Volume 9, No. 2 - March 3, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Ritter Norton Architects
A Wooden House, by Ritter Norton Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Look Up!

Review Volunteers Needed

Annual Golf Tournament

Upcoming Programs

Featured Project: A Wooden
    House | A Place of Silence


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AIA Launches Public Awareness Campaign – Look Up! (and Tune In)

iLookupThe AIA has launched a television commercial for Look Up, a public awareness campaign designed to change the public perception of architects and architecture. The ads are appearing on channels like CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox. To watch the commercial, check the schedule here. To learn more about Look Up, visit www.ilookup.org and join the conversation on Twitter with #ilookup.
Portfolio and Resume Review Volunteers Needed
The Schools Connections Committee is looking to assemble a team of portfolio and resume reviewers for students at Virginia Tech's WAAC in Alexandria on March 26. This event provides students the opportunity to meet one on one with a professional for a candid review of their portfolio and resume as they prepare for the Career Fair in April and consider applying for internships.

The committee is looking for volunteers and/or recommendations for reviewers who are able to provide thoughtful guidance and advice. Architects, landscape architects and urban planners are encouraged to participate. The event begins with a reception at 6:30p and reviews are from 7:00-8:30p. Please contact Jakki Devereaux, AIA or Monica Perez, Associate AIA no later than March 23 if you are interested.
AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
We are recruiting golf enthusiasts to join our committee and help us plan for our fall 2015 tournament. If you are interested in helping or just want some additional information, please contact our Golf Chair, Baird Smith, FAIA.

DesignDC 2015: Seminar and Tour Proposals Due March 6
Do you have unique insight into latest trends, challenges and best practices in the design and construction industry? Now's your chance to share your knowledge at DesignDC. This year's theme is Energize. Lead. Connect. Submit a proposal here.

Awards and Opportunities

Due March 9AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards
Due March 18Deadline for Early Bird Registration for AIA Convention 2015, May 14-16 in Atlanta
Due April 12015 AIA National Photography Competition
Due May 1Virginia Governor's Housing Conference (VAGHC) Blueprint for the Future Design Competition
Due May 1Re-Defining Home: A Design Challenge
AIA Convention 2015: Call for Volunteers

Featured Project

A Wooden House | A Place of Silence
Ritter Norton Architects
Rappahannock, VA

 The owner's site is 25 acres in a forest, with no other buildings nearby. She wanted to build on a bluff overlooking a small river running along one side, although it cannot be seen directly from her residence.

 Her primary requirement was to build a "wooden house" for herself, no family, only occasional guests out on a day-trip. Beyond that, her requirements were quite modest - a place that is in contrast to her urban life, and allows for contemplation and connection with the natural world - a place of silence.

The building was conceived as two pavilions, a square one for "living" and a rectangular one for all other supporting functions. Neither pavilion is subdivided into discreet rooms, however the larger one has eight-foot high partitions that define the kitchen, utility room and bathrooms but with no ceilings, so one is always conscious of the ceiling of the larger space above. (The bathrooms have a glass ceiling for acoustical privacy.)

The entire building is made of wood, both structure and finishes. However, because there were dry-stacked stone walls at the entrance to the property, she wanted to introduce that technology into the house. So a true stone wall rises out of the earth along the entrance path, becomes a partial wall for the small pavilion, and ends with a stone fireplace with a copper hood.

Photography © Dan Cunningham


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

4 | Geothermal Earth Energy Piping Systems
     5:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

4-6 | AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference
     Washington, DC. [info]

5 | WIA Lecture Series: Re-Defining the Passion
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

7-9 | ARE: Building Systems
     Arlington. [info]

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

12 | WIA Lecture Series: Building Communities
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

13 | Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software
     9:00a, Washington, DC. [info]

16 | Schools Connections Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | WIA Lecture Series: Women Architects Saving the World
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

26 | YAF & WIA Happy Hour
     6:30p, Fairfax. [info]

27 | VSAIA Code Seminar - 2012 IBC Significant Changes
     8:15a, Fairfax. [info]

27 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

31 | Fellows Meet and Greet
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  April 4 - ARE: Programming, Planning & Practice
  April 6-17 - WIA Dress for Success
  April 12-18 - Architecture Week
  April 12 - Alexandria Walking Tour
  April 18 - ARE: Building Design & Construction Systems
  April 23 - Design Award Submittals Due
  April 23 - WIA Happy Hour
  April 30 - YAF Happy Hour

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.

Featured Sponsor

Anchor Oldcastle
13555 Wellington Center Circle #101, Gainesville, VA 20155
Ray Murray, CSI, CDT, LEED® Green Associate, (703) 362-9932

Anchor Oldcastle has been a local producer of architectural masonry units for the Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas for nearly 40 years. Anchor provides design solutions ranging from its economical Betco Supreme Series Anchor Oldcastleto the high-end Trenwyth line of concrete masonry units in a wide variety of finishes, textures and colors.

Anchor will be offering a free AIA CES seminar on thermal performance of concrete masonry on March 10, which will showcase some of its own innovative new design solutions for the new energy codes. Additional information on the seminar is available here and you can register for this event at www.oldcastlemasonry.com.