We welcome our new, returning and transferring members!

Gabrielle A. Enguillado, Assoc. AIA
Brian M. Flynn, AIA
Deidra N. Jappa, Assoc. AIA
Christie D. Melgar, Assoc. AIA
Robert D. Regazzoni, AIA

We welcome our new and returning Allied Members and Annual Partners!

Marie White: APCO Graphics, Inc. – Allied Member

Not a member? Joining AIA is one of the best investments you'll make for your business and in your career. Sign up now for 2020!

AIAPV strongly denounces acts of violence, especially the disproportionate violence inflicted upon people of color, and states unequivocally that Black Lives Matter. We fully support and share the AIAs efforts to champion equity, diversity, and inclusion, not only in the profession of architecture, but also in our communities and the world at large. 

—AIA Potomac Valley Board of Directors


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Support the work of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation with a tax-deductible donation! You can also show your support by designating PVAF as your charity through AmazonSmile by clicking the logo below and the Foundation will receive 0.5% of every purchase you make.


ANNUAL PARTNERS

GOLD PARTNER

Ernest Maier


SILVER PARTNER


CRAN PARTNER

TW Perry

SOCIAL EVENT PARTNER

BRONZE PARTNER

Finecraft Building Contractors, Inc.


ARCHITECTURE FIRM PARTNER



OUR MISSION

To provide leadership, communication, education, and advocacy in support of Architects and their constituencies in the Potomac Valley region.

Newsletter

Potomac Valley Architect - December 2, 2020 

Chapter News

SAFE ENVIRONMENTS PILOT PROGRAM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immeasurable impact on our communities, not least of which, a lack of confidence in the safety of our community outreach centers, businesses, schools, and modes of transit necessary for returning to work and school. The presence of airborne and surface pathogens outside the home is creating fear and uncertainty throughout the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (the DMV) population over whether our environments are safe. The question is, how do we begin to address the issue and facilitate a safe return to these vital spaces?

Connected DMV, an initiatives-based, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that works with regional organizations across the DMV, has kicked off a Safe Environments pilot program in order to instill public confidence in the health and safety of where we live, work and play. Connected DMV’s mission is to drive ongoing improvements to social, digital, and physical infrastructure and focuses on initiatives that span local jurisdictions and require public-private-academia-community collaboration to best achieve the dual objectives of enduring economic health and social equity.

In partnership with cutting-edge solution providers, Connected DMV is leveraging innovations in UV lighting, HVAC systems, surface coatings, and diagnostics to restore confidence in the health safety environments of critical facilities, community centers and transportation systems. As the initiative leader, Connected DMV is coordinating the identification of pilot locations, arranging for the evaluation of deployment sites, facilitating and seeking grant funding for the sites, overseeing the installation of solutions, evaluating the efficacy of the mitigation technology and telling the story of the efforts so that residents can develop greater confidence in the safety of our community. 

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DCNOMA SURVEY FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN DESIGN AND PRACTICE

If you aren’t already aware, DC NOMA’s Call to Action Task Force for Racial Justice in Design and Practice is challenging us to take action! Please click on the link and take a few minutes to respond to the survey which is totally anonymous. Your answers will help them gauge the impact of systemic racism and cultural biases within the profession. The questions will ask about DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY, and JUSTICE.

Please take a moment to respond!

TAKE THE SURVEY



      

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For & About Members

AIAPV MEMBER FIRM DIRECTORY

Is your firm’s profile up-to-date in the AIAPV Directory? AIA Potomac Valley has a searchable member directory on its website which provides the ability to search by Member Name and Company as well as by Areas of Practice and Specialties through use of the filter options. Those who seek to hire an architect in a specific practice area or specialty can search our database of chapter firms and find one that meets their particular and unique needs. All firm information is populated in the designated firm contact person's profile only—ideally the principal or owner of the firm.

Before the new year, now is a good time to review your firm's profile and make updates. You can send update requests to Pam Rich at [email protected] or complete the survey at the link below.

COMPLETE FIRM SURVEY


GET THE NEW 2020 AIA FIRM SURVEY REPORT FOR FREE!

