Volume 4, No. 3 - March 18, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cannon Design
Richmond Olympic Oval, by Cannon Design (more info)
In This Issue

Peter Kuttner Heads 2010 DA Jury

Design Awards Go Electronic

In Practice...

Featured Project: Richmond Olympic


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Peter Kuttner, FAIA to Head 2010 Northern Virginia Design Awards Jury from Boston
by Scott Matties, AIA, Design Awards Chair
The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that we are nearing finalization of our Boston-based jury for the 2010 Awards program. We are thrilled to have the participation of one of the most distinguished practitioners in the country who has dedicated his career not only to exceptional design but also to exception service to the profession.

Peter Kuttner, FAIA is President of Cambridge Seven Associates, a Boston-based firm whose work includes museums, education, transportation, and hospitality design around the world. C7A received the 1993 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Peter specializes in informal and formal learning in museums and college facilities, with a particular focus on interactive and participatory experiences in the sciences.

In the past few years Peter has completed Boston's first LEED® Gold museum, the Boston Children's Museum, Wonders of Wildlife in Missouri, and the Scientific Center Science Museum in Kuwait. He is now working on the expansion of the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, the new Gyeonggi Children's Museum in Seoul, Korea, the new US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Arkansas, the Manitoba Museum expansion in Winnipeg, the renovation of Discovery Place in Charlotte, and a master plan for the Museum of Science in Boston.

Peter graduated from the University of Michigan with his BS in 1972 and an MArch in 1974. Peter has been active in the AIA since 1981, and is the current AIA Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. He was the past Regional Director for AIA New England, and serves on the Strategic Directions Group. In line with his passion for design, he has participated on numerous design juries, and these past several years served on AIA San Diego, AIA Portland, AIA Rhode Island, AIA North Carolina, AIA Connecticut, AIA Nebraska, and AIA Rhode Island award juries, and chaired the 2008 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. As a commitment to emerging professionals, he serves on the NCARB IDP Committee; last year co-chaired the IDP Advisory Committee, and is AIA Board liaison to the Young Architect's Forum.

Look for the full jury makeup to be published soon on the AIA Northern Virginia website!

Design Awards Go (digitally) Green!
by Scott Matties, AIA, Design Awards Chair

The AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Program for 2010 will introduce an electronic submission format to the Chapter. After several years of weighing the benefits and impacts, the Design Awards Committee and Chapter leadership are united in endorsing this change. There are compelling reasons to make this change, not the least of which is fulfilling the AIA's commitment to environmental sustainability. Electronic submissions, by virtue of their on-screen development, not only eliminate the consumption of resources in their final printing, but also the seemingly endless progress printings that occur to fine tune images, line weights and colors as we negotiate between screen and printer. Substantial transportation resources will be saved by eliminating binder delivery to the Chapter House, to the jury and back, and ultimate return to entrants. This new portability has the potential to open additional jury pools unrestricted by their geographic proximity to Northern Virginia.

Understanding that this change will effect the membership, the Design Awards Committee has been diligently researching requirements and standards for similar electronic programs around the country and reaching out to organizations with successful experience (like our colleagues at AIA National and Virginia Society). Our goal is to affect a seamless transition to this new submission format with the least burden on the membership. The Chapter is also working with other regional awards programs, such as those sponsored by AIA DC, AIA Potomac Valley, Fairfax County and Arlington County with the goal of implementing standardized award submission formats that allow members of each Chapter to participate more readily and cost-effectively in multiple programs.

This year's submissions are due by April 30 at 5:00p. Requirements and the complete Call for Entries will be posted on the Chapter website and sent to members via email early next week. Look for additional information of the Boston-based jury and the venue for the Design Awards Gala coming soon. Good luck to all!

In Practice...
Introducing Traveling Happy Hours at Mon Ami Gabi in Reston on March 25
The Chapter is planning quarterly Happy Hours across our area in order to connect with those who are located a little farther away from the Chapter House. Members of the Chapter Board, Committee Chairs and NOVA representatives to Virginia Society will attend to listen to you, to find out what's going on and see how you're doing, and to share things that are happening in the Chapter.

