Volume 7, No. 3 - April 1, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Hughes Group Architects
Thomas Edison High School, by Hughes Group Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Grab Some Popcorn

Arch Week Starts April 7

April Continuing Ed

Award Opportunities

Featured Project: Thomas Edison
    High School


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Grab Some Popcorn and Enjoy the Show
The AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards are underway and this year's celebration will be held at the Old Town Theater on Thursday, June 6.

 Located in the heart of Alexandria, the theater recently reopened after a year-long renovation project which uncovered many of the building’s long hidden original features, including the grand staircase, pressed tin details and façade windows. Built in 1914 as the Richmond Theater, offering silent movies and vaudeville shows, this fascinating venue is still entertaining the community with live performances after almost 100 years.

The Call for Entries is now available on our Design Awards website, with submissions due on Friday, April 26.

This year we are organizing two separate juries in Atlanta, one to review single-family residential submittals and a second to judge our other categories, including institutional, commercial, multi-family residential, commercial interiors, historic architecture, conceptual/unbuilt architecture and the Herlong Award. Once finalized, details on the jury will be posted on our website.

Celebrate Architecture Week April 7-14
Architecture Week is part of AIA's nationwide celebration of architecture offering entertaining and educational tours, lectures and activities for members and the public alike. So please join us:
  • Dress for Success Clothing Drive, April 8-12
    Donate professional attire to help disadvantaged women; at various locations.
  • PechaKucha Night, April 9
    Happy Hour with entertainment; at the Light Horse Restaurant & Bar, Alexandria.
  • Award Winning Projects: An Exhibit and Lecture, April 11
    Features a lecture by KGD Architecture offering 1 HSW LU; at Virginia Tech's WAAC, Alexandria.
  • Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria, April 14
    Highlights examples from Georgian to Art Deco and offers 2 HSW LU.
Details on these events can be found on our Architecture Week webpage.

Can you help? We are looking for both clothing donations and firms to volunteer as collection points for our Dress for Success Clothing Drive and presenters for our PechaKucha Night.

Only a Few Foursomes Left
The AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament will be held on April 22 at the River Creek Club in Leesburg. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you'll have a great time. So gather your foursome while we still have openings and register to play. Proceeds from the tournament support our scholarship program for local architecture students. Visit our Tournament website.

Earn Over 20 Continuing Education Credits in April
From Geothermal Optimization to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project
AIA Northern Virginia is offering more HSW credits in April than your annual AIA requirement, many free of charge.

Besides the Architecture Week events mentioned above, our April lunch seminar, A Practical Guide to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project, offers 2 HSW credits and our Small Firm Roundtable presentation covers Design Guidelines for Historic Buildings in the District of Columbia (1.5 HSW) as a follow-up to the last session on changes to the Alexandria BAR.

The Chapter's Committee on the Environment invites everyone to the COTE Open House on April 25 featuring a presentation on Geothermal Optimization by Haley & Aldrich, offering 1 HSW credit. The session will cover planning and design criteria to support the proper application and optimization of ground source geo-exchange systems, highlighting local case studies.

As part of the Tri-Chapter Lecture Series, sponsored by AIA Potomac Valley, AIA|DC and AIA Northern Virginia, Potomac Valley is hosting Julio Cesar Pérez - A Masterplan for 21st Century Havana on April 19 at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Dr. Perez, a practicing architect in Cuba, is the 2013 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and author of Inside Cuba. Potomac Valley is also hosting an in-depth seminar, Sight & Sound: Avoiding Mistakes in Acoustics & Lighting, offering 5 HSW LUs. The April 13 session features nationally-recognized acoustics and lighting experts.

A complete list of our educational events can be found in the Chapter calendar below.

Get Recognized - Awards, Scholarships + Prizes
Well, of course, our Design Awards Program is in full swing, but other opportunities are out there as well.

Featured Project

Thomas Edison High School Renovation + Expansion
Hughes Group Architects
Alexandria, Virginia

 Hughes Group Architects' scope includes renovations and additions that reinvented the school's identity and reinvigorated its learning environment. The existing main entry is strengthened with an addition that increases visibility while introducing new materials that blend with the school's existing exterior palette. New glass facades, which contrast the existing masonry, provide a welcoming experience with glimpses of activities within the building while introducing more natural light into the building's interior. The recycled brick masonry on the building additions adds context and warmth while complementing the existing building.

Hughes Group developed a comprehensive three-year phasing plan to implement the new educational program. A series of additions were constructed adding a new media center, administration suite, performing arts areas and fitness/weightlifting to the school. As each area was completed, an old area was vacated and refurbished. For example, the media center moved into their new space allowing the former space to become a new suite of art studios, replacing old-style art classrooms. New science labs were created by consolidating parallel internal corridors and classrooms to create new labs that address the current Ed Spec requirements.

The phasing plan moved methodically through the school over the course of three years, focusing on core academic and support areas first and then moving on to athletics and vocational training facilities within the school. The site plan was also developed in sync with the building phasing to modify the site as nearby building elements were added or improved.

Photography by Dan Cunningham


1 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Fairfax. [info]

4 | WIA Lecture Series: High Tea Social
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

5-7 | ARE: Structural Systems (Registration is full)
     7:30a, Springfield. CEHs [info]

7-14 | Architecture Week 2013 [info]

8-12 | Dress for Success Clothing Drive
     Various drop-off locations. [info]

9 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Chapter House. [info]

9 | PechaKucha Night
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

10 | Architectural History I: Egypt to the Renaissance
     6:30p, Arlington. CEHs [info]

10 | 360 Mentoring
     Arlington. [info]

11 | Design Awards Winners Exhibit + Lecture
     6:00p, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

14 | Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
     1:00p, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

16 | AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Submittals Due [info]

16 | ARE Trivia Night
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

17 | A Practical Guide to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project
     11:30a, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

17 | Architectural History II: Development of the Modern Movement - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. CEHs [info]

17 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     Washington, DC. [info]

19 | Design Guidelines for Historic Buildings in the District of Columbia
     12:00p, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

19 | Julio Cesar Pérez - A Masterplan for 21st Century Havana
     6:00p, Bethesda. CEHs [info]

20 | ARE: Site Planning + Design
     10:00a, Arlington. CEHs [info]

22 | AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
     9:00a, Leesburg. [info]

23 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

25 | AIA Northern Virginia COTE Open House + Presentation
     5:30p, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

26 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submittals Due [info]

30 | ArchEx Call for Presentations Due [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  May 1 - Architecture in the Schools Exhibit
  May 13 - Tour of FOX Architects
  June 4 - ARE Trivia Night
  June 6 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration
  June 20-22 - AIA National Convention

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.