Volume 5, No. 11 - November 22, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Grimm + Parker Architects
Burke Centre Library, by Grimm + Parker Architects (more info)
In This Issue

The New Aianova.org

Changes to HSW Credit Reporting

Volunteers Needed for Convention

In Practice...

Featured Project: Burke Centre


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The New AIA Northern Virginia Website is Available for Review
 The Communications Committee is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The preview version is currently available for review and we look forward to any comments you have. We will continue to add new features in the next few weeks, and content will continue to evolve. Please click here to share your comments. This will become the main Chapter site on December 1. We hope you enjoy the new and improved look!

Changes to HSW Credit Reporting
Beginning in 2012, members may no longer self-report HSW credit hours. AIA Continuing Education System providers will need to report HSW courses for you to receive HSW credits. Members can continue to self report credit hours for self-designed activities, structured activities and professional community service, but the hours will not count for HSW credits. This change is to better align AIA credit with state licensing boards' practice. For complete information on Self-Reported Activities, click here.

Volunteers Needed for the AIA National Convention
In case you haven't heard yet, the 2012 AIA National Convention will be held in Washington, DC from May 16-19 at the Washington Convention Center. Volunteers are needed to assist with tours, FUN activities, the official Information Desk and AIA evening Host parties. In exchange, volunteers will receive $50 off their Convention registration. If interested, please email lreynolds@manceandassociates.com. AIA Northern Virginia is organizing tours and a regional party during Convention and is looking for volunteers to help with planning and to serve as volunteers on each tour. Please let us know if you can help by emailing aianova@aianova.org.

In Practice...
AIA Releases Revised and Expanded Best Practices
The AIA's Practice Management Knowledge Community has reorganized, culled and expanded the online compendium of nearly 400 Best Practices. Visit Best Practices and consider contributing your own by emailing bestpractices@aia.org.

Young Architects Forum Director Needed for the Region of the Virginias
The YAF regional directors serve as important links between young architects (licensed 10 years or less) and the national organization. View the Call for Volunteers and contact the Chapter if you are interested.

Opportunities to Showcase Your Work
2012 AIA Housing Awards Call for Entries - Awards recognize the best in housing design; submissions due December 2.
2012 Housing & Urban Development Design Awards Program Call for Entries - Program recognizes excellence in affordable housing, community-based design, participatory design and accessibility; submissions due December 2.
AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition - Exhibit showcases the work of architecture students, interns and architects licensed less than 10 years; submissions being accepted now.

Featured Project

Burke Centre Library
Grimm + Parker Architects
Burke, Virginia

 The Burke Centre Library floor plan is in the shape of a leaf - nature's optimal vehicle for collecting rain water and sunlight and transforming them into energy through photosynthesis. The library collects rain water and harvests natural daylight as it celebrates sustainability through its form and functions.

Recognized with Silver Certification, this is the second public library in Fairfax County designed and constructed under LEED® design guidelines. The librarys open floor plan and generous use of windows provide for natural daylighting and views to the exterior. Energy efficient building systems, the utilization of recycled and reclaimed materials throughout the project, and the use of low VOC building materials and finishes result in a sustainable and healthy environment.

The library is sited in a grove of trees back from the road to reduce noise pollution while still maintaining a visible presence. Connecting the building to nature, mature trees were retained and the wood from a dying oak tree on the site was used in furniture throughout the building.

Photos by Eric Taylor Photography

December 4 -
WIA Brunch + Tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
11:00a, Museum located at 1250 New York Avenue NW, DC 20005. Organized by the Women in Architecture Committee. All are welcome for brunch at the Mezzanine Café and a guided tour of the museum. Advance reservations and payment are required by December 1. [info]

December 9 - 2009 International Energy Conservation Code Fundamentals
8:15a-4:00p, at Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax 22031. Organized by Virginia Society AIA. 6 AIA HSW/SD CEHs. Registration required by November 21. [info]

December 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at the Chapter House.

January 6 - Architecture in the Schools Exhibit
6:30p, at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. Free, registration not necessary.

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.