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23 | 2030 Challenge: Goals, Design Processes + Panel Discussion (CE)
24 | J.E.D.I. IRL - Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in Real Life
29 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting

4 | WIA Committee Meeting
5 | LEED v4 Engineering & Architectural Integrated Design (CE)
5 | AIA Fellowship Applications Due
8 | ELA – AIA NOVA Nomination Requests Due
11 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
19 | AIA Northern Virginia Autumn Social
19 | Building Envelope Commissioning (CE)
21 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)

1 | WIA Committee Meeting
1 | Architecture Exchange East (CE)
5 | AIA Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture - Applications Due
9 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
16 | Understanding Mechanical Systems (CE)
18 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
20 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat & Committee Chairs Meeting
30 | Building Waterproofing Assemblies (CE)

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Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour Offered on September 25
Friday, August 27

Hollin Hills is a mid-century modern neighborhood of 468 homes designed by Charles M. Goodman, FAIA, and constructed between 1949 and 1972 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. This unique community has a high degree of integrity and is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. This self-guided walking tour, which takes place from 12:00-6:00p, is organized by the Civic Association of Hollin Hills and will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping, and interior design. To learn more about the tour and to purchase tickets, visit

If you are interested in being a volunteer docent at one of the mid-century homes during the event, please reach out to Jeff Vandersall, AIA at

Congratulations to our 2021 Design Award Winners
Thursday, August 26

Winners of our 2021 Design Awards were announced in a virtual celebration which is available for viewing on our Chapter's YouTube channel, along with videos of the jury comments and of all the submitted projects, organized by category. In addition, we have posted a gallery of the winning projects on our website. Congratulations to our winning firms: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, Bowie Gridley Architects, Carter+Burton Architecture PLC, Cook Architecture, Cooper Carry, Cunningham | Quill Architects, FORMA DESIGN Inc., Gensler, HGA, Hickok Cole, Kerns Group Architects, KGD Architecture, KUBE architecture, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc., MTFA Architecture, Perkins+Will, Reader & Swartz Architects, PC, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, Studio MB, U+ Design Partners, Wiedemann Architects and Wouter Boer Architects.

Demand for Design Activity Continues to Expand
Friday, August 20

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its sixth consecutive positive month. The ABI score for July was 54.6. While this was down slightly from June's score of 57.1, it still indicates very strong business conditions overall (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings from the prior month). Scoring for new project inquiries also declined in July but remained near its all-time high at 65.0. The score for new design contracts was essentially unchanged from June to July with a score of 58.0.

"In prior business cycles, architecture firms generally saw their project work soften quickly and then recover slowly," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "So the strength of this recovery is unprecedented. Firm leaders who have leaned into this economic upturn by reinvesting in their firms by hiring staff and upgrading their technology, will likely have a better year than those that anticipated a slower recovery."

Key ABI highlights for July include:
• Regional averages: Midwest (58.3); West (56.0); South (54.6); Northeast (54.1) • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (58.4); institutional (55.4); multi-family residential (54.7); mixed practice (54.4)

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

To learn more about recent economic developments impacting design and construction, visit AIA's website.

AIA Virginia Prize Entries on Display at the Torpedo Factory
Tuesday, July 20

The 2021 AIA Virginia Student Prize Exhibition, organized by AIA Virginia and AIA Northern Virginia, is on display in the Torpedo Factory’s New Project Studio through August 8.

This year's competition was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative's Community Remembrance Project and challenged students to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square.

Conducted simultaneously at Hampton University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, the competition engaged students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Learn more about this annual challenge at

The New Project Studio is located in Studio 9 on the First Floor of the Art Center, located at 105 N. Union Street in Alexandria. Learn more.