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05/22/2024

2024 AIA NoVA Call for Honor Awards Nominations

Every year our Honors & Nominations committee seeks to acknowledge members and organizations in one of our six categories: Award of Honor, Outstanding Achievement, Distinguished Leadership, Service to the Chapter and AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award, as well as suggestions toward our Craftsmanship Award. All selected candidates will be celebrated at our Autumn Social in Fairfax, VA, this October.  We...
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04/24/2024

FELLOWS: Nominations Due Friday, May 3 by 5:00PM  

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession on a national level. This recognition highlights not only the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors them before the public and the profession as a...
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04/24/2024

Silo Folly at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C.Winchester, VA  A remnant of an old working farm, this silo is now a meaningful feature at the site of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Built in 1962, the abandoned silo was revived as a new art folly, an extension of the existing garden follies within the Museum’s formal gardens. The silo’s original roof dome...
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04/24/2024

Past Presidents’ Networking Event

The success of our AIA Northern Virginia Chapter is built on the active and impassioned involvement of our members and the steady flow of dedicated volunteer leaders that have been willing to invest their time, energy, and passion to serve our profession. In March, we celebrated our decades of strong NoVA Chapter leadership at the Past Presidents Happy Hour +...
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04/16/2024

Celebrating Napkin Sketch Winners

In March, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) revived the Napkin Sketching Contest, to showcase the starting point of many architectural marvels — the humble napkin sketch. Designers of all levels, from professionals to beginners, eagerly submitted their napkin sketches for consideration. The entries ranged from playful doodles by aspiring elementary school students to precise drawings by seasoned firm leaders, each...
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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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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....