2021 Thesis Showcase

  • Date

    Tuesday, September 28 2021

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Each year, the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee presents its annual Thesis Showcase for emerging professionals to present their architectural thesis to practitioners from around the DC area.

This program aims to bridge the gap between recent graduates and practicing architects by providing an opportunity for practitioners to view a sample of work emerging from architecture schools. Winners will showcase their projects in a virtual exhibition on September 28, 2021.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore potential impacts of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities. (NAAB SC.1 Health, Safety, and Welfare in the Built Environment)
  • Describe established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and the methods and criteria architects use to assess those technologies. (NAAB SC.4 Technical Knowledge)
  • Compare how to to make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating synthesis of user requirements, regulatory requirements, site conditions, and accessible design etc. (NAAB SC.5 Design Synthesis)
  • Explore how to make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating integration of building envelope systems and assemblies, structural systems, environmental control systems, life safety systems etc. (NAAB SC.6 Building Integration)

 

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Unbuilt Washington Awards

  • Date

    Thursday, September 09 2021-Monday, October 25 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    Virtual

2021 UNBUILT Washington AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES:


MISSION STATEMENT:

The Washington UNBUILT design Awards program has a unique role to play in supporting a vibrant intellectual discourse within the design community in the DC metro region. This program bridges the academic and professional communities by providing a forum for recognizing the contributions of both younger and established practitioners alike. Accordingly, the objective of the Awards program is to engage and recognize the broadest possible range of research, conceptual exploration and innovation in design thinking represented in the DC Metro region.

PURPOSE:

The 2021 Unbuilt Washington Awards Program recognizes excellence in unbuilt projects both non-commissioned and commissioned projects. This competition is conducted by AIA|DC independently of other awards programs sponsored by the national American Institute of Architects and other AIA components.

Winners of this year’s competition will be exhibited on AIA|DC website.


SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:
The awards program is divided into two categories:

• Unbuilt Non-Commissioned Projects
Work without a client commission; e.g. design competitions, student work, hypothetical projects and research-oriented projects.

• Unbuilt Commissioned Projects
Work commissioned by a client: Planning, public space, urban design, buildings, interiors, transportation infrastructure, monuments, public art, or any other project type. There are no typological or geographical restrictions. Projects must not have begun construction by the submission deadline.

You Can Find Detailed Registration and Submission Information here


REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:00PM on Monday, October 25, 2021. If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a $95 late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

The Awards Jury will convene on December 6, 2021.

To begin your submission, please click here (and then link to: https://www.abstractscorecard.com/cfp/submit/login.asp?EventKey=YMHDMPAZ)

 

CRAN: Post-COVID Custom Residential Design: An Evolution in Client Demands – A Panel Discussion

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 15 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Join AIA/PV and Capital Area CRAN for a panel discussion on Post-COVID Custom Residential Design: An Evolution in Client Demands. We, as home dwellers, have experienced a multitude of changes during the COVID pandemic, and from these changes, our views on home design have evolved. Home dwellers have learned from a prolonged period of forced togetherness and/or intense isolation what aspects of the spaces we inhabit work well, what needs to be changed, and what needs to be added, in order to promote the well-being of inhabitants. In this panel discussion, custom residential designers explore an evolution in thinking induced by the pandemic and lessons learned, primarily from the client’s point of view.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the societal impact of pandemic-enforced stay-at-home orders, quarantines, and social isolation and how pandemic impacts in general have affected attitudes about home design. Attendees will explore the ways in which the cumulative anxieties and other stressors of current times have changed client priorities to more directly emphasize design that promotes the well-being, safety, and general welfare of the inhabitants of their homes.
  2. Discuss the evolution of home design resulting from living through the pandemic and the challenges of maintaining work/life balance in a house that has necessarily functioned as both dwelling place and as work and/or school location.
  3. Discuss the particular impact of increased health concerns on multiple design elements, such as multi-purpose gathering spaces, HVAC systems, cleanable surfaces, and a need for spaces that connect with Nature.
  4. Discuss pandemic impacts on and changes to the residential design and construction process, including project delivery methods, construction means and methods, material and appliance choices, and budgets and timelines.

MODERATOR

Michael Merschat, AIA
Open Corner Architecture+Design
Chair, AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee
Member, Capital Area CRAN Steering Committee

Michael grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, NC. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, he moved up to Washington, DC, to pursue his career in architecture.​ After two decades of city life, Michael returned home and found renewed connection with the land and rural community of his youth. He believes that we have an opportunity to bring thoughtful design principles into every home, effortlessly blending the natural flow of the land with modern architecture.

