Volume 5, No. 6 - May 27, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Moore Architects
Urban Farmhouse, Moore Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Gala Next Weekend

In Practice...

Featured Project: Urban Farmhouse


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Design Awards Gala is Saturday, June 4
The gala features a tasting of local wines paired with delectable food, Pecha Kucha-style presentations of winning projects, a glimpse of all submitted projects, insight into the jury process, live music and some after-party festivities.

Founders HallThis is our signature event of the year, so please join us to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new ones.

As is our custom, the venue, Founders Hall on George Mason University's Arlington campus, designed by SmithGroup, is a recently completed project that showcases the best new architecture in our area. The central location, between the Clarendon and Virginia Square stations on Metro's Orange Line, will tempt you to extend the party at local bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.

The cost to attend the gala is only $75, a 30% reduction over last year's event.

To add to the festivities this year, we are organizing an after party at nearby Lyon Hall so we can continue celebrating. So even if you are not able to come to the gala, you can meet us for the after party around 9:30p.

We look forward to seeing you on June 4. As always, the latest information is available from the Chapter website at www.aianova.org/DA11.

photograph © Maxwell MacKenzie / courtesy SmithGroup

In Practice...
2012 AIA Convention Call for Presentations is Available
With the 2012 Convention taking place in DC (May 17-19), this is the perfect time to submit a proposal. The Convention Theme is Design Connects, which celebrates the uniqueness of design as the synthesis of theory and practice, the relationship of the built and natural environments and the aspiration of architecture to serve the broader goals of humanity. With an emphasis on DC metro area themes, this offers a great opportunity to present your projects and ideas. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2011 and selections will be announced in late fall 2011. The Call for Entries will be available on the AIA website shortly, but in the meantime, you can request an entry PDF from Beverly Holton, CSI, CDT, Director, Convention Education.

AIA Responds to the SBA Standards Discussion
The Small Business Administration has proposed new size standards for what defines an architecture small business, changing from $4.5 million in annual receipts to $19 million. As of 2009, a majority of firms qualify for SBA business status with just over ninety percent of firms reporting their annual gross billings under the $4.5 million threshold. This proposal may have large impacts on many firms, so the AIA National Board of Directors voted to oppose any change and directed the Advocacy team to work with the SBA on getting them more information about the practice of architecture, especially regarding the current size of firms and the effect of the proposed change on architects. The Institute is interested in hearing from members on this subject and needs comments by June 16. Please visit the Advocacy website for more information and easy links to offer comments to both the AIA and SBA.

Calls for Entries Now Open

Featured Project

Urban Farmhouse
Moore Architects
Arlington, VA

While cleaning out the attic of this recently purchased Arlington farmhouse, an amazing view was discovered: the Washington Monument was visible on the horizon.

exteriorThe architect and owner agreed that this was a serendipitous opportunity. A badly needed renovation and addition of this turn of the century farmhouse was organized around a grand gesture reinforcing this view shed. A glassy "look out room" caps a new tower element added to the left side of the house and reveals distant views east over the Rosslyn business district and beyond to the National Mall.

look out roomA two-story addition, containing a new kitchen and master suite, was placed in the rear yard where a crumbling porch and oddly shaped addition was removed. The new work defers to the original structure, stepping back to enhance the lines of the original structure. The dwelling was completely restored and repaired, maintaining room proportions as much as possible, while opening up views and adding larger windows. A small mudroom appendage engages the landscaping and helps to create an outdoor room at the rear patio. It also provides a secondary entrance to the house from the detached garage. Internally there is a seamless transition between old and new.
hoachlander davis
photography by Hoachlander Davis

June 4 - ARE Prep Series: Programming, Planning + Practice
10:00a-2:00p. Advance registration required. [info]

June 4 - Design Awards Celebration
6:00p, at George Mason University Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington. After party to follow at Lyon Hall, 3100 Washington Boulevard, Arlington. See article above and visit https://aianova.org/DA11.

June 16 - Women in Architecture + Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
6:00-8:00p, at Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. [info]

June 17 - Technical Tips for Submitting Design Awards Digitally
Noon-1:30p, at Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria. Organized by the Small Firms Committee, the presentation will offer an overview of techniques employed to create digital submissions. 1.5 LUs. [info]

June 18 - ARE Prep Series: Building Design and Construction Systems
10:00a-2:00p. Advance registration required. [info]

June 20 - Committees Community Network
7:00-9:00p, location to be determined. Workshop for committee leaders, active committee members and anyone interested in becoming more active in Chapter activities. [info]

June 21-23 - DesignDC: In the Green
At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC. Three-day conference featuring a keynote address by Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO of AIA. [info]

June 28 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

June 28 - Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
6:30-7:30p, location to be determined. To be added to the YAF email list, contact the Chapter House.

June 29 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, location to be determined. Two sessions: Galvanize It and Sustainability of Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel. 2 HSW LUs. Registration required. [info]

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.