Lunchtime Learning: Why Pigments Matter

  • Date

    Friday, December 17 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Pigments serve many functions in paint other than supplying color.  This course will explore how color choices affect the appearance and performance of architectural paints.  We will discuss the types of pigments used in architectural paints.  How paint is tinted, and how pigments and colorants influence factors such as hide, gloss, fading, durability, and price.


Learning Objectives:

  • List various types of pigments;
  • Recall the thee types of colorants;
  • Describe the performance characteristics of paint that are impacted by pigments and colorants; and
  • Explain the advantages of advanced waterborne colorants.

Sponsored by: Benjamin Moore & Co.

Custom Residential Architects Network ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY!

Maestros de Arquitectura: Tatiana Bilbao

  • Date

    Tuesday, December 07 2021

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Join LA.IDEA for a lecture by renowned architect Tatiana Bilbao. Bilbao began her eponymous studio in 2004 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration and sensitive design approaches to architectural work. Prior to founding her firm, Bilbao was an Advisor in the Ministry of Development and Housing of the Government of the Federal District of Mexico City, during this period she was part of the General Development Directorate of the Advisory Council for Urban Development in the City.
The work of the office intersects with research allowing to design for diverse circumstances and in reconstruction or crisis scenarios.

Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO pursues architecture through multidisciplinary perspectives. They promote a collective environment with a diverse staff of architects, academics and model makers. The working method uses hand drawing and iterative models to keep design and development rooted in spatial and not digital exploration. They elevate collaborations between other architects, artists, economists, local governments and more, to enrich the impact and reach of each project.

Maestros de Arquitectura is a unique lecture series created by LA.IDEA to recognize Latin American architects for their professional journey and accomplishments in the US and globally. The purpose of this lecture is to inspire not only the Latino design community, but also to extend our reach to a multicultural and interdisciplinary group of professionals. The funds generated by this event are destined to support the various educational, networking and community outreach events we host in the DC metro area every year. Past Maestros de Arquitectura include Alfredo Brillembourg in 2016, Juan Herreros in 2017/2018, and Hernan Diaz Alonso in 2019.


Presented by: Tatiana Bilbao

Tatiana Bilbao is currently a visiting professor at UC Berkeley at the School of Environmental Design, she also holds a recurring teaching position at Yale University School of Architecture and has taught at Harvard University GSD, AA Association in London, Columbia University GSAPP, Rice University, University of Andrés Bello in Chile, and Peter Behrens School of Arts at HS Dusseldorf in Germany. Her work has been published in The New York Times, A + U, Domus, among others. Bilbao has been recognized with the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012, was named in 2010 as an Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of New York, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize by the LOCUS Foundation in 2014, as well as the Impact Award 2017 Honorees for Architzier A + Awards, Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal of 2020 and the Marcus Prize Award 2019.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how architects can question the domestic place, the meaning of a home, and how these concepts can transform the city;
  • Describe how to integrate social values, collaboration and sensitive design approaches to architectural work;
  • Describe how to analyze the context of projects, from the scale of masterplans to affordable housing typologies; and
  • Identify why collaborations between other architects, artists, economists, and local governments are important to enrich the impact and reach of each project.

Organized by: LA.IDEA|DC


Sponsors

Assessment of Façade Fire Performance and Risk

  • Date

    Monday, January 10 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Join AIA|DC’s Building Enclosure Council for a lecture with Daniel J. Lemieux, FAIA, NCARB, RIBA, MRICS and Nicholas Ozog, PE. Lemieux and Ozog will summarize how facade materials and designs have evolved in recent times to incorporate significant amounts of combustible materials, and present a framework to assess the fire performance and hazards posed by such facades. This session will incorporate case studies to illustrate application of the framework with a series of practical examples of real-world construction.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how and why facade materials have evolved in recent times to increase overall fire safety.
  • Learn a building enclosure consultant/designer’s perspective and identify the concerns often sited by owners.
  • Recognize a framework to assess the fire performance and associated hazards of facades
  • Identify potential frameworks for facade fire safety assessment via a series of practical examples/observations

Presented by:

Daniel J. (Dan) Lemieux serves as Principal and a Director for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Limited, London. Since joining WJE in 1996, Dan has successfully completed hundreds of projects involving building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized both locally and nationally for design and restoration excellence. Mr. Lemieux is a registered architect licensed in seven jurisdictions in the U.S. and a licensed architect listed in the United Kingdom; Ontario Province in Canada; and, New South Wales Province in Australia. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Dan has authored peer-reviewed articles and technical papers on this topic and was invited to review and evaluate proposed regulatory reforms in the UK in response to this fire. He continues to work closely with WJE’s Fire and Life Safety practice on this topic through project work and as an active committee member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Nicholas Ozog is an Associate Principal within the fire engineering, life safety unit of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. and joined the firm in 2016. He has a master’s degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. He began his career evaluating existing buildings for life safety items and potential fire hazards along with code consulting. His career has included working as a senior loss control engineer for a specialty high hazard insurance agency. In the last several years he has traveled globally reviewing existing buildings with potentially combustible facade materials and speaking at many conferences, as he helped to develop a practice in facade fire safety assessment. He recently was appointed to the NFPA’s Fire Tests Committee that includes NFPA 285 and SFPE’s Assessments of Existing Building Fire Safety Task Group.


