Capital Curiosities: Photography Exhibition—Call for Entries Extended

The District of Columbia and surrounding region is a bubble of curiosities. Rediscover the city’s past and present with an inquisitive eye as you seek out the majestic, surprising, and unfamiliar. Stimulate the imagination—paint pictures on the wonders of architecture in the National Capital Region.


What are we looking for?

This presentation seeks artistic photographs with unique perspectives and/or storytelling attributes. Genres can include abstract, documentary, fine art, landscape, or street—all with emphasis on architectural wonderment. Submit color, black and white, or other output.

20 to 30 photographs will be selected for exhibition at the District Architecture Center or up to seven (7) photographers with one or more photographs each, depending on the number of submissions and exhibition space. Final selection is the sole discretion of the jury.


Eligibility

Eligible applicants include professional, non-professional, and student photographers living in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia.


Juror

Austin Graff Juror

Austin Graff

Austin Graff is a social media consultant, writer and travel guide. He’s the founder of Curiosity & Connection, a consultancy based in D.C. He’s currently a contributing writer with The Washington Post, the By The Way’s D.C. local guide and one of the co-leaders of IGDC, D.C.’s first Instagram community.


Accolades

Best in Show, Runner-up, and Honorable Mention will be selected by the jury and recognized in the exhibition after the opening reception. Selections will also be featured in the fall edition of ArchitectureDC.


Submission Requirements

  • Five (5) total entries per applicant; up to three (3) photographs minimum with two (2) optional, additional entries.
  • Submit one (1) 8.5 in. x 11 in. PDF no larger than 6MB via the entry platform.
  • Include one (1) page with the following information:
    • Applicant’s name;
    • Applicant’s address in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia
    • Category such as professional, non-professional, or student;
    • Email and phone number;
    • Bio of 100 words or less;
    • Website and/or Instagram handle.
  • Include additional pages with one (1) photograph on each page; note the photograph’s title and year the photograph was taken—do not identify photographer’s name on pages with photographs. Optional: include a description of fifty (50) words or less below the title and year of each photograph.
  • Do not embed text directly into/on top of photographs.

Terms & Conditions

 

  • Photographers, hereafter applicants, must by 18 years or older.
  • Applicants must live in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
  • Photographs must be authored by the applicant—no entries on another person’s behalf.
  • No restriction on date/year the photos were taken.
  • Photographs must be taken within the boundaries of the National Capital Region with preference in the District of Columbia.
  • If selected, photographs must be delivered *installation ready* to the District Architecture Center; applicants are responsible for matting, framing, and wiring/d-rings.
  • Applicants are responsible for pick-up at the District Architecture Center after the exhibition closes; date and time to be coordinated later with AIA|DC/WAF.
  • Photographs may be framed up to 16 in. x 20 in. for exhibition.
  • Applicants—acting on their own behalf—may sell their framed photographs during exhibition, but framed photographs must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition. AIA|DC/WAF will not handle sales.
  • Photographs will be on view at the District Architecture Center for approximately three (3) months.
  • For exhibition, AIA|DC/WAF will publish the applicant’s name, category, bio, website and/or Instagram handle (if applicable), and title, year, and description (if applicable) of each photograph associated with the applicant.
  • AIA|DC/WAF will not publish personal contact information.
  • The District Architecture Center has limited security systems in place for the purpose of exhibition and does not employ the use of gallery representatives to guard displays or monitor exhibitions.
  • AIA|DC/WAF does not insure property on display for the purpose of exhibition at the District Architecture Center.

DEADLINE: 2022 DAC Leadership Series Call for Proposals

  • Date

    Monday, May 09 2022

  • Time

    5:00pm

The DAC Leadership Series empowers mid-career professionals to take the next step in their careers, which often means new levels of leadership responsibilities. The goal of the series is to offer a variety of presentations from purely inspirational discussions to hard-core training sessions by showcasing presentations from the best and brightest of our membership and beyond. 


The theme of this year’s series is Promoting Diverse and Equitable Leadership. The profession is undergoing significant changes from all directions and needs leaders with the ability to respond. How can organizations and their leadership become more diverse and equitable?

Examples of topics include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Define diversity in leadership with an equity lens.
  • Creating a safe space for colleagues to openly discuss issues/conflict
  • Identify active ways to develop leadership skills and define their benefits to project teams.
  • Explore the cultural shifts of recent years and their impacts on future firm leaders.
  • Define inclusive vocabulary of diverse leadership.

