Volume 9, No. 8 - August 31, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

OTJ Architects
American Gaming Association, by OTJ Architects (more info)
In This Issue

360 Mentoring

Newly Licensed Architects

September Seminars

Awards and Opportunities

Featured Project: American
    Gaming Association


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Annual Meeting October 20
360 Mentoring Registration Due September 4
360 Mentoring is a year-long program where participants are organized in groups of 4-6 people with a range of experience. This year's topic for the general sessions is "Moving On, Moving Up, Moving Out." Our introductory session is on September 16 and three other general sessions are planned between November and April. In addition to these sessions, groups, which are organized by location, are encouraged to meet regularly. Continuing education credits will be available for some of the sessions. Registration closes on September 4.

Join us in Congratulating our New Architects!

The Young Architects Forum invites you to a celebration of our newly licensed architects on Monday, September 14 at 6:00p. KGD Architecture in Rosslyn is graciously hosting this celebration and is offering a tour of their firm.

KGD is located at 1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 250, Rosslyn (one block from Rosslyn Metro Station). Continuing education credit will be offered for the tour. This event is free, but please register here.

Earn Continuing Education Credits
Financing for Your Firm and Your Clients
September 16, Noon-1:30p at the Chapter House.

Learn fundamental information on real estate loans and consider how lending affects both architecture firms as businesses and their clients’ ability to build projects. This seminar, organized by the Continuing Education Committee and the Small Firms Roundtable, will look at both residential and commercial real estate lending. This presentation is free to attend and offers 1.5 CE credits. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Essex Bank. Register here.

Performance Characteristics of Pultruded Fiberglass - Capital Area CRAN Event
September 29, 11:30-1:00p, at TART Design Center in Sterling.

This course will familiarize you with the basic aspects of fiberglass composites, specifically pultruded fiberglass, and target their usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry. Organized by AIA Northern Virginia for the Capital Area CRAN and sponsored by TART Lumber and Marvin Windows and Doors. This presentation is free to attend and offers 1 HSW credit. Lunch will be provided by TART. Register here.

Trends in Commercial Roofing
October 22, 8:00a-1:00p, location to be determined.

Earn 4 HSW credits as you learn about current trends in roofing. Four sessions will be presented: Single Ply Roofing Assemblies, Commercial Roofing Technologies, Introduction to Daylighting Systems and A Designer's Guide to Vegetative Roofing. Presented by Firestone Building Products. Registration will open soon.

Support the 2015 Interschool Design Competition
For over two decades, the three metro area AIA chapters, six local schools of architecture, the Washington Architectural Foundation and the National Building Museum have collaborated to organize the annual ISDC. A jury led by Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, a partner at Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, will announce the winners at the museum on September 22, followed by a Spotlight on Design lecture by Mr. Rogers.

Support from the architecture community is critical to the success of this unique competition. The ISDC Committee is asking for financial support from firms and individuals. Details and a form for Sponsorship and individual donations is available here.

 Tenth Annual DesignDC Conference - September 23-25

Focused on the unique challenges faced by design professionals working in the metro area, DesignDC features three days of region-specific education with over 50 courses and tours, including tours of the Oronoco Waterfront Residences in Alexandria and the Immanuel Chapel and Garden at the Virginia Theological Seminary. The opening keynote features renowned landscape architect Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA, whose firm OLIN has designed spaces all over the world, including the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and the Washington Monument Grounds. Register now.

Awards and Opportunities

Due September 1Call for Submissions: AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants
Due September 11Call for Sessions: Innovative Technologies in Design and Delivery
Deadline September 15AIA Public Policies and Position Statement Review
Due September 20The City of Dreams 2016 Pavilion Design Competition
Due September 28Travel Scholarship Application for the Justice Facility Design Conference in Miami
Due October 2AIA Collaborative and Professional Achievement Awards and Honorary Membership Nominations
Due October 152015 Call for Nominations to Serve on AIA National Committees
Due October 16AIA Fellowship Applications
AIA Compensation Survey 2015 Released
New, Free Salary Calculator for Members
Complimentary AIA Membership for New Grads
Join the AIA Advocacy Network as Citizen Architects
AIA Digital Transformation - Participate in User Testing

Featured Project

American Gaming Association
OTJ Architects
Washington, DC

 In relocating, AGA's main goal was to modernize the space so it provides a more leading-edge view of the gaming industry. The intent was to provide a clean look with added flair to create an interesting, vibrant workplace. But this presented a challenge: how do you take the design aesthetic of Las Vegas and apply it to a place where staff can be productive and clients and members enjoy visiting?

To address this concern, the design incorporated gaming industry elements as if living within a game in a tasteful manner. The ceiling from reception through the pantry draws one through the space, mimicking the configuration of a roulette table and the wedged slots. There is also a ticker - complete with betting lines, odds and scores that are constantly updated – that runs throughout the office that establishes movement and flow all the way down the main circulation corridor. In addition, slot machines were donated from a manufacturer to serve as a display of who AGA represents and artwork and graphics are all related to the industry.

Another important driver for AGA's office was having the ability to host events and provide a fun atmosphere for its members and staff. The main conference room opens up completely to reception so AGA can entertain within a larger space. The design also includes an inviting, impromptu conference space adjacent to the workstation area; the poker table set up here allows for a small meeting to take place - or a game of poker.

Photography © Judy Davis / Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC



14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Arlington. [info]

14 | Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects + Firm Tour of KGD Architecture
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

15 | Architecture Lab Committee Meeting (formerly known as Architecture in the Schools)
     5:30p, Alexandria. [info]

16 | Financing for Your Firm and Your Clients
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

17-19 | AIA Women's Leadership Summit
     Seattle. [info]

17-22 | Interschool Design Competition
     DC. [info]

23-25 | DesignDC
     DC. [info]

24 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

29 | Performance Characteristics of Pultruded Fiberglass - Capital Area CRAN
     11:30a, Sterling. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  October 5 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
  October 13 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  October 13 - Gensler Firm Tour
  Through October 18 - Exhibit: Balance in Motion: The Evolution of Cycling in America, Richmond [info]
  October 20 - Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections + Honors Celebration
  October 22 - Low Slope Roofing Seminar

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar  |  AIA Virginia Calendar  |  Branch Museum 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.