Volume 1, No. 2 - March 6, 2007
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The Blast - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Campsite House
Campsite House Rendering, Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. (more info)
In This Issue

AIA 150: Blueprint for America

"Sense of Place" Exhibition

Two New Fellows for AIA NOVA

Finding Summer Interns

Featured Project: Campsite House


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

AIA 150: Blueprint for America

What Is Blueprinting?
In celebration of AIA 150, the National component of the AIA presents "Blueprint for America: A Comprehensive Community Service Program," with the intention of engaging "the profession in service to communities across the nation, working collaboratively with government officials and business leaders, engaging citizens in dialogue, sharing basic community design principles, identifying neighborhood conditions in need of improvement, and, along the way, demonstrating the visionary role of architects in creating a better quality of life for all."

National has provided more than 150 grants to programs developed by local Chapters, including two from AIA Northern Virginia (see below). Find out more about Blueprinting, including a list of projects nationally and a video discussion from the AIA National Blueprint for America site.

AIA Northern Virginia Blueprint for America Events

Women Creating Community: An Open Discussion About a New, More Diverse Generation of Architects' Influence on Local Communities
April 10
6:00p - 10:00p
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington

This event will explore the impact of women and minority architects on our built environment. To facilitate our discussion we have assembled a panel of distinguished women architects, including the first two female presidents of the National AIA. Planned panelists include: Susan Maxman, FAIA; Elizabeth Playter-Zyberk, FAIA; Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA; and Kate Schwennsen, FAIA. A reception will follow.

Seating is limited and advance registration is required. Tickets are $40 for AIA and NMWIA members; $45 for non-members. You may send a check payable to "AIA Northern Virginia" to the Chapter House. Online payment is available to members only by clicking here.

Architecture Schools Charrette
September 23 + 24
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington

This day long charrette, guided by a jury of leading architects, will facilitate a dialog about the importance of design in the creation of livable communities. Architecture students from Virginia Tech, Catholic University, Howard University and University of Maryland will participate.

Submissions for "Sense of Place" Exhibition Due Tomorrow

Take advantage of this opportunity to compete in a juried show, "Sense of Place," as part of the AIA 150 celebration. Works of all media are accepted. The exhibition will run from May 5 through June 10 at the Torpedo Factory and will be juried by Catherine Armour.

Entry details and a prospectus are available as a PDF here.

Michael Foster, FAIA and David Jameson, FAIA Elevated to College of Fellows

This year, two AIA Northern Virginia architects have been elected to the prestigious College of Fellows in recognition of contributions to architecture on the national level. It was the first attempt for each.

David Jameson, FAIA is the founder and principal of David Jameson Architect, an award winning practice in Old Town Alexandria. His projects have earned more than 30 AIA awards and countless publications, leading to his nomination "for promoting the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession through design." David is also an active contributer to the Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Small Firms Committee.

"Dedicated to shaping culture, commerce and our lives through creative solutions for the built environment," MTFA Architecture, Inc.'s founder and principal Michael T. Foster, FAIA was elected for his commitment to "advancing the living standards of people through their improved environment." Michael also serves as the chair of the Arlington County Planning Commission and is on Virginia Society's Board of Directors.

More information about each of these accomplished architects is available in the March/April edition of AIA NOVA News. Fellowship is the second highest honor bestowed by the AIA, and the College of Fellows represents only about 3% of national membership. The rigorous application process must be completed by October each year. If you are interested in being considered, know someone worthy of nomination, or would just like to learn more, information is available here.

Help Finding Summer Interns

If you are still looking for student interns for the coming summer, please contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or email jobs@aianova.org. We maintain a strong relationship with the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and their program in Blacksburg. We periodically receive resumes from students in other schools as well.

Featured Project

Campsite House
Leesburg, VA (Construction scheduled for Spring 2007)
Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.

This is a new house, on a heavily wooded site. The house is placed near the edge of a bluff, and overlooks a creek far below. The house is composed of two linear, shed-roofed structures, set at ninety degrees to one another. The two structures are pulled apart, in order to accommodate a path that goes down the hill to a rocky promontory point. Entry to the house is at this glassed-in crossing of stone paths.

