Volume 13, No. 7 - August 5, 2019
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

W. C. Ralston Architects LLC
Bethesda Retreat, by W. C. Ralston Architects LLC (more info)

In This Issue

Chapter Honor Awards

ABI Stalled in June

WIA Fellowship Session

Winery Tour and DC United

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Bethesda Retreat


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Moseley Architects
Nominations Open for Chapter Honor Awards

AIA 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 https://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 13

Design Services Demand Stalled in June

Demand for design services at architecture firms decreased in June in comparison to the previous month, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

 AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for June was 49.1, which is down from 50.2 in May. Any score below 50 indicates a decrease in billings. Both the project inquiries index and the design contracts index continued to soften in June but remained positive.

"With billings declining or flat for the last five months, it appears that we are settling in for a period of soft demand for design services," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "With the new design contracts score reaching a 10-month low and the project inquiries score hitting a 10-year low, work in the pipeline may start to get worked off, despite current robust backlogs."

Key ABI highlights for June include:
  • Regional averages: South (51.9); West (49.3); Midwest (48.9); Northeast (46.1)
  • Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (54.3); commercial/industrial (52.3); institutional (47.0); multi-family residential (46.3)
  • Project inquiries index: 52.8
  • Design contracts index: 50.3
Information about the ABI is available at www.aia.org/resources/10046-the-architecture-billings-index

WIA to Host Fellowship Session on August 14

Members at all levels who are interested in learning about Fellowship submission requirements, including strategies for obtaining and documenting experience, the online submission process, helpful resources, and roles and responsibilities for you and your nomination team will be discussed. This session takes place at Perkins Eastman in Washington, DC. The AIA Fellowship nomination website is now open (www.aia.org/awards/7076-fellowship) and nomination packages are due October 1, 2019. Register for this free fellowship session today.

 YAF: Upcoming Winery Tour and DC United Game

Spend a Saturday afternoon touring Boxwood Winery on August 17.

Then join YAF, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington Young Members Group (SEAMWYMG) and AIA|DC's Emerging Architects Committee at Audi Field for a DC United game against the NY Red Bulls on August 21. Soccer tickets must be purchased by August 7 at 3:00p.

DesignDC: Charged Up!

September 16-18 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC.

DesignDC is focused on the unique challenges posed by working in Metropolitan Washington for architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, and developers. This three-day conference features two days of educational sessions and trade show exhibits at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, and a third day full of opportunities to tour projects across DC, MD, and VA. Earn AIA, GBCI, AICP, and LACES credits at all three days of DesignDC. Register at www.aiadc.com/DesignDC2019

Quick Notes...  

AIA Consensus Construction Forecast...    updated forecasts for 2019 and 2020 have just been released [info]...   AIA's Women’s Leadership Summit...   in Minneapolis, September 12-14 [info]...   What Architects Need to Know about Hazard and Climate Risk...   AIA has compiled information to help you address hazard and climate risks [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due August 6AIA NationaL Award Submittals (Architecture Firm Awards, Interior Architecture, Regional + Urban Design, Twenty-Five Year Award)
Due August 12AIA Film Challenge 2019
Due August 16AIA Virginia PAC Pin Design Competition Submissions
Due August 25Houston 2020 Visions Exhibition Request for Visions
Due September 27A’20 Call for Proposals (Workshops)
Due October 31AIA Dallas KRob 2019 Delineation Competition
Join AIA PanelsOpportunities to Serve on AIA Panels - (Architecture Billings Index, Global ABI, Home Design Trends)

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: Cole & Denny Architects; Bowie Gridley Architects; MTFA ARCHITECTURE; AIA Maryland, Barton Ross & Partners, LLC and Preservation Maryland; U+ Design Partners; LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects; HLR Architects; PGAL; and MW Architects LLC.

Featured Project

Bethesda Retreat
W. C. Ralston Architects LLC
Bethesda, Maryland

The Bethesda Retreat is located on a uniquely shaped, but well-oriented, narrow lot. The length of the home was an opportunity to design spaces with sun from multiple directions, capturing morning and afternoon light. A central patio, ideal for entertaining, is carved from the center of the home, and provides a dynamic outdoor living zone connected to the main interior living spaces, kitchen, and pool.

The floor plan revolves around this predominant feature with multiple entry points and sight lines connecting remote portions of the home. A formal owner’s suite is nestled into the rear wing, providing an intimate sanctuary with views toward the wooded portion of the lot. Upstairs, a loft and studio offer supplemental spaces for both entertaining and work. These rooms are enhanced by partial screening and operable doors, so the residents may selectively sequester themselves or engage with the surrounding spaces. The home’s exterior is characterized by its contemporary treatment of warm materials: light stucco, granular stone tile, rich wood siding, and bronze metal elements. Subtle expressions of ornament in the entry door, open eaves, steel canopies, and accent tile are among its most distinctive elements.

Interior Design by L.S. Design

Photography © Maxine Schnitzer Photography



14 | Fellowship Information Session
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

17 | Wine & Design
     12:30p, meet for bus. [info]

21 | YAF DC United Game
     8:00p, Washington. [info]

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

29 | Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 12 - AIA Women's Leadership Summit
  September 13 - Seminar: Custom Doors + Synthetic Millwork
  October 22 - Autumn Social

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.