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The Protocols of Construction: Submittals and Shop Drawings

In prior articles we addressed the protocols for documenting the contract and RFIs. Once construction phase services begin, and the architect is reviewing the contractor’s submittals, the importance of implementing protocols remains critical.

10/20/2020 | [email protected] 

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Maria Fernanda Farieta Recognized as Emerging Leader

Maria Fernanda Farieta, Associate AIA, was honored during the 2020 AIAPV Design + Leadership Awards on October 15 as the winner of AIAPV's 2020 Emerging Leader award.

10/19/2020 | [email protected] 

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AIAPV Member Melissa Daniel, Associate AIA is Host of Podcast Series "Architecture Is Political"

AIAPV member and Architectural Designer Melissa Daniel is the creator and host of the growing podcast series Architecture is Political.

09/27/2020 | [email protected] 

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Celebrate Design 2017 - AIAPV Design Awards Celebration

October 19, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Celebrate Design 2017
 on Thursday, October 19 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, will be the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter’s biggest event of the year, highly anticipated as an opportunity for architects to network with professional peers and celebrate the best work of our members and our region, with the presentation of our Excellence in Design Awards and the Paul H. Kea Medal. This celebration will bring together urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, builders, policymakers, elected officials, design professionals, artists and interested community members from across Montgomery County and the region.

Celebrate Design 2017 will be co-hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department, which will present its annual Design Excellence Awards at the event. Last year’s Celebrate Design 2016 achieved record attendance with an engaged crowd of over 200 design-related professionals, non-profit and government leaders, and elected officials. 


6:30 – 7:30pm
Opening Cocktail Reception + Networking 

7:30 – 9:00pm 

  • Featured Speaker Jeffrey S. Abramson, The Tower Companies
  • Building Community: Reimagining the Blairs
  • Presentation of the Montgomery County Planning Department's Design Excellence Awards
  • Presentation of the AIA Potomac Valley Kea Medal and Excellence in Design Awards

9:00 – 9:30pm
Dessert Reception

Parking is available at the Town Square Garage with entrances on Ellsworth Avenue & Roeder Road. Rate: $1.00 per hour; after 7pm is Free

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey S. Abramson | Partner, The Tower Companies

Jeffrey Abramson is a partner in The Tower Companies, an award-winning, family-owned real estate development company headquartered in Rockville, MD, and recognized green building leader. He is the driving force behind the company’s well-known sustainability success. Jeffrey’s leadership and passion has been recognized and awarded by many organizations including the State of Maryland, Natural Resources Defense Council, District of Columbia Mayor’s Office, Sustainability Roundtable, Aspen Institute, United States Green Building Council, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Washington Business Journal. Read more

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from Celebrate Design 2016.


LIVE. WORK. PLAY. What would be your favorite place to stay?
Voting for AIA Potomac Valley project entries closes October 16

We invite you to vote for your favorite project submitted to AIA Potomac Valley’s 2017 Excellence in Design Awards. Categories of projects include institutional, commercial, residential, renovations, interior and unbuilt architecture, as well as urban design and master planning. Only one vote across all categories is permitted. The projects receiving the highest number of votes – one Residential and one Non-Residential – will receive a People’s Choice Award in the form of a certificate. All Winners (Professional program and People's Choice) will be announced at the Celebrate Design 2017 gala on October 19.

Visit the 2017 AIAPV Design Award Entries Gallery and vote now!

Special Thanks to our Celebrate Design 2017 Sponsors 






Interested in sponsorship of our design awards celebration? Join 200 architects, developers, planners and others for the joint celebration of AIAPV Design Awards and the Montgomery County Design Excellence Award. Sponsorships start at only $250! To sign up, Click here

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$35.00 General Admission - AIAPV Chapter Member

$35.00 General Admission - Other

$400.00 AIAPV Member Table of 10 - Includes Table Sponsor Signage - Limited Availability!

$400.00 Guest Table of 10 - Includes Table Sponsor Signage - Limited Availability!

$400.00 AIAPV Member Table of 10 - Includes Table Sponsor Signage - Limited Availability!



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