The AIA Firm Survey Report is the only report that covers the full complexity of firms that power the architecture and design profession. This year, AIA is making the new 2020 edition available for free.

With data from nearly 1,000 firms, this essential resource includes metrics to measure practice, evaluate performance, and set strategy. You’ll discover trends in firm billings and finances, construction sectors served, international work, and practice and technology. See how your firm compares.

GET THE AIA FIRM SURVEY REPORT 2020


TOUR (VIRTUALLY) A CONTEMPORARY 2-STORY ADDITION & WHOLE-HOUSE RENOVATION IN TENLEY TOWN, DC

Discover the details of this recently completed, 2-story rear addition and whole-house renovation project in this virtual tour of a 1950’s Washington, DC house. In this Google 360 Virtual Tour, you’ll be able to walk through this newly-renovated house and find out what tiles were selected, what brand the appliances are, what kind of finish was applied to the wood floor, and much more!

TAKE THE TOUR

FineCraft Contractors is an Annual Partner of AIA Potomac Valley




ARCHITECTS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS NOW OPEN!

Do you know any aspiring architects? Encourage them to apply for an Architects Foundation scholarship by January 15! Help us empower the next generation of architects.

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TW PERRY TO BE ACQUIRED BY BMC

TW Perry is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to be acquired by BMC. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Until the purchase is finalized, TW Perry and BMC will continue to operate as separate companies. TW Perry is the preferred choice for Custom Homebuilders, Remodeling professionals, and Deck Builders in the Washington DC Metro area. TW Perry will continue to operate as TW Perry for the foreseeable future, but with the enhanced resources and purchasing power that can be leveraged as part of the BMC family.

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TW Perry is an Annual Partner of AIA Potomac Valley


BEST PRACTICE: MARKETING PLANS SPUR NEW FIRM GROWTH

Well-developed marketing plans and analyses help new architecture firms complete the most critical business task: getting work. This best practice includes a marketing plan outline and sample market analysis, which are beneficial to a firm’s success by identifying and analyzing a firm’s markets, capabilities, organizational structure, and more.

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Education & Events

We are scheduling virtual programs with our allied partners. AIA Providers who have approved live or on-demand course presentations are asked to consider partnering with us to share your courses and engage with our architect members through chapter sponsorship, thereby gaining more exposure for your products and services. Click here to learn more about the various levels of opportunities available. Questions? Contact Sue Presti at [email protected] or (571) 432-8154.


CRAN VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES

December 2 & 16
1:00 - 2:30 PM | Online; Available through AIAU

CRAN, (Custom Residential Architects Network Knowledge Community), is excited to share these sessions with you as we each look to advance our practices in this challenging and evolving environment. The CRAN® Virtual Seminar Series consists of six webinars, two sessions a month through December 2020, focusing on timely topics including working in the COVID-19 environment, social equity, and sustainability. The series was created to offer an interesting, informative, and topical set of online presentations in place of the in-person Symposium, which was to be held in Miami, FL in October 2020. Below are the final two webinars that will finish out the series.

SOLID RESILIENCE
Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM | 1 LU/HSW
Learn more and register

DESIGN BUILD BLUFF
Wednesday, December 16 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM | 1 LU
Learn more and register

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A/E/C INSIGHTS: OUR INDUSTRY'S ECONOMIC FORECAST

Hosted by AIA Kansas City

Thursday, December 3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern | Free Webinar

Our “A/E/C Insights” collaboration with The Builders’ Association and Kansas City Chapter, AGC is back with an excellent presentation. We will hear from Michele Russo, AIA’s Managing Director of Research and Practice; and Ken Simonson, AGC’s Chief Economist. Their dialogue will focus on key data points that are driving the economic trends and forecasts in our post-COVID world. These are trends you need to know. Is your firm poised for resilience? Bring your questions to this free event.

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DOOR CODE FUNDAMENTALS

Thursday, December 3
1:00 - 2:30 PM | Free Webinar

This course is designed to provide a summary of key building code and regulatory information as they relate to emergency escape and rescue openings (commonly referred to as egress), accessibility to the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and guidelines/trends related to "Aging in Place.”

