AIA Northern Virginia
Alexandria Contemporary Architecture Symposium - Panel Discussion
June 8
6:00-9:30p


Symposium June 8-9

The Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning will hold the city's third community architecture symposium to promote public discussion about contemporary architecture and design in the city. This symposium will explore ways that the entitlement process can identify and foster beautiful, timeless and compatible contemporary design for large new development projects in a city with 270 years of evolving architectural heritage.

The symposium is a free public event intended to encourage city officials, developers, architects, and the public to fully explore the complexities and challenges of the development and design review process and to engage in a constructive community dialogue about the ways that future development can create a beautiful, healthy and sustainable environment.

The two-day event begins with a panel discussion on Friday, moderated by Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, and features a display of AIA Northern Virginia design award winning projects and a tour of Dulany Gardens by the project’s landscape architect. On Saturday, guided bus tours of case study sites are planned to discuss successful planning and design as well as areas for potential improvement on future projects.

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Panel Discussion + Reception
Friday, June 8
6:00-7:00p Reception
7:00-9:30p Panel Discussion

At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Auditorium North and South, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

The panel, moderated by Washington Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, includes architects Shalom Baranes, FAIA and Theresa del Ninno, AIA and developer Austin Flajser of the Carr Companies.

Topics for the panel discussion will address the influences on development in Alexandria that can encourage high-quality design for the future.

• Does Alexandria have a distinct architectural style? What is the difference between a building design that is “contemporary” and one that is “trendy?” What makes a building timeless without becoming boring and monotonous?

• Why do certain design approaches and building types occur in Alexandria? How does the public review process and design review process affect building design? Is better design achieved through more or less control?
 
• What is the public value of good design and what features create these economic and/or social values? What affects do design and the market economy have on the creation of high quality buildings in Alexandria? What could be done in the city to achieve higher quality projects?

• How does public/private open space affect livability?

The evening begins with a reception, from 6:00-7:00p, featuring a display of AIA Northern Virginia design award winning projects, and a tour of Dulany Gardens at 5:45p and again at 6:15p, offered by the project’s landscape architect, Dennis Carmichael. 2.5 HSW LUs (pending).

 

Community Tours of Local Development Sites: Case Studies
June 9
8:30-12:30p

Buses leave from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, South Entrance, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

As part of the Designing in Alexandria: 2018 Architecture Symposium, guided bus tours will be provided to case study sites to identify what was successful with each project and to discuss areas of potential improvement for future projects. Sites to be visited include the Belle Pre Apartments, Potomac Yard, and the Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station. A project architect or developer will be at each site along with city planners to discuss the project and answer questions. Each bus will also have a planner to discuss development projects on the way to the next site.

A light breakfast will be provided by the city at 8:30a. Buses depart at 9:00a and will return to PTO at 12:30p. Bus seating is limited to those with advance reservations. 3 HSW LUs (pending).
 
Note: Bus transportation to the Saturday tour sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Community members are welcome to use their own cars or alternate means of transportation to visit the tour sites at the given times.

Each site will have guided tours at 9:30a, 10:30a, and 11:30a. A project architect or developer will be at each site along with city planners to discuss the project and answer questions.
• Belle Pre Apartments, 1111 Belle Pre Way
• Parc Meridian at Eisenhower Station, 750 Port Street
• Potomac Yard, 701 East Glebe Road