Volume 13, No. 8 - September 16, 2019
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

IBI Group
Samsung Solution Center, by IBI Group (more info)

In This Issue

Autumn Social October 22

Interschool Design Competition

PARK(ing) Day

Opportunities for Young Professionals

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Samsung
    Solution Center


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Ames + Gough, Architectural Resources, CADD Microsystems and CM Kling + Associates

 Autumn Social Set for October 22

This year our Autumn Social will be held at Punch Bowl Social in Arlington. Join us for a fun and casual evening to celebrate our Honor Award winners, our newly licensed architects and our ARE Scholarship recipient.

We will also hold our Chapter elections during the event. Look for candidate information in the upcoming AIA Northern Virginia News. Tickets are $30, $20 for Associates, and registration is open at https://aianova.org/event.php?eventID=1930. Thanks to sponsor Kulinski Group, who is providing free tickets to all newly licensed architects in attendance!

Interschool Student Design Competition

 The Interschool Design Competition returns once again to the National Building Museum on Sunday, September 22. For over two decades, the three metro area chapters of the AIA, six local schools of architecture, and the National Building Museum have collaborated to organize this student event where teams develop project designs in only eight hours. Then a jury, led this year by Gerdo Aquino, FASLA, selects the winning designs. This charrette is open to the public and winning teams are announced the next day, on September 23, at the National Building Museum during the Spotlight on Design. For more information, visit https://aianova.org/isdc.php.

Join the Chapter on PARK(ing) Day

AIA Northern Virginia is participating in Alexandria's PARK(ing) Day on September 20 and we need your help to construct and de-construct the parklet and to occupy it during the day. Volunteers are needed from 9:00a-6:30p in one-hour shifts. Our parklet was designed by Sanchez Palmer Architects and will be built in the 1100 block of King Street.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that demonstrates the importance of preserving and creating public open space in urban areas. So be a part of this fun day and volunteer to help with our Chapter's parklet. Email aianova@aianova.org and tell us what time works best for you.

Gehl Presents a Workshop and Lecture at WAAC September 18-19

Gehl, headquartered in Copenhagen with offices in New York and San Francisco, works globally with a focus on making cities for people. The firm is presenting a workshop and lecture on people-first design in Alexandria. Hosted by Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), in collaboration with AIA Northern Virginia, Gehl is presenting a day-long workshop on Envisioning of an Urban Campus on September 18. Then on September 19, Matthew Lister, Managing Director at Gehl in New York, will offer an evening lecture connecting people-first design principles to community design practices. Learn more and register using the links below.
    Envisioning of an Urban Campus: Workshop with Gehl, September 18, 5 LU|HSW [info]
    Envisioning of an Urban Campus: Lecture by Matthew Lister, Gehl, September 19, 1.5 LU|HSW [info]

Scholarships for Students and Emerging Professionals

This fall, AIA Northern Virginia is offering two scholarship opportunities for our Associate AIA members and multiple scholarships for local students enrolled in architecture school.

 ARE Scholarship Applications Due September 27
Developed by our Young Architects Forum, this scholarship program supports testing and defrays the costs for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This scholarship is intended to recognize an Associate AIA member who has made significant contributions to the profession and to encourage their pursuit of licensure. One candidate will be selected to receive financial support to cover the costs of six tests of the ARE, up to $1,410, taken during 2020. [info]

AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Applications Due October 13
Our Schools Connections Committee is pleased to announce they are accepting entries for the AIA NOVA Scholarship Program, which offers tuition support for local architecture students. The design challenge for this year is a graphic for a standard ceramic coffee mug that promotes and conveys interest in architecture, architectural design and architectural education. This Scholarship Program is supported through funding from AIA Northern Virginia and a grant from The American Institute of Architects. [info]

Emerging Leaders in Architecture - AIA Northern Virginia Nomination Requests Due October 21
AIA Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture is a year-long leadership program offering presentations, discussions, and collaborative activities at locations across the state. The 2020 program will be based in Norfolk. Applications for the 2020 ELA Class are now being accepted. [info]

