Volume 8, No. 11 - December 4, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cunningham | Quill Architects
The House of Lebanon, by Cunningham | Quill Architects (more info)
In This Issue

2015 ARE Schedule

Holiday Events

Alexandria on WETA

Membership Renewal

Featured Project: The House of


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2015 ARE Schedule Announced
Organized by the Young Architects Forum, AIA Northern Virginia's 2015 ARE Prep Series will start January 7 with a roundtable discussion on the IDP and exam process featuring NCARB staff. Get all your questions answered and plan your path to licensure.

The series then offers weekly Supplemental Courses, Wednesday evenings in January and February, focused on topics found throughout the exams. Our Saturday exam reviews begin January 31 with Construction Documents – Legal. For the 10th year, David Thaddeus, AIA will present his Structures review in May and Michael Ermann will once again present Building Systems in March. The whole series will conclude on May 13 with Life After the Exams: Licensing and Professional Development, a review of licensure procedures and Virginia regulations.

AIA continuing education credits are available for all sessions and members and non-members are invited to take the classes as refresher courses, especially the six supplemental topics which all qualify for HSW credits.

View the schedule on our ARE Prep page.

Celebrate the Holidays
AIA Northern Virginia Women in Architecture Happy Hour and Holiday Party
December 9, 6:00-8:00p, at the Chapter House in Alexandria.
The party features an optional gift exchange and in the spirit of the season, please bring gently used (or new!) outerwear to donate to Dress for Success. [info]

Capital Area CRAN Holiday Party
December 17, 6:00-8:00p, at the Miele Showroom in Vienna.
Join the Capital Area CRAN and Home and Design at our end of the year holiday party. [info]

Alexandria's History Featured Tonight on WETA
Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years is a new WETA local production that explores the unique history of early Alexandria. The show focuses on the community's history and landmarks from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Relive the birth of one of the nation's most vibrant port cities, experience the impact of life and war under British rule and see how this small southern town was transformed overnight during the Civil War. The show premieres tonight at 8:00p on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD, and will also be shown at other times. Details and broadcast times are available here.

It's Membership Renewal Time
Renew your AIA membership by December 31, 2014 and be entered to win a Surface Pro 3 or an iPad Air + Free 2015 Convention Registration. You are able to pay online, by phone, by mail and by a dues installment plan. Specific instructions are included with your invoice and additional information is available at www.aia.org/renew.

Architect Office Space Available in the Chapter House
Two office spaces are available for rent in the Chapter House, located on Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center in Old Town Alexandria. Tenants enjoy a great location, shared equipment, access to university facilities and use of the chapter’s conference room. Employ a student who can walk to your office from class.

Spaces are available at $900 and $950 per month, which includes parking and Internet access. For information and showing, email Henry Hollander, Coordinator for Outreach & Alumni Relations at WAAC, at hrh@vt.edu.

Upcoming Continuing Education Sessions
Pope-Leighey House Tour
December 7, 10:00a-Noon, on the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria
Enjoy an in-depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. CE credits available. [info]

AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Seminars on Concrete Masonry
December 10, 11:00a-1:30p, at the Chapter House, Alexandria
Two presentations – Concrete Masonry & Thermal Performance for Sustainable Design and Sustainable Concrete Masonry Design: Mold Prevention & Moisture Penetration. 2 HSW LUs. [info]

2012 Virginia Code Updates
December 10-12, at the Park West Lions Club in Manassas
Offered by the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association. Self-report AIA credits. [info]

Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software
December 12, 9:00a-1:30p, at AIA National Headquarters in Washington, DC
This interactive session includes demonstrations of key features. 4 LUs. [info]

Reducing Utility Costs Through Behavior: Maximizing People, Profits & the Planet
January 20, 6:00-7:30p, location to be determined
This presentation will provide guidance for developing a customized energy awareness program. 1 HSW LU. [info]

Awards and Opportunities
December 52015 AIA Call for Issues Survey Deadline
December 8AIA/TAP Innovation Awards Submissions Due
January 16AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Submissions Due
January 19AIA/CAE Education Facility Design Awards Submissions Due
January 26AIA COTE Top 10 Submissions Due
The AIA Honors and Awards Department Call for Jurors

Featured Project

The House of Lebanon
Cunningham | Quill Architects
Washington, DC

 The House of Lebanon is the recently completed adaptive re-use of the historic Margaret Murray Washington School in Washington, DC providing 82 affordable apartment homes for independent seniors and a substantial amount of community multipurpose space for recreation and programs. The school, constructed in four phases, housed a vocational program for young African-American women focusing on "manual training" until it was closed in 2008 due to declining enrollment. The House of Lebanon provides a safe and affordable place for seniors in the rapidly gentrifying area between the Shaw and NOMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhoods near downtown Washington, DC.

The original school structure, built in 1912 with subsequent additions in 1928 and 1938, had a center corridor and classroom parti that was readily adaptable to the proposed new housing use with limited structural modifications needed. However, due to years of neglect, the historic building required substantial renovation and restoration to create a livable environment. The more recent 1971 gymnasium and classroom addition, due to its bulk and configuration, required significant modifications to its mass and skin to introduce a residential scale and create a more sympathetic partner for the historic structure. A portion of the 1971 addition directly adjacent to the original 1912 school building was carefully removed revealing the west facade of the original school which had been hidden for forty years. The intent of this strategy was to allow the original school building to once again be understandable as a free standing structure while creating a condition of wings and courts along O Street that is more in keeping with the scale of the street.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander


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

9 | Women in Architecture Holiday Happy Hour
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

10 | Lunch Seminar: Concrete Masonry
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

17 | Capital Area CRAN Holiday Party
     6:00p, Vienna. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  January 7 - ARE Prep: Roundtable
  January 12 - Board Meeting
  January 14 - ARE Prep: NCARB Software
  January 20 - COTE Presentation
  January 21 - ARE Prep: Historic Preservation
  January 28 - ARE Prep: Acoustics
  January 31 - ARE Prep: Construction Documents: Legal

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.