Volume 13, No. 9 - November 1, 2019
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Stasis Engineering, by DESIGN CONCEPTS (more info)

In This Issue

Honor Awards + the Autumn Social

Working in the Public Sector

ABI Remains Noncommittal

Design Arlington

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Stasis Engineering


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by TW Perry

Chapter Honor Awards + Elections Featured at Autumn Social

On Tuesday, October 22, members and guests filled Punch Bowl Social in Arlington for our Autumn Social. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of our Chapter Honor Awards and Recognitions. Congratulations to our recipients:
  • Award of Honor: Sean E. Reilly, AIA
  • Outstanding Achievement: Stephen W. Koenig, AIA, Harry M. Falconer, Jr., FAIA, NCARB and Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB
  • Distinguished Leadership: T.J. Meehan, AIA
  • Service to the Chapter: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA, Joshua A.W. McKenrick, AIA, Maury S. Saunders, AIA and Anh Tran, Associate AIA
  • AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award: Daniel Guzman, Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Craftsmanship Award: Banker Steel Company & Memco, LLC; and JWI Architectural Millwork, Inc.
  • Award of Special Recognition: Stephanie Landrum, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
  • 2019 Fellow: Manoj V. Dalaya, FAIA
  • ARE Scholarship Recipient: Elizabeth R. Parry, Associate AIA
  • AIA Northern Virginia Presidents’ Award - Deborah S. Burns, Hon. AIA

 We also congratulated our newly licensed members with an enthusiastic round of applause and a pair of Corbu glasses: Hyun Cheol Cha, AIA; Adam Guy, AIA; Rabeea Hameed, AIA; Peter Kowalcheck, AIA; Toni Lem, AIA; Jameson MacNichol, AIA; Joseph Mathai, AIA; John O’Hara, AIA; Abbey Oklak, AIA; Monica Perez, AIA; Brian Potere, AIA; Larry Travis, Jr., AIA; Tyler Walter, AIA; David Werner, AIA; Chris Wilson, Jr., AIA; and Hua Yang, AIA.

In addition, this event serves as the Chapter’s Annual Meeting where members elected our leaders for 2020. Congratulations to our new board!:

Executive Committee:
  President: Joseph B. McCoy, AIA
  President Elect/1st VP: Manoj V. Dalaya, FAIA
  Treasurer: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA
  Secretary: April C. Drake, AIA
  Past President: T.J. Meehan, AIA

Chapter Directors: Braden L. Field, AIA; Stephen W. Kulinski, AIA; Roland G. Lemke, AIA; Rebecca W. Mezny, AIA; Simone Saidel, AIA; Jay Scruggs, AIA; Charles J. Todd, AIA; Anh Tran, Associate AIA; and Edward D. Weaver, AIA.

AIA Virginia Directors: John A. Burns, FAIA; Karen M. Conkey, AIA; Eliza B. Engle, AIA; Spencer E. Lepler, AIA; Maury S. Saunders, AIA; and Stephen R. Wakeman, AIA.

Detailed information and photos from the event will be published in our November/December issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Architectural Practice in the Public Sector
November 11, 6:00p

 As the practice of architecture continues to evolve and civic engagement becomes an integral part of the design process, architects are discovering rewarding careers within universities and hospitals and at all levels of government. While not generally promoted as an alternative in school, the design and problem-solving skills architects possess are even more valuable and necessary in the public sector. Constructive, collaborative design review with developers and public officials requires a very different skillset than private practice and, frankly, isn’t for everyone but it can have a positive impact on a large number of buildings and cities.

Please join AIA Northern Virginia and the City of Alexandria Department of Planning for an informal panel discussion at the Lyceum to hear the experiences of five architects who practice architecture through a variety of paths in public service. [more info]

Architecture Billings Index Downturn Moderates as Challenging Conditions Continue

While architecture billings moderated in September, design activity shows signs of remaining sluggish at U.S. architecture firms, according to a new report released today from the AIA. The ABI score in September is 49.7, which improved from the August score of 47.2. However, any score below 50 indicates a decrease in billings. During September, both the new project inquiries and design contracts scores were positive, posting scores of 59.0 and 54.4 respectively.