Organized by: Washington, DC Building Enclosure Council

DAC Leadership Series: From Team Member to Office Leader

  • Date

    Thursday, December 02 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Traditional architectural training does not often prepare us with the business leadership and people management skills required to successfully lead an office. On top of that, office leadership comes with a variety of challenges that differ from everyday project leadership. Join the hosts of the Practice Disrupted podcast as they explore the following topics:

- What characteristics are required to make the jump from team member to office leader?
- What skills are transferable from project leadership to leadership within the office?
- How can we grow our talent from within to prepare to take on these roles?


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the qualities required to transition from team member to office leader.
  • Identify active ways to develop office leadership skills and define their benefits to project teams.
  • Explore the cultural shifts of the past year and their impacts on future firm leaders.
  • Describe the ways in which architects can utilize design thinking skills with a business purpose.

Presented by:

Amy Perenchio, AIA, NCARB | Principal at ZGF Architects
Megan Bowles, AIA | Principal at LS3P
Je’Nen Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA | Apostrophe Consulting Founder and Practice Disrupted podcast Host
Evelyn Lee, FAIA, MBA, MPA | Practice of Architecture Founder and Practice Disrupted podcast Host

Practice Disrupted  Practice of Architecture


Organized by: AIA|DC Leadership Committee

Lunchtime Learning: Difficult Conversations

  • Date

    Wednesday, December 15 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Difficult conversations occur in the workplace each day. A difficult conversation can include anything we don’t want to talk about; any situation where the participants’ needs, wants and emotions are diverse; or any situation where a lot is at stake and we dread the consequences. But being able to prepare for these conversations and having them makes us better managers and leaders. Join GHT Limited in this informative and interactive course about managing difficult conversations and begin your New Year with the confidence to better approach these conversations in the workplace.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what is a difficult conversation and the types of difficult conversations we encounter in the workplace;
  • Discover reasons why we avoid difficult conversations, and how to work through the discomfort;
  • Learn how to become better prepared to have difficult conversations; and
  • Understand the importance of difficult conversations and their role in building a better, more equitable workplace.

Presented by: 

Kristine Barr, CDT, Principal, Director of Project Management and Administration
Kristine Barr develops and implements GHT’s firmwide programs for project development, budgeting, scheduling, resource management, construction phase administration, and staff training. She provides critical project and client coordination that ensures our workload and deliverables stay on track. Offering seasoned experience in engineering, construction, and project management operations, Kristine is recognized as a leader in the field of program management.

Susan Dawson, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, Marketing & Communications Manager
Susan Dawson oversees GHT’s marketing and communications initiatives, including the support of client relationships and communication of the firm’s capabilities, projects, and latest innovative efforts. She works in partnership with GHT’s corporate leadership and marketing staff to increase the firm’s visibility in the marketplace and executes marketing programs that align with the strategic goals of the firm. She is active in the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and serves on the Market Leadership Advisory Board of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) DC Chapter; and has served as an Ambassador for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. She has held multiple speaking engagements with SMPS, including at their Northeast Regional and Virginia Conferences on the subjects of team management, employee onboarding and strategic marketing. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty designation in Building Design + Construction.


Sponsored by:
GHT Limited

Lunchtime Learning: Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors

  • Date

    Friday, December 10 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Windows and doors are the gateways to bring nature into the home with light, views, ventilation, access to nature and more. This session will demonstrate how applying the goals of biophilic design to windows and doors will help you cultivate well-being within the build environment for your residential clients and their families.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the importance of light, views, color, access to nature and ventilation to improve the health and well-being of building occupants.
  • Integrate principles of biophilia in window and door applications within residential architectural design.
  • Reference the science that supports well-being and Biophilic Design.
  • Apply lessons learned from residential case studies where principles of biophilia and well-being are used.

Presented by: Brooke McGrath

My name is Brooke McGrath and I am the Architectural Project Manager for Marvin Windows and Doors, covering the Metro DC area. As the Architectural Project Manager (APM) for Marvin, I can assist with product training, CEU Lunch & Learns, spec writing, samples, dealer location, custom designs, details etc.

