Volume 8, No. 3 - March 31, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Michael Winstanley Architects + Planners
Provincetown Residence, Michael Winstanley Architects + Planners (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Jury

Architecture Week

Golf Tournament

Incubator Space

Featured Project: Provincetown


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2014 Design Awards Jury
The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce the selection of an exceptional jury from the Minneapolis area for our 2014 Design Awards. This jury consists of design professionals representing a wide range of experience within the practice of architecture and due to the success from last year's winners we again have two distinct juries. New this year to both juries is the introduction of an intern to broaden our approach and vision of the winning entries. Best of luck to everyone!

Jury I – Commercial, Institutional, Commercial Interiors, Historic, Conceptual/Unbuilt, Detail and Herlong Awards

Christopher D. Brenny, Associate AIA
Chris is a 2013 Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Design and is currently an Intern at NewStudio Architecture, located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Matthew J. Kreilich, AIA, LEED® AP
Matthew, a Principal at SnowKreilich Architects, was honored with the 2009 AIA National Young Architect Award for outstanding design leadership.

Robert C. Mack, FAIA
Bob's firm, MacDonald & Mack Architects, Ltd., specializes in historic preservation, with projects including more than 500 properties on the National Register of Historic Places and over a dozen National Historic Landmarks.

Thomas A. Meyer, FAIA
Tom, a Principal at MSR, has taught design at the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture for 25 years and was the first recipient of the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Joan M. Soranno, FAIA
Joan, a Design Principal at HGA Architects and Engineers, was recognized with the 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture for her highly regarded work on the Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis.

Jury II – Single Family Residential

Todd P. Hansen, AIA, CID
Todd is a Partner at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. and was a member of the architectural faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Rosemary McMonigal, AIA, LEED AP, CID
Rosemary formed McMonigal Architects in 1984 and is actively engaged in research projects and exploring new techniques for healthy living and energy efficient construction.

Abigail Merlis, Associate AIA
A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota's MArch program, Abigail was Editor-in-Chief of the College of Design's student journal and is currently at Intern at VJAA in Minneapolis.

Daniel Nepp, AIA, CID
Dan, a Principal at TEA2 Architects, Inc., has designed several projects for PBS's Hometime, including a thirteen-part series called House with Character.

Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP
Sarah, founder and principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects, won an AIA National Top Ten COTE award for a Zero Net Energy home and is the author of The Simple Home, The Luxury of Enough.

Complete juror biographies are available here.

Entries are due April 25. Details on the Call for Entries, jury and celebration are available at www.aianova.org/DA14.

Architecture Week - April 6-12
Architecture Week is held every April as part of the AIA's nationwide celebration. Chapters all over the country offer a variety of events geared towards architects, students and the public during this week. AIA Northern Virginia is pleased to offer the following activities, all free of charge and open to the public.

April 7-11 – Dress for Success Clothing Drive, at various drop-off locations.
Our Women in Architecture Committee is holding a clothing drive to collect professional attire to donate to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women.

April 6 – Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria.
Led by members of our Historic Resources Committee, this popular tour offers 2 HSW LUs and sells out every year. Please make a reservation to participate.

April 10 – Design Awards Exhibit and Lecture, at WAAC's new building at 601 Prince Street, Alexandria.
Organized by the Schools Connections Committee, the evening features an exhibit of our 2013 Design Award winners and a lecture on our Award of Excellence winner, the Mission Training Complex, presented by Jacobs.

Information on Architecture Week activities around the country is available here. And for additional information on our Chapter events, click here.

Golf Tournament on May 12 & Scholarship Fund Submissions due April 15
You may ask why these two announcements are together, but they are closely related. We invite you to participate in our annual golf tournament at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria on May 12. Proceeds from the tournament support the Chapter's scholarship fund for local architecture students. And if you know a deserving student, please encourage them to submit their smartphone case design by April 15 to be considered for a scholarship. We will be announcing the 2014 scholarship recipients at the golf tournament. Golf information is available here and the scholarship call for submissions can be seen here.