The living shed and the bedroom shed create an outdoor area with a fire pit as a "campsite" courtyard. At the edge of the courtyard is a tower inspired by hunters' deer stands; it is an outdoor dining room at grade level, with a library above. Access to the library is gained from an office mezzanine in the house, and by a bridge. A roof deck on top of the deer stand becomes a place for nature-watching and stargazing.

Deer Stand + Library = Deer Stand Library


March 9 - Small Firms Roundtable
Small Firms Doing Non-Residential Projects, Noon-1:00p at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. Participants in the Roundtable will have an opportunity to learn from our guests' experiences and to share their own insight about small firms doing non-residential projects. The meeting will include discussion ranging from projects to management and marketing. Presented by Rebecca Bostick, AIA, the Principal of Rebecca L.G. Bostick Architects, Inc. and Jon Hensley, AIA, Principal of Jon Hensley Architects. 1 AIA/CES LU. $5 contribution for lunch. Registration is required. Contact AIA NOVA at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747. See article in newsletter for additional information.

March 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria.

March 19 - International Existing Building Code Seminar
8:15a-4:00p at PSA-Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax. ICC Code Official, Tim Ryan, will review the 2003 International Existing Building Code and changes in the International Building Code from 2000 to 2003 and touch upon the upcoming ICC changes in the 2006 IEBC. The Virginia Amendments to the IEBC will also be discussed. 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs. $170 for members, $200 for non-members. Registration is required; please visit AIA Northern Virginia or AIA Virginia Society for more information.

March 20 - Young Architects Forum Meeting
6:30p-7:30p at the Chapter House, 205 S Patrick Street, Alexandria.

March 21 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Seminar
Designing a Vertical Path to Safety: Precast Concrete Stair Systems, Noon-1:15p at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. The presentation will examine building safety codes related to egress stairs and the degree to which these stair systems comply with codes. It will evaluate the safest and best method to travel from floor to floor in multistory buildings of different structural types and will consider how a vertical path to safety can be designed with precast stair systems. Presented by Castcon-Stone, Inc. 1.25 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Free. Registration is required; please e-mail reservations@aianova.org to reserve a place.

March 30 - Canstruction® Build Out
Watch this year's teams build their structures scattered throughout Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free.

March 31 - Low Impact Development: Tour of Wetland Studies + Solutions, Inc.
At WSSI's Headquarters, 5300 Wellington Branch Drive, Suite 100, Gainesville. The WSSI Headquarters, built in 2005, was designed as a LEED-Gold certified office building on a 5.07-acre, fully integrated low impact development site. LID techniques employed include a 3,626 square foot green roof, an underground cistern, a rain garden, and extensive native landscaping and drip irrigation. WSSI will present design and construction methods, as well as a cost comparison, of each of these practices. 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Free. Registration is required. Contact AIA NOVA at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

April 2 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria.

April 7 - ARE Prep Series: Construction Documents II
10:00a-2:00p at DMJM Design, 3101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 900, Arlington. The Young Architects Forum of the Northern Virginia Chapter AIA presents Part II of the Construction Documents division of the 2007 ARE Prep Seminars. In addition, the YAF is organizing study groups that will meet weekly to share resources and discuss the seminar material. Please visit the ARE Page of the AIA Northern Virginia website for more information.

April 9-14 - National and Virginia Architecture Week in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the AIA.

April 10 - Blueprint for America: Women Creating Community
6:00p-10:00p at the National Museum of Women In The Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, DC. Using information provided by citizens focusing on the AIA's 10 Principles of Livable Communities, a panel of architects will create an open dialog exploring the impact of women and minority architects in the community. The panel will address the impact that design has on the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of neighborhoods. 1.5 AIA/CES LUs. $40 for AIA and NMWIA members; $45 for non-members. Registration required, contact reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

April 24 - Pervious Concrete: Solutions to Storm Water Run Off
10:00a at the South Riding Golf Club, 43237 Golf View Drive, South Riding. Pervious concrete pavement is an effective means to address important environmental issues and support sustainable growth. By capturing stormwater and allowing it to seep into the ground, porous concrete is instrumental in recharging groundwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and meeting EPA stormwater regulations. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Concrete Advisory Council, followed by lunch and the NVCAC Golf Tournament. Registration required by April 18. For additional information and registration, call 703-966-6743 or e-mail hessam@vrmca.com