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February
22 | AIA Virginia Governance: Leading with Efficiency and Inclusivity
24 | CRAN: As-Built Surveying: Best Practices for Field Measurements (CE)
24 | WIA Book Chat - 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
25 | The Advancement of Window Systems (CE)
25 | AIA Virginia: Emerging Professionals Roundtable Meeting
25 | AIA Virginia: Large Firm Roundtable Meeting
25 | AIA Virginia: Mid-Sized Firm Roundtable Meeting
25 | AIA Virginia: Small Firm Roundtable Meeting
26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

March
1 | WIA Committee Meeting
2 | Plumbing for Architects (CE)
3 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
3 | CRAN - Wood: A Contemporary Look at an Ancient Material
4 | Legislative & Government Affairs Planning Meeting
5 | Landscapes of Learning: A Panel Discussion about The Heights Building
8 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
11 | Large Doors: How to Select the Right Door (CE)
17 | 2021 AEC Virginia Spring Symposium
18 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
20 | ARE Exam Series: Practice Management (CE)
25 | Asbestos, Lead Based Paint and Mold Awareness (CE)
26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

April
1 | Architecture Month
5 | WIA Committee Meeting
12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
15 | Sustainable Development & Hot-Dip Galvanizing (CE)
17 | ARE Exam Series: Programming and Analysis (CE)
22 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
23 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

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Architecture Month April 1-30
Monday, February 22

Celebrate Architecture Month with AIA Northern Virginia through a series of programs that educate, engage and connect us to the built environment and the profession of architecture. This year’s events will be largely in a virtual format and offered online to allow you to participate without leaving home. Most events will also be offered free of charge. AIA Northern Virginia also joins AIA chapters across the state this year to offer a combined program and a wide range of opportunities. Examples of planned activities include:
  • Building tours with behind the scenes insight and commentary from the architects (both virtual and in-person events)
  • Lectures on architecture and design
  • Film-making and story-telling examples in architecture
  • Design and creative building activities for children and families
  • Exhibits of local award-winning architecture>
Additional information and registration will be available soon.


Ramsey Homes Symposium – Historic Preservation, Community, and Architecture of Public Housing in Alexandria
Wednesday, February 3

Join us online February 11 from 9:00-4:30p. This virtual symposium is a case study of the innovative precast concrete construction typology of the World War II era Ramsey Homes and their African American residents. Originally built as temporary housing for African American war industry workers in the 1940s, the homes later served as permanent affordable housing for Alexandria residents for the next 65 years until their demolition in 2019.

Symposium panelists will explore the history of public housing, genealogy of early residents, and the buildings’ unique construction and design context in architectural history. The symposium will conclude with a virtual site tour of the Lineage, the new multifamily, mixed income project that replaced the four Ramsey Homes quadplexes. Free. Details and registration.


2021 ARE Prep Series Begins January 20
Monday, January 11

Our Chapter is getting ready to present our award-winning ARE Prep Series for 2021. Organized by our Young Architects Forum, this series offers sessions on each section of the exam from January through July. All sessions will be held virtually this year. Visit our ARE page for information and registration.

The series kicks off with a free introductory session about the ARE, featuring staff from NCARB covering the overall process of licensure through the AXP and ARE. There will be time for questions, so this is an excellent opportunity to get all the information you need to plan for testing.


Happy Holidays from AIA Northern Virginia
Wednesday, December 23

We wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

Please note that the Chapter House is closed for the holidays through January 4. If you need to contact us, please send an email to aianova@aianova.org and we will reply as soon as we can.


Architecture Billings Remained Stalled in October
Monday, December 7

While architectural billings failed to show much progress during October, signs of improving business conditions at firms have emerged, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The pace of decline during October remained at about the same level as in September, posting an ABI score of 47.5 (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). Meanwhile, firms reported a modest increase in new project inquiries – growing from 57.2 in September to 59.1 in October – and newly signed design contracts jumped into positive territory for the first time since the pandemic began, with a score of 51.7.

“Though still in negative territory, the moderating billings score along with the rebound in design contracts and inquiries provide some guarded optimism,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The pace of recovery will continue to vary across regions and sectors.”


AIA Virginia / Northern Virginia Town Hall on Friday
Thursday, November 11

Discover what the Virginia experience is for AIA members. Learn about the resources, services, programs, and leadership opportunities available to you as a member of AIA Virginia and AIA Northern Virginia. Share what is important to you as a member, provide feedback, ask questions, and offer suggestions in small group discussions. Free, register here.


News Flash: Virginia Code Limits Right to Withhold Fees from Design Professionals
Monday, November 2

The Virginia General Assembly revised the mechanic’s lien statute § 43-13, effective July 1, 2020, to make void contract provisions that provide for cross-project withholding of fees. While cross-project withholding provisions may be more prevalent in general contractor-subcontractor contracts, this modification to the statute inures to the benefit of design professionals. [learn more].