Submission Requirements:

Presentations must be 90 minutes in length, including Q&A.

The form requires the following information:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Description of How the Session Serves Mid-Career Architects
  • Four Learning Objectives
  • Speaker Biographies and Contact Information
  • Optional: Photo for Advertising

Please save a copy of your proposal information for your records.

You are welcome to submit multiple proposals. Please submit one proposal form for each presentation.ACEL: Architects Coaching and Empowering Leaders

Healthy Building Certifications: Distinctions & Applicability

  • Date

    Tuesday, April 26 2022

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location

    Gensler

The Design + Wellbeing Committee is hosting an overview of four certifications: Fitwel, WELL, Living Building Challenge, and the wellness aspects of LEED. Following the overview, attendees will work in small groups to evaluate different client/architect scenarios to brainstorm the effectiveness and feasibility of each health certification program.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the goals of the WELL Building Standard, Fitwel, Living Building Challenge, and LEED.
  • Discuss methods of planning for wellness, equity, and flexibility to build innovative spaces.
  • Examine the importance of designing buildings that support health, wellness, and collaboration to improve occupant well-being and satisfaction.
  • Discuss the challenges to certification under these systems.

Presented by:

Paladino


Organized by:

AIA|DC Design + Wellbeing Committee

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Lunchtime Learning: Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Materials – Risks, Regulatory Requirements, and Methods for Evaluating Compliance

  • Date

    Friday, April 29 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

In this presentation, the participants will learn about the potential fire hazards associated with using combustible materials in exterior wall assemblies, review the building code requirements to minimize this risk by learning about the basics of NFPA 285 and the code application to combustible materials, followed by a review of how we assess compliance of exterior wall assemblies with NFPA 285.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the potential hazards associated with combustible materials used in exterior wall assemblies citing historical fire losses.
  • Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the NFPA 285 fire test standard used to evaluate the combustibility of exterior wall assemblies in the US.
  • Participants will understand the relevant applicable building code requirements for designing and specifying compliant exterior wall assemblies.
  • Methods will be presented enabling design professionals to understand how we demonstrate compliance of designed/specified exterior wall assemblies using engineering judgment analyses and appropriate technical justifications.

Presented by:

Arthur Parker, PE

Sr. Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes


Organized by:

Jensen Hughes

Lunchtime Learning: Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors

  • Date

    Wednesday, May 04 2022

  • 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 A. McGrath, Assoc. AIA, CSI

Architectural Project Manager, Metro DC, Marvin


Organized by:

Marvin Windows and Doors

Immigrant Architects: Your Path to Leadership

  • Date

    Tuesday, April 26 2022

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Location

    Webinar

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

This candid discussion sheds light on industry leaders who dared to migrate, leaving family and friends behind in pursuit of the American Dream. From schooling, hiring, sponsorship, cultural and language changes, each of our distinguished panelists share these encountered challenges and resilient stories of their paths to success.

Join the Immigrants Architects Coalition as they teach and empower the next generation of leaders, working together toward a more equitable profession.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the career dynamics that can affect immigrant professional growth.

  • Grow a prosperous career through this discourse and the resources provided.

  • Discover different migration options available to architects and how to approach these topics at work.

  • Envision the future of a more equitable architecture profession and celebrate diversity in leadership.


Presented by:

The Immigrant Architects Coalition

Yu-Ngok Lo, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal, YNL Architects

Yu-Ngok Lo, FAIA, CDT, LEED AP is the founding principal of YNL Architects, Inc. His projects received numerous design awards including the AIA California Urban Design Award, NAHB Best of American Living Award, AIA Miami Interior Architecture Honor Award, AIA Orange County Inspire Awards,  AIA Long Beach / South Bay Design Awards, AIA Inland California Design Awards, Gold Nugget Awards, etc. His work is also published at various media such as ArchDaily, Hinge Magazine, CONDE Taiwan, CommArch Magazine, and Hospitality-Interiors Magazine. Yu-Ngok is a recipient of the NAHB Young Professional Award, AIBD Designer of the Year, AIA Presidential Citation, AIA National Young Architects Award, BD+C 40 Under 40, ENR 20 Under 40, and AIA California Young Architect Award. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2020.

Graciela Carrillo, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Manager, Nassau BOCES Facilities Services

Originally from Colombia, Graciela Carrillo, AIA, immigrated to the United States in 2003. She works at Nassau BOCES Facilities Services as a Senior Manager where she is in charge of coordinating school’s capital and operational projects serving Nassau County school districts.

