Volume 15, No. 3 - April 12, 2021
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Randall Mars Architects
Dewey Beach House, by Randall Mars Architects (more info)

In This Issue

Architecture Month

Call for Sketches

Signatures of Loudoun

Architects Speak Up!

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Dewey
    Beach House


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   This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Arch Resources, CM Kling and Rockfon

Architecture Month

Celebrate Architecture Month throughout April with a series of programs that educate, engage, entertain, and connect us to the built environment and the profession of architecture. AIA Northern Virginia joins AIA chapters across the state to offer a wide range of events; most are free and offered online. Highlights include:
  • Viewing and discussion of the award-winning film, Boxville: Creating a Just World
  • Tours of the historic town of Waterford and of Huntley, an 1825 Federal period villa in Alexandria
  • A Recyclable Design Competition for K-12 students
  • A travel sketch competition
  • Built by Women exhibit displayed at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
  • Interactive workshop on conversation skills
  • Exhibit of our 2020 design award winners at the Torpedo Factory
 For a complete list of Architecture Month events, see the chapter calendar at www.aianova.org and look for the "Arch Month" designation.

Travel Sketches - Call for Submissions
Entries due April 26, by 5:00p

Offered as part of Virginia Architecture Month, architects and architecture students in the Northern Virginia area are invited to submit up to 3 travel sketches which will be juried by professional artists from the Torpedo Factory Arts Center.

Sketches are to be submitted in electronic format as a JPEG, in color or black & white, and with a maximum file size of 5MB for each image. Submissions are to be emailed to AIA Northern Virginia at sketch@aianova.org by 5:00p on Monday, April 26. Files are to be named using the following format: "First name_last name_sketch number.jpg" (example: john_smith_01.jpg). Details are available on the Chapter website.

2021 Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards

 The Loudoun County Design Cabinet is seeking nominations for the 2021 Signatures of Loudoun Awards program. All varieties of nominations are encouraged: private and public, large and small. Nominations are considered by the Design Cabinet for awards in eight categories: Details, Familiar, Infrastructure, Interiors, Legends, Makeovers, Public Spaces, and Pace Setters.

The nomination period is open through April 23, 2021. Previous applicants for the canceled 2020 awards will be contacted directly and offered the option of being considered for the 2021 awards. This year’s awardees will be honored at a virtual event in June 2021.

Click here to see past winners and learn more about this year's award program.

Architects Speak Up!

AIA Virginia is introducing a new program that provides advocacy training and connects members with state legislators. Architects Speak Up! will consist of virtual meetings for AIA Virginia members to acquaint themselves with their in-district legislator(s) and effectively articulate the importance of architects and architecture in the community. AIA Virginia is looking for your participation in these scheduled meetings this May. Learn more and register to participate by April 21.

ARE Prep Series Continues

 Make this your year to get licensed:
  • April 17 - Programming + Analysis, 10:00a-3:00p
  • May 15 - Project Planning and Design, 10:00-4:00p
  • June 12 - Project Development + Documentation, 10:00a-4:00p
  • July 17 - Construction and Evaluation, 10:00a-3:00p
Organized by our Young Architects Forum, our award-winning ARE series takes place online. 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.

 Quick Notes...  

The Blueprint for Better campaign...   is a call to action, the site features an article, The Rise of Regenerative Design, which includes contributions from AIA Northern Virginia Chapter member, Ann Kosmal, FAIA [info]... Virginia Firm Directory...   be sure your firm is included [info]...   National Building Museum reopens on April 9...   new offerings include an exhibition about a nonprofit architecture firm leading the way in designs for health, well-being, and justice [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due April 23Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards
Due April 30Commonwealth of Virginia’s Boards and Commissions Appointment Requests
Due April 302021 Design for Aging Fellowship Grants
Due April 30Public Art in Old Town North: Call for Artists
Due May 12021 AIA National Photography Competition
Due May 52021 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference Call for Papers
Due June 2 (early nominations due April 29) – Modernism in America Awards
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, Maginniss + del Ninno Architects, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects, Architecture, Incorporated, George Mason University – Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, MV+A Architects, Powers Brown Architecture, Convene Architecture, and Moseley 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

Dewey Beach House
Randall Mars Architects
Dewey Beach, DE

 Zoning established the building restriction lines, in plan and height. As beach property is precious, the building envelope was essentially an elongated cube. This cube was carved, crafted, pushed, and pulled to create the spaces desired for shelter and socializing. Bedrooms were for sleeping, thus noticeably smaller than expected, allowing the living space to be maximized.

 Life started on the second floor, elevating the family to wonderful views of the Atlantic. Since the space was so precious, doors enclosing the living space disappeared into the walls, expanding both the interior and exterior seating areas. A solid plane or datum led from the entry, vertically to the second floor roof and overhang, crossed the house, turned left and extended into the back yard, wrapped up and around the 3rd floor office space, finishing in the front, as another extended overhang for shade.

Central to the house is a two-story space with clerestory light from the south and east. Inside that space lives the glass sculpture, resembling a shock of jelly fish. The materials are simple; concrete panels, Ipe accents, and white interior walls. The inside is the essential beach house, with high ceilings, open spaces, and shade from the intense sun.

Photography © Hoachlander Davis Photography



Virginia Architecture Month – Throughout April Northern Virginia events can be found on the Chapter calendar, designated "Arch Month" events.

Architecture Month events held around the state, are listed on the AIA Virginia Inform website.

15 | Sustainable Development & Hot-Dip Galvanizing
     12:00p. [info]

17 | ARE Exam Series: Programming and Analysis
     10:00a. [info]

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

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

30 | J.E.D.I. IRL – Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in Real Life: Part 2


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

4 | Improving Indoor Air Quality
     12:00p. [info]

5 | Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Systems for Low Slope Roof Assemblies
     12:30p. [info]

6 | Build It: Recyclable Design Competition Awards Ceremony
     6:30p. [info]

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

13 | Ceiling Systems for High Performing Schools
     12:00p. [info]

15 | ARE Exam Series: Project Planning & Design
     10:00a. [info]

18 | Brownfields: Restoring Value to Properties & the Community
     12:00p. [info]

19 | Just Hanging Out on the Wall - Masonry Rainscreens
     12:30p. [info]

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

27 | Advanced Environmental Finishes for Windows and Doors
     12:00p. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  June 1 - Lighting & Plug Load Controls
  June 7 - WIA Committee Meeting
  June 12 - ARE Exam Series: Project Development and Documentation

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.