Volume 12, No. 4 - May 1, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects
Vienna Redux, by Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects (more info)
In This Issue

DA18 Celebration June 14

Golf Tournament July 23

Federal Assistance to Win Projects Overseas

Quick Notes

Featured Project: Vienna Redux


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by
Moseley Architects and Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company
Save the Date! 2018 Design Awards Celebration - June 14 at Reston Station

Reston StationOur 2018 Design Awards celebration will take place at the new Reston Station office building designed by renowned architect Helmut Jahn, FAIA, principal at JAHN, based in Chicago. Built as the signature structure of the Reston Station development, this 365,000 square foot, 16-story, LEED® Silver, tower is a recognizable silhouette in the Dulles corridor.

Located adjacent to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Reston Station is a new mixed-use, transit-oriented complex, developed by Comstock Partners, designed to include three office towers, a transit center, housing, retail, a hotel and restaurants.

The awards planning committee also invites area firms to consider supporting this important annual celebration through a sponsorship of $500 or $1,000. Sponsorship is a great way to demonstrate your firm's commitment to the chapter's programming and supports the recognition of design excellence by our members. For details on sponsorships please visit aianova.org/DA18

PELLA / KC CompanyAIA Northern Virginia's Golf Tournament on July 23

We are partnering with the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and are again playing at the Mount Vernon Country Club. Early-bird tickets will go on sale soon.


Federal Assistance to Win Projects Overseas

The US Export Assistance Center (USEAC) for Virginia and Washington, DC can help your firm expand your practice to include overseas projects. The USEAC will visit the Chapter House on May 8 to share information about available government assistance. Presentations will be provided by the US Commercial Service, the Small Business Administration, and the Export Import Bank.

Firms are encouraged to bring information on projects they are pursuing overseas. Following the information session, the USEAC team will meet one-on-one with participants to discuss how they can win projects overseas and receive payment for their services. [Learn More]

A’18 Showcases Inspiring & Visionary Speakers

A'18The AIA Conference on Architecture, June 21-23 in New York City, has announced this year's keynote speakers and has arranged for an impressive lineup of presenters. You’ll hear from renowned experts, industry leaders, new voices, and visionary architects and designers about how they're creating their own Blueprint for Better. Day 1 features Sir David Adjaye, the architect behind landmarks projects that are making a difference in cities and communities across the globe and on Day 2 Sheela Søgaard will share how to create a high-performing culture in your firm and be a change agent in your community. Learn more about all the speakers at convention.

Quick Notes...  

CRAN Tour: Wall Panel Rainscreen Design for the Contemporary Home...  on May 31, learn about high-performance commercial wall panel systems while touring a custom home. [More]...  

SAP Training - AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training...  organized by AIA Virginia, certifies Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). [More]...  

Our ARE Prep Series...  continues with Project Development and Documentation on May 12 and Construction and Evaluation on June 23. [More]...  

Alexandria Contemporary Architecture Symposium June 8-9...  save the date – this event hosts a public discussion about contemporary architecture and design in Alexandria. [More]...  

Architecture billings remain positive in March...  the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for March was 51.0. Firms report solid first quarter performance. [More]...  

Awards and Opportunities

Due May 3Theodore Roosevelt Island Cultural Landscape Comments
Due May 4Citizen Architect Scholarship Application
Due May 7NCPC Parks & Open Space Element Comments
Due May 11Langley Fork Park and Langley Oaks Park Land Exchange Environmental Assessment Comments
Due June 1World Architecture Day UIA Poster Competition Submittals
Due June 12Design in Public and AIA Seattle's Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities Submissions

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: Erin May, Architect; Helbing Lipp Recny Architects; Cole & Denny Architects; HLR Architects; Stantec; Randall Mars Architects; Project 308 Design; George Mason University; S2R Architects; Loudoun County Government; GBR Architects, LLC; MTFA Architecture; O’Brien & Keane; Karl Riedel Architecture, PC; Marymount University; U+ DesignPartners; Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners; Architecture, Incorporated.

Featured Project

Vienna Redux
Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects
Vienna, VA

 Project Scope: A whole house renovation and substantial addition to a circa 1913 house in the historic district of Vienna, Virginia.

 Setting: At the time of acquisition by our client, the house and its half-acre grounds were in a state of decline. Like many of its early 20th century neighbors, the existing house is an eclectic mix of Victorian, Arts & Crafts and farmhouse elements. Once a semi-rural hamlet, the town of Vienna has become a convenient suburb of Washington, DC. It’s walkable and characterful historic district is a point of pride for the community.

Approach: Our clients, a couple with three small children, desired to rehabilitate the oldest and characterful portion of the house and to expand it to accommodate modern life.

 A circa 1970 addition was removed and the primary entry relocated to the side street façade making it more central to the expanded house. A gracious, light-filled stair hall and windowed gallery serve to link the new and old portions of the house. The overly compartmentalized plan of the existing first floor was reworked to create properly scaled Living and Dining Rooms. The addition contains the Kitchen, Breakfast & Family Room – a single, uninterrupted space with light on four sides – terminated with an elevated three-sided screened porch overlooking the large yard below. A sunny Playroom and convenient Mudroom and Pantry lead via a back porch to the new detached garage. The additions harmonize with the Victorian farmhouse style, but use massing and fenestration to allow additional light and openness. The refurbished and expanded 1913 home continues as a contributing member of the town’s historic district while being given new vitality for the 21st century.

Photography © Gordon Beall



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

8 | Federal Government Assistance to Find and Win Design Projects Overseas
     12:00p, Alexandria. [info]

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

10 | Architecture Lab Committee Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

11 | Accessible Restrooms & Multigenerational Public Design
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

12 | ARE Exam Series: Project Development and Documentation
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Rosslyn. [info]

17 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

21 | Architecture in the Schools Exhibition
     Washington, DC. [info]

22 | Committee Chairs Planning Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

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

31 | Wall Panel Rainscreen Design for the Contemporary Home
     6:00p, McLean. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  June 8 & 9 - Alexandria Contemporary Architecture Symposium
  June 14 - Design Awards Celebration
  June 20-23 - AIA Conference on Architecture
  June 23 - ARE Prep: Construction and Evaluation

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.