Volume 7, No. 8 - August 29, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Architecture Inc.
Salamander Resort + Spa, by Architecture Inc. (more info)
In This Issue

Chapter Elections

Quick Registration

HDR Photography Session


Featured Project: Salamander
    Resort + Spa


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Chapter Elections
Please mark your calendar for our Chapter's Annual Meeting and Honors Celebration on Tuesday, October 8.

One of the functions of this event is to elect our Chapter officers for 2014. Scott S. Matties, AIA, elected as president elect last year, becomes president and Edward D. Weaver, AIA becomes past president. The rest of the executive committee needs to be elected, as do five Chapter directors and two Virginia Society directors. The Nominating Committee has put forth the following slate of candidates:

Executive Committee
  • President Elect - Sean Reilly, AIA
  • Treasurer - Meagan W. Jancy, AIA
  • Secretary - Karen M. Conkey, AIA

  • Raedun A. de Alba, Assoc. AIA (1-year term)
  • Marjory W. Gibson, AIA (2-year term)
  • T.J. Meehan, AIA (3-year term)
  • Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA (3-year term)
  • Steven R. Wakeman, Assoc. AIA (3-year term)

VSAIA Directors
  • Brian J. Donnelly, AIA
  • Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA

Five Chapter Directors continue their terms in 2014: Christopher S. Kehde, AIA (2nd Vice President); Carter Jones, AIA; John E. Linam, Jr., AIA; Spencer E. Lepler, AIA; and Theresa P. del Ninno AIA. And three VSAIA Directors continue in 2014: Beth Reader, FAlA; Kevin G. Sneed, AIA; and William T. Brown, AIA.

Thank you to our nominating committee: William Brown, AIA; Karen Conkey, AIA; Theresa del Ninno, AIA; Meagan Jancy, AIA; Spencer Lepler, AIA; Scott Matties, AIA; T.J. Meehan, AIA; Jo Anne Murray, AIA; and David Shirey, AIA.

Watch for more information on the candidates, venue and tickets in the September/October newsletter.

'Quick Registration' Process Introduced on Chapter Website
With our September web calendar we are introducing a new quick registration process. Many events that require reservations include a fillable registration form right on the calendar entry. For any event requiring a fee, you will also be taken directly to a PayPal credit card payment page (no PayPal membership required). When you complete the form your name will automatically be added to the registration list and you will receive a confirmation email.

High Dynamic Range Architectural Photography Session
Presented by award-winning photographer Michael Neff, with Neffworks Artography, this demonstration will provide an understanding and appreciation of high dynamic range (HDR) architectural photographic techniques. Organized by the Small Firms Roundtable, this session will take place on September 20, noon-1:30p, at the Chapter House. So try our new registration process and make your reservation here.

DesignDC - Framing the Future - Takes Place September 25-27
Organized by the three local AIA Chapters and the Congress for the New Urbanism DC Chapter, this conference offers a wide array of educational sessions, tours and exhibits. The plenary sessions feature Andrés Duany challenging the architecture community to use their unique position to shape and improve the future of the world and National Public Radio host Kojo Nnamdi moderating a discussion on Safety in Our Schools, with his usual politically savvy perspective. Volunteer positions are still available and offer a discounted registration rate of $50 and firms are invited to support DesignDC with a Display Board Sponsorship. Click here for additional information.

Women in Architecture Spa Night
Enjoy 6 mini spa treatments while mingling with your colleagues. WIA is hosting this spa night on September 30, 6:30-8:00p, at Circe Day Spa in Alexandria. Cost is $25 with profits benefiting the National Breast Center. Additional information and registration is available here.

ArchEx Conference Registration Now Open
Architecture Exchange East, November 6-8 in Richmond, features over 60 educational sessions, behind-the-scenes architectural tours, special events and over 100 vendors in the Exhibit Hall. This year's keynote address features internationally celebrated architect, theorist, author and educator Bernard Tschumi discussing the differences between concepts, percepts and affects in architecture today, with examples from some of his major projects including Parc de la Villette, the new Acropolis Museum and the Paris Zoo. To take advantage of early bird rates register here before September 30.

VSAIA's ELA Program Accepting Applications for the 2014 Class
Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) is a year-long program to help develop future leaders by offering intensive seminars across the state focusing on essential leadership strategies and skills. The program also incorporates a class project which serves to help participants put the knowledge and skills they are learning into practice. While interested members can apply to participate, our Chapter can nominate a candidate as well. If you are interested in seeking Chapter nomination please submit a letter to the Chapter Board explaining why you feel the chapter should nominate you and a brief bio in PDF format, by October 3 to aianova@aianova.org. Information on the 2014 program and application process can be found here.

Featured Project

Salamander Resort & Spa
Architecture Inc.
Middleburg, VA

 Architecture Inc. began the design phase of the Salamander Resort & Spa in 2007 and the grand opening for this five star hotel is today. From the outset, the challenge for the design team was to minimize the impact to the historic town of Middleburg, by conforming to the scale and architectural fabric of the town. The hotel's final location was driven by the existing natural terrain of the associated wetlands.

The building materials include natural stone from the region, slate roofing, copper gutters & rain leaders and cement stucco facades. To aid in the acoustical separation between the 168 hotel suites, and to help in reducing building height, poured in place concrete was used for the superstructure. Parking was located remotely from the hotel in order to use lower flat acreage, thereby reducing its visibility. When completed, the hotel will be submitted for LEED® certification with 252 of the resort's acres placed into a conservation easement.

 To integrate this new five-star country inn with its natural setting, 'framed' views of the surrounding landscape, both from within the hotel and from the grounds, were identified early in the planning of the resort. The experience of arrival is also an important feature of the design. The entry drive meanders through the grounds, with the resort out of sight, until the arriving guest crosses through a dense line of Champion Oak trees and is presented with the fieldstone inn.

A 16,000 square foot luxury spa, full-service equestrian center with guest stables for sixteen horses, a panoramic dining room with 20 foot ceilings, a dedicated cooking studio which will provide televised shows for their cooking channel, a wine bar, billiards room and a unique array of conference and banquet facilities have all been provided in the resort.

Photography © Phanie Gapinski, Architecture Inc.


3 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

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

11 | 360 Mentoring Group - Meeting 3
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

14 | Architecture in the Schools Orientation
     9:30a, Washington, DC. [info]

18 | Geothermal Systems Seminar
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info + reg]

20 | High Dynamic Range Architectural Photography Secrets Revealed!
     Noon, Alexandria. [info + reg]

25-27 | DesignDC - Framing the Future
     Washington, DC. [info]

30 | Women in Architecture Spa Night
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info + reg]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  October 7 - WIA Committee Meeting
  October 8 - Chapter Annual Meeting + Honors Celebration
  October 15 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  October 15 - Cannon Design Tour
  November 1 - Canstruction Build-out at Reagan National Airport
  November 6-8 - ArchEx

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.