Volume 14, No. 1 - January 31, 2020
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Bowie Gridley Architects
Piedmont Environmental Council, by Bowie Gridley Architects (more info)

In This Issue

Call for Tours

ABI Finishes Year Strong

2020 ARE Prep Underway

EDI Lecture Series

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Piedmont
    Environmental Council


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Call for Building Tours during Architecture Month

This year our Chapter will celebrate Architecture Month throughout April with a variety of activities to engage and inform the public about the profession of architecture. Popular offerings in past years have been tours of recently completed projects led by the architects who were involved with the design and construction. These tours allow the public and our Chapter members to experience buildings they may have seen under construction, or read about, and hear from the architects directly what considerations were important in the planning and execution of the project. If your firm has a project you would like to include in this year's Architecture Month please contact Joe McCoy, AIA by February 28.

Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note

AllieDemand for design services in December increased for the third month in a row, according to a January 22nd report from the AIA.

AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 52.5 for December reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). During December, both the new project inquiries and design contracts scores were positive, posting scores of 58.7 and 53.4 respectively.

"Despite the ongoing slowdown in billings in the Northeast, balanced growth across sectors and regions looks more positive for the coming year," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "Factors outside of the construction sector, such as trade policy and international events, could still impact demand for design services, however recent fears about a downturn in construction activity have largely subsided."

Key ABI highlights for December include:
  • Regional averages: West (54.0); South (52.2); Midwest (51.9); Northeast (44.0)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (54.0); multi-family residential (51.0); mixed practice (50.8); institutional (50.8)
  • Project inquiries index: 58.7
  • Design contracts index: 53.4
Additional information on the ABI is available here.

 2020 ARE Prep Series Underway

Make this your year to get licensed:

  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

Organized by our Young Architects Forum, our award-winning ARE series takes place at AECOM in Arlington and via webcast in Roanoke and Norfolk. Visit our ARE Prep page to register and for additional for details. Be sure to register no later than 5:00p on the Tuesday prior to each session.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Architecture Firms

AIA Northern Virginia Women in Architecture, in partnership with Beyer Blinder Belle, is hosting a series of panel discussions on what firms are currently doing to be more Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive and how we can improve our current practices.

February 26 - Panel discussion with local firms about how each firm developed and implements their Diversity and Inclusion programs
March 25 - Panel discussion with representatives from firms and local architecture schools about diversity and inclusion in recruiting and marketing
April 22 - A presentation on AIA Guides for Equitable Practice by Erin Murphey Sr., Director of Workforce Development and Strategy for the AIA

All three sessions will be 6-8pm at Beyer Blinder Belle. 3307 M Street NW, Washington, DC, Suite 301.

Virginia Design Forum XIV: In Praise of Shadows

Taking place in Richmond, March 27–28, at the award-winning Institute for Contemporary Art, the Design Forum will continue the trend of showcasing thought-provoking and inspiring work. Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows features an incredible line-up of visionary speakers 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, NY)
  • Kirsten Murray, FAIA (Olson Kundig | Seattle, WA)
  • Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York, NY)
  • Morten Schmidt, Intl. Assoc. AIA (Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects | Copenhagen, DK)
  • David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York, NY)

A'20 Registration is Now Open

The AIA Conference on Architecture takes place May 14-16 in Los Angeles. Be among the first to register and get your choice of tour and session options. Choose from 130+ seminars, 160+ architect-led tours, and sixteen highly-focused half- and full-day workshops. Earn HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA, and AIA LU credits!

Quick Notes...  

AIA Dues Installment Program...   Pay your dues in monthly installments through April 30 [info]...   AIA Home Design Trends Survey...   for Q4 of 2019 offers the latest in home design trends [info]...   UDC Architecture Public Lecture Series...  The Art of Building a Practice, runs through March [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due February 2Emerging Professionals Exhibit Call for Entries
Due February 18Justice Facilities Review Submissions
Due February 18AZURE Magazine's AZ Award Submissions
Due February 28Project Delivery Knowledge Community Annual Symposium Registration
Due March 17Healthcare Design Awards Submissions
Due March 18AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference Abstracts
Due April 152020 AIA National Photography Competition

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: Clites Architects, PC; Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; Bowie Gridley Architects; MTFA ARCHITECTURE; Hord Coplan Macht; Penn State Department of Architecture; 2 Points of View Architectural Studio; and the City of Alexandria, Department of Planning & Zoning.

Featured Project

Piedmont Environmental Council
Bowie Gridley Architects
Warrenton, VA

 This project for the Piedmont Environmental Council's (PEC) headquarters includes the renovation of an existing structure and a sizeable new addition, providing additional office and meeting spaces. Alterations within the existing historic structure were extensive including new HVAC, plumbing, finishes, and lighting. The project more than doubled the size of the facility to create a workplace for about 30 staff and a large boardroom. Work clusters are arranged to facilitate collaborative interactions among the staff.

Living by the principles it promotes, the reimagined PEC Headquarters includes many sustainable design features: geothermal heating and cooling, large double-paned operable windows for connections to outdoors and natural light, site water control, a large outdoor terrace for staff and functions, and the later addition of solar panels on the roof.

The new construction is below the roof line of the original building. From the sidewalk, only the original 18th century structure is visible, which honors and preserves the historic building and its place in Old Town Warrenton, VA.

Photography © Paul Burk



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

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

21 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

22 | ARE Exam Series: Practice Management
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

25 | Chapter Open House
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

25 | CRAN - From Photography to Pitch to Publication
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

26 | Ethnicity, Diversity and Inclusion Firm Initiatives - WIA Lecture Series
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

27 | Committee on the Environment Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  March 9 - Project Delivery KC Symposium
  March 27 - Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space
  March 27 - AIA Virginia Design Forum
  April - Architecture Month

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.