"Though still in negative territory, the moderating billings score along with the rebound in design contracts and inquiries serve as a continued note of caution for the industry," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Continued weakness in the larger economy still doesn’t bode well for future design services, which will likely see continued volatility in the months ahead."


Arlington County's biennial design awards program, DESIGNArlington, is accepting submissions for great design in architectural, historic preservation, landscape, and public art projects through November 19, 2019. Established in 2009, DESIGNArlington seeks to highlight excellence and diversity in the County’s built environment. Winning residents, property owners, developers, architects or other members of the design community will be recognized in December 2019.

Please visit the County’s website to download the 2019 Call for Entries for information about the awards process, submission requirements, and the entry form. Please help spread the word by forwarding this message to others who may be interested in nominating a project.

Getting to Know L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, 2020 AIA President
November 7, 5:30p

Join us at Perkins Eastman in DC for a conversation with AIA President-Elect Jane Frederick, FAIA, who will talk about her path to leadership, the recent Women’s Leadership Summit, and AIA's renewed commitment to sustainability.

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia Women in Architecture and SPEAK, a Perkins Eastman lecture and discussion series. Free, but registration required here.

Quick Notes...  

Architecture Exchange East: ArchEx...    returns to Richmond November 6-8. Register now! [info]...   Emerging Leaders in Architecture Nominations...   are due November 8. The 2020 program is based in Norfolk and applications are currently benig accepted. [info]...   Join the AIA as a new member for 2020...   and enjoy free membership for the remainder of 2019 and free registation for A'20 in Los Angeles. [info]...

Awards and Opportunities
AIA National Award Submittals
  • Due November 7 – AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards
  • Due November 7 – Housing Awards
  • Due November 12 – Small Project Awards
Due January 31Society for Industrial Archeology's Annual Conference Call for Papers
Residential Trends Survey for Firm LeadersLearn 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: Powers Brown Architecture; Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; Wiley|Wilson; Wendel; DBI Architects, Inc.; Stantec; Little; Laura Campbell Architecture; Project 308 Design, PLLC; MTFA Architecture; MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni (MCF) Architects; Cole & Denny Architects; and O'Neil Architects.

Featured Project

Stasis Engineering
Summit Point, WV

 When this West Coast, Audi-affiliated, high-performance automotive group decided to relocate their headquarters to the Panhandle of West Virginia they needed a design and construction schedule that matched their racing pedigree.

The Architect's German roots and familiarity with corporate German architectural automotive facilities helped secure the project. A local qualified Contractor was chosen and teamed with the Architect to expedite the schedule.

This fast-paced design included programming and a needs assessment to determine the size and square footage of the new facility. The design involved separating the facility into three distinct parts: an engineering wing and warehouse, anchored by an office wing together totaling over 20,000 SF. As soon as preliminary plans were approved, site plans were submitted for approval and site work commenced. A pre-engineered metal building frame was chosen to expedite construction. The Architect worked closely with the Owner and Contractor on the details while the project was being built. The warehouse was clad in distinctive red metal panels, the engineering wing was clad in a charcoal split-face CMU with red metal panels above, and the office/showroom wing was clad in glistening galvanized metal vertical panels with large curved storefront openings to reflect the elegance of the vehicles in the showroom.

Features include an open staircase with balcony overlooking the showroom, galvanized metal wall panel finishes, open work spaces, and conference room overlooking the racetrack where satisfied customers can see their purchases in action.

Photography © DESIGN CONCEPTS + Stasis Engineering



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

6-8 | Architecture Exchange East
     Richmond. [info]

6 | AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting
     4:15p, Richmond. [info]

6 | AIA Virginia Firm Roundtables
     1:00p, Richmond. [info]

7 | Getting to Know L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, 2020 AIA President
     5:30p, Washington. [info]

8 | Emerging Leaders in Architecture Nominations Due [info]

11 | Architectural Practice in the Public Sector
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

16 | AIA NOVA Board Retreat + Committee Chairs Meeting
     8:30a, Arlington. [info]

19 | Women in Architecture Book Chat
     6:30p, Arlington. [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.