Volume 7, No. 1 - January 29, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Advisory Board Company - Crimson, by SmithGroupJJR (more info)
In This Issue

Open House February 12

Canstruction® 2013

ARE Prep Kicking Off

Calls + Awards

Featured Project: The Advisory
    Board Company


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Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Chapter Open House – Tuesday, February 12, 6:00p
Join us for this fun (and free) event featuring Cajun food from Southside 815 and our famous Hurricanes. Meet our Chapter Board and mingle with colleagues. Reservations are not necessary. The Chapter House is located at 205 South Patrick Street in Alexandria. Learn more at www.aianova.org/openhouse.php.

Canstruction – A Great Team 'Building' Activity
Canstruction® is a recipe for fun, with one part community service project and one part design/build competition. Teams of architects build structures out of canned food creating some really amazing results. And all the food is donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. So form a team at your firm or partner with another firm and join the fun. View the Call for Entries here.

Architect Registration Examination Courses for 2013
The 2013 ARE Prep Series is scheduled to kick off February 13 with a roundtable discussion featuring staff from NCARB to help answer your IDP and exam questions. The series will run through July and include sessions on each section of the exams, as well as supplemental courses to provide information on topics that are sprinkled throughout the exams and two ARE Trivia Nights. These classes have been scheduled to allow candidates time to take the appropriate exam before the next review session begins.

We are happy to once again host Professor David Thaddeus' Structural Systems Workshop April 5-7. We are also pleased to announce that we will host a weekend seminar on Building Systems, May 10-12, taught by Michael Ermann, a tenured associate professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design and author of The Amber Book, a guide to the ARE Building Systems Exam. Since these sessions will fill quickly, we will offer Chapter members a chance to pre-register.

All sessions offer continuing education credit and can be taken by members as review sessions.

Registration is now open for the Roundtable and registration for the series will be available soon through our website. Please note that some session dates have been adjusted since the schedule was published in the January/February issue of AIA Northern Virginia News. The latest information is always available from www.aianova.org/are.php.

Speed Mentoring – March 11
Whether you're a still in school, a recent grad or recently licensed architect, a mentor can help you navigate the next phase of your career. Speed Mentoring, similar to the speed dating concept, offers a great opportunity to meet up to 12 potential mentors and make some lifetime connections! Organized the Young Architects Forum, Schools Connections Committee and Women in Architecture Committee, our first speed mentoring session of 2013 will take place on March 11 at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. The evening will start with a reception at 6:00p and Speed Mentoring will begin at 6:30p SHARP. Enrollment is limited, so register early, and let us know if you are a mentor or mentee. Contact reservations@aianova.org.

Women in Architecture Lecture Series
The Women in Architecture Lecture Series is a four-part series given from a woman's perspective. The goal of the series is to encourage and empower women in the architecture field to engage in business, politics and family life. The series runs from March 7 – April 4 and includes lectures on the Business of Architecture, Citizen Architect & Impacting Social Change and Family & Architecture, and ends with a High Tea Social. This is a joint venture with AIA|DC Emerging Architects, AIA NOVA Woman in Architecture Committee, DCNOMA and AIA Diversity and Inclusion Council. Learn more here.

Limited Offer: Special Convention Rate for Young Professionals
Registration for the 2013 AIA National Convention is now open, offering a limited number of special discount registrations for young professionals. The AIA's new Young Professional rate offers AIA architect and associate members, 40 years of age or younger, a reduced registration rate of almost 30 percent off. This promotion is restricted to the first 700 eligible members who register. Additional registration incentives are also available for Early Bird Registration through April 10, free new member registration and discounts for AIAS members and students. Learn more here.

Calls + Awards
Inform Awards Call for Entries – The Inform Awards recognize and encourage outstanding landscape architecture, interior design and object design. Registration closes March 4, with submissions due March 18. [info]

Washington UNBUILT Awards Program – Recognizes excellence in projects that to date remain unbuilt. Submission deadline February 28. [info]

DesignDC Call for Presentations – Currently seeking presentation proposals for both educational sessions and architectural tours. Presenters and tour leaders will receive complimentary conference registration. DesignDC 2013 will take place September 25-27. Presentation proposals are due by March 1. [info]

ArchEx Call for Presentations will be launched on February 4. ArchEx 2013 will take place November 6-8. [info]

Call for Submissions: 2013 Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition – Submissions are accepted from any architecture student, intern architect or architect licensed less than ten years. The exhibit will be on display at AIA National's headquarters. Submissions due February 19. [info]

A Call for Emerging Professionals – The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) is looking for submissions from emerging professionals for their newsletter that illustrate how young architects contribute to projects, as well as favorite products and best practices. [info]

Call for participation: NAAB School Visits – Each year the AIA nominates practitioners to serve as representatives on National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) school visits. Nominations are for a four year term, 2014-2017. Applications due March 1. [info]

Featured Project

The Advisory Board Company - Crimson
Austin, Texas

 The Advisory Board Company (ABC) is a consultant and software provider to the healthcare and education sectors with eight offices across the world. The firm's Austin office had grown dramatically in recent years necessitating a move to a much larger space designed specifically to meet their needs. The new 47,000-sf, two-level space is targeting LEED®-CI Certification.

As the design team developed the program with ABC, it became clear that the firm culture was defined by highly collaborative teams each developing particular software products. Therefore, the collaborative team spaces were designed as the core of the space with support and amenity areas closely arranged nearby. As a growing startup, the group wanted a relaxed environment related to their culture and location, so a rich palate of dark wood, local limestone, concrete, white glass and color accents was established.

 The organizing design concept is an east-west wood ribbon that extends through the center of each floor with team spaces and various amenities plugging in to the north and south.

The 'ribbon' - which clearly orients users in the space - is composed of stained reclaimed Texas longleaf pine and is constructed as floor, wall or ceiling depending on location.

A large family room and other lounges provide alternative spaces for employees to meet and to relax. An elliptical retractable curtain encloses a ping pong table when closed, but when open reveals glass white boards that are a presentation surface for large meetings.

Photography by Dan Cunningham

January 31 -
Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, Chapter House. [info]

February 4 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
6:00p, Chapter House. [info]

February 6 - Building Integrated Photovoltaic Roofing + Vegetated Garden Roof Systems
11:00a, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

February 9 - American University North Hall Tour
Noon, DC. CEHs [info]

February 11 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, Arlington. [info]

February 12 - Annual Chapter Open House
6:00p, Chapter House. [info]

February 13 - ARE Prep Series: Roundtable Discussion
6:30p, Arlington. CEHs [info]

February 20 - Significant Changes to the International Building Code 2012
8:15a, Fairfax. CEHs [info]

February 20 - NCARB Software: ARE Supplemental Course
6:30p, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

February 21 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, Chapter House. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  March 7 - Women in Architecture Lecture Series Begins
  March 11 - Speed Mentoring
  March 15 - DesignDC Supersaver Rates Begin
  April 5-7 - Structures Workshop
  April 7-13 - Architecture Week
  April 14 - Alexandria Walking Tour
  April 22 - AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament

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.