Volume 9, No. 9 - October 12, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

LMI, by Gensler (more info)
In This Issue

2015 Chapter Honorees

Trends in Commercial Roofing

DESIGNArlington Awards

WIA Charity Spa Night

Featured Project: LMI


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Annual Meeting October 20
Congratulations to our Honorees
 Please join us at our 40th Annual Chapter Meeting and Honors Celebration as we present our AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Honors Awards:

  • Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA - Award of Honor
  • Robert M. Gurney, FAIA - Outstanding Achievement
  • Sean E. Reilly, AIA - Distinguished Leadership
  • J. Paul Lewis, AIA - Service to the Chapter
  • Matt Shuba, Associate AIA - Service to the Chapter
  • Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization - AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award
  • Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork - Craftsmanship Award
We are also holding Chapter elections during the meeting. Candidate biographies are available in the September/October Issue of AIA Northern Virginia News. If you find you are unable to attend the meeting, please take advantage of our new mail-in ballot and cast your vote so we receive it in the mail by October 19.

Our meeting takes place on Tuesday, October 20, 6:30p, at Maggiano's Little Italy at Tyson's Galleria.Reserve your place now.

Trends in Commercial Roofing

October 22, 8:00a-1:00p

Earn 4 HSW credits as you learn about current trends in roofing:
  • Single Ply Roofing Assemblies
  • Commercial Roofing Technologies
  • Introduction to Daylighting Systems
  • A Designer's Guide to Vegetative Roofing
This seminar takes place at 601 Prince Street, Alexandria (part of Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center). Lunch will be provided by Firestone Building Products. Details are available here.

2015 DESIGNArlington Awards
 The Arlington County Center for Urban Design & Research is pleased to announce the 2015 DESIGNArlington Awards. This biennial awards program recognizes distinctive architectural, historic preservation, landscape and public art projects which enhance Arlington's built environment. The Call for Entries is available here and submissions are due November 16.

Women in Architecture Charity Spa Night
October 26, 6:00-8:00p

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, Women in Architecture and Circe of Alexandria will host the annual charity Spa Night on October 26. Enjoy an evening of networking and indulge in one or more of the six mini salon and spa treatments. Profits from the event will be donated to the National Breast Center. The $30 registration fee includes the mini spa treatments, sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres. Last year this event raised $1500 for the Center! Register here.

Thank you to our 2015 Canstruction® Teams
HGA Architects and Engineers
LandDesign & Rust|Orling Architecture
McKinley Elementary School in Arlington
MTFA Architecture
Samaha Associates

Please come and watch our teams in action as they build on Friday, November 13, from 5:00p until midnight at Reagan Washington National Airport. Learn more.

Architecture Exchange East
ArchEx takes place in Richmond from November 4-6 and features keynotes from Andrew Freear, director of the Rural Studio, and David Zach, a professionally trained futurist - plus career-changing workshops, seminars, tours and events. If you are interested in volunteering at ArchEx, you can attend free. Details and registration are available here.

Awards and Opportunities

Due October 152015 Call for Nominations to Serve on AIA National Committees
Due October 16AIA Fellowship Applications
Due October 16RFQ for AIA's Design and Health Research Consortium
Due October 19Re-Form Design Competition
On October 23AIA Leadership Institute Broadcast
Due October 30AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Application
Due November 15Emerging Leaders in Architecture Applications
Due November 16AIA Small Project Award Submittals
Register by December 9AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition
Due December 31Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism Application
15 for 12 - New AIA Members Receive 15 Months of Membership
AIA Architect Reader Survey
State Economic Profiles Released
AIA Compensation Survey 2015 Released
New, Free Salary Calculator for Members
Complimentary AIA Membership for New Grads
Join the AIA Advocacy Network as Citizen Architects
AIA Digital Transformation - Participate in User Testing

Featured Project

Tyson's Corner, VA

 When LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm, engaged Gensler to develop their new headquarters, they challenged the design team to create a workplace that goes beyond the status quo to reflect the best-in-class service that the firm offers their clients.

 Serving as the base-building architects, Gensler was able to inform the overall building design. That effort included transforming the basement into a grand entrance. Rather than move people through a traditional sequence that would take them from the basement parking garage directly to the building lobby, LMI's home interrupts that order by channeling individuals through an outdoor terrace prior to their arrival in the lobby. It is a move that provides an immediate connection to a heavily treed site and an introduction to the building’s best amenities.

Once inside, visitors and employees are greeted by an impressive double-height reception space that uses material selections to juxtapose the company's technical, research-oriented work against the warmth of the building's woodland site. Such a welcoming public experience is rare in a secured building.

 In terms of actual workspaces, LMI asked Gensler to break down the physical barriers of the entirely closed office set-up they had been using previously. To accomplish this, Gensler strategically positioned conference and teaming rooms to break the floor plate into small neighborhoods. The result is loud activities and quiet, heads-down activities are relegated to separate zones, while still allowing for openness and collaboration. Gensler's design team also created a moment of unexpected technical beauty by incorporating a customized acrylic and light feature along the interconnecting stair. The result is a scattering of light in a way that resembles LMI's digital fluids modeling.

Photography © Michael Moran / OTTO



13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

19 | Mail-in Ballots Due for Chapter Elections
     6:00p, by USPS. [info]

20 | 40th Annual Chapter Dinner, Elections and Honors Celebration
     6:30p, Tyson's Corner. [info]

22 | Trends in Commercial Roofing
     8:00a, Alexandria. [info]

26 | Women in Architecture Charity Spa Night
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

29 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, DC. [info]

30 | AIA Northern Virginia Scholarship Applications Due
     DC. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 2 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
  November 4 - High Performance Housing – Capital Area CRAN
  November 4-6 - Architecture Exchange East
  November 13 - Canstruction Build-Out Night
  November 17 - Capital Area CRAN Committee Meeting
  November 21 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat
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.