Volume 9, No. 6 - June 29, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Beckmann Architects
Not Your Average Joe's, by Beckmann Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Gallery

Architecture Lab

Canstruction® 2015

Awards and Opportunities

Featured Project: Not Your
    Average Joe's


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Design Awards Gallery

On Thursday, June 4, AIA Northern Virginia held its annual Design Awards Celebration at the recently completed Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Twenty-one projects were honored and are now showcased in our Design Awards Gallery. You can also view two videos of this year's jury from Raleigh, North Carolina: an interview discussing the state of architecture in Virginia and another showing jurors' comments on the winning projects.

Inaugural Architecture Lab Committee Meeting July 21
 Interested in bringing architecture to your child's school?

Interested in promoting the architecture profession through volunteering at a local school?

Get involved through our new Architecture Lab Committee and join us for our kick off meeting July 21, at 5:30p at the Chapter House.

Architecture Lab provides programs for students in elementary through high school. Volunteers work with students and teachers to promote analytical, critical thinking and creative skills through architectural design. Chaired by Elma Hajric Willcoxon, Associate AIA and Gavin Myers, AIA, the committee will be planning activities for the fall, including Architecture in the Schools, weekend programs and career day presentations. If you have any questions or cannot come to the meeting, but still want to be involved, please email Elma.

Canstruction® 2015 at Reagan Washington National Airport
Did you know that over 480,000 passengers pass through Reagan Washington National Airport each week?

Our location at Reagan offers us a wonderful opportunity to promote architecture to an incredibly large audience. Showcase your design talent by reserving your space at the airport now! And help us stock the shelves at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

This is our Chapter's major community service project. During the last 11 years we have donated tens of thousands of cans to help our neighbors in need. AFAC is counting on us and we are counting on you to help. Build-out is on November 13 and our structures are on display through November 21. Registration is now open.

Capital Area CRAN Events
June 30Jameson House Construction Tour: Tour a house under construction in Bethesda, designed by David Jameson, FAIA, featuring many innovative elements. 6:30-8:00p. Earn 1.5 HSW LUs. Advance registration is required.

July 22Luxury for Kitchen and Bath: Representatives from Kohler and Somerville will provide an overview of kitchen and bath products, including a tour of the Somerville Chevy Chase showroom. 12:00-1:30p. 1 LU.

18th UIFA Congress
The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech will host the 18th Congress of the L'Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) July 26-31 in Washington, DC & Blacksburg, VA. Local volunteers are needed to help at the Washington, DC based events. To volunteer, contact Marlene Walli Shade, AIA. To register for the conference or for just the DC events, click here.

Office Space Available - Free Month's Rent
Two office spaces are available for rent in Old Town Alexandria, offering a month of free rent for summer occupancy and including parking, Internet and shared equipment. The spaces are 875 sf and 825 sf and are located in the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House, located on Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center campus. For information and showing, email Henry Hollander or Jaan Holt.

Awards and Opportunities

Deadline June 30DesignDC Super Saver Registration
Due June 30Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate and Energy Leadership Awards
Due July 8Public Architect Survey (Public Architects KC)
Due July 10AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award
Deadline July 15Look Up Film Challenge Registration
Due July 15HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards
Due July 16VSAIA Society Honors Nominations
Due July 21World War I Memorial Design Competition
Due July 23AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards
Due August 1AIA Convention 2016 Call for Proposal Reviewers
Due August 15AIA Convention 2016 Call for Proposals

Featured Project

Not Your Average Joe's
Beckmann Architects
Ardmore, PA

 Completed in early 2015, the Ardmore, PA "Not Your Average Joe's" restaurant is the first historic adaptive reuse project for the Boston-based restaurant chain which prides itself as forward thinking in terms of food, service and design. Located in the historic Suburban Square shopping center, the building, originally constructed in 1937, operated as an 800-seat movie theater until 1979. Even now the community still remembers, with great nostalgia, the experience of attending movies in the theater.

 The original design featured a broad sweeping exterior marquee and a distinct art deco design inside and out, although most details were lost during multiple renovations and changes of use since 1979. Fortunately, the original construction documents were located and the original building frame was found to be generally intact, allowing the design team to restore elements of the original design.

 The design team decided early on to create an environment for this NYAJ's location that honors the very special history of the site and partially recreates the experience of the theater. A feature projection screen was installed with a still operational 1930s 35mm movie projector suspended overhead. The building features bars on two floors with the upper floor projection booth level used as a separate bar/lounge area. The exterior marquee was reinforced to allow a new exterior deck for seasonal outdoor dining.
Photography © Kenneth Wyner


10 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

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

21 | Architecture Lab Committee Meeting
     5:30p, Alexandria. [info]

22 | CRAN Seminar - Luxury for Kitchen and Bath
     Noon, Bethesda. [info]

24 | AIA Virginia: 2012 International Green Construction Code
     8:15a, Fairfax. [info]

24-26 | Virginia Tech's Structural Technology for Interns and Practicing Architects
     Alexandria. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  August 27 - YAF Planning Meeting/Happy Hour
  August 29 - YAF Baseball Game
  August 31 - WIA Committee Meeting

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.