Volume 6, No. 5 - May 30, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Sorg Architects
Anacostia Senior High School, by Sorg Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Gala June 10

Chapter Recognized at Convention

Fairfax County Design Awards

Featured Project: Anacostia Senior
  High School


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Celebrate Design! - Design Awards Gala, Sunday, June 10
Mead Center for American Theatre Join us at the Mead Center for American Theater - Home of Arena Stage, designed by Bing Thom Architects, where you will be entertained with building tours, a glimpse of all submitted projects, delicious food and drink, fabulous door prizes, insight into the jury process and Pecha Kucha-style presentations of winning projects. Plus earn 1.5 HSW credits!

Tickets are $85 and are available on our Design Awards website.

The Mead Center For American Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC
Waterfront-SEU, Green Line

Photography by Nic Lehoux courtesy of Bing Thom Architects


Plenty to Celebrate at the AIA National Convention
With the National Convention in our backyard for the first time since 1991, many Chapter members found it easy to attend. And we enjoyed many reasons to celebrate, beginning with a perfect night on the rooftop of Eventide with our friends from Virginia and West Virginia who joined us to toast the opening of convention. Our terrific tours were all well received and introduced hundreds of convention goers to compelling local projects. Daniel Feil, FAIA was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, Robert Gurney, FAIA was recognized with an AIA Housing Award, David Jameson, FAIA received an Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture and Virginia Tech was distinguished with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture for LumenHAUS.

Convention 2012Congratulations to Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, AIA Blue Ridge Chapter, who was elected as the AIA's 2013 First Vice President/2014 President. Helene is only the third AIA President elected from Virginia, and the fourth woman, since 1857.

The 2012 Convention closed with a moving tribute to the architects involved in post-9/11 memorials and rebuilding in New York City, at the Pentagon and at the Shanksville site. Commemorative gold medallions were presented to 15 architects who played major roles in these projects. In recognition of all the countless architects who contributed to these projects, the New York and Northern Virginia chapter presidents were asked to symbolically accept medallions on behalf of all these architects. Our Chapter President, William T. Brown, AIA, was honored to accept the medal and it will be proudly displayed at the Chapter House.

Additional information on convention events is available on the AIA website and will be featured in the July/August issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Submittals Due June 8
The Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards recognize achievement in the total design of a building and its site and aim to raise awareness of outstanding planning and design projects. Any project completed in Fairfax County in the past six years is eligible for nomination. Submissions are due Friday, June 8, by 5:00p. Qualified projects submitted to the 2012 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards program are sent directly to the Fairfax County program. Submission requirements are available here.

AIA Offers Complimentary Membership for Graduates
Share the good news... recent architecture graduates are offered complimentary Associate AIA membership for up to 18 months after graduation with both the National AIA and the Northern Virginia Chapter. Even graduates from the spring and fall semesters of 2011 still have time to take advantage of this promotion. Graduates must apply using the New Graduate application and provide a copy of their diploma or transcript. Information and applications can be found on the AIA website.

Featured Project

Anacostia Senior High School
Sorg Architects
Washington, DC

Sorg Architects is working with the DC Department of General Services to redesign the blighted Anacostia Senior High School, East of the River in Washington, DC. The approximately 200,000 sf new/modernized high school is slated to be completed in 2012 and is designed to accommodate an anticipated enrollment of 1,200 students from 9th through 12th grades. The school offers four career academies with one additional transitional academy.

The facility also includes state-of-the-art auditorium, educational library, media center and flexible classroom and meeting spaces for community use. Sorg's ability to work closely and corroboratively with all stakeholders and communities will ensure that the Anacostia Senior High School community inherits a beautiful, functional, state-of-the-art learning facility. Intertwined from the outset in the concept design process, innovative green building strategies for existing and historic structures are intended to result in a new school facility that is LEED® Gold.

Photography by Robert Benson
 Rendering by Sorg Architects

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

May 31 - 360 Mentoring General Session
6:00p, at Little, Arlington. [info]

June 1 - HITT Headquarters LEED® Gold Tour - SOLD OUT
4:00p, at HITT Contracting, Falls Church. CEHs [info]

June 6 - InStudio with Jo Anne Murray Levenson, AIA
6:00p, at HDR Inc., Alexandria. CEHs [info]

June 8 - Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award Submittals Due [info]

June 9 - ARE Prep Series: Site Planning + Design
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. CEHs [info]

June 10 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Gala
6:00p, at the Mead Center for American Theater - Home of Arena Stage. CEHs [info]

June 11 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

June 20 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, at Grape + Bean, Alexandria. [info]

June 23 - ARE Prep Series: Programming, Planning + Practice
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. CEHs [info]

June 27 - COTE Planning Meeting
6:30p, location to be determined. [info]

June 29 - Craft Series: Plaster and Stucco
Noon, at the Chapter House. [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.