Lunchtime Learning: Consider Mechanical Noise

  • Date

    Wednesday, June 15 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Incorporating mechanical noise and vibration control concepts in the building design process is critical to the construction of buildings which are quiet and vibration free. This course will provide a basic understanding of noise, how it is quantified, recommended noise levels for various space uses. The participants will learn how sound propagates through a building and to layout basic noise control technics. Participant will leave with a general knowledge of what to look for when reviewing mechanical plans and will have the confidence to act when deemed necessary. There will also be a general discussion of Sound Transmission Class (STC) and its application to mechanical noise control.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand basic mechanical noise measurement parameters.
  • Recognize significant mechanical noise sources in the building design phase.
  • Differentiate between air borne and structure borne noise paths.
  • Design rudimentary mechanical noise control schemes to avoid negatively impacting building occupants with mechanical sounds.

Presented by:

Scott Harvey

Founder and President, Phoenix Noise & Vibration

Scott Harvey, founder and president of Phoenix Noise & Vibration, has been working in the field of acoustics for 36 years. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he first worked with Bruel & Kjaer instruments, manufacturer of precision instrumentation for measuring sound and vibration.
Since 1990, he has been devoted to the field of acoustical engineering as it applies to the building industry. He is Board Certified by the Institute of Noise Control Engineers, a licensed professional engineer in both Maryland and Virginia, and holds memberships with the Acoustical Society of America, the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and the National and Maryland Societies of Professional Engineers. Notable projects include the Suburban Hospital Expansion, Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery, National Institutes of Health – Building 50, FEMA Press Conference Room, Christiana Health Care Hospital, Three Metropolitan Park, Imagination Stage, and numerous transportation noise impact projects.
Scott is currently overseeing five acoustical engineers that provide the highest quality services to architects, engineers, and developers of top performing living, work, education, and healthcare facilities.


Organized by:

Phoenix Noise & Vibration

Changing State of the Workplace: Reshaping Office Design

  • Date

    Friday, June 10 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

As we move forward to a post-pandemic world, things will be different for the office space in terms of occupant density, well-being, and safety. Overall, companies of all sizes will likely reexamine their long-term needs for fixed space. We begin this course where we left off in promoting a healthy workplace while attempting to understand what more we need to do with office design in a post-pandemic world. We can only solve some of the immediate concerns but must be prepared to adapt and evolve each day as observations, experience, and science emerge.


Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight to the office design trends for a post pandemic healthy workplace.

  • Raise awareness to the top physical elements causing concern for occupant wellbeing.

  • Learn solutions geared to improving the physical environment.

  • Share best practice designs that realize a healthy workplace.


Organized by:

Alliance Lighting

Circadian Lighting in the Age of Wellness

  • Date

    Friday, June 03 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Circadian Lighting is becoming more familiar in the building industry as the desire for wellness and productivity is at the forefront of design. This presentation provides insight on how humans process information from environmental light and how we can better design spaces to meet our biological needs. Previously our adoption of artificial light, while well-intentioned for more operable light to work throughout the day, provided unintentional impacts of becoming part of our regular lives. Explore into the new age of circadian lighting and how we can build a better environment.


Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn what circadian rhythms are.
  • Attendees will learn how circadian rhythms work.
  • Attendees will learn about circadian lighting.
  • Attendees will learn how to create an environment with circadian lighting.

Organized by:

GPI

 

Coating Innovations and the Healthy Building Movement

  • Date

    Wednesday, June 01 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Fueled by a demand for products and commercial spaces that contribute to occupant well-being, owners are becoming increasingly interested in designing and constructing healthier buildings. To accomplish this objective, they rely on architects and specifiers for advice on navigating the complex maze of product choices and design decisions. Advancements in architectural paints and coatings have resulted in innovative solutions that can meet stringent environmental regulations as well as help projects earn points for indoor environmental quality without sacrificing aesthetics or the performance demands of busy commercial spaces.