This is a great opportunity to give feedback about the programs you want to see, to find out about upcoming programs and to engage and network. It is also a great opportunity for the Board to hear about the things that are important to you, to help us represent the Chapter more accurately and advocate for you on a state and national level.

The first event is on Thursday, March 25, in Reston, at the French Bistro Mon Ami Gabi, located at 11950 Democracy Drive, Reston 20190. We will begin to gather at 5:30p. A cash bar will be available. Please join us.

Changes Coming to the AIA Continuing Education System
In the upcoming weeks, AIA National is transitioning from the University of Oklahoma to its own membership database for processing continuing education credits. Because of these changes, we suggest you print and maintain a hard copy of your Continuing Education Transcript for an accurate record of the courses you have taken to date. Your transcript is the official record of continuing education credits you have earned. While we anticipate this to be a smooth process, as with any transfer of data, this is a precaution to be sure all your credits are properly assigned. To access your transcript, visit www.aia.org/education, under Find Your Transcript, log in with your member number, click View Transcript and print.

Norwegian Architect Per Olaf Fjeld Speaks at the Lyceum this Friday, March 19
Per Olaf Fjeld is a professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He studied architecture at Washington State University and University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Louis I. Kahn. Returning to Norway, he worked in Sverre Fehn's office before opening his own studio in Oslo with his wife, Emily Randall Fjeld, in 1975. Fjeld has written a number of books and articles on architecture, most recently, Sverre Fehn: The Pattern of Thought, a biography and perceptive critique on the acclaimed postwar modernist. The lecture, organized by Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, is at 6:30p and is free and open to the public. The Lyceum is located at 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria.

Public Presentation for the 4 Mile Run Pedestrian Cyclist Bridge Competition on March 27
This public presentation is the final phase in the 4 Mile Run Pedestrian Cyclist Bridge Professional Competition evaluation process. The top three finalist teams will be sharing their work and a conceptual design of the bridge to the public. The selection panel will announce the top ranked team at the end of the event. This free event begins at 1:00p at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301. For additional information and registration, visit www.4milerun.org.

2010 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards Submissions Due March 29
The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community seeks projects that have used integrated and interoperable BIM in the following areas: Creating Stellar Architecture; Design/Delivery Process Innovation; Outstanding Sustainable Design; and Academic Program or Curriculum Development. All entries are submitted online and are due on March 29. Submission details are available on the BIM Awards website.

Featured Project

Richmond Olympic Oval
Cannon Design
Richmond, British Columbia

Within minutes of the Vancouver International Airport and the Olympic Village, this waterfront facility was designed as a gathering place for Olympic spectators and the local community, as well as an Olympic legacy for the City of Richmond. The main feature of the venue is the 400m speed skating track consisting of two 4m competitive lanes, a 5m warm-up lane inside the inner competition lane, and seating for 8,000 spectators. This multi-use facility also includes a fitness centre, athlete testing area, cardiovascular rehabilitation centre, wellness centre, sports medicine centre, and concession area.

While one purpose of the facility was to provide a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the facility was primarily designed as a valuable community asset in the post-Games period. After the Games, the facility will transform into a community wellness, training and developmental centre for high performance sports-use, as well as act as a public gathering facility, offering community meeting spaces for gatherings and conventions.

Emphasizing lightness, transparency, and translucency, the interiors of the Richmond Olympic Oval reveal the myriad functions within, and maintain continuity with the Oval's exterior, reflecting the qualities of openness and accessibility that lie at the heart of the building's conception. To offset the building's highly expressive and complex architecture - exemplified by its iconic "heron wing" roof - the interior spaces feature understated, consistent shapes and a simple color palette that employs a language of compliments and contrasts to delineate activity centres.

