Volume 8, No. 7 - July 29, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

FORM Architects
The Motley Fool, by FORM Architects (more info)
In This Issue

360 Mentoring


Two August Tours

Featured Project: The Motley Fool


Visit the AIANOVA Website

360 Mentoring Begins September 17; Registration Deadline August 29
360 Mentoring is a year-long program where participants are organized in groups of 4-6 people with a range of experience. The goal of this program is to develop relationships with colleagues outside of one's own firm and with different levels of experience. The introductory meeting is September 17, with three other general meetings planned throughout the year and monthly individual group meetings. 360 Mentoring is organized by our Young Architects Forum (YAF), Schools Connections Committee (SCC), Women in Architecture (WIA) and Fellows Committee. $25 for AIA members; $30 for non-members. Registration must be received by August 29 to allow time for groups to be formed. [info]

Canstruction Registration Deadline is September 15
 Over the past ten years, our Canstruction® Competition has donated tens of thousands of cans each year to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. AFAC currently serves over 2,000 families each week, a 40 percent jump since July 2013. So our donations are critical. Please read the article written by Koube Ngaaje, Director of Operations at AFAC, in the July/August issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Reagan National Airport is once again hosting our competition. Build-out night is November 14 and we need your help! Please consider forming a team within your office or partnering with others. It's fun, it's a good team building activity, your firm will be recognized for supporting this worthy cause and you will feel good about helping to feed our neighbors in need. Make your commitment by submitting the participation form. Don't wait. Space is limited and registration closes September 15. [info]

Two August Tours
 Container Housing Tour
August 23

Join WIA for a tour of the first sea container housing project in the nation's capital. The 18 sea containers are being repurposed as sustainable housing for Catholic University students by Travis Price Architects, with leading associate Kelly Davies, a CUArch graduate. Visit this unique adaptive reuse project before school starts and they are inhabited. $5. Continuing education credits will be offered. [info]

North Gate Winery Tour
August 24

Join us for a presentation and tour of a LEED® Gold winery, located in scenic Purcellville, offered by project architect Tom O'Neil, AIA, of O'Neil Architects. Enjoy food and refreshments while learning about the challenges of designing a winery. Organized by our YAF, COTE and WIA. $25 for AIA NOVA members, $40 for non-members, and free for family accompanying a participant. Continuing education credits will be offered. [info]

Upcoming Classes and Conferences
CRAN Lunch – Financing a Custom Residential Project
July 31, 12:00-1:00p

Become conversant with the language of finance so you can better interact with your residential clients about affordability and financing needs. A Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) program, organized by AIA Potomac Valley. 1 AIA LU. Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members. George Mason Mortgage in Bethesda will host the event and provide lunch. [info] Also of interest is the CRAN 2014 Symposium – The Architecture of Influence scheduled for September 18-20 in Charleston, SC. [info]

 Volunteer at DesignDC and Attend for $50

Commit to at least 5 hours of volunteer service at DesignDC, October 1-3, and you are eligible to register at the discounted rate of $50. Volunteers are accepted on a first come first serve basis, so complete the Volunteer Application now. For questions, email info@manceandassociates.com or call (443) 742-9907.

SketchUp Essentials Workshop
August 15, 9:00a-4:30p

SketchUp is a powerful but intuitive software program that allows you to create objects in 3 dimensional virtual spaces. Through demonstrations and hands on exercises, learn the fundamental skills for using Trimble SketchUp®. Presented by Fidel Ortega, AIA, at PowerSPACE, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 400, Arlington. Cost: $385. [info]

ARE – Structural Layout Vignette Webinar
August 23, 1:00p

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and its commitment to community outreach, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies of Virginia Tech is offering a free webinar on the Structural Layout Vignette/Structural Systems Division of the ARE. The instructor is Dr. Mehdi Setareh, PE, a professor of Architecture at VT. To register, email Professor Setareh at setareh@vt.edu with "ARE Registration Request" in the subject line.

Virginia Accord
September 19-20

As the Virginia Society AIA looks towards the next 100 years, it is bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future – job creation and environmental sustainability. The Virginia Accord will consider these topics through the lenses of transportation, the constructed environment, public health, land development and urban infill. The two-day conference will take place at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. [info]

Conventions and Awards
August 1 - DesignDC Early Bird Rates End
August 1AIA|DC Design Excellence Awards Due
August 15AIA Convention 2015 Call for Proposals
August 222015 AIA Honor Award Submissions Due
August 26ArchEx (November 5-7) Registration Opens
September 5AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards Registration Deadline
October 17Fellowship Application Due

   Visit our Facebook page to see pictures of our Golf Tournament and Design Awards Celebration.

Featured Project

The Motley Fool
FORM Architects
Alexandria, VA

 Founded on the principle of helping the world invest better, The Motley Fool lives by the motto "Educate, Amuse and Enrich" which inspired the overarching concept for The Motley Fool Asset Management (MFAM) team's new space. Previously housed in a cluster of second-hand workstations, the MFAM team was ready for a space to call their own that would foster their identity within the greater company.

Educate: Occupants are visually pulled into the space by a world map wall installation displaying each country's currency. Televisions throughout the space display stock tickers and world financial news; reflective of the MFAM team's global view and world reach.

Amuse: A bright color palette with unexpected materials, mix-matched furniture and fabrics, unexpected lighting fixtures and a ghosted logo on a slat wall; reflect the company's energy and fun culture.

Enrich: A large open work area encourages collaboration. Large and small glass conference rooms with integrated technology accommodate any size/type of meeting while allowing natural light to penetrate every workspace. Quiet seating groups are tucked away; allowing staff to work on individual tasks away from their desk, or play the occasional Xbox game.

The Motley Fool colors are red, blue and yellow. To further define the MFAM team's identity, a secondary color palette of orange, teal and green was created and used throughout the space.

The final design adheres to the values of The Motley Fool; creating a space for education, amusement and enrichment; while recognizing the MFAM team's individuality and importance.

Photography © Spielmann Studio


16 | Nationals Baseball Game - Young Architects Forum
     6:30p, DC. [info]

23 | SeaUA Housing Project Construction Tour
     9:00a, DC. [info]

24 | North Gate Winery Tour
     1:00p, Purcellville. [info]

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

29 | 360 Mentoring Registration Deadline [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 8 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  September 14-15 - Interschool Design Competition
  September 15 - Deadline for Canstruction Team Registration
  September 17 - 360 Mentoring Introductory Meeting
  September 19-20 - A Virginia Accord
  September 24 - WIA Book Club
  September 27 - WIA In Studio at Reader & Swartz Architects
  October 1-3 - DesignDC
  October 14 - Firm Tour: LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
  October 20 - Annual Dinner, Meeting & Honors Awards

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.