Volume 13, No. 10 - December 18, 2019
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Reader + Swartz Architects
Red Gate, by Reader & Swartz Architects (more info)

In This Issue

ARE 2020 Courses Open

Allie Ditzel, AIA Goes 'YARD'

Virginia Design Forum

Housing Forum in Alexandria

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Red Gate


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Michael Baker International

Registration Opens for 2020 ARE Prep Series

AIA Northern Virginia's award-winning ARE Prep Series begins January 15 with an information session, featuring NCARB staff, covering the overall process of licensure from AXP through ARE. There will be time for questions, so this is an excellent opportunity to get all the information you need to plan for testing.

Organized by our Young Architects Forum, our ARE preparatory classes run from January to June, 2020. Continuing education credits are offered for all classes and members are invited to attend these great review sessions.

ARE Prep Schedule:
  January 15 – ARE Roundtable/Introductory Session, 6:30-8:30p
  January 25 – Project Management, 10:00a-4:00p
  February 22 – Practice Management, 10:00a-4:00p
  March 21 – Programming and Analysis, 10:00a-3:00p
  April 18 – Project Planning and Design, 10:00a-4:00p
  May 16 – Project Development and Documentation, 10:00a-4:00p
  June 13 – Construction and Evaluation, 10:00a-3:00p

The Roundtable/Introductory Session is offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required [here]. Information and registration for all other ARE sessions are available on our ARE page at https://www.aianova.org/are.php

Allie Ditzel, AIA Selected as Young Architects Regional Director (YARD)

AllieAIA Northern Virginia member, Allie Ditzel, AIA, has been named as our Regional Director on the Young Architects Forum. Selected by the Board of Directors for the Region of The Virginias, Allie will serve a two-year term, 2020-2022, on this National AIA Committee.

Allie is a Project Architect at HGA Architects & Engineers in Alexandria and received her M.Arch from Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), where she served as president of the AIAS. She participated in AIA Virginia’s Emerging Leaders in Architecture and has organized several Canstruction® teams. Allie is active in our Chapter serving as an ARE instructor and as a mentor in our WIA Mentorship Pairing Program. Learn more [here].

Congratulations, Allie!

Design Forum Explores Shadows, Craft and Materiality

Registration is now open for the sixteenth biennial Virginia Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows, March 27-28, at the recently-opened Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Through a series of conversations, the event showcases the work of talented individuals whose shared craft extends beyond the calculated and strictly quantitative into more holistic practice – whose leading-edge preoccupation with light and shadow extends the diversity of approaches to how designers seek beauty through form, space, and materiality. Speakers include Steven Holl, FAIA (Steven Holl Architects | New York); Kirsten Murray, FAIA (Olson Kundig | Seattle); Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York); Morten Schmidt, Intl. Assoc. AIA (Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects | Copenhagen); and David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York). Register [here].

City of Alexandria Hosts Housing Summit

The Alexandria Office of Housing is pleased to announce the 2020 Housing Summit on January 11, 8:30a-4:00p, at the Lee Center. This full-day event will examine the progress of the 2013 Housing Master Plan and explore new ideas to address the city’s affordable housing challenges and opportunities in 2020 and beyond. The summit will feature bus tours highlighting recent affordable housing development in Alexandria; exhibits showcasing programs and services provided by affordable housing and community service providers; an opening plenary that explores new directions to expand housing opportunity and promote equity; breakout sessions on Alexandria’s approach for “Housing for All” including innovative partnerships, financing models, and regulatory tools; and a closing plenary that examines local, regional, and state approaches to foster an inclusive and vibrant community. Registration is free but required. To learn more and to register, visit [here].

Small Firms Committee Seeks New Chair

Did you know that AIA Northern Virginia has 17 Chapter committees? It is through these committees that activities and events are planned and organized. Currently, we are looking for a new chair or co-chairs for our Small Firms Committee. This committee organizes events and encourages fellowship and dialogue among our small firm practitioners, offering the opportunity to share ideas and discuss common issues. If you are interested, please contact the Chapter at aianova@aianova.org.

Quick Notes...  

AIA 2020 Candidate Guides Released...    AIA's website gives you the option to search the profiles by candidate or by issue [info]...   National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)...   chapter in Virginia fas formed an exploratory committee [info]...   AIA membership incentives...   are available for both new and current members through December 31 [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due January 10Desiree Cooper ARE Scholarship Applications
  • The Black Women in Architecture Award
  • The Harrisburg Memorial Award (PA residents)
  • The DC Memorial Award (DC/MD/VA residents)
Due January 15AIA Diversity Recognition Program Due January 16AIA Education Facility Design Awards
Due January 17Architects Foundation 2020 Scholarships
  • Diversity Advancement Scholarship
  • Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
  • Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship
  • a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
  • Architects Foundation / McAslan Fellowship
Due January 17Virginia By Design Awards
Due January 31Society for Industrial Archeology's Annual Conference Call for Papers

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: KGA STUDIO at KERNS GROUP ARCHITECTS; Powers Brown Architecture; MTFA Architecture; Stantec; Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates; Cole & Denny Architects; LDG Architecture + Design; City of Alexandria, Department of Planning & Zoning; 2 Points of View Architectural Studio; Penn State Department of Architecture; and Hord Coplan Macht.

Featured Project

Red Gate
Reader & Swartz Architects, PLLC
Millwood, VA

 This project is the renovation of, and addition to, a rural, mid-1800's, center hall farmhouse, with a later, rear ell addition. The house faced a country road and large horse barn to the west, but it didn’t take advantage of the beautiful views of the rolling hills, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the south.

The approach to the project was to utilize a modern take on the historical architectural vocabulary. The old farmhouse was renovated/restored, and its original front façade and porch were preserved. A new main entrance, facing the parking loop, was created towards the middle of the old ell wing. A new, canted kitchen/living wing, with a master suite above, was added to exploit the southern view. The connection between the old house and the new addition was executed as a flat roofed glass wedge. In the addition, the massing, window configurations, exterior materials, and details were designed to simultaneously reflect and rethink rural vernacular farmhouse architecture.

Photography © Nathan Webb, AIA



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

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

15 | ARE Roundtable / Information Session
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

25 | ARE Exam Series: Project Management
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

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.