We welcome these new, returning and transferring members!

Holly Ansari, Assoc. AIA
Richard Bond, AIA
Eleanor Conway, AIA
Regina Reilly, AIA
Ivar Viehe-Naess III, AIA
Fan Wang, AIA
Qiansen Yang, AIA

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 2021!

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

2021 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We invite you to engage with AIAPV members by becoming an AIAPV Annual Partner, Architecture Firm Partner or Allied Member. Annual Partners particularly enjoy a multi-faceted relationship with AIA Potomac Valley members, including exclusive opportunities for high-quality, one-on-one engagement at events, online advertising benefits, and prominent recognition in our member communications and on our website. 

Build your business by partnering with AIAPV! 
Click here for more information about our Annual Partner levels and other sponsorship opportunities or download our Sponsorship Opps (PDF).


DONATE TO PVAF

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

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CRAN PARTNER

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SOCIAL EVENT PARTNER

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OUR MISSION

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

Newsletter

February 10, 2021 

Chapter News

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? JOIN AN AIAPV SUBCOMMITTEE

Over the past few weeks, the AIA Potomac Valley Board of Directors has mapped out its approach to programming for 2021. This work will be done through the following subcommittees:

1.      Advocacy/Government Relations
2.      Business Practices
3.      Custom Residential Architecture Network (CRAN)
4.      Design & Technology
5.      Emerging Professionals
6.      JEDI/WIA
7.      Small Practice Group (SPG)
8.      Sustainability/Climate Action

Each subcommittee will plan a variety of programs throughout the year, and will be a sounding board for member ideas, discussions, and priorities. If you’d like to get more involved in AIAPV and have an interest in any of these areas, please consider joining a subcommittee. For more information, you may contact AIAPV Executive Director Sue Presti.


REMINDER: DCNOMA CALL TO ACTION IMPACT SURVEY

The Washington DC Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (DCNOMA) invites you to join them in a Call to Action. DCNOMA has developed a survey to document and assess the impact of systemic racism and cultural biases on the architectural design profession. This survey is anonymous. The questions will ask about DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY, and JUSTICE. The survey will remain live until Tuesday, March 2nd. You can help DCNOMA meet its goal of more than 1,000 participants by completing the survey. The survey’s findings will be published to the DCNOMA website. 

Please take the survey and then share with friends and colleagues in the Greater DC Metro Area!

TAKE THE SURVEY



      

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Meet Our Allied Members

MEET BENJAMIN OBDYKE, INC

Benjamin Obdyke, based in Horsham, PA, since 1868, has been on the forefront of Moisture Management since inventing the original corrugated downspout shortly after the Civil War. We are experts in the niche area of moisture management and love talking about building science and helping create and provide the right solution for building better and safer homes and structures. We exited the metal manufacturing business in the 1980s and now focus on manufacturing products such as rainscreens, drainable housewrap, window flashings and other innovative products to fit every possible solution in the area of moisture management. Benjamin Obdyke is passionate about education and offers three (soon to be four) AIA-approved courses on the topic. We are readily available to assist in providing construction details, technical documentation, installation training and jobsite visits as needed.

We are excited to be a member of AIA Potomac Valley and hope to engage with chapter members in person sooner rather than later. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us directly with any technical questions, to set up a training or to request product samples. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021!

Editor's Note: Don’t miss “Why Should I Care About Moisture Management?” by allied member Karl Feucht, Market Development Manager, Benjamin Obdyke, Inc elsewhere in this issue.

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Advocacy

2021 MARYLAND LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The AIA Maryland Legislative Committee, together with lobbyist Joe Miedusiewski, monitors and tracks legislation that impacts the practice of architecture in Maryland. Each week, during the legislative session, a list of bills being followed will be posted, along with a summary of the matter, hearing information and, where applicable, letters of support, opposition or other materials.

If you have questions regarding any bill, or would like more information on AIA Maryland's legislative activities, please contact AIA Maryland.  

Keep up with bills AIAMD is tracking and scheduled testimony here. Read lobbyist Joe Miedusiewski’s 2021 Maryland Legislative Outlook here.

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For & About Members

AIA STRATEGIC PLAN

The AIA 2021-2025 Strategic Plan was approved by the AIA Board at their December meeting and is now available for viewing.

VIEW THE PLAN


UPDATED AIA MEMBER LOGO

For members who wish to use their “AIA Member” logo, you can find the new graphic version in your Brandfolder account. This asset may only be used by AIA members in good standing. 

GET THE LOGO




FIRM BILLINGS DECLINE IN DECEMBER

AIA's Architecture Billings Index is a recognized leading indicator for nonresidential construction and is available to AIA members for free. December’s index shows that business conditions at architecture firms backslid, ending the year on a disappointing note. However, firms remain optimistic about 2021. 

