Volume 4, No. 1 - January 22, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Stoney Meadows, by Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. (more info)
In This Issue

American University Construction Tour

Haiti : A Call to Action

In Practice...

Featured Project: Stoney Meadows


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Construction Tour : American University School of International Service
Saturday, February 6, 10:00a + Noon
American University's new School of International Service will be one of DC's greenest buildings when it is completed in May 2010. Designed by William McDonough + Partners with Quinn Evans Architects and constructed by Whiting-Turner, the building's aesthetics will harmonize with the character of the historic campus, while at the same time incorporating forward-looking features that reflect the school's vision for social and environmental equity. The LEED® Silver project will include a cistern to collect rainwater, solar-generated electricity and solar-heated hot water, natural daylighting and other sustainable strategies.

The tour will be led by representatives of Quinn Evans Architects and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. This is an active construction site so hard hats, hard-soled shoes and appropriate clothing are required. Participants should bring their own hard hat, although a few will be available on site if needed.

The tour is organized by the Chapter's Young Architects Forum and Women in Architecture Committee. Due to the limited number of spaces, registration is open to AIA Northern Virginia members only. Spaces for the 10:00a tour have been filled, but you may register for the noon tour or ask to be added to the 10:00a waitlist by emailing reservations@aianova.org. 2 AIA CES/SD LUs are available for the tour. For directions and more detailed instructions, please click here.

Support for Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

AIA Members received a letter from the Institute last Thursday outlining how we can help those in Haiti devastated by the recent earthquake. A swift response is required, so please help today through your thoughts, prayers and donations.

Following a list of organizations in the best position to provide direct assistance:

The AIA is also beginning discussions with our allied organizations to work together when rebuilding can begin. The Institute and the US Green Building Council will jointly send a letter to Former President Bill Clinton, United Nations Envoy to Haiti, offering our professional expertise. We will also work with Architecture for Humanity in offering technical and design guidance to the citizens of Haiti as they work on rebuilding their neighborhoods and communities.

For additional information and a copy of the letter sent to AIA members from George H. Miller, FAIA, President, and Christine W. McEntee, Executive Vice President/CEO, click here.

In Practice...
Virginia Center for Architecture Showcases Design and Lectures on Modern Love
Design 2009: A Retrospective of Winning Work, now through February 28. The exhibit is a retrospective of Virginia's award-winning architecture, interior design and historic preservation projects from 2009. The 15 featured projects were selected from a pool of 166 submissions to Virginia Society's Design Awards. For additional information and a list of featured projects, click here.

Modern Love: Understanding Twentieth Century Architecture, a lecture series Thursdays in February from 6:30-7:30p. Explore contemporary architecture in this four-part lecture series featuring Roberto Ventura, founder of roberto ventura design studio and assistant professor of interior design at Virginia Commonwealth University. For additional information and registration, click here.

Design Forum IX: An Architecture of Necessity, March 19 + 20 in Richmond. The forum brings together five internationally renowned designers to explore architecture’s social agency: David Adjaye, RIBA, Teddy Cruz, AIA, Julie Eizenberg, AIA, Andrew Freear, director of Auburn University's Rural Studio, and moderator Clay Risen. 7.5 AIA/CES learning units. $145; $20 for students. To register or to find more information, click here.

Feeling Creative? The National AIA Headquarters Building Is in Need of Your Design Assistance
National staff members are interested in decorating the stairwells in the building. They have formed teams to devise creative paint schemes for different sections, but are seeking a little bit of professional help - from you, their local members. They are asking members to volunteer about 2 hours of time, to help a team finalize their design. This is not a request to actually help them paint, but just for a little design help. The staff will actually be doing the painting. If you are interesting in helping or need a little more information, please contact Pam Day, Hon. AIA, at pday@aia.org or (202) 626-7305.

Summer Employment Opportunity
The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record + Historic American Landscapes Survey) are preparing for their Summer Documentation Program and are seeking employees to staff their summer recording projects held throughout the US. Applications are due February 8. Information is available here.

Featured Project

Stoney Meadows
Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.
Rappahannock County, VA

This project involved the renovation of, and addition to, a small house built in the late 1700's. The house was very primitive, with no heating system or indoor bathroom. The house is situated on a farm in Rappahannock County, with beautiful views of rolling hills and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It had a distinctive, asymmetrical gable roofline, and was built of fachwerk, an old German construction method in which brick infill was placed between heavy timbers.

The design involved creating a series of pavilions, connected in a loose arc configuration by low, flat roof hyphen links. The original house forms the first pavilion, and we used its profile to influence the roof forms of the two new pavilions. One pavilion acts a great room or lodge, another contains the kitchen and dining spaces, and the original house contains the bedrooms.

The arrangement of the pavilions creates outdoor spaces, and two distinct sides to the house. The inner side of the arc is closer to the grade, and creates a generous outdoor courtyard space. The grade drops off on the other side of the house, and the three pavilions all have slightly different orientations towards the dramatic, distant mountain views.

Photos by Architect

January 30-February 1 - Constructing Imagination: A Symposium on the “Matter” of Architectural Scholarship
At WAAC, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. Organized by PhD Students at the Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. Keynote speakers include Alberto Perez-Gomez with McGill University and Marco Frascari with Carleton University. For additional information and registration, visit the symposium website.

February 1 - Women in Architecture Planning Meeting
6:00-7:00p, at the Chapter House. Please join the Women in Architecture Committee to plan 2010 activities. For questions or additional information, contact wia@aianova.org.

February 6 - Tour of American University's School of International Service
See the article above for details.

February 8 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting + Firm Tour of Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC
4:30p Board Meeting; 6:00p Firm Tour, at Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC, 1029 North Royal Street, Suite 200, Alexandria 22314. Members are invited to participate in the board meeting and tour or just the tour. One hour of AIA/CES credit is available for the tour and discussion. Reservations are not necessary.

February 16 - Annual Chapter Open House
6:00–8:00p, at the Chapter House. Celebrate Mardi Gras and enjoy New Orleans treats. To help our neighbors in need, we will be collecting travel-sized toiletries to donate to the Eleanor Kennedy Homeless Shelter on nearby Richmond Highway. The Open House is free and reservations are not necessary. For more information, click here.

February 17 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, at Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax 22031. ABCs of Access Control and Electronic Access Control + Security Systems presented by Bob Hicks and Randy Jump with Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. 2 AIA/CES LUs. Free for AIA members; $20 for non-members; lunch provided. Registration required by emailing reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, click here.

February 17 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
If you would like to receive information, please email WIA at wia@aianova.org.

February 24 - ARE Prep Series – Roundtable Discussion & Introduction
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. This meeting kicks off the Chapter's 2010 Architectural Registration Exam Preparatory Courses. An NCARB representative will be on hand to answer questions from IDP to ARE. Free. Registration requested by emailing reservations@aianova.org. For information on the upcoming ARE Prep Courses, click here.

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 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.