Volume 15, No. 2 - March 1, 2021
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Potomac School, Spangler Center by CannonDesign (more info)

In This Issue

Three New Fellows

The Heights Building Tour

Architecture Month

Northam Keynote at AEC

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Spangler Center
    at Potomac School


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  This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Moseley Architects and E.E. Reed Construction - East Coast, LLC

Brian J. Frickie, FAIA, Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA, and David H. Peabody, FAIA Elevated to Fellowship

 Congratulations to Brian, Dan, and David as they are elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. Only 101 members were selected for fellowship this year.

Brian, a Principal at Kerns Group Architects, P.C., was elevated for his aspirational, enduring, and inspirational leadership across the AIA at all levels. His visionary activism and collaborative, participatory style uphold the profession's stature, elevate the organization’s relevance, and empower individual architects as leaders.

Dan, Director and Principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Limited, UK, has led the advancement of building science in architecture throughout his over 25-year career in professional practice and as a thought-leader in the development of international technical design and construction standards.

David, Principal of Peabody Architects and a Certified Passive House Consultant, pioneers passive and zero-energy building in the United States. Through practice, advocacy, and collaboration, he advances the design profession's leadership in the transition to an economy built on connected, energy-positive buildings.

Congratulations also to five other Virginia members who were elevated to fellowship: Allison Ewing, FAIA with Hays Ewing Design Studio (AIA Central Virginia); Kathleen O. Frazier, FAIA with Frazier Associates (AIA Central Virginia); Kathleen M. Galvin, FAIA with Galvin Architects (AIA Central Virginia); David A. Keith, FAIA with Hanbury | Architecture Planning (AIA Hampton Roads); and Alice J. Raucher, FAIA with the University of Virginia (AIA Central Virginia).

We will share additional information about our new Fellows in the next newsletter. For a list of all the new fellows, visit the AIA Fellowship Directory.

The Heights Building: Virtual Tour and Panel Discussion

 Join the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and AIA Virginia for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School facility designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group and Leo A Daly.

The innovative design features green terraces at each floor which become extensions of the classrooms, creating an indoor-outdoor learning landscape for both students and teachers - an educational oasis rather than a traditional school setting, addressing the academic needs of the school's program while forming a vertical community within its dense urban context.

The panel discussion features speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane.

 Landscapes of Learning: The Heights Building Virtual Tour and Panel Discussion
March 5, 12:00-1:00p
The event is free and offers 1.0 AIA LU | HSW credit

Architecture Month Features Events Statewide

Celebrate Architecture Month with AIA Northern Virginia through a series of programs that educate, engage, and connect us to the built environment and the profession of architecture. This year's events will be largely in a "virtual" format and offered online to allow you to participate without leaving home. Most events will also be offered free of charge. More information will be posted on our website soon.

AIA Northern Virginia joins AIA chapters across the state this year to offer a combined program and a wide range of opportunities. Examples of planned activities throughout April include:
  • Building tours with behind the scenes insight and commentary from the architects
  • Lectures on architecture and design
  • Film-making and story-telling examples in architecture
  • Design and creative building activities for children and families
  • Exhibits of local award-winning architecture

Governor Ralph Northam Featured as Keynote at AEC Symposium

The 2021 AEC Virginia Spring Symposium will be hosted virtually by the Virginia chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors on March 17-19. Its vision is to bridge together architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to collaborate, create, and build for the future. Additional information is available on the AIA Virginia website.

AIA Compensation Survey

 Need up-to-date salary information? Participate in the 2021 AIA Compensation Survey! The AIA's biennial Compensation Survey, last conducted in 2019, is the benchmark for the profession, and a valued resource for firms and practitioners, and during the current economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this information is more critical than ever. As a participating firm, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the complete survey report when it is released. If you received an invitation to participate, we ask that you respond as your reply is vital for the success of this study. If you are a firm leader who has not received an invitation and would like to participate, please send an email to the AIA Economics & Market Research team.

Quick Notes...  

Our ARE Prep Series continues...   classes held through July [info]... AIAU - New Series on Equity...   Spotlight on Equity: Architecture in Turbulent Times looks at the structural failings that systemic racial injustice, climate change, and COVID-19 have created [info]...   There are 21 professional Knowledge Communities on the AIA website...  join one or more today [info]...   What Can COVID-19 Teach Us About Climate Change...   experts weigh in [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due March 8APT 2021 DC Conference Abstracts
Due March 16AIA Healthcare Design Awards
Inform Call for Content: Accessibility Issue – Submit content suggestions to the editor
Due May 12021 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: Bowie Gridley Architects, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects, MW Architects llc, SMBW, PLLC, Marks-Woods Construction Services, Ritter Norton Architects, and RRMM Architects.

While always free for Chapter members, we are waiving all Job Board fees to share as many job opportunities as we can. 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

The Potomac School, Spangler Center for Community and Athletics
McLean, VA

 The Spangler Center for Community and Athletics is conceived as a new place on campus that reinforces the school’s beliefs that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary and essential educational goals to support an equitable community. The project connects the athletic programs by becoming the primary location for all indoor athletic fitness and training, while providing a variety of new state of the art spaces for athletic competition, learning and community gatherings.

The concept for the facility is shaped and inspired by the program, site and culture of the school. The Center connects to the campus by embracing the geometry of the campus, nestling into the hill, embracing the pond, being filled with light and bringing the outside in. It connects the Potomac community by providing intimate exterior and interior gathering spaces and larger flexible multi-purpose event spaces focused on the community’s wellbeing.

A first impression of the facility is a horizontal, glowing and integrated volume on top of the hill, with a flat roof held by structural wood “trees.” This volume is flanked by a smaller more complex mass of glass, stucco and a stone base that steps down the hill.

From the "90-Acre classroom" which takes advantage of the campus’ specific environment and ecology, to educating students and faculty through the learning spaces within, The School’s commitment to stewardship, sustainability and an advanced education is well represented by its campus initiatives and programs and especially through the Spangler Center for Community and Athletics.

Recognized by the Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards with the 2020 Award of Excellence.

Photography © Sam Kittner



1 | WIA Committee Meeting
     6:00p. [info]

2 | Plumbing for Architects
     12:00p. [info]

3 | CRAN - Wood: A Contemporary Look at an Ancient Material
     12:00p. [info]

3 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
     6:30p. [info]

4 | Legislative & Government Affairs Planning Meeting

5 | Landscapes of Learning: A Panel Discussion about The Heights Building
     12:00p. [info]

8 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p. [info]

11 | Large Doors: How to Select the Right Door
     12:00p. [info]

17 | 2021 AEC Virginia Spring Symposium [info]

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

20 | ARE Exam Series: Practice Management
     10:00a. [info]

25 | Asbestos, Lead Based Paint and Mold Awareness
     12:00p. [info]

26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     12:30p. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  April 1-30 - Architecture Month
  April 15 - Sustainable Development & Hot-Dip Galvanizing
  April 17 - ARE Exam Series: Programming and Analysis

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.