PANELISTS

George Bott, AIA
Architect, Anthony Wilder Design/Build
Member, AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee and Capital Area CRAN Steering Committee

Experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of helping homeowners in the DMV "Build Their Dreams"! Working in the custom residential architecture & Design Build industry. Skilled in designs for Additions, Renovations, New Homes with both contemporary and traditional detailing. Strong arts and design professional with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) from The Catholic University of America.

 

Lori Apfel Cardeli, AIA, NCARB
Architect, LACArch

Lori Apfel Cardeli is a NCARB certified, licensed Architect registered to practice in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and New York, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Lori has a diverse portfolio which includes high-end custom homes, multi-family residences, and sustainable learning environments. For the past 10 years, Lori focused on the design, project management, and construction of single-family residential projects. Lori graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).

 

Carib Daniel Martin, AIA
Carib Daniel Martin architecture+design

Carib grew up in small-town southern Illinois. From a young age he inexplicably knew he would be an architect. In the fifth grade he started designing homes for all his classmates. By the time he was in high school he had his first real clients. Carib went on to graduate Pratt Institute, in New York, where he achieved the “Circle Award of Excellence." Around the turn of the century he arrived in DC and, within a few years, the Washington Post called his work “eloquent protests against the global status quo." His mother, on the other hand, simply calls it “interesting."

Chapter and Washingtonian Design Awards

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 22 2021

  • Time

    4:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    District Architecture Center

Join us in-person at the District Architecture Center to celebrate the 2021 Chapter and Washingtonian Award winners! We'll have food, drinks, networking, and exhibitors along with an awards ceremony. The ceremony starts at 5:30pm.

We're excited to welcome you back to the DAC!

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour

  • Date

    Saturday, September 25 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Location

    Hollin Meadows Elementary School


Presented by:  The Civic Association of Hollin Hills


Join us on Sept. 25, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you to the largest mid-century modern home and garden tour on the East Coast. Hollin Hills is an award-winning mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, VA.

This self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping and interior design throughout this unique neighborhood listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places.

Whether your main interest is Architecture, Art, Interiors or Landscape, you will find something to love during the tour. The organizers have made efforts to call your attention to notable features of these four pillars of the unique Hollin Hills neighborhood.

Explore More about the Tour and Hollin Hills Here!

Standard and VIP tickets are available until September 4, 2021.

**This self-guided walking tour will take place rain or shine.**
**The health and safety of our attendees, sponsors, volunteers and homeowners is paramount. We will continue to monitor CDC and local guidelines and will adjust our protocols as needed. Please view our Covid-19 protocol.**

The Four Pillars of Hollin Hills:

Architecture.png   ARCHITECTURE:  Expansive walls of glass allow massive amounts of sunlight to filter in, removing the confines of enclosed space to reveal the natural environment and letting nature take an active role in the home. 

Art+and+Sculpture.png    ART:  The artists in mid-20th century America ruled an aesthetic realm exploding with optimism and confidence and celebrating the self-expression of a liberated world. They made their own rules defining their activities as evidence of truth and beauty.

Interior+Design.png     INTERIORS:  The most important material for the interiors is sunlight. This openness requires furniture to play a new role. Seating, surfaces and storage must go beyond their originally intended function, serving to delineate living space and become part of the architecture.

Landscape.png    LANDSCAPE:  Each house is uniquely oriented on its lot to maximize its privacy and landscape view, with sight lines intentionally chosen to enhance the common space shared by each structure. Native plant materials both define individual spaces and convey a feeling of joint community presence.

Read more about the four pillars of the 2021 Tour


Volunteers are welcome!

If you are interested in being a volunteer docent at one of the mid-century homes during the event, contact Jeff Vandersall, AIA at jvandersall@hksinc.com

Sign-up to be a volunteer by August 30th

Film Night: A Home of Our Own

  • Date

    Friday, September 03 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:45pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Widow Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) is being sexually harassed by her boss while she tries to provide for her brood of six children. Also, her oldest son, Shayne (Edward Furlong), is constantly in trouble. When she's fired from her job, Frances decides to abandon Los Angeles. She and her family end up in Idaho, where she buys a dilapidated piece of land and tries to build a home. As she struggles to make a fresh start, Frances encounters both encouragement and new problems.

 

Run Time: 1h 44 min

Year: 1993

Film by: Tony Bill

Produced by: Bill Borden, Dale Pollock

Featuring: Cathy Bates, Edward Furlong


Available on PlutoTV and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.


Organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation, this program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Film Night: Eames: The Architect and the Painter

  • Date

    Friday, September 10 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:30pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Design history was born in a cavernous warehouse on a gritty street in Venice Beach, California, where Charles and Ray Eames set up their Renaissance-style studio in the optimistic flush of American victory during World War II. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's definitive cinematic foray into the world of the Eames is the first film to be made about Charles and Ray since their deaths—and the only one that peers deeply inside the link between their artistic collaboration and sometimes tortured love for one another.

Insightfully narrated by James Franco, the film brings to light a virgin cache of archival material, visually stunning films, love letters, photographs and artifacts produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles and Ray with their talented staff during the hypercreative forty-year epoch of the Eames Office. Interviews with family members and design historians guide the viewer on an intimate tour of the Eames era, while junior designers who were swept into the 24-7 world of "The Eamery," as they called it, flesh out a fascinatingly complex blueprint of this husband-and-wife powerhouse.

 

Run Time: 85 min

Year: 2011

Film by: Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey

Featuring: Charles Eames, Ray Eames

Narrated by: James Franco


Available on Kanopy, Vimeo, and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.


Organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation, this program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Film Night: The Architect

  • Date

    Friday, September 17 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:45pm

  • Location

    Virtual

When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect, who proceeds to build HIS dream house instead of theirs.

 

Run Time: 1h 35 min

Year: 2016

Directed by: Jonathan Parker

Featuring: Parker Posey, Eric McCormack, James Frain


Available on YouTube and Tubi. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.


Organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation, this program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Virtual Open House Series - AECOM

  • Date

    Thursday, September 16 2021

  • Time

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    gather.town

Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee for our 2021 Open House Series at leading architectural and urban design firms in DC as they virtually showcase projects currently in planning, design, or construction phases. 

Event 3: AECOM

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00 pm  

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, building engineering, interiors, workplace master planning, urban design, economics, and portfolio advisory experts. Our team designs and delivers some of the region’s most iconic structures including One Light in downtown Baltimore and with projects for the Federal Government’s property agencies including GSA, USACE, NASA, and AOC.  The DC / Arlington offices lead Justice, Healthcare and Higher Education projects in the region.

Our global portfolio of work comprises of iconic and award-winning buildings and landscapes. From strategic planning through to project realization, the connections we make among people and places provide sustainable outcomes for our clients and the communities we serve. Together with our clients, we are working to evolve and elevate the built environment across sections including social infrastructure, transportation and civil infrastructure, technology and logistics, and commercial and corporate real estate, while focusing on solutions that promote long-term health and well-being for all.  

This event will be hosted on gather.town, the details tonight's AECOM event can be found here.  Attendees will gain awareness of the changes that are taking place in the AEC industry through design practices. This is an opportunity for the architectural community to see the current and future projects that can potentially transform the District, region, the nation, and the world.


**This series is held on consecutive Thursdays in September**

09/02/2021 Event 1 : Perkins Eastman 

09/09/2021 Event 2 : Perkins&Will

09/16/2021 Event 3 : AECOM

09/23/2021 Event 4 : HOK

You must be registered to attend. **Details can be found here.**

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Ursula Finley, IIDA, NCIDQ (Director of Interiors)

Ursula Finley is Director of Interiors for the AECOM DC Metro office. She specializes in interior architecture for government, institutional, and corporate projects. As a Director, she provides design oversight throughout the entire project process, and reviews schedules ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality designs based on the client’s needs. Ursula also coordinates the design process, is the point of contact for the client, and is instrumental in working with consultants.

Ms. Finley holds a Bachelor or Architecture degree from the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences.

Ryan Bouma, RLA, Ecodistricts AP (Principal, AECOM Washington DC)

Mr. Bouma leads the AECOM Urbanism + Planning practice along the east coast and as a landscape architect and urban designer guides public realm design efforts around the globe. His multi-disciplinary work ranges from resilient riverfront park design in Ningbo, China, to the livable transformation of Downtown Richmond, VA to the high-performance green infrastructure of The Yards in Washington DC, recently ranked one of the “12 coolest neighborhoods on the planet” by Forbes Magazine. These projects seek to simultaneously interpret history, enhance ecology, promote equitable access and support community recreation and resilience.

Mr. Bouma holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology form the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

Ryan Horner, AIA, NCARB (Commercial Market Director)

Mr. Horner is an experienced program manager and architect with a deep portfolio and familiarity with design-build, design-bid-build, new construction, renovation, and addition projects for institutional clients. He leads multi-discipline A/E project teams in design and construction phase services for federal, commercial, industrial, healthcare, hospitality, and federal projects. With a diverse background in project type, size, and complexity, he balances design, technical, cost, regulatory, and programmatic influences such that the final design achieves client goals.

