Volume 15, No. 5 - May 28, 2021
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Dominion Apartments, by Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS (more info)

In This Issue

Design Awards 2021

Strong ABI Continues

CAE June Events

WIA Communications Workshop

Notes, Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Dominion Apartments


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   This issue of BLAST is sponsored by CADD Microsystems, ECS Mid-Atlantic , LLC and TW Perry

Design Awards – What Will You Submit?

 The 2021 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Call for Entries is open. Submittals are due Tuesday, June 15, 5:00p.

Our awards program offers six award categories:
  • Institutional Architecture
  • Commercial Architecture
  • Residential Architecture
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Historic Architecture
  • Conceptual / Unbuilt Architecture
This year we are expanding our focus on the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence, moving towards a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. View the Call for Entries for details. AIA Virginia Design Awards Call for Entries is open as well. Submissions are due June 24.

AIA's ABI Report - Design Activity Strongly Increases

 Continuing its meteoric rebound, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its third consecutive month of positive billings. AIA's ABI score for April rose to 57.9 compared to 55.6 in March (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Neither score has been achieved since before the Great Recession. During April, new project inquiries and new design contracts reached record highs with scores of 70.8 and 61.7 respectively. "This recent acceleration in the demand for design services demonstrates that both consumers and businesses are feeling much more confident about the economic outlook," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "The pent-up demand for new and retrofitted facilities is keeping architecture firms in all regions and building sectors busy."

Key ABI highlights for April include:
  • Regional averages: Midwest (60.6); South (58.3); Northeast (55.0); West (52.4)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (59.1); multi-family residential (56.9); institutional (56.7); mixed practice (55.0)
  • Project inquiries index: 70.8
  • Design contracts index: 61.7
The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

Visit AIA's website for more ABI information.

Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Announces Two Upcoming Events

 Equity in Public Schools: Supporting our Communities through School Design
June 2, 12:00-1:30p

This virtual event will explore equity in the education systems, communities, and school facilities of three local public school districts – Alexandria City Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Prince George’s County Public Schools – each with distinctive challenges, demographics, populations, and settings. Hear presentations from school system leaders facing challenges of inequity and resource disparity in their communities and schools, and the unique strategies established by each for the planning, design, and procurement of school facilities, followed by a facilitated discussion.

1.5 LU/HSW. This free event is in partnership with AIA Baltimore, AIA DC, and AIA Northern Virginia. Learn more>>

Building Better Futures in Native American Communities
June 15, 1:30-2:30p

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provide oversight of the planning, design and construction of educational facilities on Native American reservations utilizing the BIA School Facilities Design and Space Guidelines as a template. These guidelines were developed collaboratively by the BIA and MOA ARCHITECTURE in Denver. During this program, MOA Principal and Educational Planner Jack Mousseau will discuss typical conditions and inequities encountered in reservation schools prior to renovation or replacement.

1 AIA LU|HSW. This free event is organized by our Committee on Architecture for Education and AIA Virginia. Learn more>>

WIA Communications Workshop: Difficult Conversations, Negotiations and Disagreements
June 23, 4:30-6:30p

 This is the third and final workshop in the Women in Architecture Communications Series. This interactive class will explore strategies to diffuse conflict, check emotions, focus the difficult conversations, and come up with strategies for coping during tumultuous times in your personal, public, and private lives. Participants will leave with actionable steps to level up communication skills. This workshop is sponsored by Shalom Baranes Associates Shalom Baranes Associates. Learn more.

Quick Notes...  

Create a Sustainability Action Plan ...  AIA offers a guide to creating a plan unique to your firm [info]... Join the 2021 COTE Open Forum ... to examine how architects can pursue climate action and climate justice [info]...   AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 ...    sessions on June 17, July 8, July 29, and August 19 [info]...   ARE Prep Series continues ...  two sessions remain in June and July... [info]  

Awards and Opportunities

Due May 31Application due for City of Alexandria Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Due June 2Modernism in America Awards
Due July 1AIA Virginia Honors Awards Call for Nominations
Due December 1International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Kristine Fallon Prize

AIA Honors Currently Open for Submission:
Due July 8 – Architecture
Due July 8 – Twenty-five Year Award
Due July 27 – Architecture Firm Award
Due July 27 – Gold Medal
Due August 5 – Interior Architecture
Due September 5 – Regional & Urban Design
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: Architecture, Incorporated; George Mason University – Facilities Planning, Design and Construction; MV+A Architects; Powers Brown Architecture; Convene Architecture; Moseley Architects; LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects; O’Brien & Keane; MW Architects; and George Mason University, Department of Capital Strategy and Planning and MTFA Architecture

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

Dominion Apartments
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Arlington, VA

 Dominion is a renovated and preserved 188-unit multi-family residential apartment building with ground level retail. The existing mid-century modern building was constructed in 1955 and is a contributing resource in the Arlington Heights historic district. The building is ranked highly by Arlington County due to the strength of remaining original detail and character.

The renovation respects and enhances many of the existing historic features of the building. The original steel windows have been replaced with new insulated aluminum windows that match the style and profile of the original windows. The existing ground floor retail storefront, awning, and canopy have been repaired using new materials to match the original. Care was taken to protect original detailing in the main lobby, preserving detailing at the ceiling and restoring original flooring. Unit Interiors were updated while using guidelines set forth by the National Park Service (NPS) and Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) to protect existing original elements where possible. All improvements, interior and exterior, were made within these guidelines to qualify for historic tax credit programs.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography



1 | Lighting & Plug Load Controls
     12:00p. [info]

2 | Equity in Public Schools: Supporting our Communities through School Design
     12:00p. [info]

2 | Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: Equity in This Moment – Becoming an Ally
     12:00p. [info]

3 | AIA Virginia Membership Meeting
     6:30p. [info]

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

12 | ARE Exam Series: Project Development and Documentation
     5:00p. [info]

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

15 | Building Better Futures in Native American Communities
     1:30p. [info]

15 | Design Award Submissions Due
     5:00p. [info]

17 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021
     10:00a. [info]

23 | WIA Communications Workshop: Difficult Conversations, Negotiations, and Disagreements
     4:30p. [info]

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

29 | Designing for Fire Safety
     12:00p. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 8 - AIA Conference on Architecture 2021
  July 17 - ARE Exam Series: Construction and Evaluation
  July 19 - Committee Chairs Planning 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.