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Photo Credit © Jeffery Sauers, CPI Productions 
03/26/2024

801 East Men’s Shelter

Wiencek + Associates Architects + PlannersWashington, DC  Photographs © Jeffery Sauers, CPI Productions  Located on the historic St. Elizabeth’s Campus in Washington DC, this new Men’s Shelter was designed to be a “Beacon of Hope” for those in need. The goal was to transform the DC homeless shelter system to ensure that any person experiencing a housing crisis has a safe,...
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03/14/2024

On the Boards: La Dati Ghiacciaia

Northern Virginia as the capital of the world data infrastructure (more than 300 facilities and still growing fast) is the epicenter of the emerging trends related to the expanding footprint of the data center built environments. The need for more space, integration into the surroundings, independent and renewable power sources, a more sustainable life cycle, and flexibility are among the...
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02/24/2024

Corporate Transparency Act: What Design Firms Need to Know

By Taylor T. Dolan, Esq. and Nathan B. Greyard, Esq.Lee/Shoemaker PLLC The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), effective January 1, 2024, will impact millions of small businesses in the United States. Enacted to deter and enable enforcement against illicit activity, the CTA requires newly formed and previously created companies to file a Beneficial Ownership Information (“BOI”) Report with the Financial Crimes...
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02/24/2024

Call for Entries: March Napkin Sketching Contest

This March, YAF is reviving the AIA NoVA Napkin Sketching Contest. We all know the greatest architectural marvels often start as a humble napkin sketch! It’s the architect’s go-to canvas! Get ready because this March, YAF’s AIA NoVA Napkin Sketch Contest is back, offering you the chance to unleash your creativity and sketch your way to architectural fame. Whether it’s...
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Photo Credit © AIA NoVA YAF
02/24/2024

Celebrating Black History Month: Recap from Dinner with an Architect Series featuring Kathie Prigmore, FAIA

After sitting down to dinner and getting to know each other better, Kathie shared her origin story – because she really is a superhero. From architecture, engineering, management, business, education, mentorship – Kathie’s journey is a testament to her multifaceted talents. What sets her apart is her innate ability to identify gaps and ingeniously chart innovative paths to address them....
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02/13/2024

Arlington County Fire Station 8

Arlington, Va.designed by FGM Architects As one of the first African American volunteer fire departments south of the Mason Dixon line, Fire Station 8 has been the heart of its neighborhood and a safe haven for the community for over 100 years. From the outset of design, the community has been a driving factor in ensuring that FGMA not only...
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Photo Credit ©️ Dan via UnSplash
02/13/2024

Project File Management: How to Lower Risks and Raise Profits

Project files grow quickly, and you need controls that direct your employees on how to manage project documents as they are generated. Addressing your firm’s internal, organizational inefficiencies can also eliminate needless risk and improve your bottom line. From a risk management perspective, executing a clear document management process strengthens your information security and improves your ability to address a...
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Photo Credit ©️ Victoria V
02/13/2024

And the Award Goes To…

The 2023 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards were a resounding success!  The Chapter received more than 100 entries across seven categories, with awards presented to firms whose projects included and demonstrated a level of good design principles of the 21st Century. With four levels in each category possible, the awards recognize and celebrate the achievements AIA Northern Virginia members have...
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Photo Credit ©️ Braden Field
02/13/2024

YAF’s 2023 Golf Mentorship Event

On Sept. 28, emerging architects and designers with the NoVA YAF (Young Architects Forum) gathered with mentors and sponsors from DBIA, Nira Architects, Cawood Architects, FGMA, HDR, and MTFA Architecture at the Loudon Top Golf for a fun night at the hitting range! Each young professional met with and learned from mentors, who shared their industry and golf knowledge, all...
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Photo Credit ©️ Joshua A.W. McKenrick
02/13/2024

2023 Interschool Student Design Competition

Each September the DMV schools of architecture descend on the National Building Museum (NBM) for an 8-hour design charrette. Organized by AIA Northern Virginia, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA DC and AIA Baltimore, the 2023 Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) was held on Sunday, Sept. 17. It is a truly collaborative effort between not only the AIA chapters but also the...