Volume 13, No. 3 - March 28, 2019
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Ritter Norton Architects
Stringfellow Transit Center, by Ritter Norton Architects (more info)
In This Issue

What Will You Submit?

Architecture Week

Call for Entries: Sketches

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Stringfellow Transit


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Western Window Systems

The 2019 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Call for Entries is open. Projects can be submitted in seven categories: Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interiors, Conceptual/Unbuilt Architecture, Herlong Associates Award, Historic Architecture, Institutional Architecture, and Residential Architecture. Last year 24 projects were recognized with design awards.

We will again host two separate juries, one for Commercial, Institutional and Historic projects and a separate jury for Residential and Conceptual/Unbuilt architecture, along with our Herlong Award, a design award for Associate members.

Submittals are due Thursday, April 18, 5:00p.

Architecture Week April 20-28

We celebrate Architecture Week with a variety of lectures, tours and activities geared towards architects and the public alike during this week, including a sketching workshop, children’s activities, yoga, and an exhibit at the Torpedo Factory. Many events are free and provide continuing education credits.

For a list of Architecture Week activities, visit our Architecture Week page or refer to the calendar below.

Travel Sketches - Call for Entries

Showcase your sketches! Many talented architects record what they see through sketching. As part of Architecture Week, we are organizing a juried exhibit of sketches submitted by architects living or practicing in the Northern Virginia area. Sketches are to be submitted in electronic format. They will be judged by artists from the Torpedo Factory. Selected sketches will then be featured on the Chapter's website during Architecture Week. Details are available on our website.

Small Firms and Women in Architecture Committees Kick-Off Lecture Series

 On April 4, the Small Firm Roundtable will begin its series of lunch-time presentations with Sustainable Operation Restrooms and Code-Compliant Partitions presented by Mike Clancy with Arch Resources. This two-hour session takes place at the Chapter House and offers HSW credit. Register now.

Then the seventh annual Women in Architecture Lecture Series begins on April 25 with a panel discussion on Gender Equity and the Built Environment. Is our built environment gender inclusive? How do we promote gender equity through the design of our built environment? Be part of the conversation and register here.

City of Alexandria Offers Free Code Training

As part of Alexandria's Building Safety Month, the Alexandria Code Administration is offering free ICC training on April 26 – Significant Changes to the ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard – 2017 Edition. This course offers an overview and in-depth coverage of the changes from the 2003 to the 2009 A117.1 Accessibility Standard. It identifies important changes in organization, accessibility standard requirements and the applicability of these requirements to design, plan review and inspection. The session takes place from 8:00a-3:00p at Alexandria City Hall. Continuing education credit and lunch are provided. Reservations are required. Learn more here.

Quick Notes...  

AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for February was 50.3...   down from 55.3 in January [info]...   Latest AIA Home Design Trends Survey is now available...   identifying trends in neighborhood and community design, along with residential business conditions [info]...   Free Membership for New Grads...   receive up to 18 months of FREE membership. Students can pre-join now to automatically become a member upon graduation [info]...   Our ARE Prep Series...   continues with Project Planning and Design on April 20, followed by Project Development and Documentation on May 11 and Construction and Evaluation on June 22 [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due April 2Alexandria City Council Seeking Applicants for Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Due April 15AIA National Photography Competition Submissions
Due April 18AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Submittals
Due April 26RAIC International Prize for Transformative Architecture
Due May 31ARCHITEXX Call for Student Films about Women
Due June 24AIA Architecture Award Submissions

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: HLR Architects; West Workshop; Bowie Gridley Architects; National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; MW Architects LLC; HLR Architects; KGA STUDIO at KERNS GROUP ARCHITECTS; Bowie Gridley Architects; ROKK Architecture; Cunningham Quill Architects; George Mason University; MV+A Architects; Bowie Gridley Architects; and Little.

Featured Project

Stringfellow Transit Center
Ritter Norton Architects
Fairfax, Virginia

 "A modest public facility that tries for architecture with each design decision."

This project was a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Its purpose was to reduce vehicular traffic on a major commuter artery leading into Washington, D.C. by facilitating access from cars and bicycles to buses.

Since the necessary building and bicycle storage was so small, the architect placed all three spaces under one continuous canopy thus giving them more presence on the site, commensurate with their importance.

An asymmetrical butterfly roof was chosen as a welcoming gesture and to establish a threshold between the worlds of private and public transportation. The canopy is supported by a row of steel columns and is made stable by steel tension rods that connect the tips of opposing beams. The structure is independent of the enclosed spaces below. The rooms under the canopy are enclosed with curtain walls - the public space has clear glass and bright metal frames. The private spaces are enclosed with very dark glass and spandrel panels with black metal frames.

The total increase in impervious area greatly increased the volume of storm water. This problem was resolved by using permeable concrete for the new paving and bio-retention filter ponds. This facility is certified LEED® Silver, met the established budget and was completed on schedule.

Photography © Daniel Cunningham, Photographer



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

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

4 | Sustainable Operation Restrooms and Code-Compliant Partitions
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

6 | Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training
     8:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

9 | Travel Sketches - Submissions Due
     5:00p. [info]

12 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

17 | 360 Mentoring General Session 4
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

18 | Design Award Entries Due
     5:00p. [info]

20 | ARE Exam Series: Project Planning and Design
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

20-28 | Architecture at its Best: An Exhibit of Projects by Local Architects [info]

20 | Plein-Air Sketching Workshop
     1:00p, Arlington. [info]

23 | Building Tour: Patrick Henry PreK‐8 School & Recreation Center
     5:00p, Alexandria. [info]

24 | STEM/STEAM Program for Children
     4:00p, Alexandria. [info]

24 | On the Boards Presentation
     Alexandria. [info]

24 | Building Tour: St. Augustine Episcopal Church
     Washington. [info]

25 | Gender Equity & the Built Environment - WIA Lecture Series Part I
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

25 | Preserving our Recent Past: Conservation and the Future of Twentieth Century Buildings
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

26 | Significant Changes to the ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard - 2009 Edition
     8:00a, Alexandria. [info]

26 | Building Tour: Legacy West End
     Washington. [info]

27 | Building Tour: Gables Old Town North
     10:00a, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Building Tour: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Tour
     10:00a, Leesburg. [info]

27 | Architecture Scavenger Hunt for Children
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Scrap City - Family Activities in Alexandria
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Washington Alexandria Architecture Center Tour
     2:00p, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Skyline Yoga [info]

28 | Walking Tour: Historic Church Architecture in Alexandria
     1:00p, Alexandria. [info]

28 | Scrap City - Family Activities in Arlington
     2:00p, Arlington. [info]

30 | Trends in Aging In Place Design
     6:00p, Vienna. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  May 11 - ARE: Project Development and Documentation
  June 6-8 - A'19: AIA Conference on Architecture
  June 13 - Design Awards Celebration

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.