Incubator Space in the Chapter House – Only 2 Spaces Remain
As you know, we are partnering with Virginia Tech to develop incubator space for architecture firms in the Chapter House in Alexandria. We started to show the space two weeks ago and only 2 office spaces remain for rent. Tenants enjoy a great location in the heart of Old Town, a dedicated parking space, collaboration space, shared equipment, access to university facilities and use of the Chapter's conference room. For information and showing, email Henry Hollander, Coordinator for Outreach & Alumni Relations at WAAC, at hrh@vt.edu.

Cool Spaces! Premieres on PBS in April
Cool Spaces!, underwritten by the AIA and hosted by Stephen Chung, AIA, is a new television series that explores the design process through specific building types. The first episode features performance spaces, including Moshe Safdie's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The series, which airs four episodes in the spring and another four in the fall, premieres on PBS in April, locally on WHUT (DC), Saturdays at 10:00a beginning on April 12. The series is also scheduled to be shown on WMPB/WMPT (Baltimore) and WFPT/WWPB (Maryland), but premiere dates have not yet been announced. Additional information about the show is available here.

Early Bird Rates for the AIA Convention End April 16
The 2014 AIA Convention – Design with Purpose – takes place in Chicago, June 26-28. Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Featured Project

Provincetown Residence
Michael Winstanley Architects + Planners
Provincetown, MA

  Situated on a coastal dune located directly on the waterfront of the Provincetown Harbor, the 3,000 square-foot, wood-frame residence was designed to evoke the historic piers and wooden structures that were architectural icons of the harbor, as well as recall the Cape's legacy of boat-building, fishing and whaling.

Elevated 3' above grade, much like its pier structure precedent, the home allows tidal surges, windblown sand and natural vegetation to migrate under and around the house without disturbing the natural ebb and flow of these systems. An elevated boardwalk provides access to the beach across the beach grass barrier to the ocean. With the lower floors supported by round 15" wood piers, the structure is connected at the top with a collar tie providing a uniform line around the building. The piers are further stabilized with industrial stainless rod cross bracing.

 Likewise, the massing on the second floor is set back, reminiscent of the industrial fish and storage sheds that sat on top of the piers. The area around the second floor is lined with wood planking and creates second story decks for each of the bedrooms upstairs. An industrial stainless steel wire and post railing with a mahogany wood cap spans between the cooper capped posts.

In addition to the pier structure, other aspects of the design that demonstrate ecological stewardship include natural daylighting, passive solar gain, natural ventilation and use of natural materials. As for the landscape, only indigenous drought resistant plantings including beach plum, beach grass and pines have been used. Additional information on the residence can be found on the firm website.

Photography by Jessica Marcotte


2 | Brick Veneer - A Cost Effective System
     11:00a, Alexandria. HSW Credit. [info]

3 | WIA Lecture Series: Innovation in the Architectural Workplace
     6:30p, Washington, DC. HSW Credit. [info]

4-6 | ARE: Structural Systems – SOLD OUT
     8:00a, Chantilly. HSW Credit. [info]

6-12 | Architecture Week 2014 [info]

6 | Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
     1:00p, Alexandria. HSW Credit. [info]

7-11 | Dress for Success Clothing Drive
     Various locations. [info]

7 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, TBD. [info]

10 | Design Awards Exhibit and Lecture
     5:30p, Alexandria. HSW Credit. [info]

11-12 | Virginia Design Forum: Dwelling - The Art of Living in Century XXI
     Charlottesville. [info]

12 | ARE: Programming, Planning + Practice + Vignette
     10:00a, Arlington. HSW Credit. [info]

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

15 | AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Fund Submissions Due
     Digital submission. [info]

17 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     5:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

22 | Young Architects Forum Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

25 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Submittals Due
     5:00p, Digital submission. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  May 1 - Radiant Heating + Cooling and Sustainable Building Technologies [info]
  May 3 - Tour of the New Jefferson Houston School of the Future [info]
  May 5 - WIA Committee Meeting
  May 10 - ARE: Schematic Design + Vignettes
  May 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
  May 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  May 14 - Life After Exams: Licensing + Professional Development

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.