Volume 6, No. 3 - March 28, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Reader + Swartz Architects, P.C.
GoldenEye, by Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Jury

Buildings from the Ground Up

Virginia Architecture Week

New Membership Directory

Featured Project: GoldenEye


Visit the AIANOVA Website

2012 Design Award Jury Selected
The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce the selection of an exceptional jury from the Los Angeles area for our 2012 Design Awards. This jury consists of five design professionals representing a wide range of experience within the practice of architecture.

John Dutton, Principal, Dutton Architects
Mr. Dutton's work emphasizes the complementary design of buildings, streets and open spaces that together form the fabric of the places in which we live and work. His work is equally focused on the large and small scale, connected by a process of research, investigation, creative exploration and problem solving. He has designed numerous commercial and residential projects, as well as neighborhoods, new towns, campus plans and streetscape improvements. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA, Principal, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Mr. O'Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the ever changing complexities of the urban landscape embracing the role of architecture as a catalyst of change. His professional practice has been coupled with intellectual rigor since the inception of his office, and he has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, including the Architectural Association in London, SCI-Arc, Cranbrook, Academy of Art, Michigan, Columbia University and University of Southern California. He earned a Bachelors of Architecture from Cal Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

Stefanos Polyzoides, Partner, Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists
Mr. Polyzoides' career includes architecture and urbanism, design education and theory. His experience comprises the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and urban design. He is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national organization reforming suburban sprawl, and is a member of the Board of Directors. He co-authored Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis, the forthcoming Plazas of New Mexico and authored R.M. Schindler, Architect. His research has produced four distinguished exhibitions and catalogs: Caltech: 1910–1950, Myron Hunt: 1868–1952, Wallace Neff and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate. He received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University.

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, Principal and President, Rottet Studio Architecture and Design
Lauren Rottet is one of the most celebrated interior architects today with an extraordinary record of awards, publications, lectures, juries and honors. She recently became the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow by both the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association. Ms. Rottet finds the design of the interior environment particularly challenging and satisfying, combining psychology, theater, art and architecture with the use of unlimited media. Her distinct design approach, characterized by precise detail and architecturally-driven solutions, reflects her 25 years of professional practice, as well as a commitment to improve the human experience through the built environment. She earned a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Texas.

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
The work of Lawrence Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect to produce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work today. He does this, not by escaping the restrictions of practice, but by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he has taught and lectured at numerous universities including UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, Mississippi State University and SCI-Arc. He is the co-founder of both Livable Places, Inc., a nonprofit development and public policy organization dedicated to building mixed-use housing on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land, and the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute to help develop more sustainable and livable communities. He received a Bachelors of Design and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Florida.

The Call for Entries is now available from www.aianova.org/DA12. Best of luck to everyone!

Buildings from the Ground Up
AIA Northern Virginia and ECS Mid-Atlantic are teaming up to offer 4 continuing education sessions about selecting correct foundation systems, concrete and masonry construction and structural steel. The series will be held at ECS in Chantilly on Tuesday, April 3 beginning at 9:30a. Pre-registration is required and complete information is available here.

April 8-15 is Virginia Architecture Week
Our Chapter is celebrating Architecture Week with our popular walking tour of Alexandria, an exhibit and lecture highlighting award-winning architecture and our Dress for Success Clothing Drive. Our Canstruction® Competition, which normally falls during Architecture Week, will take place from April 20-28.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Dress for Success Clothing Drive, as well as firms who are willing to serve as drop-off locations. To help, please contact the Chapter House.

For details on Architecture Week events, see our calendar below or visit our Chapter website.

New Membership Directory
We are pleased to announce that we are gearing up to produce our 2012-13 membership directory with the Potomac Valley Chapter. It will be available in both print and digital formats and will include a firm section and membership list of all our architects, associates, sponsors and allied professional members. Please be sure to respond to our firm information request and watch for information on advertising opportunities.

People's Choice Winners for the Washington Monument Grounds Competition
There's still time to vote for your favorite! The National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds, launched nearly two years ago, will announce the two winners selected by the public on May 17 at the AIA National Convention. You only have until May 16 to cast your vote online. Then an exhibit at the Virginia Center for Architecture, titled Someday in the Park with George, will highlight the history of the Competition and the winning entries. The exhibit will run from April 12-June 24. Click here for more information.

Featured Project

Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.

 On a steep mountainside in the Appalachian Mountains, a modern lair was created. The lair is a James Bond-meets-Swiss-modernism altar for weekend retreats from the city.

 The approach road to the house curves in and out, clinging to the mountainside topography. The road affords, and then takes away, views of the house's simple modern boxes. The three shed-roofed boxes are carved into the mountainside, creating a tree house on the upper level. This upper level is comprised of the living spaces and the master bedroom, while the lower level houses the guest bedrooms and the James Bond library. All of the volumes open to the treetops and the lake below.

The house is a machine for modern (weekend) living -- the owner's James Bond outpost in the country. The outpost was built in a cost-effective manner, in order to reserve funds for the owner's passion for modern Swiss furnishings. The structure is stud framing and prefabricated parallel chord wood trusses sheathed in cement board and corrugated steel. The interiors are sleek, sophisticated surfaces of glass, glass tile, porcelain and ceramic tiles, ebonized bamboo and silk and wood veneers.

Photography by Nathan Webb, AIA

March 28 - ARE Supplemental Course: Accessibility
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW CEHs. [info]

March 29 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 30 - Small Firm Roundtable: Residential Financing
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 31 - ARE Prep Series: Building Design & Construction Systems
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. [info]

April 1 - Design Excellence Database Deadline [info]

April 3 - Buildings from the Ground Up
9:30a, at ECS Mid-Atlantic, Chantilly. 4 CEHs. [info]

April 4 - ARE Supplemental Course: Historic Preservation
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW/SD CEHs. [info]

April 8-15 - Virginia Architecture Week
See the announcement above. [info]

April 8-15 - Dress for Success Clothing Drive [info]

April 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

April 11 - ARE Supplemental Course: Acoustics
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW CEHs. [info]

April 12 - Award Winning Projects: An Exhibit and Lecture
6:00p, at WAAC, Alexandria. [info]

April 13-15 - ARE Prep Series: Structural Systems with David Thaddeus, AIA
This workshop is full. Send a request to be placed on the waiting list here.

April 15 - Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
1:00p, begins at the Lyceum, Alexandria. 2 HSW CEHs. [info]

April 16 - AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Submittals Due
For students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. [info]

April 19 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submittals Due [info]

April 19 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, location to be determined. [info]

April 20 - Canstruction® Build-Out Night
5:00p, at Ballston Common Mall, Arlington. [info]

April 25 - COTE Planning Meeting
6:30p, location to be determined. [info]

April 26 - Canstruction® Awards Celebration
6:00p, at Rock Bottom Restaurant, Arlington. [info]

April 27 - A Community of Vision: Hollin Hills, Modern Then and Now
6:00p, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. 1.5 HSW/SD CEHs. [info]

May 17-19 - AIA National Convention in Washington, DC [info]

June 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Gala

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.