Graciela has committed almost a decade of volunteer leadership service to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Currently, Graciela is serving as AIA New York State representative for the AIA National Strategic Council, the Past President of the AIA Long Island Chapter, and the Chapter’s Women In Architecture Founder and Co-Chair. Graciela is also the Co-Founder of the Immigrant Architects Coalition, a group committed to helping and providing resources for immigrant architects to achieve a prosperous career in the US. In 2019, Graciela was the recipient of the AIA NYS Young Architect Award and in 2021 she was an honoree of the Top 50 Women in Business in Long Island. Last year, Graciela founded the Powerful Speeches platform in an effort to champion women architects, to promote, advance, and elevate women in our profession. In 2022, Graciela was a recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award.

Shahad Sadeq

Architectural Designer, SmithGroup

Shahad Niyazi Sadeq is the Executive Director at AIA Springfield chapter and architectural designer. She is passionate about amplifying diverse voices in the profession and developing sustainable workplace culture. Shahad continues to exist at the intersection of architecture and advocacy. Her experience, as previous JEDI board member at Smithgroup , Co-founder of both EDI task force at AIA Dallas and Equity in Architecture Committee at AIA Kansas City and current cofounder/co-leader of Immigrant Architect Coalition, has equipped her with the skills and insight to communicate, educate and engage strategically with advancing holistic policy that deliver efficient growth of potential in the workplace.


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:

YUZO Design

Lunchtime Learning: How to Design a Multifamily Building that Delivers Tenants’ #1 Requested Amenity

  • Date

    Friday, May 06 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

The National Multifamily Housing Council’s 2022 Renters’ Preferences Survey determined that reliable cell phone service ranked as the #1 community amenity desired by renters.   Why is that a design concern for architects? 

Because the use of eco-friendly building materials, especially low-e glass, can have a substantial impact on how much cell signal and Public Safety DAS radio signal will be available inside of a building.

In this session, Adam Rubey, principal at Illuminati Labs, will explain how cell signal (phone, text, IoT, data) and Public Safety radio signal (the frequencies required for use by police, fire and other emergency responders) are not only vital to the safety and wellbeing of a building’s occupants but also play a critical role in how well the building’s “smart” functions perform. 

Through simple analogies, he will decipher the basics of how a cellular repeater system works and explain how planning for an efficient in-building cellular repeater or DAS system at the design stage can mitigate signal loss while saving the client time and money. 

Illuminati Labs is an industry-leading cellular repeater firm, having designed, installed and “lit up” cell and public safety DAS signal in tens of millions of square feet of multifamily dwellings, commercial offices, hospitals, campuses, retail and industrial spaces across the USA and even across the pond in Manchester, England.  


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe why using eco-friendly materials for LEED certification will affect public safety radio and cellular signals inside the building.
  • Identify the safety and wellness consequences of blocked cell and RF signals for building occupants and building smart systems efficiency.
  • Explain why first responders such as fire, ambulance, and police are required by life safety code to have a separate communications network and how to ensure the building design allows for compliance
  • Discuss the money-saving benefits of addressing cell coverage during the early design phases.
  • Plan for maximizing the comfort and safety of all building occupants with increased cell coverage provided by “carrier agnostic” in-building cell repeaters and DAS systems.

Presented by:

Adam Rubey, Principal, Illuminati Labs

Adam is a founding principal at Illuminati Labs and a serial entrepreneur by trade. Over the course of Adam's distinguished career, he has established himself as one of the nation’s most knowledgeable and trusted consultants in the low voltage industry.   He's driven by a strong sense of integrity and persistence to see every job through to a successful end.  

As a self-proclaimed “Collector of Happy Clients,” Adam's unrelenting efforts toward customer satisfaction has helped Illuminati Labs become the best-in-class solution for projects of every size and complexity, including the million-square-foot Flagler Hospital campus, the 72-story Jersey City Urby by Ironstate, five acres of outdoor retail at Santana Row in San Jose, CA and countless multifamily high-rises for AMLI, Greystar, Grubb and many more of the country’s top developers. 

In his free time, Adam enjoys painting, fly-fishing and driving obscenely fast cars. He lives in Boulder with his wife, their amazing daughter and an ever-expanding menagerie of Great Danes.


Organized by:

Illuminati Labs

Lunchtime Learning: As-Built Surveying; Best Practices for Field Measurements from Traditional Methods to 3D Laser Technology

  • Date

    Wednesday, May 11 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

This class is a demonstration of how to procure a proper set of As-Built Plans when needed for any structure. It will briefly cover the reasons they are needed, technique in obtaining information onsite, and finally the drafting in CAD or modeling in Revit to suit your design needs.


