Volume 7, No. 5 - May 31, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Quinn Evans Architects
National Academy of Sciences, by Quinn Evans Architects.
Photograph © Maxwell MacKenzie
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In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration

Canstruction® Coming Soon

ARE Trivia Night

Featured Project: National Academy of


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AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration June 6
Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. We'll be featuring the award winning projects on the big screen at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria. Tickets are $85 per person, $75 each in blocks of four or more. The event is sold out; for directions, please click here.

Reagan National Airport Hosts our 2013 Canstruction® Competition
The wait was worth it. After some delays this spring, we are very excited to announce that our Canstruction Competition will take place at Reagan National Airport in their new public art space. Build-out is Friday, November 1, a perfect time to help stock the shelves at the Arlington Food Assistance Center in time for the holidays. We have limited space so register now. CAN you pledge to help those in need?

ARE Studying Just Got A Lot More Fun!
Join us for ARE Trivia Night on June 4, 6:30p, at the Royal Restaurant in Alexandria. Questions will be based on all exams so come “study” and enjoy some friendly competition. There will be prizes for the winning team. This event is free, but reservations are required. [Details].

AIA President-Elect Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA to Speak at Richmond Women in Design
Organized by Richmond Women in Design, Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA will lead a discussion on issues raised in Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Helene is Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Architecture and the current AIA First Vice President | President-elect. This event will be held on July 10, 5:30p, at Glavé and Holmes Architecture in Richmond. So start reading the book now. Details will be available on our website shortly.

Coming Changes to DC's Building and Zoning Codes: What Every Architect and Designer Practicing in DC Needs to Know

AIA|DC is organizing a seminar series on the upcoming changes to DC's Building and Zoning Codes, beginning with the first session, Updates to the DC Building Code, on June 3, 5:30-6:30p, at the District Architecture Center. Gain valuable insight into the revised DC Building Code, with particular emphasis on the incorporation of two entirely new stand-alone codes: the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), as amended locally, and the Swimming Pool and Spa Code. The series continues on Mondays through July 1. Information and registration, with a webinar option, is available here.

Upcoming Award Opportunities
Due June 7Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards
(Eligible projects submitted to the AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards will be sent directly to the Fairfax County program.)

Due June 12AIA Maryland Design Awards
(Entry forms due June 12, submissions June 26)

Due June 28Virginia Society Awards for Excellence in Architecture
(Entries accepted through June 28, project submissions due July 26)

Due July 19Virginia Society Honor Awards

Featured Project

National Academy of Sciences
Quinn Evans Architects
Washington, DC

 When the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) opened in 1924 along the National Mall, President Calvin Coolidge declared the building the "Temple of Science in America." The neoclassical structure - architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's only building in Washington, D.C. – sits prominently along Connecticut Avenue and is adorned with spectacular paintings, murals and sculpture. Three mid-century modern wings, all designed by Harrison & Abramovitz in the 1960s, helped expand the Academy's mission of public outreach, enabling the organization to host many conferences and special events.

With the aging building much in need of restoration and modernization, however, NAS turned to Quinn Evans Architects to lead a comprehensive renovation, completed last year. Challenges included a significant reconfiguration of first-floor spaces to restore the original main entry, add more public venue and conference spaces and improve accessibility. The project also integrated new building systems and renewable energy technologies, including skylights with building-integrated photovoltaics over newly enclosed courtyards that now serve as gathering spaces.

The conservation, repair and restoration of the building's stunning artwork played a key role in the project, which was recently recognized with D.C.'s State Historic Preservation Officer's Award. Works by painter Albert Herter, muralist Hildreth Meiere and sculptor Lee Lawrie are featured throughout the first floor. Surfaces in the historic  Goodhue portion of the building, including the soaring painted dome of the Great Hall, decorative murals and motifs, historic lighting fixtures and metal window trim and fittings, were carefully restored.

"The renewal has revitalized this landmark as a public gallery, conference center and venue for events," says Larry Barr, AIA, principal-in-charge for Quinn Evans Architects. "The building also shines again as one of the city's architectural gems."
Photography © Maxwell MacKenzie


1 | ARE: Programming, Planning + Practice
     10:00a, Arlington. CEHs [info]

1 | DesignDC Supersaver Rate Ends

3 | Updates to the DC Building Code
     5:30p, Washington, DC. CEHs [info]

3 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Reston. [info]

4 | ARE Trivia Night
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

6 | Significant Changes to the International Residential Code 2012
     8:15a, Fairfax. CEHs [info]

6 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration - SOLD OUT
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

7 | Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Due

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

12 | 360 Mentoring Group - Meeting 2
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

15 | ARE: Schematic Design
     10:00a, Arlington. CEHs [info]

19 | Lunch Series - Acoustic Design
     11:00a, Alexandria. CEHs

20 | Building Leaders - 2013 AIA National Convention
     Denver. CEHs [info]

20 | St. Elizabeth's DHS Campus Tour
     10:00a, Washington, DC. CEHs (pending) [info]

20 | HITT Headquarters Tour
     5:30p, Falls Church. CEHs [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 8 - Tour of Cannon Design
  July 10 - Tri-Chapter CRAN Event
  July 10 - Helene Combs Dreiling Presentation
  July 17 - WIA Blueprint for Financial Success
  July 23 - Working Abroad in India: Pros, Cons and Ways Forward

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.