Lunchtime Learning: The Future of MEP: Systems + Design for Interior Spaces

  • Date

    Wednesday, November 02 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

With the DMV region attracting the biggest names in tech, business, legal and finance, it has never been more important to understand current codes and design trends for interior environments – and a foundational knowledge of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems is critical to the success of each project. Join GHT Limited as we share insight on MEP systems features for interior spaces, from the role of HVAC systems in space planning and design, to the fundamentals of power, lighting and controls.

Our experts will discuss the role of air distribution devices and specialty design requirements for different interior spaces, and expand on power for special space requirements, systems furniture and lighting. The session will close with a discussion of the latest trends and standards shaping office design, from implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic to adaptations for the hybrid workplace and designing for future flexibility.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of HVAC systems in interior office environments and learn how different systems can achieve performance and design goals.
  • Identify spaces that require additional attention and high levels of coordination between the architect, engineer, and specialty consultants.
  • Understand the role of advanced lighting and plug load controls in the new work environment.
  • Recognize how trends such as indoor air quality (IAQ) strategies and challenges such as supply chain shortages will shape the future of interior office design in the DMV.

Presented by:

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Don Norwood, LEED AP ID+C

Senior Principal, GHT Limited

Senior Principal Don Norwood, LEED AP ID+C, leads the Electrical Section of GHT’s Interiors Studio. He specializes in multi-floor tenant projects, mission-critical computer and operations facilities, and historical renovations. Don is an expert in electrical engineering for highly technical, specialized spaces for clients with complex needs, such as technology, professional services, and legal firms.

Not only is Don an expert in his field, but he is also passionate about educating his GHT peers and colleagues as well as clients to improve project outcomes. Don leads the firm’s internal education program, GHT University, and spearheads additional technical training initiatives. When he’s not presenting the latest industry findings or completing a large-scale complex office fit-out, you can find him enjoying Jazzfest or Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

 

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Megan Lubina, PE, LEED AP

Senior Associate, GHT Limited

Senior Associate Megan Lubina, PE, LEED AP, leads the Mechanical Section of GHT's Interiors Studio. With more than fourteen years of experience in mechanical engineering and project management, she successfully manages the designers and processes that are essential to our projects. Megan's robust project portfolio includes large commercial headquarters, healthcare facilities, and institutional projects in the DC Metropolitan area.

As a Project Manager, Megan is passionate about client relationship management. Clients and colleagues often recognize her for her enthusiasm, initiative, and seamless management of projects from kickoff to completion. When Megan isn't presenting on mechanical engineering design concepts or completing a large corporate headquarters project, she enjoys training for half marathons and trying out new Italian recipes.


Organized by:

GHT Limited

Open House Series - Moody Graham

  • Date

    Thursday, October 06 2022

  • Time

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    Moody Graham

Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee for our 2022 Open House Series at leading design firms in DC as they showcase projects currently in planning, design, or construction phases.


Moody Graham is a Washington DC based design firm focused on landscape architecture, garden design, and ecological planning. They are well known for their research based approach towards design. At Moody Graham, regardless of the project type or size, each project is treated as an opportunity to look deeply, and think critically about how to create restorative environments that promote healthy living, working, and being.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how design strategies can be utilized to strengthen environmental connections at the intersection of architecture and landscape architecture
  • Discuss how landscape architecture interact with and contribute to the theme of “Resilient Cities”
  • Identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into design projects for better user experiences and healthier lifestyles
  • Explore various urban design and architectural projects that are transforming the district and other cities around the world in a post-pandemic climate.

Sponsored by:

Moody Graham

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Storytelling and Design: Haunted Houses

Does your young person love to read and use their imagination to make up stories of their own? Do they also love to build and create with their hands? If you’ve answered yes, then our storytelling and design program is perfect for your young person!

This is where the world of architecture and design will meet the art of storytelling! Reinforcing their knowledge of one of the essential elements of a story; setting. Setting is the time and place of where a story takes place. The setting helps to provide a foundation and background for other elements and events of a story.


In this session, we will focus on Haunted Houses. Your young person will hear about 4 real-life short stories about haunted houses, and how the setting helps to tell the story behind its architectural style. They will then design their own haunted house using the architectural styles they’ve learned and create a short story.

In celebration of the season, we invite young people to come dressed in costumes from their favorite spooky stories. This program is recommended for students in grades 3 through 5.

Out of the Federal Shadow: Rethinking DC Architecture

To mark the publication of the 6th edition of the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, DC, author G. Martin Moeller, Jr., Assoc. AIA, will discuss the evolution of the guide—and its representation of DC architecture—since the release of the first edition in 1965. Focusing on new entries added for the latest edition, he will argue for greater awareness of DC’s distinct, truly local architectural character, long overshadowed by the federal buildings and national memorials that are the inevitable focus of tourist guidebooks and websites.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the evolution of DC architecture over the past 60 years
  • Identify significant buildings that illustrate changes in the city’s architectural character over the past 60 years
  • Describe key municipal governmental initiatives that have yielded notable architectural projects
  • Identify older DC buildings whose importance had been forgotten or overlooked until recently

Presented by:

Martin Moeller—Independent Curator, Writer, and Editor

Mr. Moeller is the author of the three most recent editions of the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, DC (2022, 2012, and 2006). Formerly executive vice president and later senior vice president and senior curator at the National Building Museum, he is now an independent curator, writer, editor, and educator. He holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and was twice a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome.


