Volume 15, No. 10 - December 8, 2021
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Reader & Swartz Architects PC
Camp May, by Reader & Swartz Architects PC (read full story below)

In This Issue

Membership Renewals

Enhancements to the Exam Calculator

Resolve to Involve

AIA Announces New EVP/CEO

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Camp May


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

'Tis the Season for Membership Renewals

 Be ready to seamlessly roll into 2022 by renewing your AIA membership now before the end of year chaos begins. You should have recently received your invoices in the mail giving you options to renew your membership online, by phone, or by mail. Don’t wait until the last minute, renew today!

Dues installment plans are available and allow you to pay your dues in up to six monthly installments. Don’t forget now is the best time for new members to join as they can take advantage of 15 for 12, getting the rest of this year free when they join now for 2022. The AIA also offers complimentary membership for recent graduates. Learn more about these incentives.

ARE Update - Enhancements to the Exam Calculator

In an effort to improve the tools available to Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates, NCARB is releasing an enhanced calculator within the ARE software, which became available to all testers beginning Monday, November 29. The enhanced calculator includes an updated interface, a history feature that displays all recent calculations, and improved memory functionality allowing testers to store multiple values at the same time.

Candidates can test out the new calculator today by launching the ARE Demonstration Exam through their My NCARB account.

Reach out to NCARB Council Relations with any questions at council-relations@ncarb.org.

New Year on the Horizon with New Opportunities

 The opportunities are endless to get involved with AIA Northern Virginia. Did you know the Chapter has over 15 committees focusing on many different specialty or interest areas? They include Community Service, Architecture for Education, Women in Architecture, Young Architects Forum and many more (see the full list).

Committees are a great way to get involved. They promote networking with people that have similar interests, sharing knowledge about practice, design and construction, and gaining leadership experience. As you ring in the new year, make a resolution to join an AIA NoVA committee. Contact aianova@aianova.org for more information.

AIA Announces New EVP/CEO

On Jan. 31, 2022, Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE will become the next Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects.

"It is an honor to welcome Lakisha to the AIA,"" said AIA 2021 President Peter Exley, FAIA. "Her breadth of experience in the building industry combined with her leadership in making the built environment more sustainable, equitable, and safer for Americans makes her a natural fit for advancing AIA’s strategic priorities. I look forward to seeing her further empower architects to improve society and transform the built environment as well as inspire the next generation."

 As AIA's Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, Woods will manage the national office in Washington, D.C. and oversee approximately 200 employees. She will also partner with the Board of Directors as well as work collaboratively with over 200 chapters nationwide and overseas to support AIA members and advance AIA's strategic vision of driving positive change through the power of design. Additionally, she will ensure AIA continues to effectively serve as the collective voice of architecture and design by expanding an engaged membership base that increases diversity in the profession and evolves AIA's programs, products, and services. Woods will also sit on the independent board of AIA's Construction Document business, which is led through a strategic partnership with True Wind Capital.

Visit AIA's website for complete leadership information.

Quick Notes...

AIA Film Challenge 2021...  Have you seen the winners? [info] ... AIA's Home Design Trends Survey ...   Q3 focuses on home features showing both home offices and outdoor living spaces remain popular... [info] ... Year End Charitable Contributions... Consider donating to an AIA NoVA scholarship fund [contact]...   Nominations are open for the 2022 national elections... Deadline to declare candidacy is Feb. 14, 2022. [info]...  

 Awards and Opportunities

Due Jan. 11National Small Business Week Awards
Due Jan. 13AIA Honors Currently Open for Submission:
    AIA/ALA Library Building Awards
    COTE Top Ten Awards
    Education Facility Design Awards
Due Jan. 13AIA Education Facility Design Awards
Due Jan. 14Architects Foundation 2021 Scholarships
    Diversity Advancement Scholarship
    Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
    Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship
    a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
    AIA Large Firm Roundtable ARE Scholarship
Due Jan. 31Society for Industrial Archeology's Annual Conference Call for Papers
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: Convene Architecture, MW Architects, Winstanley Architects & Planners, Cook Architecture, FM Studios, Little, Lemay Erickson Willcox Architects, Hord Coplan Macht, Clites Architects, PC, GBR Architects and Maginnis + del Ninno Architects..

AIA Northern Virginia Chapter members may post entries free of charge as a benefit of membership. Non-members are billed at a rate of $75 for each entry. We also maintain a resume library and share resumes with firms that are hiring. So please send us your resume to us at aianova@aianova.org.

Featured Project

Camp May
Reader & Swartz Architects, PC
Yellow Spring, WV

 The owners have been camping on the land since they bought it over ten years ago. They built a small structure that was “somewhere between a house and camping,” but wanted a retreat house to enjoy with friends and family and that enhances the site taking advantage of the proximity to the Cacapon River and the views of North Mountain.

The new modern home sits at the edge of a steep hill, revealing the mountain ridges beyond and framing the surrounding woods. It is comprised of two shed-roofed structures linked by a flat-roofed entry hyphen. The living, dining, and kitchen areas create a one-room cabin where family and friends can gather. Three compact bedrooms fill the other shed-roofed volume. The volumes are closed on the entry side, while floor-to-ceiling glass defines the mountain view side. Ganged 2x wood trusses support large overhanging roofs to the southeast, while steel and wood porches open to the west woods. The house is clad in poplar bark shingles and corrugated weathering steel. The interiors incorporate owner-built plywood floors and cost- effective IKEA cabinetry and lighting. A deck contains a Modpool shipping container hot tub/pool and extends out to the mountain view.

Photography © Nathan Webb, AIA, Reader & Swartz Architects, PC



 13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30pm. [info]

14 | CAE - Connecting the Dots: From People to Planet
     12:00pm. [info]

16 | | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
     12:00pm. [info]

16 | CRAN Annual Holiday Party
     6:00pm, Chevy Chase, MD. [info]

Please note that our offices will be closed on December 24 and December 31 for the holidays.

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  Jan. 3 — Women in Architecture Meeting
  Jan. 10 — AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  Jan. 19 — ARE Roundtable/Intro Session
  Jan. 20 — Committee on Architecture for Education Meeting

Combined Virginia / West Virginia Event Calendar
Now you can find all the webinars and architecture events in the region in one place. AIA chapters across Virginia and West Virginia are contributing to a combined calendar on the Inform Magazine site.

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 aianova@aianova.org. The Chapter House is located at 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314.