Volume 12, No. 2 - February 27, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

DLR Group
Ker Conway Residence, by DLR Group (more info)
In This Issue

Edwin R. Schmidt, FAIA

What Will You Submit?

Dutch Complex Housing

Quick News

Featured Project: Ker Conway Residence


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Congratulations to Edwin R. Schmidt, FAIA on Elevation to Fellowship
Ed SchmidtThe 2018 Jury of Fellows elevated 152 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows for achieving a standard of excellence in the profession.

Ed Schmidt, a Chapter member with Nord Anglia Education is recognized for transforming the country's urban schools and improving the lives of students and educators. His design leadership inspires the innovative reuse of historic and underused buildings and revitalizes inner cities with vibrant spaces and partnerships. Watch for additional information on Ed's accomplishments in the March/April edition of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Design Awards 2018: What Will You Submit?

The Chapter's 2018 Design Awards program begins with the Call for Entries release on March 12. To help you prepare an effective award submittal, the Design Awards Committee is offering a workshop on March 15 to share useful tips on writing concise project descriptions and preparing impressive presentations. Using the Chapter's 2017 Design Award winners as examples, this session will provide a glimpse into the jury process and jurors' preferences. Design Award submittals are due on April 26. Learn more about this workshop.

PELLA / KC CompanyDutch Complex Housing - Density and Mixed Use

March 14, 6:30p

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Julia Williams Robinson, FAIA, a Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, comparing creative approaches to housing between the US and the Netherlands. Based on research for her new book, Complex Housing: Designing for Density, Dr. Robinson will focus on innovations and approaches in Dutch architectural design to serve diverse housing populations in urban areas. This lecture, jointly sponsored by the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech and AIA Northern Virginia, will take place at the WAAC campus in Alexandria on March 14. Reservations are available here.

 Wanted: Building Tours for Architecture Week

Do you have a recently completed project that both architects and the public would enjoy touring? We are looking for several building tours to add to our Architecture Week events. Please let us know if you would like to offer a tour by emailing us at aianova@aianova.org.

Our Architecture Week activities are part of the AIA's national celebration of our built environment. AIA chapters all over the country offer a variety of lectures, tours and activities geared towards architects and the public alike during this week. This year Architecture Week is celebrated from April 8-14. Several events have already been scheduled. Check here for details.

WIA Lunches

Quick Notes...  

A'18Design Forum XIII - Registration is Open...  at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, preseneted by AIA Virginia, speakers include Doris Kim Sung, Eric Howeler, David Freeland, Nathan King, and Refik Anadol. [More]...  

Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards...  is seeking your nominations for the Signatures of Loudoun Design Excellence Awards Program from residents, project owners, developers and architects. Due March 7. [More]...  

WAAC Career Day on March 23...  local firms are invited to participate in this annual Career and Internship Fair held at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). [Contact]...  

ABI Continues Growth into 2018...  the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007 of 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. [More]...  

Two Surveys: Equity in Architecture and Girl UNinterrupted

Equity in Architecture Survey
On behalf of AIA San Francisco and the Equity by Design Committee, we are sharing the third national Equity in Architecture Survey with the goal to promote sustainable and satisfying careers in architecture. This year’s research will examine the differential experiences of professionals based on gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality. This survey is intended for Architectural School Graduates and is being distributed through professional organizations. To preserve the statistical integrity of the survey, please participate only once and do not share the survey link on social media. The confidential survey should take 20-25 minutes to complete and will remain open through March 16. For additional information about the survey, please visit www.eqxdesign.com and take the survey here.

Girl UNinterrupted - Designers Data 2018 The Designers Data survey targets young professional designers (male and female; 0-10 years of experience) in the field of Architecture & Urban Design in the Washington DC metro area. The goal is to extract and tackle specific issues in the profession today. The survey takes 6-10 minutes and includes four categories of questions: General Information, Negotiation & Self-Confidence, Career Growth and Work-Life Balance. Data is collected anonymously and the survey is open through March 15. The survey is open through March 15. Access the survey here (be sure to scroll down to the DC survey).

Awards and Opportunities

Due March 1Call for Reviewers: Program Advisory Group for Architecture Exchange East
Due March 1Society for Industrial Archeology Richmond Conference Call for Papers
Due March 3AIA Leadership Institute Call for Proposals
Due March 5DesignDC 2018 Call for Proposals
Due March 5Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) Call for Abstracts
Due March 19AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards Submittals
Due April 12018 AIA National Photography Competition Submittals
Due April 9Architecture Exchange East Call for Proposals

Design News

Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for postings from: CM Kling + Associates; Helbing Lipp Recny Architects; Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects; SCW Interiors; FORMA Design, Inc.; Rust Orling Architecture; MTFA; John Milner Associates Preservation; RNL, now part of Stantec; Little; Paralyzed Veterans of America; Cunningham Quill Architects; U+ Design LLC; Cole & Denny Architects; and LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects.

Featured Project

John and Jill Ker Conway Residence
DLR Group
Washington, DC

 Military veterans are among the most vulnerable segment of the homeless population. In addition to a lack of basic shelter and employment opportunities, veterans often have a myriad of physical and mental health conditions. Operating on the belief that homelessness is a preventable circumstance, an unprecedented collaboration among public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit partners has resulted in the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence – a concrete step forward in the fight to end homelessness among veterans in the District of Columbia.

PELLA / KC Company

The 14-story structure comprises a total of 124 units, with 60 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless veterans, 17 units for tenants referred by the District of Columbia's Department of Behavioral Health, and 47 units for other low-income residents at or below 60% area median income. Units are small efficiency rentals with sleeping alcoves and kitchens open to the living/dining areas, which maximize the density of the overall development on a small, constrained site. Programmed to house management offices, a lounge, fitness center, conference space, and ground floor retail, the Ker Conway Residence also provides on-site support services to address the social, medical, and emotional needs of its residents.

The extensive use of glazing throughout maximizes natural light in units and in common corridors, enlivening interior spaces and connecting residents to the larger urban context. Developed to meet Enterprise Green Communities standards within the developer's tight budget, the Ker Conway Residence combines sustainable building materials with thoughtful design strategies.

The largest permanent supportive housing development in the District dedicated to serving veterans transitioning from homelessness, the Ker Conway Residence is located in the rapidly developing NoMa neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC.

Photography © Robert Benson



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

6 | Project Delivery Symposium 2018: Delivering the Future
     8:00a, Washington. [info]

7 | Summer Moisture: Problems and Solutions (CRAN)
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

8 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

8 | Women in Architecture Lunches
     Noon, Multiple Locations. [info]

10 | AAUW STEMtastics
     8:00a, Annandale. [info]

14 | Dutch Complex Housing - Density and Mixed Use
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

15 | Preparing Effective Design Award Submittals
     Noon, Arlington. [info]

16 | Farmhouse Styling and Best Installation Practices (Small Firms)
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

19 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Alexandria. [info]

23 | WAAC Career Day
     12:30p, Alexandria. [info]

24 | ARE Exam Series: Programming and Analysis
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

28 | WIA Lecture Series: Make No Little Plans
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

29 | Young Architects Forum Committee Meeting
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  April 6-7 - Design Forum XIII
  April 8-14 - Architecture Week
  April 26 - Design Awards Submittals Due

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.