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2 | Glass: Select The Option For Your Project (CE)
6 | WIA Committee Meeting
6 | Arlington Design Awards Program Submissions Due
7 | LULA / Wheelchair Lifts for Commercial Applications - POSTPONED
13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
14 | CAE - Connecting the Dots: From People to Planet
16 | CAE Meeting (Committee on Architecture in Education)
16 | CRAN Annual Holiday Party

3 | WIA Committee Meeting
10 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
18 | Reducing Embodied Carbon Through Responsible Structural and MEP Design Practices (CE)
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Demand for Design Services Continues to Increase
Friday, October 29

Architecture firms continue to report increasing demand for design services in September, according to the October 20 AIA Architecture Billings Index (ABI).

The ABI score for September was 56.6, which is up from August’s score of 55.6. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings from the prior month. During September, scoring for both the new project inquiries and design contracts moderated slightly, but remained in positive territory, posting scores of 61.8 and 54.7 respectively.

“The ABI scores over the last eight months continue to be among the highest ever seen in the immediate post-recession periods that have been captured throughout the index’s history,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, it’s unlikely that revenue increases at architecture firms can sustain this pace. Given that growth in both new design contracts and project inquiries have moderated in recent months, we expect to see a similar path for the ABI."

Visit AIA's website for more ABI information.

Autumn Social Scheduled for October 19
Saturday, October 2

Our Autumn Social offers an opportunity for us all to "see" each other and visit, in a virtual way.

We are using Gather to create the meeting space where participants will be able to interact with colleagues and friends in real time. There will be plenty of space for socializing. Our Gather space may look familiar to many since it is modeled on the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC).

During the evening, we will announce our Honor Award Recipients and our 2022 Board Members, and recognize our wonderful Chapter staff, celebrating both Lorin Boswell and Matt Shuba for 15 years of service. We will also honor Debbie Burns for 22 years as our Executive Director and celebrate her upcoming retirement.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Registration closes at 7:00p on Monday, October 18.

Doors will 'open' at 5:30p, allowing time to explore and practice moving around the Gather space.

Thank you to our Autumn Social Patron:
E.E. Reed Construction-East Coast, LLC
For information, contact Catherine Boggs.

And our Autumn Social Sponsors:

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour Offered on September 25
Friday, August 27

Hollin Hills is a mid-century modern neighborhood of 468 homes designed by Charles M. Goodman, FAIA, and constructed between 1949 and 1972 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. This unique community has a high degree of integrity and is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. This self-guided walking tour, which takes place from 12:00-6:00p, is organized by the Civic Association of Hollin Hills and will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping, and interior design. To learn more about the tour and to purchase tickets, visit

If you are interested in being a volunteer docent at one of the mid-century homes during the event, please reach out to Jeff Vandersall, AIA at

Congratulations to our 2021 Design Award Winners
Thursday, August 26

Winners of our 2021 Design Awards were announced in a virtual celebration which is available for viewing on our Chapter's YouTube channel, along with videos of the jury comments and of all the submitted projects, organized by category. In addition, we have posted a gallery of the winning projects on our website. Congratulations to our winning firms: Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, Bowie Gridley Architects, Carter+Burton Architecture PLC, Cook Architecture, Cooper Carry, Cunningham | Quill Architects, FORMA DESIGN Inc., Gensler, HGA, Hickok Cole, Kerns Group Architects, KGD Architecture, KUBE architecture, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc., MTFA Architecture, Perkins+Will, Reader & Swartz Architects, PC, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, Shinberg.Levinas Architects, Studio MB, U+ Design Partners, Wiedemann Architects and Wouter Boer Architects.

Demand for Design Activity Continues to Expand
Friday, August 20

The AIA's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its sixth consecutive positive month. The ABI score for July was 54.6. While this was down slightly from June's score of 57.1, it still indicates very strong business conditions overall (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings from the prior month). Scoring for new project inquiries also declined in July but remained near its all-time high at 65.0. The score for new design contracts was essentially unchanged from June to July with a score of 58.0.

"In prior business cycles, architecture firms generally saw their project work soften quickly and then recover slowly," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "So the strength of this recovery is unprecedented. Firm leaders who have leaned into this economic upturn by reinvesting in their firms by hiring staff and upgrading their technology, will likely have a better year than those that anticipated a slower recovery."

Key ABI highlights for July include:
• Regional averages: Midwest (58.3); West (56.0); South (54.6); Northeast (54.1) • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (58.4); institutional (55.4); multi-family residential (54.7); mixed practice (54.4)

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a three-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

To learn more about recent economic developments impacting design and construction, visit AIA's website.