A little about me… I am a long-time resident of Ocean City, MD, but recently relocated to the DC area to represent Marvin in this region. I attained a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2017. Through school and for the beginning of my career, I worked for a large east-coast architectural firm, where I specialized in high-end, custom residential, multi-family, hospitality, healthcare and small commercial design.

I strive to deliver careful attention to the small details that support the overall design vision of architects. I provide consistent and thorough communication through the planning and design process to ensure each project conveys the architect’s ideas from concept through to tangible results. From small additions and renovations to larger commercial projects, I am excited to demonstrate how Marvin’s product offerings support & enhance the possibilities of today’s fenestration in all types of architecture.


Sponsored by: Marvin

Lunchtime Learning: Why Pigments Matter

  • Date

    Wednesday, December 01 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

POSTPONED - Due to technical difficulties, this program will take place on Friday, December 17th at noon.


Pigments serve many functions in paint other than supplying color.  This course will explore how color choices affect the appearance and performance of architectural paints.  We will discuss the types of pigments used in architectural paints.  How paint is tinted, and how pigments and colorants influence factors such as hide, gloss, fading, durability, and price.


Learning Objectives:

  • List various types of pigments;
  • Recall the thee types of colorants;
  • Describe the performance characteristics of paint that are impacted by pigments and colorants; and
  • Explain the advantages of advanced waterborne colorants.

Sponsored by: Benjamin Moore & Co.

Architecture Everywhere: Neuroscience & Spirituality of the Architectural Transcendent: Measuring the Immeasurable - Webinar

  • Date

    Tuesday, November 30 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

In this presentation, we will explore the intersection of architecture and spirituality through the eyes of contemporary neuroscience and phenomenology. Can the perennial questions/searches for transcendence be responded/found in and through architecture? Can the most physical expressions of humanity (i.e., buildings) be portals to a metaphysical realm? Wouldn’t this be the ultimate function of architecture?

For millennia, all civilizations have answered to these and related questions in the affirmative by erecting the most spectacular and beautiful—and usually sacred—buildings around the globe. The arrival of non-invasive, high quality medical devices (e.g., fMRI, portable EEGs, biosensors, etc.) and sophisticated interdisciplinary scientific methodologies allow us, for first time in history, to consider these timeless questions empirically. Can you measure the immeasurable? This lecture will offer the latest thoughts and science on the architectural transcendent.

Presented by: 

Bermudez

Julio Bermudez, Ph.D. — Professor, The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Professor Julio Bermudez has been teaching architectural design and theory for over 30 years and currently directs the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies graduate concentration at CUA. His interests focus in the relationship between architecture, culture, and spirituality through the lens of phenomenology and neuroscience. He has widely lectured, led symposia, taught, and published in these areas. Current projects include a neuroscientific study of sacred vs. secular architecture (funded by the Templeton Religion Trust) and the forthcoming book “Spirituality in Architectural Education.” He has published two other books: "Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space” and "Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality.”

Dr. Bermudez is co-founder of the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, a 650-plus member organization representing 61 countries, and has served as its president since 2015.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Architecture Everywhere, a monthly series exploring how architecture comes to life in unexpected ways through other arts and humanities disciplines. Join us each month as we focus on a new theme or topic. Guest speakers present a visual talk, followed by creative exchange with the audience.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore, through a philosophical stance, the intersection between architecture and spirituality
  • Identify how architecture is impacted by contemporary neuroscience and phenomenology
  • Examine questions that led to sacred buildings around the globe
  • Describe ways to measure the immeasurable as it pertains to architectural transcendence

Exhibition Tour: Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer

Join us for an exclusive in-person tour of Alan Karchmer’s exhibition at the National Building Museum—Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer. This exhibition, curated by Martin Moeller, presents a cross-section of Karchmer’s commissioned photographs, coupled with personal images and artifacts that shed light on his work. While the exhibition features numerous large prints of remarkable beauty, it also includes didactic displays examining the technical and creative processes underlying such images. It thus illuminates why certain images are so successful in expressing both the physical and emotional aspects of architecture.

This tour is organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation with special thanks to the National Building Museum and Alan Karchmer.


Presented by:

Alan Karchmer

Alan Karchmer — Photographer

Photographer Alan Karchmer has risen to prominence in his field thanks to his skill in conveying architects’ ideas and intentions. Having earned a Master of Architecture himself, Karchmer uses his knowledge of the design process, coupled with his own artistic vision, to express the essence of a building.

For over forty years, Karchmer’s photographs have been published in the architectural press worldwide, and appeared in major museum exhibitions. His images help his clients communicate their work, win new commissions, and earn recognition collecting design awards in international and regional venues. He is pleased to count among his clients AIA and RIBA gold medalists and AIA firms of the year.

https://alankarchmer.com/