Mr. Horner holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska, and is a registered architect.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore how architecture, urban design, landscape design and planning contribute to the vibrancy of the cities
  • Discuss how design projects interact with and contribute to the theme of “happy cities” 
  • Explain and identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into architectural and planning projects; and
  • Explore how various urban design and architectural projects are transforming the district and other cities around the world.

Organized by: AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee

Sponsored by: AECOM

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Virtual Open House Series - Perkins Eastman

  • Date

    Thursday, September 02 2021

  • Time

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    gather.town


Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee for our 2021 Open House Series at leading architectural and urban design firms in DC as they virtually showcase projects currently in planning, design, or construction phases. 

Event 1: Perkins Eastman, D.C.

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00 pm  

Established in 2005, the Perkins Eastman’s D.C. studio is committed to designing throughout the District of Columbia and has worked on projects in every ward of the city. A vanguard in the implementation of advanced technologies and sustainability, the studio strives to create high-performance environments. From interior renovations to educational buildings, housing and community centers to large scale mixed-use projects, their D.C. team proudly carries forward inventive designs that enhance the human experience.

This event will be hosted on gather.town, the details of which will be shared upon registration.  Attendees will gain awareness of the changes that are taking place in the AEC industry through design practices. This is an opportunity for the architectural community to see the current and future projects that can potentially transform the district, region, the nation, and the world.


**This series is held on consecutive Thursdays in September**

09/02/2021 Event 1 : Perkins Eastman 

09/09/2021 Event 2 : Perkins&Will

09/16/2021 Event 3 : AECOM

09/23/2021 Event 4 : HOK

You must be registered to attend.

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Presenters:

Miranda Ford, CDT, LEED AP BD+C - Miranda Ford is an Architectural Designer working toward her license at Perkins Eastman DC. She received her

Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. At PEDC, she is primarily part of the k-12 studio and has worked on research, multi-family, and senior living projects. Originally from New Jersey, her passion for architecture grew from a love of creative design and an interest in practical, sustainable environments. In practice, she is passionate about connecting individuals, communities, and the environment through impactful design.

Elyse Smith - Elyse Smith have worked with Perkins Eastman DC's K-12 studio for just over two years. She is currently working on closing out the construction of a PreK-5 elementary school in Northwest DC. Before working with PE, Elyse attended Virginia Tech's undergraduate B.Arch program where she participated in the building of the Solar Decathlon house and studied both the sensory and physical impacts of water in varying scales of space through the historical lens of Venice. Elyse is passionate about graphics, ceramics, and the potential to impact experiences through design.

Min Soo Kang - Min Soo Kang is a project designer for large-scale & architecture at Perkins Eastman. Min Soo has contributed to a variety of projects within the DMV area & international cities. Min Soo plans to use her design skills to improve our cities and the lives of all those who live in them. During the open house Min Soo will talk about the philosophies behind Perkins Eastman’s “Human by Design” and how we translate this into our projects. We will discuss few projects that PE has recently completed within the DMV area.

Anne Chen, RA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - Anne Chen is a licensed architect at the Perkins Eastman DC office. She works across disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Focusing primarily on K-12 projects.  In addition to her work as a designer, Anne lends her time to several organizations. She serves as the marketing adviser for AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD and volunteers at AIA NOVA WIA. Prior to the pandemic, she volunteered at Architecture in School, Casey Trees, and DCBIA.

Hui Sheng - Hui is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Master in Architecture and joined Perkins Eastman DC in 2018 as an Architectural Designer. She has been working on K-12 projects, including renovation and modernization of Eliot-Hine Middle School, which won the best K-12 project in the 2021 ENR Mid Atlantic Best Projects competition. In Perkins Eastman DC, Hui participated in Data Unit Community, DE&I Committee, and other firm vast organizations, which benefits her to understand and experience the Perkins Eastman firm culture. 

Arunima Ganguli, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate - Born in Bengaluru and grew up in New Delhi, India. Arunima completed her Bachelor’s in architecture degree from India and moved to the United States in 2018 to pursue her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been with the PE DCA team since February ’21 working in the Workplace and Master planning practice areas. Arunima will dive down into the history of the firm of how it all started and grew into a global design team that we all are familiar with. 


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore how architecture, urban design, landscape design and planning contribute to the vibrancy of the cities
  • Discuss how design projects interact with and contribute to the theme of “happy cities” 
  • Explain and identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into architectural and planning projects; and
  • Explore how various urban design and architectural projects are transforming the district and other cities around the world

Organized by: AIA|DC Urban Design Committee & Technology Committee

Sponsored by: Perkins Eastman


 

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