1.5 LU/HSW

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TW Perry and Andersen Corporation are Annual Partners of AIA Potomac Valley.


PATHWAYS TO EQUITY 

PART 1: A HISTORY OF RACE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
Monday, December 7
12:00 - 1:00 PM | 2-Part Free Webinar

This session will provide an overview of examples of how racial injustice is embedded in our built environment. Participants will learn about the history of race-based zoning, redlining, block-busting, racially restrictive covenants, and other determinants of inequity in the built environment. Participants will gain a better understanding of racial segregation in our cities, and the long-lasting impacts that have an influence on current inequities.

PART 2: LEARNING FROM HISTORY TO TAKE PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Monday, December 14
12:00 - 1:00 PM | 2-Part Free Webinar

The tools and practices designers learn in education and the profession look similar to those used to build systems of oppression into our built environment. Exposing racialized history is a precondition to connecting and using the tools of environmental design to build just cities. Candid reflections on this topic are needed to disrupt the status quo. This session will frame the context from Session1 and move towards personal responsibility and behavior change to take the steps towards a more equitable built environment. Participants will learn about biases, disrupt patterns of status quo and build a reflective practice as a step towards behavioral change.

Attendance is required for both sessions to receive CEU credit.

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MAPP LEGENDS: SIDNEY BROWER, KARL DU PUY AND JOHN HILL

Monday, December 7
7:00 - 8:30 PM | Virtual/Zoom

This year the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation lost three of our beloved faculty members. Please plan to join us on the evening of December 7, 2020 via ZOOM to pay tribute and remember them together.

Submit your photographs, memories and quotes of Sidney Brower, Karl Du Puy and John Hill. The School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation will share these with the families and may share them during the event.

This webinar is open to the public. Advance registration with a Zoom account or UMD email is required. Create a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us. For more information, contact Erica Anderson at [email protected].

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THE ROI OF NET ZERO AND HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS: PANEL DISCUSSION + WORKSHOP

Wednesday, December 9
1:00 - 2:00 PM | Virtual | Free for Members

Hosted by AIA Baltimore

The AIA Baltimore Committee on the Environment and Resiliency and ULI Baltimore are partnering on a panel discussion about making the ROI case for Net Zero and high performing, sustainable buildings. What are some regional success stories? What funding mechanisms or incentives are there to go beyond code minimum? The panel will consist of regional developers representing various project types talking about their path to green building, financial tips and tricks to make it work within their organization, where they see their organization moving forward, and how we can encourage more sustainable development in the region.

1 LU

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A201 GENERAL CONDITIONS: ADMINISTERING THE CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION

AIA CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

Wednesday, December 9
2:00 - 3:30 PM | Free Webinar - Part 2

Join us for Part 2 in our two-part webinar series on the A201 to understand how to successfully lead, administer a project during construction, and meet requirements for health, safety, and welfare of project constituents and the general public. Whether you are a new or experienced architect, a solid understanding of the basic tenets of A201, General Conditions of a Construction Contract will benefit you in your practice.

1.5 LU/HSW

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A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WINDOWS IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Thursday, December 10
1:00 - 2:00 PM | Free Webinar

Sustainability is a diverse and ever-changing subject, and one that is growing in importance. One key to making progress on the sustainability of our building infrastructure is to consider all materials and products. This presentation addresses the role of windows in sustainable design, covers how buildings use energy and how efficient windows properly integrated in the design can improve building performance and indoor environmental quality. We take a holistic approach to sustainability beyond the end product, and look at factors such as lifecycle impacts of manufacturing and embodied carbon. We explore occupant wellbeing in terms of indoor air quality, biophilia etc. And understand how windows contribute to some of the top green building programs such as LEED, WELL, Net Zero to name a few.

1 LU/HSW

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TW Perry and Andersen Corporation are Annual Partners of AIA Potomac Valley.


