Volume 6, No. 8 - August 29, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

SKB Architecture and Design
Law Offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, by SKB Architecture + Design (more info)
In This Issue

A Year in a Month

Mentoring Opportunities

Marc Tsurumaki Juries ISDC

Featured Project: Law Offices of
    Kaye Scholer, LLP


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Earn 18 Continuing Education Credits in September
A year's worth of credit, including HSW and SD hours, most free of charge, all in September:
  • AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Seminars – 9/19
  • Design Matters: Visions for Affordable Housing – 9/20
  • Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents – 9/21
  • Architectural Review Board Member Training – 9/23
  • Spotlight on Design – Intensities: Recent Work by LTL – 9/24
  • Small Firm Roundtable: AAC Block Tour – 9/28
  • Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria – 9/30

Links for additional information on each of these sessions can be found in the calendar listings below.

Mentoring Opportunities
Registration is now open for our Speed Mentoring event on September 27. Speed Mentoring is for members at all stages of their career and offers a great opportunity to meet peers and leaders in the profession. We are looking for both mentors and mentees. Details are available here and reservations can be made by emailing reservations@aianova.org. Please let us know if you consider yourself a mentor or a mentee, so we can plan accordingly. Also, please note that the 360 Mentoring Group will have their fall general meeting on October 4.

Marc Tsurumaki, AIA to Lead ISDC Jury
The lead juror for this year's Interschool Student Design Competition is Marc Tsurumaki, AIA, a partner at Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects in Manhattan. The jury will announce the competition winners at an awards reception at the National Building Museum on Monday, September 24. Following the awards presentation, Mr. Tsurumaki will present a public lecture at the museum as a part of the Spotlight on Design Lecture Series. The public is invited to attend both of these events, as well as the student design charrette on Sunday, September 23, where 48 students from 6 area universities will collaborate, explore and resolve an urban design challenge. Details on the design challenge and all related events can be found here.

National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds Subject of Exhibition
An exhibition highlighting the historic plans for Washington, DC and visionary ideas for the National Mall and Washington Monument is now on display at the District Architecture Center. The exhibit is open through September 15. Additional information can be found here.

Call for Papers - Campus and Complex in the Nation's Capital
For a Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians welcomes proposals for papers on campuses and complexes in the metro region. Due by September 15, papers will be delivered at the March symposium at Catholic University. For details, click here.

Featured Project

Law Office of Kaye Scholer LLP
SKB Architecture + Design
Washington, DC

 This DC branch of a NY-based law firm wanted to reflect a sense of individuality, while retaining a classy feel. The firm needed to expand its current space of two floors to 50,000 square feet in 2.5 floors. The initial challenge was working with the client's aggressive schedule; the project needed to be designed and documented in two months.

 With steel grey colors and dark carpets, the former space boasted a gloomy feel. Warm colors and natural materials were introduced to give the space a cleaner, fresher look. The former space also contained scattered conference rooms, forcing isolation among employees. A central, high-end conference area connected employees and offered the firm more functionality. Another significant resolution to the firm's desire for functionality was building offices and workstations out of systems furniture, adding flexibility to the workspace.

 A highlight of the new space was its full view of McPherson Square. In order to emphasize the view, designers wanted to make the space as open as possible. Clear glass was used and it became the conference room's main window line facing the square. This created a direct view from the elevator space through the reception area out to the park. Along with cherry blossom-sculpted chandeliers made from Swarovski crystals and glazing film used to reflect the diagonals of DC streets, the firm was able to effectively represent its individuality.

Photography by Mark Baughmann, AIA, Photographer

September 7 - Golf Committee Meeting
Noon, Alexandria. [info]

September 10 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

September 15 - Architecture in the Schools Introductory Meeting
6:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

September 17 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
6:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

September 19 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a, at HITT Contracting, Falls Church. CEHs [info]

September 20 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, at Café Asia, Arlington. [info]

September 20 - Design Matters: Visions for Affordable Housing
6:30p, at Dorchester Towers, Arlington. CEHs [info]

September 21 - Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents
9:00a, AIA Headquarters. CEHs [info]

September 23 - Interschool Student Design Competition Charrette
9:00a, at the National Building Museum. [info]

September 23 - Architectural Review Board Member Training
9:00a, Leesburg Town Hall. CEHs [info]

September 24 - Interschool Design Competition Awards + LTL Lecture
5:00p, at the National Building Museum. CEHs [info]

September 26 - COTE Committee Meeting
6:30p, location to be determined. [info]

September 27 - Speed Mentoring
6:30p, at Jacobs, Arlington. [info]

September 28 - Small Firms Roundtable: AAC Block Tour
Noon, Arlington. CEHs [info]

September 30 - Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
9:00a, Alexandria. CEHs [info]

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.