Volume 9, No. 7 - August 11, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Randall Mars Architects
KR Pool and Guest House, by Randall Mars Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Newly Licensed Architects

Interschool Design Competition

Canstruction® Build Out

Awards and Opportunities

Featured Project: KR Pool and
    Guest House


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Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects & Firm Tour of KGD Architecture

The Young Architects Forum invites you to a celebration of our newly licensed architects on September 14. KGD Architecture, celebrating their twentieth year, is hosting this celebration and is offering a tour of their studio. The celebration and tour begin at 6:00p, immediately following the AIA Northern Virginia Board meeting, also at KGD. Registration will be available shortly on our website.


August 29 at Nationals Park in DC, with the Structural Engineers Association MWYMG. You must register here by noon today to claim a ticket!

Support the 2015 Interschool Design Competition
 For over two decades, the three metro area chapters of the AIA, six local schools of architecture, the Washington Architectural Foundation and the National Building Museum have collaborated to organize the annual ISDC. Students enrolled in architecture programs at Catholic University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center (WAAC), University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia have greatly benefited from participating.

Support from the architecture community is critical to the success of this unique competition. The ISDC Committee is asking for financial support from firms and individuals. If you can help, please email committee chair Monica Perez.

Your Next Project Could Be Completed by November 13!
 Our Canstruction® Build-Out Night is November 13 at Reagan Washington National Airport. Did you know that over 480,000 passengers pass through the airport each week? This location presents a great opportunity to showcase your design talent to an incredibly large audience while helping to stock the shelves at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Form your team now, within your office or partnering with others, and participate in this fun design-build competition and feed our neighbors in need. Register here.

ArchEx Keynote Speakers Announced
AIA Virginia is pleased to announce that Andrew Freear, director of Rural Studio, and David Zach, a professionally trained futurist, are the keynote speakers for this year's Architecture Exchange East. ArchEx takes place November 4-6 in Richmond and registration opens in August.

Tenth Annual DesignDC Conference - September 23-25
Focused on the unique challenges faced by design professionals working in the metro area, DesignDC features three days of education with over 50 courses and tours, including a keynote address by renowned landscape architect Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA.

You can support DesignDC with a Display Board Sponsorship. Showcase your work on a 36"x36" display board and it will be prominently displayed at the conference. The sponsor form is available here.

Montgomery County Introduces a Design Excellence Award
The Montgomery County Planning Department is introducing a Design Excellence Award to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design that illustrates how great design contributes to the community in terms of character, identity and economic value. One award will be given each year, beginning this year at a joint design awards celebration with AIA Potomac Valley on October 22. Submissions are due August 21. The call for entries is available here.

Awards and Opportunities

Due August 14Academy of Architecture for Health 2015 Herman Miller Healthcare Intern Architect Scholarship
Due August 15AIA Convention 2016 Call for Proposals
Due August 212016 Institute Honor Awards
Registration due August 28Architecture at Zero Design Competition
Due September 1Call for Submissions: AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants
Deadline September 15AIA Public Policies and Position Statement Review
Free Online Code Seminars from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
Complimentary AIA Membership for New Grads
Join the AIA Advocacy Network as Citizen Architects
AIA Digital Transformation - Participate in User Testing

Featured Project

KR Pool and Guest House
Randall Mars Architects
McLean, VA

The primary program called for pool house facilities, with two bedrooms and baths above for daughters coming home from college. Ancillary structures included a new three-car garage and a breezeway connecting all of the new architecture. The greatest challenge, however, besides a tight site, was that the clients wanted modern architecture, moving far from their model home.

Design Solution
The new work consists of a four primary structures – a three-car garage, a connecting link or breezeway, a new pool and guest house and a dining pavilion. The garage sets the table; drawings from design lines from the house. The breezeway begins to evolve, however, introducing a great curve to the front of the house, in plan, in glass block. This curve becomes THE consistent element of design, bringing visual unity to the new development out back.

The pool house, pool and dining pavilion all work in concert to create the recreational environment. This sweeping curve exists in many forms, the pool house roof, the back stone pool wall (with a waterfall) and the open roof of the dining pavilion. The curved roofs become umbrellas, under which compositions of rich materials and rectilinear forms shape the volumes and spaces.

A rich composition of materials is layered to clearly identify the elements of the design. The basic body of the pool house and garage is of horizontal lap siding, extensions of the house. Cambara mahogany defines the solid new block, anchoring the pool house pavilion to the breezeway. Vertical shafts, enclosing the chimney and stair, are of split-faced concrete block. Inside, stained concrete floors, maple wood cabinets and Decora glass block keep the space light and sparkling.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander / Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC



19 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, DC. [info]

27 | Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
     5:00p, McLean. [info]

27 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     5:30p, Alexandria. [info]

Through 28 | Exhibit: Early Women of Architecture in Maryland
     St. Leonard, Maryland. [info]

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

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 14 - Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects
  September 16 - Financing for Your Firm and Your Clients
  September 17-19 - AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, Seattle [info]
  September 20 - Interschool Design Competition
  September 23-25 - DesignDC
  Through October 18 - Exhibit: Balance in Motion: The Evolution of Cycling in America, Richmond [info]

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar  |  AIA Virginia Calendar  |  Branch Museum 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.