Volume 6, No. 10 - October 31, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Bowie Gridley Architects
Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, by Bowie Gridley Architects
In This Issue

DesignVote 2012

Upcoming AIA Award Programs

NCARB Survey of Architects

Featured Project: Mollie Dodd
    Anderson Library


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DesignVote 2012: Where They Stand
Transit, energy, small businesses and student loans – read about Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's positions on the issues facing architects.

 In the weeks leading up to the election, AIA Advocacy is examining what the candidates have said about the issues that most affect architects and the built environment. "Where They Stand" provides verbatim descriptions of the candidate's positions from their own websites and party platforms. It also describes the positions and actions the AIA has taken on these issues.

DesignVote 2012 also provides election resources including legislator profiles and local voter information. Be sure to vote on November 6!

Upcoming AIA Award Programs
AIA Small Project Awards (due November 12)
The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents these awards to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. The SPP encourages submissions of projects in all building types, new construction and renovations. [info]

AIA Housing Awards (November 30)
This awards program, cosponsored by the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and the Custom Residential Architects Network, recognizes the best in housing design for households of all incomes. The program emphasizes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. [info]

AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards (November 30)
The AIA Residential Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), recognizes excellence in affordable housing, community-based design, participatory design and accessibility. [info]

Healthcare Design Awards (December 10)
The AIA/AAH Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, planning and design-oriented research. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solves aesthetic, civic, urban and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. [info]

TAP Building Information Modeling Awards (December 17)
The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has spearheaded an effort to highlight award winning "best of breed" case studies in the harnessing of Building Information Model (BIM) technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence. [info]

NCARB's 2012 Survey of Registered Architects
The 2012 survey of architectural registration boards by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) indicates that there are currently 105,596 registered architects in the United States, a 1.2 percent increase from last year. The survey also reveals that there are 118,004 reciprocal (out-of state) architects, for a total of 223,600 registrations. California has the highest number of resident architects (16,298) and the highest number of total registrations (20,096).

Virginia has 2,789 resident architects and 4,175 reciprocal architects, for a total of 6,964 registered architects. This places Virginia as the 7th highest state for total registrations, the 12th highest for resident architects and the 5th highest for reciprocal architects. Maryland has 1,961 resident architects and 3,732 reciprocal architects and DC has 611 resident architects and 2,181 reciprocal architects. Click here to view the entire 2012 survey.

Two NCARB Opportunities
Welcome Back Promotion – Through November 30, NCARB will waive all past renewal fees for anyone who reactivates a lapsed NCARB Record or Certificate, including interns and architects. [info]

Intern Think Tank: Help Shape the Future of Internship – On December 14-15, NCARB is hosting its first Intern Think Tank in Washington, DC, to inform the future of internship and examine the current IDP’s implementation and effectiveness. They are looking for 12 intern volunteers to participate. Applications are due November 9. [info]

Featured Project

Mollie Dodd Anderson Library and Learning Commons
at The George School

Bowie Gridley Architects
Newtown, PA

 The new Mollie Dodd Anderson Library and Learning Commons replaces an existing 1965 library and adds a new destination component to the campus of a co-educational Quaker boarding school near Philadelphia. The two-story structure is appropriately scaled and sited to respectfully compliment the adjacent historic Quaker Meeting House.

Featuring a geo-thermal heating system, vegetative green roof, rain gardens, abundant natural lighting, and ecofriendly building products and furnishings, the $9.6 million project achieved Gold Level LEED® Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building establishes a new "gateway" to the main campus. Brick facades and gable roofs on two sides create a strong connection with the typical vernacular on campus. The composition is enhanced by juxtaposing the two brick-clad "boxes" with a third rotated "glass box."

The placement and orientation of the glass box links all elements together, forms the entrance and the projecting bay window, and relates the entire structure to natural features and views of the site, primarily back to the main building. The glass box features a natural wood curtain wall system.

 The design team's overall aim was to provide a cost effective solution to the school's needs by combining two programs - an academic classroom building and library - in a single facility. The building's design reflects the simple spare culture of the institution and the Quaker philosophy.

 Photography by David Lamb

October 31 - COTE Committee Meeting
6:30p, location TBD. [info]

November 1 - Schools Connections Committee Portfolio Review
6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

November 3 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat
8:30a, Arlington. [info]

November 3 - YAF Tour: Modernization of GSA Central Office Building
9:00a, Arlington. CEHs [info]

November 7-9 - ArchEx
Richmond. CEHs [info]

November 13 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, location to be determined. [info]

November 14 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls + Restoration of Old Brick Buildings. 11:00a, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

November 15 - Schools Connections Committee Career Workshop
6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

November 16 - Small Firms Roundtable: Large Format Printing
Noon, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

November 28 - COTE Committee Meeting
6:30p, location TBD. [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.