Learning Objectives:

  • We'll learn a few ways to begin a project by determining if As-Builts are needed. We'll discuss the scope of work from an As-Built-only perspective and how that will help achieve different goals, including design of a safe and healthy interior and/or exterior, to give you a head-start on creating design elements, construction documents, and obtaining permits.
  • We will run through some "traditional" but also fundamental methods to obtain As-Built Plans for all levels of scope. Getting to know the house through measuring it is critical to structural and construction accuracy, and therefore to the safety of an architect's design.
  • We will observe new methods for gathering data onsite such as Lidar Scanning and 3D Photogrammetry. We will discuss the relative strengths of each method so architects will be able to assess which one will best contribute to the overall mission of designing a safe and functional space.
  • We will learn how to put down our collected data into both AutoCAD & Revit.

Presented by:

Justin Yotter, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Precision Property Measurements

From the DC metro area, Justin supports the East Coast clients (architects, designers, construction professionals, and homeowners) in the preparation for the remodeling process with quality estimating, project management, and surveying skills. From his more than 16 years of experience in the industry, working on many aspects of the AEC industry, he knows the importance of accurate As-Built plans on every project, and he’s passionate about providing a service that will change the remodeling process. In this course, he’ll use his expertise to share best practices for gathering field measurements using the latest 3D laser scanning technology, and traditional means.

When Justin isn’t hard at work supporting his clients, you can find him fishing, working on classic cars, and spending time with his family.


Organized by:

Precision Property Measurements

John Eaton Elementary School Modernization: Seminar & Building Tour

John Eaton Elementary school is a thriving, diverse, outwardly focused school community in the Cleveland Park Historic neighborhood. This charming historic campus reopened to students last summer after a full modernization which updated the aging facility to meet 21st century educational standards. This program will include a 20min seminar followed by a tour of the modernized facility.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe a strategy of local government agencies for modernizing an extensive portfolio of education facilities.
  • Identify strategies for a broad and multi-layered community stakeholder engagement process.
  • Summarize the public approvals process necessary to modernize an Historic School Building in the District including the Mayor’s Agent Review process.
  • Explore how the unique culture of a particular school can be articulated and celebrated through themed interiors and public art commissions.

Presented by:

Janice Szymanski, Department of General Services

Chris Ambridge, cox graae + spack architects

Julianna Von Zumbusch, cox graae + spack architects

Janice Szymanski manages the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Modernization Portfolio on the DGS Capital Construction Services Division. Prior to this role Janice was the Director of Facility Planning & Design at DCPS. She was integrally involved in the modernization of Eaton Elementary School in both roles.

Chris Ambridge is a Principal at cg+s architects and was lead designer and project manager for the modernization.

Julianna Von Zumbusch is an Associate at cg+s architects and was the project architect for the modernization.


Organized by:

AIA|DC Committee on Architecture for Education

Designing for Universities and Colleges: CUA Conway School of Nursing

The Conway School of Nursing is a new nursing and sciences building at the Catholic University of America. It was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Ayers Saint Gross.

The 102,000 square foot facility will double the size of the existing school, and provide clinical examination training labs, instructional support spaces, specialty labs and classrooms, administrative offices, and an auditorium. The architect will discuss the strategies involved in creating an innovative and modern university sciences school, and the unique challenges and opportunities with building on urban campus in the nation's capital.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the design strategies used to produce a university professional school that supports clinical learning environments, care and exam training spaces, classrooms, and common areas.

  • Describe the analyses and strategies involved in designing an expanded, state-of-the art nursing education facility in a prominent location on a Gothic campus

  • Discuss the coordination and collaboration among design team members from concept design through construction documentation.


Presented by:

Kevin Smith, AIA

Kevin Smith is a Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York. He has been responsible for the design and management of a broad range of institutional, commercial, and recreational projects. He is a co-author of Designs for Learning: College and University Buildings by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (New York: Monacelli, 2016).

Mr. Smith has worked on a number of academic projects throughout the country. His work has continually advanced the design of learning environments and student residences, while defly enhancing the fabric of the campuses of which they're a part. His work on professional schools include Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the University of Georgia's Terry Business School, and the Kohler Environmental Center, a net-zero student residence at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.


Organized by:

AIA|DC Committee on Architecture for Education


Sponsored by:

Spartan Surfaces

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