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29 | AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (CE)
30 | Design Awards Committee Meeting

4 | Art of Practice (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

9 | CAE Film Series
13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
17 | Interschool Design Competition
22 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
23 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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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.

Fairfax County's James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards – Due July 16
Tuesday, June 22

Established in 1984, the Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards recognize achievement in the total design of a building and its site. Any project completed in Fairfax County in the past five years is eligible for nomination by anyone. Submission categories include: Residential, Commercial, Commercial Interiors, Institutional, Recreational, Historical/Adaptive Re-use, Adaptive Re-use/Repurposing, Mixed Use, and Community Benefit Project.

The design awards program is sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and administered by the County's Department of Planning and Development in cooperation with the County Architectural Review Board and AIA Northern Virginia. Projects submitted to our Design Awards Program that are located in Fairfax County are forwarded to this awards program. Submissions due July 16, by 5:00p. Details are available here.

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!