This course will focus on paint technologies you can specify to address concerns such as VOC content and emissions, off-gassing, odors, mold and mildew and disease-causing bacteria on painted surfaces. Transparency is critical to selecting the products that will perform as claimed in the built space, so you will also learn how to find paints and coatings that are 3rd party certified so that you can recommend a product with confidence. Finally, you will learn strategies for incorporating natural elements with biophilic design theory. This is especially beneficial in urban areas with minimal exposure to green space.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss strategies for improving health and well-being in the built environment by incorporating nature through biophilic design theory.
  • Identify products with 3rd party certifications and Environmental Product Declarations which indicate material transparency and increase confidence in specifying low-emitting products.
  • Explain the benefits of incorporating products and design decisions that may help improve indoor air quality and occupant well-being in a variety of commercial settings.
  • Understand how breakthrough paint & coating technologies address challenges in interior spaces as well as help earn points toward earning green building certification.

Presented by:

Amanda Lowery

Architectural Account Executive, Sherwin Williams

Amanda is the Architectural rep for Sherwin Williams in the DC, Baltimore and Northern VA areas. It is her job to support the commercial A&D Markets for all aspects of a project - roof to slab.


Organized by:

Sherwin Williams

Lunchtime Learning: Electrifying! Building Mechanical Systems

  • Date

    Thursday, May 26 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

Electrification of the built environment has been identified as the only true cost effective pathway with current technologies to achieve net zero carbon emissions. It has been shown to have the potential to reduce or eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollution, reduce greenhouse gases, reduce maintenance and can result in safe, low maintenance and cost effective buildings. As part of the shift to electrification there must be a paradigm shift in the types of systems employed in both the design of new buildings and perhaps more importantly the retrofit of existing buildings and systems. There are a number of new and old system options such as heat pumps that are rapidly becoming more widely applicable and efficient that can be applied to achieve full electrification of new and existing buildings while significantly reducing or eliminating the use of fossil fuels in buildings . The presentation will review the drivers and policies pushing electrification, provide an overview of the available mechanical and plumbing systems to achieve electrification and provide some high level discussion on the potential impacts and considerations on the design and planning of new building and retrofits.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the fundamental drivers and benefits behind the move to electrify our built environment.
  • Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the benefits and policy drivers of electrification and zero carbon / net zero buildings.
  • Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of some the different types of “All Electric” Mechanical Systems.
  • Participants will become familiar with some Design & Planning implications for applying all electric Mechanical Systems.

Presented by:

Portrait of Christopher Kirchner

Christopher G. Kirchner, PE, HPDP, BEMP, LEED AP

Senior Director, WSP

Mr. Kirchner has 29 years of experience in engineering design and construction administration of HVAC systems for educational, commercial, institutional, healthcare, laboratory, governmental, retail, and residential projects. Chris has served as principal-in-charge, project manager and lead engineer on new construction and renovation projects with construction budgets exceeding $500 million. His knowledge includes codes and standards, HVAC calculations, energy modeling Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling, refrigeration, central / district energy utility plants, thermal storage, cogeneration, sustainable / net zero design, hydronic and steam distribution, ventilation and air distribution, HVAC controls and building automation systems. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, ASHRAE High Performance Building design professional, ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional and has been involved with numerous projects that have utilized sustainable design concepts and achieved LEED certification.


Organized by:

WSP USA Buildings, Inc.

Designing for Resilience: the new U.S. Embassy in Mozambique

  • Date

    Wednesday, June 15 2022

  • Time

    4:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This session showcases the newly completed U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, designed in collaboration with YGH and Allied Works Architecture for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Constructed by Pernix Group and completed in August 2021, the new embassy has already become an iconic symbol of the best of American architecture, design, engineering, construction, and sustainability in Maputo’s growing commercial district. Directly fronting the Indian Ocean, the new embassy faced many challenges being in a coastal marine environment and located in a tropical climate. The team employed innovative design solutions in landscape features, stormwater management, building systems, and high performing materials to create a sustainable and resilient facility. This session goes into detail on how federal policy greatly influenced these design strategies and how the team successfully implemented them to build a long lasting platform for American diplomacy.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the mission and vision of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and how they manage their global real estate portfolio.
  • Explore how policy plays a significant role in developing design solutions for federal diplomatic facilities.
  • Understand the strategies for site design and stormwater management in building a sustainable and resilient platform in a coastal marine environment.
  • Identify how local climate and environmental forces influenced the architecture of the new U.S. Embassy in Maputo in terms of building systems and material selection.

