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4 | WIA Committee Meeting
11 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
11 | How AIA Contracts Address COVID-Related Disruptions (CE)
13 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
20 | ARE Roundtable / Information Session (CE)
21 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
21 | Luxury Kitchen Specification for Aging in Place, Forward Thinking Options for the Mature Client (CE)
21 | Assembly Virtual Hard Hat Tour
22 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

1 | WIA Committee Meeting
8 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
11 | Biophilic Illusions (CE)
16 | Chapter Open House
18 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
20 | ARE Exam Series: Project Management (CE)
26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

1 | WIA Committee Meeting
3 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
8 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
18 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
20 | ARE Exam Series: Practice Management (CE)
26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

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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 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].

Chapter Honor Awards & Elections Featured at Autumn Social
Thursday, October 22

On Tuesday, October 20, members and guests tuned in to our first virtual Autumn Social. Videos of the event are available for viewing on the Chapter’s YouTube Channel.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of our Chapter Honor Awards:
  • Award of Honor – Robert M. Gurney, FAIA
  • Outstanding Achievement – Al Cox, FAIA and Eliza Beth Engle, AIA
  • Distinguished Leadership – Joseph B. McCoy, AIA
  • Service to the Chapter – John A. Burns, FAIA; Sydney M. Huibregtse, Associate AIA; J. Paul Lewis, AIA; Marium Rahman, Associate AIA; and Charles J. Todd, AIA
  • AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award – Alison R. Mullins, Esq. with Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP
  • Award of Special Recognition – Laura K. Lewis
  • Craftsmanship Award – Dan Lepore & Sons Company
While our 2021 Chapter elections were held virtually before the Autumn Social, we announced the winners during the event. Congratulations to our newly elected chapter leadership:

Executive Committee:
  • President – Manoj V. Dalaya, FAIA
  • President Elect/1st VP – Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA
  • Treasurer – April C. Drake, AIA
  • Secretary – Braden L. Field, AIA
  • Past President – Joseph B. McCoy, AIA
Chapter Directors: Stephen W. Kulinski, AIA; Roland G. Lemke, AIA; Joshua McKenrick, AIA; Rebecca W. Mezny, AIA; Simone Saidel, AIA; Jay Scruggs, AIA; Charles J. Todd, AIA; Anh Tran, Associate AIA; and Edward D. Weaver, AIA

AIA Virginia Directors: Karen M. Conkey, AIA; Eliza B. Engle, AIA; Christopher Kehde, AIA; Spencer E. Lepler, AIA; Maury S. Saunders, AIA; and Stephen R. Wakeman, AIA

Thank you for the service of our out-going board members: T.J. Meehan, AIA and John A. Burns, FAIA

A special thank you to our 2020 Autumn Social Sponsors:
Please also consider a donation to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) through the AIA Northern Virginia AFAC page

Please Donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center
Thursday, August 8

In lieu of buying a ticket to the event this year, we are asking you to please donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). We support AFAC annually through our Canstruction Competition, but this year, due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold our Canstruction event. So please generously contribute to AFAC as they feed our neighbors in need by providing dignified access to nutritious supplemental groceries. Visit the AIA NOVA page on the AFAC website to donate:

. AIA Northern Virginia Honors 26 Projects with Design Awards
Friday, August 14

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognizes twenty-six exceptional projects designed by local firms with design awards. The winning projects were announced in a virtual celebration on August 13. The celebration is now available for viewing on the AIA Northern Virginia YouTube Channel along with additional videos showcasing a wide array of outstanding projects recently completed by local architects. We are pleased to announce the winning projects on the 2020 Design Award Gallery at