Potomac Valley Architect - March 22, 2017 

Chapter News

So, Are You Thinking to Serve?

By Antonio Rebelo, AIA
2017 President-Elect 

Many of us have thought on one occasion or another to serve on a Board. It is a natural desire for someone that belongs to an association or a group to eventually want to go a step further and participate in a greater capacity beyond being a member. Some of us have joined various committees and even boards when in school (such as the AIAS for example), or throughout our lives since school, and many of us have been exposed to boards in one way or another just by showing up and occasionally participating at member or community meetings with various groups or interests surrounding our private and professional lives.

Yet, some of us have never been exposed to this level of leadership and are simply curious about what is like serving on a board. If that is the case with you, this article is for you. An excellent workshop that I attended this month during Grassroots 2017, the annual American Institute of Architects leadership conference, entitled “Board Responsibilities in Governance” by Bob Harris, CAE, was the highlight of that terrific three-day conference for me. It inspired me to share with you some observations of what it means to serve on a Board and some of the unique aspects associated with governing a volunteer, membership organization such as our AIA Potomac Valley Chapter. 

The reasons for wanting to eventually serve on a Board differ from person to person. Read more . . .

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Education and Events


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 PM - Miele Tyson's Corner

Richard Nordin of Access Lifts will offer design advice and tools to equip architects in the planning, specifying and installation of new technologies that support universal design as an inclusive solution for residential projects. This continuing education seminar will enhance participants' understanding of current practices and provide the opportunity to experience the new Miele showroom experiential center for residential clients. Organized by AIA Northern Virginia for the Capital Area CRAN Committee (Custom Residential Architects Network).


Friday, March 31, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 AM - Porcelanosa Rockville

Santiago Manent of Porcelanosa will teach this course to help architects understand how tile is made, the different types of tile products available and the advantages they provide over other surface finishes, with an eye toward specifying the correct materials and avoiding problems with tile and stone installations. A Small Practice Group program open to all.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (rescheduled from March 14)
6:00 - 7:30 PM - McInturff Architects

Mark McInturff, FAIA will discuss how his eight-person firm known for highly-crafted contemporary design for residential, commercial, and small institutional projects, has remained small over time, while developing into a practice that covers a large range of project sizes. 1 LU/HSW Important Note: This is a standing room only event with only a few chairs available. Spaces are not accessible or ADA compliant; there are many stairs to climb.


Join us for the AIAPV/PVAF 5th Annual Golf Outing to raise funds for scholarships and architecture education in our area. Not only is this a great cause, it's a great day of fun and networking with others in the Metro design and construction industry! Thanks to our lead sponsor, Ernest Maier, all proceeds are tax-deductible and go directly to the scholarship fund of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation. There are three ways to participate:

  1. Register to golf - either as an individual or with a foursome; proceeds from golf registration, contest fees and raffle tickets all go to the scholarship fund
  2. Register as a spectator - cheer golfers on the last leg of the course, enjoy the awards luncheon, and enter to win great gifts at the raffle; proceeds from your lunch and raffle tickets all go to the scholarship fund
  3. Make a donation - you can directly support our scholarship fund, whether you participate in the golf outing or not!


SAVE THE DATE - may 13

"Ground. Sustain. Blossom." Site-Specific Dance at LEAFHouse
Choreographer Chelsea Boyd Brown's collaborative project explores the idea of sustainable structures in our relationships, our anatomy, our homes, and our planet. During the performance, audience members will be led on an experience around and through LEAFHouse. Three performances will be presented on Saturday, May 13 - tickets on sale soon!

Check our Calendar for more events.

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Around the Region


Want to lead a seminar or tour at the 12th annual DesignDC conference October 3-5? Submit a proposal! The 2017 theme is Rooted in Resilience. DesignDC 2017 will look at how the region has achieved resiliency and how architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, and developers can be leaders in advocating for resiliency. Washington, DC has been named one of the 100 Resilient Cities of the world by the Rockefeller Foundation. Call for Proposals - Deadline March 23, 2017

"Women Shaping Space in the Mid-Atlantic" call for submissions - deadline march 31

A slide presentation of regional women architects' work will be displayed at the AIA Women's Leadership Summit (AIA WLS) in Washington, DC, September 17-19, 2017. AIA Potomac Valley is a co-host of the AIA WLS with AIA Northern Virginia and other AIA chapters in Virginia and Maryland. Check the submission guidelines for "Women Shaping Space in the Mid-Atlantic" at Deadline is March 31.

North End School


During the month of April, AIA Baltimore's "Early Women of Architecture in Maryland" exhibit will be on display in the Greenbelt Community Center (15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770). A free talk on one of these pioneers, Victorine Du Pont Homsey, FAIA (1900-1998), will be presented by Jillian Storms, AIA, on Thursday April 20 at 7:30 PM as part of the Greenbelt Museum's quarterly lecture series. Read More

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A '17- Conference on Architecture

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Dr. Eve Edelstein, Assoc. AIA - Day 2 Keynote

Dr. Eve Edelstein, Assoc. AIA, F-AAA, is the research director of Perkins+Will's Human Experience lab. Her research investigates how people react to the spaces around them. And what she's finding is challenging some of our long-held beliefs about design. Learn what her fascinating research means for the future of design during our Day 2 keynote, Anticipate Challenge: Design That Overcomes. She joins David Delgado, Dan Goods, and moderator Michael Bierut for an exciting conversation that showcases creative new ways to solve problems at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture.

Check out the full schedule, including three days of exciting keynote presentations, educational seminars, networking events and the 170,000 square-foot Architecture Expo. Register today - early bird discounts end March 29!

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Job Board

Senior Architect 7-10Yrs Experience
Mar. 14, 2017

Leo A Daly

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Architect 4-6 Yrs Experience
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Project Architect-Construction Admin Specialist
Feb. 28, 2017

Grimm + Parker Architects

Project Architect-Construction Administration Specialist Grimm + Parker Architects is a diverse gro...

Intern Architect
Feb. 22, 2017

OLBN, Inc.

A small, established architectural firm with varying project types is looking for versatile and moti...

Feb. 22, 2017

OLBN, Inc.

A small, established architectural firm with varying project types is looking for versatile and moti...



Live/Work 1935 Firehouse Listing in Glen Echo
Mar. 6, 2017

Aaron Hirsch

2 Vassar Circle. A fantastic live/work adaptive reuse opportunity for an architect with a small offi...


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