The Richmond Olympic Oval is certified LEED® Silver.
Lead and interior photos by Hubert Kang Photography, exterior by City of Richmond. All images courtesy of Cannon Design.

March 19 + 20 - Design Forum IX: An Architecture of Necessity
In Richmond. Organized by Virginia Society AIA. The symposium will address the social agency of design. 7.5 AIA/CES LUs. Registration required. $195. For a list of speakers and registration, click here.

March 20 - ARE Prep Series - Construction Documents + Service: Legal
Please note that the date for this seminar was incorrectly published as April 3. 10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 4 AIA/CES LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

March 24 - ARE Prep Series - Americans with Disabilities Act
6:30-8:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

March 25 - Traveling Happy Hour - Reston
5:30p, at Mon Ami Gabi, 11950 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For additional information, see the announcement above or click here.

March 31 - In Studio with Suzane Reatig
6:00-7:00p, at Suzane Reatig Architecture, 1312 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Award winning architect, Suzane Reatig, FAIA, LEED® AP, will present and analyze samples of her work. The presentation will include an office tour and time for questions and discussion. 1 AIA/CES LU. Organized by the AIA NOVA Women in Architecture Committee. All are welcome to attend. Tour is free, but registration is required by emailing reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, click here.

March 31 - ARE Prep Series - Historic Preservation
6:30-8:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

March 31 - Super Saver Rates for DesignDC 2010: Insight + Innovation
Mark your calendars for August 3-5 for the sixth annual DesignDC. AIA Members save $100 when registering before March 31. Visit www.aiadesigndc.org.

April 3 - ARE Prep Series - Construction Documents + Services: Practice
Please note that the date for this seminar was incorrectly published as March 20. 10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

April 10 - ARE Prep Series - Building Design + Construction
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

April 11-18 - Architecture Week
With a focus on volunteerism, AIA Northern Virginia celebrates Architecture Week with our annual Canstruction® competition, an opportunity to volunteer with Rebuilding Together, our popular walking tour of Alexandria and the introduction of our first PechaKucha 20x20 Night. See specific events below (in blue) for information.

April 11 - Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
1:00-3:00p, begins at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria 22314. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Architecture Week. 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs. The tour is free, but requires pre-registration by emailing reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, click here.

April 12 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.

April 13 - PechaKucha 20x20 Night
6:00p doors, presentations at 7:00p, at the Light Horse Restaurant & Bar, 715 King Street Alexandria 22314. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Architecture Week. Enjoy food and drink and discover a fun way to share ideas and experiences as presenters illustrate something they are passionate about with only 20 images, shown for 20 seconds each. The evening will feature a variety of creative presenters and interesting topics. The event is free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not required.

April 16 - 7th Annual Canstruction® Build-Out Night
5:00p-Midnight, at Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Architecture Week. Features teams of architects building fantastic structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Exhibits are on display through April 24. For additional information, click here.

April 16-18 - Rebuilding Together Volunteer Weekend
Volunteers are needed. Part of the Chapter's celebration of Architecture Week. Working with the Robert Pierre Johnson Housing and Development Corporation and Rebuilding Together, volunteers from our Chapter will work on the rehabilitation of a house in Arlington to help an elderly resident. Enlist your family and friends. Prior construction experience is not required. Contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org for questions and to volunteer. For planning purposes, we request volunteer commitments by April 1.

April 16-18 - ARE Prep Series - Structural Systems Workshop with David J. Thaddeus, AIA
Registration for the workshop is currently full. For information on other ARE Prep classes, visit the Chapter website's ARE Homepage.

April 21 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, location to be determined. Two presentations: Comparison of National Green Building and Specifying Wood Windows for Historical Renovation and Design with Today's Technology. Presented by Mark Pendleton with JELD-WEN Windows and Doors. Each presentation offers 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. Registration is required by e-mailing reservations@aianova.org. For details, click here.

April 30 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submittals Due

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 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.