Volume 1, No. 7 - June 20, 2007
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

9 Forrest Street
9 Forrest Street, Great Seal Incorporated (more info)
In This Issue

Search for New Architect of the Capitol

2008 Metro Directory Listings

Morven Park Tour Friday

Featured Project: 9 Forrest Street


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

Reminder: View the new 2007 Design Awards Gallery at the AIA Northern Virginia website by clicking here.

The AIA Advocates an Architect Be Selected as the Next Architect of the Capitol

Congress is in the process of selecting a new Architect of the Capitol and has appointed the Architect of the Capitol Commission to facilitate the process. The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of the U.S. Capitol, as well as the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. Currently, there is no requirement for the position that the holder be an architect; the AIA believes that only a licensed architect has the necessary education, training, skills and experience to handle the responsibilities of these national landmarks and their occupants.

The AIA is engaging in an aggressive campaign to contact members of Congress and the Commission to stress the important of appointing a licensed architect and to explain why the expertise of an architect is necessary for the position. More information about the issue and the AIA position are available from the AIA National webpage here.

AIA members are asked to contact their Congressional leaders and the Architect of the Capitol Commission members to urge them to choose a registered architect for the position. A list of Commission members is available here. You may consider singing the petition online.

For additional information or questions on this issue, please contact Paul Mendelsohn, pmendelsohn@aia.org, (202) 626-7388 or Phil Simon, psimon@aia.org, (202) 626-7463 at AIA Headquarters.

Make Sure to Be Included in the 2008 Metro Directory

To be sure your firm is included in the 2008 Metro Directory of Architecture & Design Firms, you must complete and submit a new Firm Profile Form each year. The publisher will mail the forms to all Chapter members on June 25. They will arrive in AIA Northern Virginia Chapter envelopes. One person from each firm must complete the form and return it to Dawson Publications, not the Chapter House, by August 3. You must submit a new form each year even if your information remains the same. If you have any questions, please e-mail aianova@aianova.org.

Tour of Historic Morven Park Estate Offered on Friday

The Morven Park estate, 1,200 acres just west of Leesburg, Virginia off Route 7 on Old Waterford Road, was home to two Governors: Thomas Swann, a Governor of Maryland in the 19th century, and Virginia's reform Governor Westmoreland Davis. The mansion, a focal point of the estate, evolved from a fieldstone farmhouse in 1781 to its present turn-of-the-century appearance. It is actually three structures moved together. Visitors enter the mansion through a Greek Revival portico to see a Renaissance great hall, a Jacobean dining room, a French drawing room, a library and a display which highlights the life and times of Governor Davis.

The tour, organized by the chapter’s Historic Resource Committee, will focus on the ongoing restoration work, especially the installation of a remote underground HVAC system designed by Landmark Engineering.

2 AIA/CES HSW LUs are available for the tour. Hard hats and sturdy shoes are a must! Registration is required; email reservations@aianova.org. For questions, contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747. For more information and directions, visit http://www.morvenpark.org/mansion.htm.

Featured Project

9 Forrest Street
Alexandria, VA
Great Seal Incorporated

The project at Number 9 Forrest Street is the second addition by the same designer for a growing family. The first addition was a two-story rear addition. The second addition consisted of 940 square feet over the original structure and a 215 square foot front porch.

The second floor is comprised of two bedrooms, bath, computer loft, and den. The addition was as much about creating the façade as it was about added space. The homeowners wanted to maintain the original Craftsman intent of the home. The elevated front porch is set on its original foundation and is accentuated by tapered columns supported by a base. The low slope hip roof over the porch is wrapped around the side of the structure to break up the strong vertical element, which is visible from the western approach at street level. The second floor projection over the porch cradles window seats for the two bedrooms and is pronounced by brackets at either corner.

Great Seal Incorporated is located at Suite 100, 211 North Union Street in Alexandria and specializes in residential projects.

9 Forrest Street recently received the Kitten Herlong Memorial Award, given to top projects completed by associate members of AIA Northern Virginia.


June 22 - Fourth Annual AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
At the Bull Run Golf Club. Proceeds from this event support our Chapter’s scholarship fund. For complete event information, visit the Golf Tournament page by clicking here.

June 22 - Historic Resources Committee Construction Tour of Morven Park
In Leesburg, VA. 2 AIA/CES HSW learning units available. Please see the complete story above.

July 7 - ARE Prep Series: Pre-Design
10:00a-2:00p at DMJM Design, 3101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 900, Arlington. The Young Architects Forum of the Northern Virginia Chapter AIA presents a seminar on the Pre-Design 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.

July 9 - Chapter Board Meeting
4:30p-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 S Patrick Street, Old Town Alexnadria

July 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Seminar
Noon-1:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Sustainability are intertwined ideas that provide new possibilities for improving architecture. Architects are now able to leverage digital tools to enhance design, by measuring & documenting potential building performance early in the design process, where it has the most impact. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. Free. Registration is required. Contact AIA NOVA at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

July 18 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Seminar
Building Green - Noon-1:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. The move towards sustainable practices and environmental friendly design has rapidly advanced. Learn more about LEED, Energy Star, NFRC and advancements in the fenestration industry that can help designs qualify for one of the over 40 national, local and regional green home building programs. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. Free. Registration is required. Contact AIA NOVA at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

July 27 - Firm Management Seminar
At AIA National Headquarters, 1735 New York Avenue NW, Washington. Seminar will address how to plan for the succession in management and ownership of firms and how to compete for highly talented employees. 2 AIA/CES LUs. Free. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact AIA NOVA at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.