Volume 8, No. 8 - August 28, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

David Jameson Architect
NaCl, by David Jameson Architect (more info)
In This Issue

Interschool Design Competition

360 Mentoring: Register Now

Canstruction Registration

Virginia Accord

Featured Project: NaCl


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Interschool Design Competition at the National Building Museum
On September 14 teams of local architecture students will gather in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum for a design charrette focusing on celebration through design. Their projects will be reviewed by a jury chaired by Ma Yansong, Founder and Principal of MAD Architects in Beijing. Winning teams will be announced at a reception at the NBM on September 15, followed by a Spotlight on Design lecture given by Ma Yansong. Visitors are welcome to view the charrette in progress on Sunday (9:00a-5:00p) and attend the awards reception on Monday (5:00-6:00p). Paid reservations are required for the Spotlight on Design lecture. Over the past two decades this student competition has been organized by the three Washington area chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the metro area schools of architecture, the Washington Architectural Foundation and the National Building Museum. [info]

360 Mentoring Registration due August 29
360 Mentoring is a year-long program where participants are organized in groups of 4-6 people with a range of experience. Our introductory session is on September 17 and three other general sessions are planned between November and April. In addition to these sessions, groups, which are organized by location, are encouraged to meet regularly. Registration closes on August 29. [info]

Your Next Project Could Be Completed by November 15
Canstruction Team Registration Due September 15
Our Canstruction Build-Out Night is November 15 at Reagan National Airport. Form your team now, within your office or partnering with others, and participate in this fun design-build competition that supports the Arlington Food Assistance Center and feeds our neighbors in need. Team registration is due by September 15. Make your commitment by submitting the participation form. See our Canstruction website for details.

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]

In Studio with Reader & Swartz Architects – September 27
The AIA Northern Virginia Women in Architecture Committee is hosting an "In Studio" at the office of architect Beth Reader, FAIA at Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C in Winchester. This is part of the "In Studio" series which highlights the work and practice of a well-known woman architect. The session includes a tour of the firm's office and features a presentation of the firm's work, a discussion about the firm's practice, design process and business approach, and concludes with a tour of two of the firm's projects. [info]

Virginia Society's Emerging Leaders in Architecture Class of 2015
Open Call for Applicants for Chapter Nomination
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 the participants put the knowledge and skills they are learning into practice. Each local AIA chapter in Virginia has the opportunity to nominate a single applicant to the ELA program. Northern Virginia nomination includes a confirmed place in the program and offers a financial commitment to cover up to 50% of the selected candidate’s ELA tuition. Interested applicants may also apply to the ELA program independently of chapter nomination. Submissions for Chapter nomination are due by September 30. Details are available here.

DesignDC – October 1-3
Sessions are filling up fast! Register today before your favorite class is full, whether you want to attend Neuroscience and the Design of Architectural Space or Elevating a Project Manager to a Business Manager, register now to guarantee a space. Earn AIA, GBCI, AICP, ASLA and IIDA continuing education credit at this interdisciplinary event. [info]

On a tight budget and still want to attend? Volunteer to help at DesignDC for 5 hours and attend the conference for $50. Complete the Volunteer Application now. For questions, email info@manceandassociates.com or call (443) 742-9907.

Save the Date - WIA Charity Spa Night Returns on October 27
Back by popular demand, Women in Architecture and Circe of Alexandria will host Spa Night on October 27. Enjoy an evening of networking while rotating through six mini spa treatment stations while benefiting the non-profit, National Breast Center. Registration will be available soon.

Awards and Opportunities
September 5 - AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards Registration Deadline
September 5Call for Papers: Latrobe Chapter SAH Symposium on the Historic Development of Metro Washington
September 12DesignDC Display Board Sponsorship Deadline
September 19Mid-Atlantic Design Showcase Deadline
September 30AIA Public Policy and Position Statements Review Deadline
October 17Fellowship Application Due

Featured Project

David Jameson Architect
Bethesda, MD

Photography © Paul Warchol

Breaking the prescriptive mold of horizontally layered homes, Helmsdale Residence aspires to render unclear the spatial organization of the project and explore an architecture of ambiguous scale. The exterior composition reflects a dynamic fluid interior. Uncorrelated to the building's structure, glazing panels are detailed flush to the exterior surface, eliminating shadows which further inhibit a reading of the building's scale.


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

10 | Canstruction Committee Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

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

14-15 | Interschool Design Competition
     9:00a, DC. [info]

15 | Canstruction Team Registration Due [info]

16 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Hyattsville. [info]

17 | 360 Mentoring Meeting
     6:15p, Alexandria. [info]

18 | Canstruction Team Captains' Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

19-20 | Virginia Accord
     Richmond. [info]

19-21 | Structural Technology for Interns and Practicing Architects
     8:00a, Alexandria. [info]

24 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     7:00p, TBD. [info]

26 | ArchEx Early Bird Registration Ends [info]

27 | In Studio with Reader & Swartz Architects
     10:00a, Winchester. [info]

30 | Chapter Nomination Applications Due for ELA [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  October 1-3 - DesignDC
  October 6 - WIA Committee Meeting
  October 14 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  October 21 - Annual Dinner, Meeting & Honors Awards
  October 27 - WIA Charity Spa Night
  October 28 - Meet the Fellows
  October 29 - WIA - Designing Together

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.