Presented by:

Minh Le, AIA

Mr. Minh Le, AIA is a public architect with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). Since 2007, he has served as the Design Manager for missions in Africa and East Asia Pacific on capital security construction projects totally over $5B. His body of work includes completed diplomatic facilities in Burundi, Djibouti, Indonesia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Niger, and Taiwan, as well as ongoing projects in Australia, Nigeria, and Thailand.

 

Kyle Lommen

Kyle Lommen has over twenty-five years of experience designing, managing and directing projects for Allied Works across North America and internationally, and is currently Principal-in-Charge for the firm's Worldwide Design Services contract with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. In his early career, Kyle was Project Architect on the Wieden+Kennedy World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and later moved east to serve as Director of Allied Works’ New York office from 2003-2011. His expertise includes the design and realization of innovative civic and cultural institutions, among these the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, and the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently, Kyle was Allied Works’ project lead on the new United States Embassy Compound in Maputo Mozambique, which was completed in partnership with YGH Architecture. The Embassy is the subject of forthcoming monograph, and served as a catalyst for ongoing research into advanced systems and strategies for our nation’s diplomatic architecture.

 

Jesse Walt, AIA

Jesse Walt, AIA is an architectural design professional and firm shareholder with 18 years of experience with public and private entities spanning governmental, residential, hospitality and educational sectors. His attention to detail and innovative, creative thinking have made him adept at finding solutions for any challenge. An ability to communicate in straightforward and common terms with non-practitioners is another valuable asset in ensuring our clients’ understanding of needs, aspirations and intent are captured and implemented.


Organized by:

AIA|DC Public Architects Committee

Asian American Designers: Aki Ishida and her Practice

  • Date

    Wednesday, May 25 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

The work of architect Aki Ishida, in both writing and design, center around aspects of architecture that are temporal, impermanent, and ever-changing, including aging of buildings over the course of their lifespan, and mutable readings of architecture. Aki will present her book Blurred Transparencies in Contemporary Glass Architecture: Material, Culture, and Technology (Routledge, 2020), which examines the architectural material glass in broader cultural and social contexts. Written from the perspectives of a practitioner, the six essays in the book challenge assumptions about fragility and visual transparency of glass. She argues that glass is rarely crystal clear but is blurred both materially and metaphysically, revealing complex readings of ideas for which glass continues to stand.


Learning Objectives:

 

  • Identify Ishida's contributions to deeper understanding of material, culture, and technology in glass architecture
  • Explain the thesis of Ishida's book Blurred Transparencies in Contemporary Glass Architecture 
  • Describe multi-variant readings of clear glass buildings, specifically the Toledo Glass Pavilion by SANAA.
  • Explore possible Asian influences in the design of the Toledo Glass Pavilion by SANAA.

Presenter Bio:

Aki Ishida, AIA, LEED, Associate Professor of Architecture and Interim Associate Director of School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tec. Over the past ten years, Aki has taught design studios and Building Materials course, and also led study abroad programs in Europe and Japan. She founded Aki Ishida Architect PLLC in New York City, and prior to that, she worked at the offices of Rafael Vinoly Architects, James Carpenter Design Associates, and I.M. Pei Architect. Aki’s work has been supported by grants from Japan Foundation New York, the Graduate Kinne Traveling Fellowship from Columbia University, Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant from the American Institute of Architects NY, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Baer Art Center. She has served three times as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants. She has been recognized nationally with a 2017 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) New Faculty Teaching Award and as one of 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016 by DesignIntelligence.


