AIA Northern Virginia
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6 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Preview
10 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting (Online)
11 | Site Design for Health: Best Practices for Access, Land Use and Flexible Growth (Online)
12 | Architecture in Turbulent Times: Equity, Environment, Health, & Economy (Online)
12 | The National Intercultural Leadership Program (Online)
12 | Panel Discussion: Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia
13 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards 2020 Presentation
13 | Designing the Future: Part VI: Multi-family Residential (Online)
14 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Award Winning Projects
21 | WIA+YAF Virtual Pop-Up Lunch (Online)
24 | James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards Call for Entries Due
24 | AIA Northern Virginia Honors Nominations Due
24 | AIA Film Challenge Submissions Due
27 | Designing the Future: Part VII: Hospitality (Online)
31 | WIA Committee Meeting (Online)

14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting (Online)
21 | DesignDC 2020 (Online)

5 | WIA Committee Meeting (Online)
12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting (Online)
13 | AIA Fellowship Applications Due

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AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Presentation
Friday, August 7

We are hosting a virtual Design Awards Program to announce and celebrate our 2020 award recipients on August 13 at 7:00p. There is no registration or fee for this virtual program, so we encourage all to watch the video release. The video will also be available for viewing after the premiere and videos of winning projects, organized by category with juror comments, will be available the following day. Thank you to all who submitted and congratulations, in advance, to the winners! You can watch the Design Awards Presentation here.

New License Requirement for District of Columbia Architectural and Interior Design Firms
By Taylor T. Dolan, Esq., Lee/Shoemaker PLLC

Is your architecture and interior design firm providing professional services in the District of Columbia? As of July 1, all professional architecture and interior design firms, not just individuals, must now be licensed in the District of Columbia. The regulations are not new – the Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture (the Board) adopted regulations requiring design firms obtain a firm license prior to practicing in DC in September 2019. Until now, however, there was no process or application for obtaining that license. The District of Columbia Regulatory Authority (DCRA) has now created an application process which makes compliance with the new regulation possible. Continue reading at

Fairfax County Design Awards Call for Entries Now Open
Wednesday, July 29

Fairfax County is now accepting submissions for the James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards. This awards program was established to celebrate and recognize superior works of architecture, site design, landscaping, and green building practices throughout the county. Submissions to our chapter’s design awards located in Fairfax County will be automatically be forwarded to the county program if so designated. Submissions may be sent by email or mail by 5:00p on Friday, August 21. Details are available on the awards webpage. [Learn More]

Architecture Billings Remain in Negative Territory, Begin to Stabilize
Thursday, July 23

Demand for design services from architecture firms began to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April, according to a report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued on July 22. AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for June was 40.0 compared to 32.0 in May. The May ABI score indicates that a significant share of architecture firms still saw their billings decline from May to June, however the share reporting declines slowed significantly. Index scores for new project inquiries and new design contracts also showed signs of stabilizing, posting scores of 49.3 and 44.0 respectively. [Learn More]