LARGE DOORS: HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT DOOR

Thursday, December 10
2:00 - 3:00 PM | Free Webinar

Modern design trends are favoring larger openings, and while this blank canvas offers the architect a wide range of options, it can also pose a challenge. Because of the almost unlimited variations of different types, styles, and available options for large doors, it is often more important that the architect understands how to make the selection process, rather than which specific door to choose. The process for specifying should include client aesthetic expectations, environmental conditions, building performance, and durability concerns.

1 LU/HSW

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Andersen Corporation is an Annual Partner of AIA Potomac Valley.


MEET THE PRESS: HOW TO CONNECT WITH MEDIA

Tuesday, December 15
8:30 - 9:30 AM | Virtual | Free for Members

Hosted by AIA Baltimore

Anxious to get your next design or construction project noticed in the press but unsure where to start? Find out exactly what journalists are looking for and how to approach them for a story in 2020. At Meet The Press we connect you directly to a panel of working journalists in Baltimore and give you an inside perspective on approaches and opportunities to advance the stories your design or construction team wants to tell.

Hear from reporters and editors from print, digital, and broadcast media who cover design, architecture, construction, development, and the built environment in Baltimore, regionally, and nationally. Panelists from the media will present the trends and topics they are covering today, and how they identify the stories and projects they cover.

1 LU

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WHY BUILD WITH STEEL: BENEFITS OF COLD-FORMED STEEL FRAMING

Wednesday, December 16
12:00 - 1:00 PM
| Webinar

This course will educate the AEC team on the advantages of utilizing cold-formed steel framing in the construction of mid-rise structures. It discusses reasons for using cold-formed steel framing in the structural framing of buildings, the preferred method of construction to frame buildings, as well as the advantages realized by the members of the Owner/Architect/Contractor team.

1 LU/HSW

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AIAPV has partnered with Torti Gallas + Partners to offer a limited number of slots for live-webinar online-access of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on the last Wednesday of each month; however due to the upcoming holidays, this month’s offering will be held on the 3rd Wednesday in December.


CRAN: Understanding Poly-Ash Trim and the Other Categories of the Exterior Trim Market

Thursday, December 17
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Free for Members

This one-hour continuing education course offers an examination of the relatively new Poly-Ash category of exterior trim products and how they compare to other types of trim, specifically around the areas of installation, longevity, maintenance, and sustainability. These trim products can be used not only with Poly-Ash siding but with other siding materials as well.

As a bonus, at the end of the CE program, the program facilitator, Ed Messick of the Barrons company, will conduct a virtual tour of the Barrons showroom, by popular demand. He will demonstrate how Barrons has adapted during COVID times to tailor a tour to show architects and their clients around virtually, using Zoom, in order to safely view specific products relevant to their projects.

1 LU/HSW

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THANK YOU TO OUR AIAPV CRAN SPONSORS!

   
       
   


Organized by AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley.


WINDOWS CODE FUNDAMENTALS

Thursday, December 17
1:00 - 2:00 PM | Free Webinar

Keeping up with ever evolving window codes can be a challenge for even the most experienced construction industry professional. This course will address some of the core codes and testing methods for windows, such as accessibility, emergency escape and rescue, fall protection, and safety glazing. Exceptions to the rules will also be addressed along with applications and scenarios where these codes apply.

1 LU/HSW

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TW Perry and Andersen Corporation are Annual Partners of AIA Potomac Valley.


Check our Calendar for more events. Visit our Job Board for recently posted local openings and visit the AIA Career Center for nationwide listings.

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Tour (Virtually) a Contemporary 2-Story Addition & Whole-House Renovation in Tenley Town, DC

Discover the details of this recently completed, 2-story rear addition and whole-house renovation project in this virtual tour of a 1950’s Washington, DC house.

12/01/2020 | [email protected] 

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TW Perry to be Acquired by BMC

TW Perry is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to be acquired by BMC.

11/30/2020 | [email protected] 

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Safe Environments Pilot Program

Connected DMV, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization that works with regional organizations across the DMV, has kicked off a Safe Environments pilot program in order to instill public confidence in the health and safety of where we live, work and play.

11/30/2020 | [email protected] 

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