Volume 11, No. 10 - October 31, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Teass \ Warren Architects
Trapeze School New York in DC, by Teass \ Warren Architects (more info)
In This Issue

2017 Chapter Honor Awards

See Canstruction This Week

ELA Nominations

Dress for Success

Featured Project: Trapeze School
    New York in DC


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by
CM Kling + Associates and TW Perry

Congratulations to our Honor Award Winners
WoodWorksOn October 17, members and guests filled Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm for our 42nd Annual Chapter Meeting. Our 2017 President Karen Conkey, AIA welcomed everyone and our 2018 President, Theresa del Ninno, AIA thanked our wonderful sponsors – Potomac Valley Brick, Stantec, and Mosaic Express Printing.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of our Chapter Honor Awards. Congratulations to all our distinguished award recipients:
  • Award of Honor – Sharon C. Park, FAIA
  • Outstanding Achievement – Ann R. Kosmal, FAIA and Baird M. Smith, FAIA
  • Distinguished Leadership – Karen M. Conkey, AIA
  • Service to the Chapter – Jo Anne Murray, AIA; Marlene W. Shade, AIA; Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA; Valerie J. Hassett, FAIA; and Melissa Daniel, Associate AIA
  • AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award – William Cromley
  • Award of Special Recognition – Leah B. Lewis
  • Craftsmanship Award – James G. Davis Construction Corporation
  • ARE Scholarship Recipient – Kelley Davies, Associate AIA
Our 2018 Chapter leaders were also elected during the annual meeting portion of the evening. You can see our full slate of officers here. Additional information and photos from the event will be published in our November/December issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

AIA NOVA Canstruction on Display through November 5 at Reagan Washington National Airport

Thank you to our 2017 teams:
  • CADD Microsystems, Inc.
  • HGA Architects and Engineers
  • IBI Group Inc., of Virginia
  • KGD Architecture
  • LandDesign and Rust | Orling Architecture
  • Little
  • MTFA Architecture
  • PGAL (Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander and Linville) with JVP Engineers
  • Samaha Associates PC
And Special Thanks to:
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Potomac Valley Brick
  • Can Manufacturers Institute
  • Kiche, LLC
  • RPG Digital Print Solutions
  • Sislers Stone
  • Chick-fil-A of Crystal City
  • Canstruction®, Inc.
  • Society for Design Administration
Learn more.

Emerging Leaders in Architecture - Chapter Nomination Requests due November 8

Washington GasAIA Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture is a year-long leadership program offering presentations, discussions, and collaborative activities at locations across the state. Applications for the 2018 ELA Class are now being accepted. In addition, each local AIA chapter in Virginia has the opportunity to nominate a single applicant to the ELA program. The AIA Northern Virginia nomination includes a confirmed place in the program and offers a financial commitment to cover up to 50% of the selected candidate's ELA tuition. If you are interested in seeking Chapter nomination please submit the following items to aianova@aianova.org by 5:00p on Wednesday, November 8:
  • A letter to the board of directors explaining why AIA NOVA should nominate you
  • A copy of your current resume
  • A draft of your essay required for the ELA application
Additional information on the ELA program is available here

Dress for Success Clothing Drive Begins November 20

 Please donate your gently used professional attire to WIA and help support local women as they interview for job opportunities. All coats, jackets, suits, skirts, dresses, shoes, hats, gloves and scarfs will go to Dress for Success. The drive runs from November 20 – December 8 and multiple drop-off locations make delivery easy. Click here for details.

ArchEx Offers Onsite Registration

It's not too late to attend Architecture Exchange East, November 2-4 in Richmond. Participate in AIA Virginia's Annual Meeting, be inspired by keynote presentations by Rosa T. Sheng, AIA and Mickey Jacob, FAIA, attend the Virginia Women in Design dinner, earn continuing education credits from a selection of over 60 seminars and tours and attend the Visions for Architecture Gala. For complete ArchEx information, visit http://archex.net


Ames & GoughCongratulations to our newly licensed architects! They were appropriately honored with a champagne toast and given standard issue architect glasses. Thank you to Stantec for graciously hosting this celebration!

AIA Virginia Announces 2017 Awards for Excellence in Architecture

This design awards program honors work by Virginia-based architects celebrating projects that contribute to the built environment and are clear examples of thoughtful, engaging design. This year’s jury has selected 16 winning projects.

AIA Virginia also recently announced their Honors recipients.

Finally, don't forget it's membership renewal time – it's fast and easy to renew your membership online at https://app.aia.org/. Membership incentives this year include free A'18 registration, a dues installment plan, free membership for new graduates, and 'join now for 2018 and get the rest of 2017 for free.'

Awards and Opportunities

Due November 1Center for Architecture and AIA New York Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Application
Due November 1American Academy in Rome's 2018 Rome Prize Fellowship Project Proposal
Due December 1Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 2018 Governor General's Medals in Architecture Competition
Due December 15The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design's Virginia By Design Awards
Due December 15Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission Submittal
AIA Center for Emerging Professionals – Survey for Recently Licensed Architects
Refer a new AIA member for a chance to win a $100 gift card

Design News
Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for new postings from: Paralyzed Veterans of America; VIA design architects, pc; MTFA; Muse Architects; Maginniss + del Ninno Architects; MODE4 Architecture; O'Neil Architects; and RNL (now part of Stantec).

Featured Project

Trapeze School New York in DC
Teass \ Warren Architects
Washington, DC

 After five years in an uninsulated tent, Trapeze School New York (TSNY) approached the architects to help relocate to a pre-fabricated building that would temporarily occupy a prominent corner of a future development site.

Working within a tight budget and a limited kit of parts, the designers envisioned a building that would function both as improved enclosure for the school's playful program and as an urban identity statement. The scale, massing, and fenestration draw on the historic industrial buildings of the nearby Washington Navy Yard. Utilizing a standard color palette of blue and galvanized metal, wall panels were laid out in a pixelated pattern to graphically draw attention to the structure, while breaking down the building’s overall mass.

Translucent polycarbonate glazed openings at the north and south faces allow daylight to stream to the interior without compromising energy efficiency. Super-graphics applied to the glazing provide branding and back-lit signage at night. A silhouette of two flying figures in an aerobatic catch wraps the corner and hints to the thousands of passersby on their way to Nationals Park, the fun to be had inside.

Photography © Attic Fire Photography



1-3 | Architecture Exchange East
     Richmond. [info]

2 | AIA Virginia Membership Meeting
     1:00p, Richmond. [info]

4 | Cantruction Exhibit Ends
     Washington Reagan National Airport. [info]

6 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

7 | Capital Area CRAN Committee Meeting
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

8 | ELA Chapter Nomination Requests Due [info]

14 | WIA Happy Hour
     6:00p, Location TBD. [info]

16 | 2018 ELA Nominations Due to AIA VA [info]

16 | AIA Leadership Institute
     Washington, DC and Other Locations. [info]

18 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat
     8:30a, Arlington. [info]

20 | WIA Dress for Success Clothing Drive Begins
     Multiple Drop-Off Locations. [info]

29 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:15p, Arlington. [info]

30 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Vienna. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  December 2 - YAF Construction Tour
  December 4 - WIA Meeting and Holiday Party
  December 7 - YAF Holiday Gathering
  December 8 - Dress for Success Clothing Drive Ends

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar  |  AIA Virginia Calendar  |  Branch Museum Calendar

For additional information on any of these events, please contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org. The Chapter House is located at 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314.


A Spooky Halloween from the Chapter House team: Debbie, Lorin + Matt!