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12 | ARE Exam Series: Project Development and Documentation (CE)
14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
15 | Design Award Submissions Due
15 | Building Better Futures in Native American Communities (CE)
17 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (CE)
23 | WIA Communications Workshop: Difficult Conversations, Negotiations, and Disagreements (CE)
24 | Economic Update: June 2021
25 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
29 | Designing for Fire Safety (CE)
29 | AIA National Fellowship Nomination Website Opens

8 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (CE)
12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
12 | WIA Committee Meeting
17 | ARE Exam Series: Construction and Evaluation (CE)
19 | J.E.D.I. IRL
19 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
22 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
23 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
29 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (CE)

19 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (CE)
19 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
19 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration
27 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
30 | WIA Committee Meeting

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Design Awards - What Will You Submit?
Monday, May 17

The 2021 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Call for Entries is open. Submittals are due Tuesday, June 15, 5:00p.

Our awards program honors and celebrates our members' commitment to design excellence and demonstrates to both clients and the public, the availability of local award-winning firms and individuals dedicated to providing outstanding architectural design and execution. There are six award categories:
  • Institutional Architecture
  • Commercial Architecture
  • Residential Architecture
  • Commercial Interiors
  • Historic Architecture
  • Conceptual / Unbuilt Architecture
This year we are expanding our focus on the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence, moving towards a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. The Framework is intended to be accessible and relevant for every architect, every client, and every project, regardless of size, typology, or aspiration.

The complete Call for Entries is available here.

Spring Social on Wednesday!
Tuesday, May 11

Our Spring Social offers a chance for us all to get together and visit, in a virtual way. We are using Gather to create a meeting space where you will be able to interact with colleagues and friends in real time. There will be plenty of ‘space’ for socializing as well as committee spaces, chapter information, and interaction with sponsors. We will also welcome and congratulate our new and newly licensed members.

Our Gather space may look familiar to many since it is modeled on the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). Guests can move around the space to learn more about WAAC and view student work.

The event is free, but reservations are required by Tuesday, May 11, 8:00p. Please join us!

April is Virginia Architecture Month
Wednesday, March 31

Celebrate Architecture Month with AIA Northern Virginia through a series of public programs that educate, engage, and connect us to the built environment and the profession of architecture. AIA Northern Virginia also joins AIA chapters across the state this year to offer a combined program and a wide range of opportunities. Most of this year’s events will be free and offered online.

Planned activities include:
  • Building tours with behind the scenes insight and commentary from the architects
  • Lectures on architecture and design
  • Film-making and story-telling examples in architecture
  • Creative design activities for children and families
  • Exhibits of local award-winning architecture
For a complete list of Architecture Month events, see the chapter calendar at and look for the "Arch Month" designation.

Architecture Billings Climb into Positive Territory after a Year of Monthly Declines
Tuesday, March 30

Continuing the positive momentum of a nearly three-point bump in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached its first positive mark since February 2020, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

AIA’s ABI score for February was 53.3 compared to 44.9 in January (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). February also marked the first time the design contract score rose back into positive territory since the pandemic began with a score of 51.6 compared to 48.8 in January. The new project inquiries score for February reached a 22-month high water mark with a score of 61.2 compared to 56.8 in January.

"Hopefully, this is the start of a more sustained recovery. It is possible that scores will continue to bounce above and below 50 for the next few months, as recoveries often move in fits and starts," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "Beyond the encouraging billing data, architecture employment added 700 new positions in January and has now regained 45 percent of the jobs that were lost since the beginning of the pandemic."

Visit AIA's website for more ABI information.