Organized by:

AIA|DC Asian American Designers Union

Understanding Runway and Burn Rate: The Key to Cash Flow, presented by BQE Software

  • Date

    Wednesday, May 18 2022

  • Time

    1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This webinar is organized by BQE Software, inc. and is Part 5 of the 'Designing Your Business' Masterclass Series


Course Summary:

Gross burn rate is an important thing to measure. Burn rate is the pace at which a firm is running through its capital ahead of it generating any positive cash flow.  It allows you to answer the question: “If we don’t sign another project, how many months can we stay in business? How long is our runway?” This webinar looks at the key performance indicators associated with your runway and burn rate and teaches you how to estimate your projected income.  


Learning Objectives:

  • List your monthly expenses
  • Define the fee remaining on all your projects 
  • Calculate the number of months you can sustain your office 
  • Estimate and project future income 

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”.  

2022 AIA|DC Washingtonian Awards: Call for Entries

  • Date

    Tuesday, May 03 2022-Wednesday, June 01 2022

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

*Deadline: June 1, 2022 at 4:00pm*

Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:00PM on Monday, June 1, 2022. Binders, disks or other forms of entry will not be accepted. We strongly advise you to upload your submission a day or so before the deadline, as upload times will likely be much quicker. If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a late fee of $95 will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.


OBJECTIVES

To encourage excellence in local residential architecture, the WASHINGTONIAN magazine and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) announce the annual Washingtonian Residential Design Awards Program. Distinctive residential projects, regardless of size or classification, will be recognized on the basis of excellence in total design, including aesthetics, programmatic response and sustainability. Public attention and acclaim will be focused on the winning submissions through coverage in the WASHINGTONIAN and in ArchitectureDC.  


ELIGIBILITY

The program is open to all registered architects. Projects must be executed residential works of architecture completed after January 1, 2017, and must be located within the Washington DC Standard Metropolitan Area (SMA) as defined below:

  • The District of Columbia
  • Maryland: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Calvert, and Charles counties
  • Virginia: Arlington, Clark, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Warren and Loudon counties; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park
  • West Virginia: Jefferson County

Projects outside the SMA also are eligible if they are second homes for owners whose primary residence is within the Washington, DC SMA.

Entries may be new construction, remodelings, additions, or adaptive use projects by nature. They may be single family, multifamily, mixed- use. The mixed-use projects are eligible if a minor portion of the work is nonresidential. Mixed-use projects will be judged primarily on their residential quality. Specialized housing, such as for seniors, dormitories and emergency shelter after natural disasters, are also eligible.  Accommodation for universal design will also be considered.  Projects that qualify for this program are eligible even if they have been submitted to or have won awards in other programs.


AWARDS

Submissions are considered in 5 distinct categories:

  • General Category: “Award for Distinctive Residential Architecture” for most projects
  • Small Projects:  For Distinctive Residential projects with budgets less than $300,000
  • Kitchen/Bath:  For exceptional projects limited to kitchens or baths
  • Details:  for exceptional details
  • Multifamily Housing:  As defined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), means a project which consists of not less than five (5) dwelling units on one (1) site, each such unit providing complete living facilities including provisions for cooking, eating, and sanitation within the unit and which is not now covered by a mortgage insured or held by the Secretary.

Projects may be submitted in one category only.

Projects will be considered on their own merits regardless of size, cost, or scope as well as on a sound comparative basis. The jury’s decisions will be final.


FRAMEWORK FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE

At its October 2019 meeting, the AIA|DC Board of Directors formally adopted the AIA Framework for Design Excellence as criteria for AIA|DC Awards Programs. Questions concerning each of these 10 measures are included in the online submission. 

The purpose of Framework is to highlight climate action as a critically urgent topic for society, and the role architects play as influences for impactful change. The Framework will help facilitate conversations with clients and the communities we serve, and set meaningful goals and targeted outcomes.  As required by the Board, the jury will be instructed to give great weight to information provided for these measures.

The Framework includes ten measures which are grouped into three categories for ease of explanation and use by the jury. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability for each project you submit. 

Award entrants must download and fill out this template to address the Framework and attach it to their PDF upload. Each question allows for a 150-word narrative that explains how specific measures apply to your project.  If a question is not applicable to your project, please enter NA. The questions are:

  • Design Narrative: How does this project address Design for Integration, Wellbeing, and Discovery?
     
