Volume 7, No. 7 - July 30, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Quinn Evans Architects
ram poolhaus, by Randall Mars Architects. (more info)
In This Issue

Discover AIA Fellowship

DesignDC Keynotes

Need an Intern?

Upcoming Competitions

Featured Project: ram poolhaus


Visit the AIANOVA Website

AIA Fellowship Information Session on August 20
6:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.

Have you been thinking about applying for AIA Fellowship or know someone who should? Ever wonder what the selection criteria is and what is involved in the application process?

Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA, Vice President at HDR Architecture, Inc., offers an informative session for those interested in Fellowship this year or 5 years from now. Members of the Chapter’s Fellows Committee will also be on hand to share their experience and answer any questions you may have.

General information on Fellowship is available on the AIA website. Those interested is seeking Chapter assistance with Fellowship should contact Committee Chair Al Cox, FAIA. There is no charge to attend this session, but reservations are requested by emailing reservations@aianova.org.

Andrés Duany and Kojo Nnamdi Headline DesignDC 2013
Two keynote presentations anchor DesignDC this year. Andrés Duany's keynote message to the architecture community will challenge us to re-examine our unique position to shape and improve the future of the world and activist, community leader and National Public Radio talk-show host Kojo Nnamdi will moderate a discussion on Safety in Our Schools, with his usual politically savvy perspective. These are just two of the highlights of the three-day event, taking place September 25-27 at the Washington Convention Center. DesignDC is produced by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA Potomac Valley and the Congress for the New Urbanism DC Chapter.

Early Bird discount extended through August 15. Read more and register online.

Volunteer to help at DesignDC by completing the online application. All positions are on a first come first serve basis so apply as soon as possible. Volunteers helping for 5 hours or more will receive a discounted volunteer registration rate of $50.

School's in Session (almost) - Need an Intern?
The Chapter maintains a library of resumes for interns and architects who are seeking employment. So if you find yourself in a position to hire, please contact the Chapter and we can send you resumes for the level of experience you need. And with all the students about to return to school, if you are able to hire an architecture student, please let us know. Chapter members are also able to post job opportunities free of charge on our online job board.

Upcoming Design Awards Programs and Competitions
Applications due August 9National Housing + Rehabilitation Associations J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
Due August 15AIA + Architecture for Humanity's Designing Recovery, A Post-Disaster Housing Competition

Due September 5AIA|DC Chapter Design Awards

Due September 6ARCHITECT's Annual Design Review

Due September 13AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards
(Registration due September 6, submissions September 13)

Due October 1AIA San Fernando Valley's IDP Design Competition: Library of the Future

Featured Projectram poolhaus
Randall Mars Architects
McLean, VA

On a tight infill lot, the design challenge was to fit a pool and a pool house into the environment and not overwhelm it. Our solution was to squeeze the elements together, preserving the lot for landscaping and strengthening the relationship between the two key features.

The water, at the edge of the living space, becomes integral to the interior space. Taking advantage of the pool from the inside, a 14' wide glass and steel garage door extends the interior space and brings the water inside.

Outside, a dry-stacked granite stone wall draws the thin line between the two major elements. Water is fed into the pool through a stainless steel trough projecting from the stone wall, adding sound to the experience. The rushing water helps mask the "noise" of friendly gatherings from the neighbors, while naturally clearing debris from the pool surface.

Other features include a loft, sleeping two, a changing area and a bar with an opening to the terrace for direct service. The pivoting "barn door," when open, becomes an awning, providing shade and cover for the bar.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography


13 | Northern Virginia Coalition for the Built Environment
     8:30a, Arlington. [info]

15 | DesignDC Early Bird Rates End [info]

20 | AIA Fellowship Information Session
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

21 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Chevy Chase. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 3 - WIA Committee Meeting
  September 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  September 11 - 360 Mentoring Group Meeting 3
  September 14 - Architecture in the Schools Orientation
  September 18 - Geothermal Systems
  September 20 - High Dynamic Range Architectural Photography
  September 25-27 - DesignDC
  September 30 - Women in Architecture Spa Event
  October 8 - Chapter Annual Meeting + Honors Celebration

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar

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.