AIA Northern Virginia
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Architectural Practice in the Public Sector
November 11

At the Alexandria Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

6:00p Reception; 6:30p Panel

As the practice of architecture continues to evolve and civic engagement becomes an integral part of the design process, architects are discovering rewarding careers within universities and hospitals and at all levels of government. While not generally promoted as an alternative in school, the design and problem-solving skills architects possess are even more valuable and necessary in the public sector. Constructive, collaborative design review with developers and public officials requires a very different skillset than private practice and, frankly, isn’t for everyone but it can have a positive impact on a large number of buildings and cities.

Please join AIA Northern Virginia and the City of Alexandria Department of Planning for an informal panel discussion to hear the experiences of five architects who practice architecture through a variety of paths in public service.

1.5 LU. The event is free but registration is requested using the form below.

There is limited on-site parking and additional street parking in the neighborhood. We recommended taking Metro to the newly-restored King Street station. There is a free trolley that departs the station every 15-20 minutes and runs down King Street. Get off at Washington Street and walk a block south.


• John A. Burns, FAIA, FAPT
          Chief Appeals Officer, Cultural Resources, National Park Service
John has worked for the National Park Service for over forty-five years,
beginning with the Historic American Buildings Survey, followed by a series
of increasingly responsible positions, and is now the Appeals Officer for
the Federal Preservation Tax Incentives Program. He is also Chairman
of the Fairfax County Architectural Review Board. John has a Bachelor of
Architecture and a B.A. in Art/Architectural History from The Pennsylvania
State University, and is a licensed architect in DC and Virginia.

• Thomas H. Canfield, AIA
          City Architect, City of Alexandria
Tom has been with the City of Alexandria for 13 years. Previously he ran an
international design consulting partnership, focused on hotels and resorts,
multifamily housing and master planning, primarily in Singapore, Hong
Kong and China. He also previously worked as Design Director at Smith
McMahon Architects, and before that as a lead designer with Eric Colbert &
Associates, Moshe Safdie, Perkins & Will, and Arthur Cotton
Moore/Associates. He has a B.A. and M.Arch. from Harvard, and is
licensed in DC, MD and VA.

• Al Cox, FAIA
          Historic Preservation Manager, City of Alexandria
Al has worked as an Architect for the City of Alexandria for the past 28 years
in the Departments of Planning & Zoning and Code Administration. He was
previously a partner in a small private practice in Texas focused on historic
preservation and urban infill. Al has a B.Arch from Texas Tech, a Masters
in Urban Design with a Certificate in Preservation from UVA and is licensed
in Virginia.

• Adrian J. King AIA, NCARB
          Capital Projects Manager-DGS, City of Alexandriaa
Adrian previously worked as the Architect of the University at Howard U and
Architect for the Prince George’s County School District. He has been with
the City for the past 12 years as the Capital Project Manager for the
Department of General Services, managing CIP and CFMP projects
throughout the City. He was previously the sole proprietor of a small private
firm focused on new construction, tenant fit out, alterations and additions for
medical facilities, retail and commercial, school and universities, single
family and multi-family residential projects. Adrian has a B. Arch from
Howard U and a Masters in Engineering from Catholic U. He is licensed
in MD, DC, VA, Fl and GA.

• Sharon C. Park, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP
          Associate Director, Architectural History and Historic  Preservation;
          Office of Planning, Design & Construction; Smithsonian Institution
Sharon has been with the Smithsonian since 2007, providing both policy
and technical review for infrastructure improvements and preservation
approaches to the existing historic buildings on the Mall in Washington, DC,
at the National Zoo, and at other Smithsonian sites. For the previous 25
years, she was an Architect for the National Park Service, serving as the
Chief of Technical Preservation Services, Manager of the Historic
Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and author of numerous technical
bulletins and Preservation Briefs. She has a B. Arch from Catholic U
and a Masters in American Studies with a specialty in Historic
Preservation from George Washington University. She is registered
in DC, Virginia and Maryland.

• Moderator: Theresa del Ninno, AIA
          President, Maginniss + del Ninno Architects
Theresa serves as President of Maginniss + del Ninno Architects in
Alexandria, designing institutional projects in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
She is engaged in her local community, having participated as a Board
Member and Chair of the Parker Gray Board of Architectural Review.
She is currently the Past President of the AIA NOVA chapter. She holds
a B. Arch from the University of Notre Dame, and is licensed in
MN, DC, MD and VA.