  • Community Engagement: How does this project address Design for Equitable Communities and Economy?
     
  • Sustainability and Resilience: How does this project address Design for Ecosystems, Water, Energy, Resources, and Change?

JURY

The jury shall be composed of three persons in the fields of design and architecture, and each shall be well qualified in his/her own right. The jury shall be selected and approved by the AIA|DC Executive Committee. The composition of each jury is at the Chapter’s discretion and shall not be subject to review. The jury shall have the sole authority to determine whether and how many awards shall be awarded.


WINNER REQUIREMENTS

The judging shall take place on Thursday, July 11, 2022. Most of the winning projects will be featured in an issue of Washingtonian with a short article and photographs of the projects. Certificates will be presented to the winners. All winners will also appear in the an issue of ArchitectureDC  Magazine and be part of an exhibit in the SIGAL and/or Suman Sorg Galleries of the District Architecture Center. 


RELEASES

The submitting architect shall clear all photographs and drawings for unrestricted release and reproduction in connection with publicity and publication related to the awards program. By submitting the project, the submitting architect represents and warrants that such releases have been obtained. All images and descriptive materials submitted must not be restricted against publication or any other form of publicity. While the name of the photographer will be mentioned anywhere the photo is shown, issued or displayed, the submitting architect is responsible for any royalties, copyrights or photography fees.


CREDIT

The submitting architect must be a member of the design team for the project, though not necessarily the head of the team. When one architect is not the sole author, all other participants substantially contributing to the design of the project must be given credit as part of the submission and be notified and agree to the presentation prior to the submission, regardless of professional discipline. It is incumbent upon the submitting architect to provide a complete list of all participants substantially contributing to the design of a project. By submitting a project for consideration, the submitting architecture presents and warrants to AIA|DC that he or she has provided a complete list. Failure to provide a complete list may result in disqualification and/or a referral of the matter to the appropriate ethics body of the national office of the AIA. AIA|DC accepts no responsibility for incomplete lists. Interested persons are referred to AIA|DC’s “Awards Credits Policies,” copies of which may be obtained by contacting AIA|DC.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:00PM on June 1, 2022. Binders, disks or other forms of entry will not be accepted.

If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a late fee of $95 will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

 

Names, logos or other identifying marks that identify the design team in other areas of the images or project name/description may be cause for disqualification. 


SUBMISSION PROCESS

The submission process is entirely online.  You will be asked many required questions about people on the team, the photographer, the completion date etc.  Following those questions you will have the opportunity to upload an image file. The file must be a PDF of 6MB or less. Files may incorporate multiple pages. Pages may include photographs, drawings, sketches and/or text.

Names, logos or other identifying marks that identify the design team in other areas of the images or project name/description may be cause for disqualification. 


Fees:

 

AIA|DC members

Other AIA members

Non-members

General

$160

$185

$250

Multifamily Housing

$160

$185

$250

Small Projects

$135

$185

$250

Kitchen/Bath

$135

$185

$250

Details

$135

$185

$250

The Champlain Tower Collapse: Analysis and Lessons Learned for Professional Design Firms

  • Date

    Tuesday, May 17 2022

  • Time

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This hour-long webinar will focus on events occurring before and after the collapse of the Champlain Towers in Florida. While the official review and forensic report is still ongoing and has not been published yet, the webinar will look at possible causes of the collapse that can be clearly seen by an examination of public documents that are available on the Surfside website.

  • What do we as professionals anticipate will be the impacts to our industry from a legal, professional, and public perspective?
  • How do we as professionals foresee this tragedy affecting our current and future operations?
  • What lessons can we learn personally and professionally?

Although the program is listed as “intermediate” level, it could also be listed as “introductory” or even as “advanced" such is the broad-spectrum appeal and importance of the topic in risk and practice management. The discussion is followed by 30-minute Q&A with the panelists.


Moderator:

Glenn Birx, FAIA, LEED AP | Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects & Planners

Panelists:

Dan McKelvey, AIA | Principal, Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners

James F. Lee, Jr., Esq. | Lee/Shoemaker PLLC


Organized/Sponsored by: AIA Trust