows, and the service and achievements of our members as we present our honor awards. We will also conduct our chapter elections during the evening. This event replaces our traditional Annual Meeting with a less formal, less expensive event. The October 16 Social is at Chadwick's in Alexandria, from 6:30-8:00p. Please join us! Click to reserve!.

American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

PELLA / KC CompanyPlease join Women in Architecture on October 20 for a family-friendly, noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk around the Tidal Basin as they raise both awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. The event will fund innovative research, provide information and support, and help people learn to reduce their breast cancer risk as well as methods of early detection. The walk will be an event to celebrate survivors as well as to honor those lost to breast cancer. Join the AIA NOVA Team!

Women in Architecture

The WIA Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. On October 23 the club will meet at the West End Library in Washington, DC to discuss The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. Visit the WIA website for details on the Book Club and to see WIA events, past newsletters, and twitter feed. Encourage colleagues to visit and sign up to receive WIA information.

Quick Notes...     

AIA NOVA Student Scholarship...   applications are due October 12 [info]...   AIA Film Challenge...   public voting ends October 7 [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due October 12Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary Design Submissions
Due October 30AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 Call for Preconference Workshop Proposals
Due November 9AIA Housing Awards Program Submissions
Due November 9AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards Submissions
Due November 9NAACP Architectural Design Competition Registration Deadline
Due November 12AIA Small Project Awards Submissions
Call for Volunteers: ArchEx 2018

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: Hord Coplan Macht; A Design Group; Dewberry; 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.

Featured Project

Nordok Place
Randall Mars Architects
Alexandria, Virginia

 Several years ago, a prominent architect showed Charles Goodman a recent addition to a home Goodman had designed many years previous. The new design improved upon the original mid-century modernist'’'s work, while respecting his original parti. Goodman expressed disappointment that the original design wasn't completely sacrificed for a more avant-garde statement.

With All Due Respect
The architect's goal in renovating Nordok Place was to preserve the original mid-century design of this house in Hollin Hills, a sanctuary of Goodman homes on spacious landscaped lots, creating an oasis of modern architecture in a desert of non-descript subdivisions.

The Challenge
The owner had grown up in this house; he was attached to the architecture and the furnishings (Scan classics). However, the house had lived a good life and was now a bit tired. The bathrooms were past their prime and the living space lacked the comforts of the day, both technologically and spatially.

The Solution
Utilizing one of the bedrooms, the architect expanded the narrow kitchen to develop a comfortable modern eat-in kitchen and family room. Originally a three bedroom home, the architect added a wing to replace the lost bedroom with a master bedroom and bath, as well as a fourth bedroom. The new wing broke the existing simple box, while defining exterior space for outdoor lounging and dining. In defining the new space, the architect used the vocabulary of the original house – custom built windows which reached the floor, vertical siding and long, slender eaves which shade the house from summer sun.

In the living space, the architect added even more glass and light to house. The seating area was expanded, shifting a wall and borrowing light from a shared window to the rear terrace. The improved proportions offered better space for entertaining.

The entry of this house was awkward and became the final piece to the puzzle. Parking was on one street while the entry door was on another. The original entry opened into a tight hall. The solution was to create a clear entry foyer on the façade, central to the house. The small new space welcomes visitors with a final bit of modern detail, maybe even a bit avant-garde.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander / Hoachlander Davis Photography



9 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Washington. [info]

12 | AIA NOVA Scholarship Applications Due [info]

16 | Autumn Social
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

18 | CRAN: Dual Modern: Tour of a Mid-Century Modern House & Addition
     6:00p, Silver Spring. [info]

20 | WIA-American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
     10:00a, Washington. [info]

23 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     Location TBD. [info]

26 | Canstruction Build-Out Night
     5:00p, Dulles. [info]

26 | Canstruction Exhibit
     Through November 3, Dulles. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 7-9 - Architecture Exchange East
  November 17 - Chapter Board Retreat
  November 27 - WIA Book Club

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.