|Volume 15, No. 1 - February 3, 2020
Architecture Billings Continue to Lose Ground|
The pace of decline during December accelerated from November, posting an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 42.6 from 46.3 (any score below 50 indicates a decline in firm billings). Meanwhile, the pace of growth of inquiries into new projects remained flat from November to December with a score of 52.4, though the value of new design contracts stayed in negative territory with a score of 48.5.
"Since the national economic recovery appears to have stalled, architecture firms are entering 2021 facing a continued sluggish design market," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "However, the recently passed federal stimulus funding should help shore up the economy in the short-term, and hopefully by later this year there should be relief as COVID vaccinations become more widespread. Recent project inquiries from prospective and former clients have been positive, suggesting that new work may begin picking up as we move into the spring and summer months."
Key ABI highlights for December include:
The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.
- Regional averages: South (46.8); Midwest (43.6); West (43.4); Northeast (38.8)
- Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (48.0); commercial/industrial (47.2); multi-family residential (46.1); institutional (38.5)
- Project inquiries index: 52.4
- Design contracts index: 48.5
Visit AIA's website for more ABI information.
30 Women in 30 Days | Women's History Month
Throughout the month of March, Women in Architecture (WIA) will recognize 30 amazing women in architecture, design, and allied fields on social media platforms, highlighting the incredible work and dedication of women throughout the DMV and beyond. So please nominate a woman who inspires you! You will be asked to help the committee communicate with the nominee to produce a brief biography and obtain a headshot and project photo. Nominate someone here.
2021 ARE Prep Series
Make this your year to get licensed! Organized by our Young Architects Forum, our award-winning ARE series will be held virtually this year:
February 20 – Project Management, 10:00a-4:00p
March 20 – Practice Management, 10:00a-4:00p
April 17 – Programming + Analysis, 10:00a-3:00p
May 15 – Project Planning and Design, 10:00-4:00p
June 12 – Project Development + Documentation, 10:00a-4:00p
July 17 – Construction and Evaluation, 10:00a-3:00p
Visit our ARE Prep page to register and for additional for details.
AIA Annual Conference on Architecture Virtual in 2021
Originally scheduled to take place in Philadelphia, A'21 will be a virtual experience this year. The conference will offer four online events across two months, beginning on June 17. Registration will open this spring. Sign up for conference updates.
Ramsey Homes Symposium – Historic Preservation, Community, and Architecture of Public Housing in Alexandria
February 11, 9:00a-4:30p
This virtual symposium is a case study of the innovative precast concrete construction typology of the World War II era Ramsey Homes and their African American residents. Originally built as temporary housing for African American war industry workers in the 1940s, the homes later served as permanent affordable housing for Alexandria residents for the next 65 years until their demolition in 2019. Symposium panelists will explore the history of public housing, genealogy of early residents, and the buildings’ unique construction and design context in architectural history. The symposium will conclude with a virtual site tour of the Lineage, the new multifamily, mixed income project that replaced the four Ramsey Homes quadplexes. Free. Details and registration.
Session 1 – Finding a Place to Call Home: Race and Place in Alexandria, Virginia, 1860s-1960s,
presented by Dr. Krystyn R. Moon
Session 2 – The Evolution of the Ramsey Homes Site, circa 1834-2018, presented by Anna Maas
Segregation War Time Housing: Story of the Ramsey Homes, presented by Char McCargo Bah
Session 3 – The pre-Fab Four: Experimental Design and Construction of the Ramsey Homes & New
Digital Technologies for Interpretation, presented by John Dumsick, PE, FAPT; Purvi Gandhi Irwin, AIA; and Al Cox, FAIA
You should have already received your renewal invoice from AIA. Recognizing that 2020 was a challenging year and that many are apprehensive about 2021, the AIA Northern Virginia Board voted to reduce chapter dues this year. This reduction rolls back dues amounts to our 2018 level for Architects and our 2016 level for Associates. Also, please know that dues installment plans are available and allow you to pay your dues in monthly installments. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online, by phone, or mail. Learn more about your options.
AIA Firm Survey Report... says pandemic is likely to cause a significant increase in retrofits [info]...
Q4 AIA Home Design Trends Survey... invites you to view the latest interactive report [info]...
AIA Career Center... offers job seekers access to free resume evaluations [info]...
The Committee on Architecture for Education... provides COVID resources [info]...
Consensus Construction Forecast... predicts mid-single digit percentage decline this year... consensus forecast panel is projecting a reasonably healthy recovery in 2022 [info]...
Awards and Opportunities
Due February 25 – AZURE Magazine's AZ Award Submissions
Due March 1 –Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition
Due March 16 – AIA Healthcare Design Awards
Due May 1 – 2021 AIA National Photography Competition
Beachwood Public Safety Center Fire Station 2
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
|Firefighter response time, health/safety, and practical training were priority considerations that shaped the design and layout of this mixed-use public safety facility.
Designed as a "gateway station," this new two-story, 25,600 SF facility features four apparatus bays and associated bay support spaces, an open lobby, private bunkrooms, residential style restroom/shower facilities, large fitness training room with a second level mezzanine, and administrative offices. The program also includes numerous on-site training features including a hose/training tower and a training mezzanine above the apparatus bays. The 911 Dispatch Center and Police Office share a suite at the front of the building with secure access from the lobby.
The station design organizes the building and site into two major zones: residential and operational. A dramatic stone faced "sound wall" bisects the building, marking the separation of the two zones with the residential spaces facing the neighboring houses to the west, and the operational spaces orienting toward the commercial retail neighbors to the east. The double volume public lobby provides secure access to the City's dispatch center, Fire Station, EOC/Training Room, Fire Administrative Offices and features a 9/11 Steel Memorial on the second floor.
The station design incorporates strategies for cancer reduction through contaminant control (Hot Zone Design) and improved behavioral health through the use of light, color and nature (Immersive Design).
Photography © Cory Klein Photography
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8 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
11 | Biophilic Illusions
11 | Ramsey Homes Symposium - Historic Preservation, Community & Architecture of Public Housing
18 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
20 | ARE Exam Series: Project Management
22 | AIA Virginia Governance: Leading with Efficiency and Inclusivity
26 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
Combined Virginia / West Virginia Event Calendar
Now you can find all the webinars and architecture events in the region in one place. AIA chapters across Virginia and West Virginia are contributing to a combined calendar on the Inform Magazine site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chapter House is located at 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314.