In addition, each local AIA chapter in Virginia has the opportunity to nominate a single applicant to the ELA program. The AIA Northern Virginia nomination includes a confirmed place in the program and offers a financial commitment to cover up to 50% of the selected candidate’s ELA tuition. [info]

AIA Film Challenge - Vote for the People's Choice Award

 The Film Challenge encourages architects and filmmakers to collaborate to share stories of architects and civic leaders working together to create resilient and sustainable communities. Participants produce a three- to five-minute documentary-style film showcasing their Blueprint for Better story. View this year's submissions and then vote for as many films as you’d like. Voting ends September 27. Cast your vote at https://aiafilmchallenge.org/vote/

 Quick Notes...  

Architecture Exchange East: ArchEx...    registration is now open for the November 6-8 conference in Richmond [info]...   Architecture Billings Index...   decline in new design contracts suggests volatility in design activity to persist [info]...   Home and Design...   September issue features our Design Awards [info]...   DesignDC...   still time to register for the September 16-18 conference [info]...

Awards and Opportunities
AIA National Award Submittals
  • Due September 17 – AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Architectural Education
  • Due October 1 – Fellowship
  • Due October 1 – Honorary Fellowship
  • Due October 8 – Young Architects Awards
  • Due November 7 – AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards
  • Due November 7 – Housing Awards
  • Due November 12 – Small Project Awards
Due September 27A’20 Call for Proposals (Workshops)
Due October 31AIA Dallas KRob 2019 Delineation Competition
Due January 31Society for Industrial Archeology's Annual Conference Call for Papers
Call for Volunteers: ArchEx 2019Learn More...

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: Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; Wiley|Wilson; Wendel; DBI Architects, Inc.; Stantec; Little; Project 308 Design, PLLC; MTFA Architecture; MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni (MCF) Architects; Cole & Denny Architects; and Bowie Gridley Architects.

Featured Project

Samsung Solution Center
IBI Group
Washington, DC

IBI Group was retained by Samsung to design an innovative technology and solution center in Washington, DC. The new space serves as the headquarters for Samsung Electronics’ U.S. Public Affairs division and is designed to cater directly to government clients with an interactive demonstration center and event space. The space showcases state-of-the-art Samsung technologies while being an exclusive innovation display center within a working office environment.

The project offers a variety of workspace options for the user ranging from sit-to-stand workstations to private offices. Huddle rooms and open collaborative areas are dispersed throughout the plan, available for staff and client use. Large open spaces, that foster collaboration, are designed to be easily reconfigured to support various functions and events.

IBI Group integrated the following interactive technology displays and features throughout the space:
  • Augmented Reality (AR) | Virtual Reality (VR) Laboratory
  • Secure laboratory utilizing thumb-print sign-in technology
  • Both secure and non-secure conference spaces
  • Open work areas and hoteling options for Samsung global partners
  • Destination kitchen and smart café showcasing state-of the-art Samsung appliances
Photography © A Frame Studio



16-18 | DesignDC - Charged Up
     Washington. [info]

18 | Envisioning of an Urban Campus: Workshop with Gehl
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | CRAN - DC Alleys: Past, Present and Future
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

19 | Envisioning of an Urban Campus: Lecture by Matthew Lister, Gehl
     7:00p, Alexandria. [info]

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

25 | WIA Mentorship Pairing Program Kick-off: Meet Your Mentor! [info]

27 | CRAN: Night at the Ballpark
     7:05p, Washington. [info]

29 | Young Architects Forum Brunch
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

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


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

5 | Women in Architecture Autism Speaks Walk
     8:30a, Washington. [info]

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

9 | Canstruction Team Party
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

10 | Women in Architecture Lecture Series: Becoming Architects
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

11 | Designing with Hardwood Veneer & Challenges of Wood Doors in Coastal Environments
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | Scrap City - Family Activities
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

22 | Autumn Social
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

29 | CRAN: Seven Steps to Make Business Development Easier
     12:00p, Fairfax. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 6-8 - Architecture Exchange East
  November 16 - Board and Committee Chair Retreat

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.