Image Credits

1/5. Square 37/Squash on Fire Building: Photo © Alan Karchmer/OTTO
2/5. Atlantic Plumbing Apartments: Photo © Alan Karchmer/OTTO
3/5. DC Water Headquarters: Photo © Alan Karchmer/OTTO
4/5. National Museum of African American History and Culture, with the Washington Monument in the background: Photo courtesy NMAAHC/Alan Karchmer
5/5. UDC Student Center: Photo © Sam Kittner

Immigrant Architects and Visa Challenges

  • Date

    Friday, September 30 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Location

    Webinar

To be successful in the architecture profession, immigrant architects must overcome a unique combination of educational, monetary, and cultural challenges.

This candid discussion sheds light on Architecture firm owners and HR who provide job opportunities and visa support for immigrant architects. From the job post, recruiting, visa sponsorship, and other support, each of our distinguished panelists' shares these encountered challenges and their perspectives regarding immigrant architects’ support.

In this panel, we will focus on immigrant architects’ visa challenges and business owners' concerns about recruiting. HR comes from Perkins Eastman and HOK will share the details about the visa application process including application fees and timeline and other benefits or opportunities for the immigrant architects recruiting. Architecture firm owners will share their questions and thoughts from their side too. At last, we will return to the AIA platform and discuss how can the AIA support both sides and create a better working environment for immigrant architects and business owners.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the steps, timeline and fees in applying for a working visa
  • Explain employer’s responsible for the expenses of applying to and processing a work visa
  • Understand the employers’ perspective about recruiting and job offer consideration, communicate with the HR and immigrant architects for their better job apply preparation.
  • Collect the suggestions and thoughts for AIA|DC visa support work, providing a better platform for the immigrant architects and architecture business owners.

Presented by:

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Melody Fahie

HR Generalist - Immigration Specialist, Perkins Eastman Architects DPC

With over 20 years of experience, Melody is recognized as an Associate within the firm. Her passion in the workplace is to ensure employees' current and prospective hires feel engaged and welcomed. In addition, she has gained substantial experience working in areas of recruiting to onboarding of new employees, procuring visa applications and renewals while ensuring continuity of eligibility for US employment.

 

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Bree Pirkhezranian

Sr. Human Resources Manager, HOK

Bree provides HR support and strategic HR management for HOK’s Washington, DC, Atlanta, Tampa and Miami offices. Prior to joining HOK in 2012, Bree gained valuable HR experience at Tektronix Service Solutions, an Engineering Testing Service firm; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; and InfoPro, a government contractor. Throughout her 20 years working in all aspects of HR, helping others has been her top priority.

 

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Ronald Schneck, AIA

Founding Principal, Square 134 Architects

Ron is the founding principal of Square 134 Architects, a full-service architectural design firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in design for multi-family residential, custom single-family residential, commercial and adaptive reuse. Mr. Schneck established Square 134 Architects in 2006. Since then, in addition to focusing on academic responsibilities as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, he has designed numerous projects, most of which have been in response to the unprecedented growth of the multi-family residential market in DC.

 

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Will Teass

Co-founder and Managing Principal, Teass\Warren Architects

Will is an experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry with a focus in high-end single family residential, multi-family infill housing, mixed-use, and commercial design. Will has extensive experience with local zoning and historic preservation review boards, as well as a hands-on approach for working with local building departments to guide projects through the design and approvals. He dedicated to developing long-term relationships with clients, consultants and contractors to ensure successful project outcomes. Constantly seeking to improve the built environment, as well as our design and documentation process.


Organized by:

 

AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD

AIA|DC Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects Committee (LA.IDEA)

Asian American Designers Union (AADU)


Sponsored by:

Square 134 Architects

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Lunchtime Learning: The Transition to Net-Zero and How Structural Engineers Can Help

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 28 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

As part of the design community, structural engineers hold responsibility in protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare.  This duty involves considering the effects of global warming and embodied carbon within the structures we design.  Often overlooked, embodied carbon is an immense portion of a building’s total carbon output, with more than 50% of embodied carbon resulting from the structure, or “bones”, of our buildings.  This session offers ideas the design team can implement to reduce embodied carbon of a building and support the environmental goals for the project.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding what embodied carbon is and why it is important
  • Learn the ways in which embodied carbon can be reduced within the structure
  • Discuss the barriers involved in reducing embodied carbon
  • Communicate embodied carbon goals, requirements, and data with the design and construction teams

Organized by:

SK&A Structural Engineers

Open House Series - Torti Gallas + Partners

Join the AIA|DC Urban Design Committee for our 2022 Open House Series at leading design firms in DC as they showcase projects currently in planning, design, or construction phases.


