Volume 9, No. 4 - May 5, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

KGD Architecture
Arlington Mills Residences, by KGD Architecture (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration

SFx at AIA Convention

Free Code Training

Awards and Opportunities

Featured Project: Arlington Mills


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Design Awards Celebration at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon

All of our design award submittals are in and our prestigious jury is preparing to meet. So it's almost time to celebrate.

 This year's Design Awards Celebration will be held on June 4 at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington adjacent to Mount Vernon. Designed by Ayers Saint Gross, the 45,000-square-foot, LEED® Gold Certified library was completed in 2013. The elegant, light-filled space offers a perfect setting to recognize our members' outstanding examples of design.

Owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the library was designed as a resource for the study of Washington and a repository to safeguard his original books and manuscripts. The library is open by appointment only for scholarly research. So be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to experience this wonderful space.

Based in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, we are pleased to announce our jury members:
  • Frank Harmon, FAIA - Frank Harmon Architect
  • Kenneth E. Hobgood, FAIA - McMonigal Architects, LLC
  • Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA - in situ studio
  • Jeffrey L. Paine, AIA - Duda|Paine Architects
  • Katherine N. Peele, FAIA - LS3P
  • Sara Glee Queen, Associate AIA - School of Architecture, College of Design, NC State University
  • Dennis E. Stallings, FAIA - Clark Nexsen
You can learn more about our jury here.

SFx at AIA Convention 2015
Did you know that 52% of AIA members practice in firms of 5 people or less? And considering firms with 20 staff members, that percentage grows to over 70%. The fact is that a majority of AIA members practice in small firms.

 Architects in small firms have very specific interests. So in order to help target their AIA Convention opportunities, the Small Firm Round Table has developed the Small Firm Exchange (SFx), a lineup of programs designed to help small firm architects. It starts on May 13 with a workshop on Creativity and Leadership presented by Virginia's own Kelly O'Keefe, Director of the VCU BrandCenter.

The AIA Convention takes place in Atlanta, May 14-16. For complete information and registration, visit http://convention.aia.org.

City of Alexandria Offers Free Code Training
The Alexandria Department of Code Administration is offering two 2012 International Building Code Training seminars on May 13: 2012 IBC Allowable Heights and Areas and 2012 IBC Use of Smoke & Fire Separations. These sessions will be presented by Douglas Thornburg, International Code Council Instructor.

This training, which is free to attend, is funded by a training levy placed on each permit in Alexandria. The classes offer 6 hours of AIA, ICC and DHCD credit and will be held from 7:00a-3:00p at the Nannie J. Lee Center Auditorium in Alexandria. The schedule and registration information can be found here.

Women in Architecture Online
The AIA Northern Virginia Chapter of Women in Architecture is pleased to announce the debut of their website, wia.aianova.org. Please visit to learn more about the committee's mission, events, leadership or to sign up to get involved!

Awards and Opportunities

Due May 29Design for Aging Review Competition
Due June 12Peace Corps Commemorative Design Competition
Architect Office Space Available – Email Henry Hollander or Jaan Holt

Featured Project

Arlington Mill Residences
KGD Architecture
Arlington, VA

 Completed in 2014, the Arlington Mill Residences is a project of firsts. It is the first ground-lease of public land by Arlington County for private development, and the first example of Arlington County's "Public Land for Public Good" policy adopted in 2013. It is the first redevelopment of an Avenue Site along Columbia Pike since its adoption of Form Based Code, and the first residential project in Arlington to be "district energy ready." The property emphasizes transit-oriented development and access to the Four Mile Run Bike Trail, and received EarthCraft Virginia Multifamily designation.

Awarded by competitive RFP in September of 2010, the project brought together KGD Architecture, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), the surrounding community and Arlington County to secure a Site Plan Amendment in less than 5 months in order to apply for federal tax credits through the Virginia Housing Development Authority in 2011.

The four-story, 5A building is constructed on top of a parking garage construction by Arlington County and sold to APAH. The first floor includes a unique supportive housing wing operated in Partnership between APAH and Arlington County's Department of Human Services. The Arlington Mill Residences were named "Best Housing Development in Virginia" at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference and received an Award of Excellence in Housing Development from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Washington. APAH received more than three thousand applications for the project's 122 units.

Photography © Anice Hoachlander / Hoachlander Davis Photography


9 | ARE: Schematic Design + 2 Vignettes
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

9 | Historic Masonry Workshop and Tour
     1:00p, Warrenton. [info]

9 | 2015 Virginia's Fellows Fete
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

11 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Reston. [info]

13 | 2012 International Building Code Training
     7:00a, Alexandria. [info]

14-16 | AIA Convention
     Atlanta. [info]

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

20 | WIA Happy Hour
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

20 | ARE: Life After the Exams: Licensing and Professional Development
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

28 | YAF Planning Meeting
     5:00p, Arlington. [info]

28 | YAF Happy Hour
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  June 1 - WIA Committee Meeting
  June 4 - Design Awards Celebration at the Washington Library
  June 12 - Small Firm Roundtable
  June 18 - WIA Happy Hour
  June 22 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  June 25 - YAF Happy Hour

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley 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 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.