Torti Gallas has extensive experience with all scales of master planning and building projects in the residential, mixed-use downtown, transit-oriented, and commercial markets, applying jurisdictional needs and code requirements in local, national and international markets. With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, they take pride in balancing the diverse needs of communities with the realities of the marketplace to arrive at buildable solutions that bring value to their clients and to the communities in which they work.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how design strategies can be utilized to strengthen connections with local communities at the intersection of Architecture & Urban Design
  • Discuss how Architecture & Urban Design interact with and contribute to the theme of “Resilient Cities”
  • Identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into design projects
  • Explore various urban design and architectural projects that are transforming the district and other cities around the world.

Sponsored by:

Torti Gallas + Partners

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RAISE Your Value and Charge What You’re Worth

  • Date

    Thursday, September 08 2022

  • Time

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This course is presented by BQE Software.


Course Summary:

As your firm pursues new business, your staff must navigate difficult conversations around fees and pricing every day. Pressures from existing and potential new clients to lower fees often forces your teams to lower fees to “be competitive.” Rather than believe you are adding additional value to your clients’ projects, many A&E professionals assume they are not any better than their competitors and compete on fees. Even if you do believe you are better, many of your staff do not have the skills to articulate why you are better and fail to have the right conversations with clients.  


This session is based on the new book by June Jewell, RAISE Your Value: 5 Steps to Uncover Hidden Value, Design a Winning Advantage and Charge More. You will discover that with the right approach, understanding and language tools, it is possible to transform your client relationships and business practices away from accepting unprofitable work towards a value-based business partnership. This presentation will focus on how to understand and communicate your value so that you can have better, fairer clients and higher profits. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Uncover your firm’s true value proposition. 
  • Discover the 80/20 rule to increase your fees and get more ideal clients. 
  • Develop marketing and language tools to have better value conversations with current and future clients. 
  • Understand how to transform your culture, RAISE your firm’s value and your prices. 

Presenter:

June R. Jewell, CPA

CEO, AEC Business Solutions

June R. Jewell, CPA, is a leading business management expert, guiding architecture and engineering firm leaders to top industry profits by improving culture, processes and systems, and ensuring leaders, project managers, and employees are trained for high performance. 

She is the author of the best-selling book, Find the Lost Dollars: 6 Steps to Increase Profits in Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Firms

June is the CEO of AEC Business Solutions, providing business assessments, training programs, workshops, and process improvement services to stop projects from leaking profits and find lost dollars in nine areas of business.  

June’s new book, RAISE Your Value, available in Fall 2022, prescribes a five-step process to uncover hidden value, design a winning competitive advantage, and increase fees. You can learn more about June and her team at www.aecbusiness.com

Structured For Success: How to Build an Org Chart That Increases Alignment and Improves Output, Presented by BQE Software

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 21 2022

  • Time

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This course is presented by BQE Software and is part 9 of the "Designing Your Business" Masterclass Series


Course Summary:

Creating your ideal business structure is more than just deciding if you are an S Corp, LLP, or sole practitioner. This webinar dives into the various options of business structures and the benefits of each type. Equally as important, we’ll develop an accountability chart and define the difference between an organization chart and an accountability chart. Douglas Teiger, FAIA, will guide you through this process whether you are a 1-person firm, 5-person firm or 25-person firm. 


Learning Objectives:

  • List the options for business structures and the benefits for each.  
  • Decide what business structure is right for your firm. 
  • Summarize the difference between an organizational chart and an accountability chart. 
  • Articulate the importance of placing the right person in the right seat. 

Presenter:

Douglas Teiger, FAIA

Douglas Teiger, FAIA, graduated from Cornell University, in 1982 with a BARCH.  He opened his own firm in 1989 and grew from a solo practitioner to become managing partner of his 32-person firm.

In 2009, Douglas received a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology from USM, where he learned tools and skills he is sharing with his staff and clients.  His ability to effectively streamline the operations allowed for more time to be spent on design and project research while creating a culture that fosters a holistic approach to a work life balance. 

In 2017 he became president of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter and is currently serving on the AIA National Strategic Council. 

In 2019 Douglas transitioned out of his firm elevating three associates to partners, sold his shares and started his next venture, Teiger Consulting.

Douglas’s mission is “Live an inspiring balanced life” whether it involves family, coaching, consulting, painting, or sports. “Love what you do and do what you love”.  

Digital Design for Teens 2022 - Fall Session

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 14 2022-Tuesday, November 01 2022

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    ArtReach at THEARC

This Fall, The Washington Architectural Foundation continues its partnership with ArtReach GW to offer Digital Design for Teens.

Classes will be held at ArtReach GW’s studio at THEARC on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm, September 14th through November 1st.


This session is meant for youth ages 14 to 18.


Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable CAD skills to high school students. Though many high-schools teach similar courses, the Washington Architectural Foundation provides introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering purposes. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply in internship and educational opportunities. Digital Design for Teens is an excellent asset for any college applicant or job-seeker to have on their resume, and provides insight into the work involved in a modern design career.


Thank you CADDmicrosystems

This program is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.