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NEW POST-OCCUPANCY EVALUATION TOOLKIT

This Academy of Architecture for Justice toolkit provides the opportunity to gather and analyze information about several aspects of a building’s performance, such as functional area operations, user and occupant satisfaction, maintenance requirements, technical performance, and safety and security. Review this toolkit and see how it can aid your courthouse designs.  

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ALL-DIGITAL AIA CONFERENCE ON ARCHITECTURE

This June, AIA is launching its first-ever all-digital AIA Conference on Architecture. A’21 will be a series of four unique online events starting June 17 that address firms’ business needs in a world whose economy has been impacted simultaneously by a pandemic, climate change, and racial inequity. Registration opens in the spring. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

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Partner Content

Why Should I Care About Moisture Management?

By Karl Feucht – Market Development Manager, Benjamin Obdyke, Inc

“Moisture Management”—this sounds like an exciting topic to bring up at your next Zoom happy hour, doesn’t it? Be warned; breaching that topic over a cocktail does not exactly lend itself to “life of the party” status. This is a lesson I may have learned the hard way.

Moisture management is a bit of a buzzword in the building industry these days, but why? What does it mean, and why should we pay attention? Is it really all that important, or is it just another trend that will eventually go by the wayside? Why don’t the building practices of yesteryear suffice when it comes to moisture management?

I live in a Lancaster County, PA, farmhouse that was built around 1900. Back when my home was built, construction methods were very different than today. Most of the changes over the past century have been very positive with the advent of new building materials, stricter building codes and more innovative designs. One notable difference that has had both a positive and negative impact is the lack of insulation that was used in the wall assembly and the virtual absence of air sealing that was done when my home was built 120 years ago. While this antiquated approach provides some notable drawbacks such as energy inefficiency and less comfortable living spaces, this method of construction was very positive in that it allows consistent airflow through the wall assembly. Moisture issues were not a problem in the homes of 120 years ago, or even 40-50 years ago, because homes could BREATHE. 

CONTINUE READING

Benjamin Obdyke is an Allied Member of AIA Potomac Valley.

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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. This opportunity is open to Educational Program Sponsors and Annual Partners. Click here to learn more about the various levels of opportunities available. Questions? Contact Sue Presti at [email protected] or (571) 432-8154.


THE RESILIENCE FACTOR: COMMERCIAL INTERIORS, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND OCCUPANT WELLBEING

Wednesday, February 10
1:00 - 2:00 PM | Virtual

Every project, no matter the scale and scope, has the ability to impact the health, safety and welfare of the occupant. Resilience is not just about new building construction; principles of resilient design can be applied to commercial interiors projects from the real estate search, through design, and continuing into turnover and operations. This AIAU course will introduce participants to resilience and its application to the interiors market, including how the current state of design, construction, and real estate can be impacted by a focus on responsible, adaptive design.

1 LU/HSW

REGISTER


KITCHENS OF THE FUTURE: HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE, AND CONNECTED

Thursday, February 11
1:00 - 2:00 PM | Free Webinar

The kitchen has been trending toward minimalism, sustainability, and the increasing desire of consumers to eat healthy foods often cooked at home. Homeowners are now more aware of the importance of sustainable, healthy building materials and designers are reimagining the kitchen from the standpoint of storage, prep, cooking, disposal, consumption, and social activity. This course will look to the future of kitchen design, including how connected appliances will change the way we interact in the kitchen.

1 AIA CES LU/HSW and ASID/IDCEC, NARI and NKBA for 1 hour/1 LU

REGISTER

Sub-Zero Group Mid-Atlantic is an Educational Program Sponsor of AIA Potomac Valley.


AIA CONTRACT DOCUMENTS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING THE ONLINE SERVICE

Thursday, February 11
3:00 - 4:00 PM | Free Webinar

Join AIA Contract Documents as they review some best practices in creating documents and organizing your projects in the online service, including customizing templates, avoiding common formatting issues while editing offline, enabling digital signatures, working with project data, and more! Whether you are a beginner in the online service or just looking to better familiarize yourself with the features and best practices, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge you need to create, organize, and distribute your contracts with ease. There will be a live Q&A session during the webinar, so come with questions for our online service technical support staff.

REGISTER




WHAT IS PROTEST?

Tuesday, February 16
5:30 - 6:30 PM | Free Virtual Event 

What is PROTEST? Where is PROTEST? Join DCNOMA for a conversation with Dayton Schroeter and Michelle Joan Wilkinson on February, 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM ET. Everyone is welcome.

REGISTER


AIA GRASSROOTS 2021

Tuesday, February 16 - Friday, February 19
Various Times | Virtual Conference

Join chapter leaders for four days of leadership training including critical issue facing the profession. Our theme—Bring it Home will provide strategies and best practices to implement successfully in your chapter, firm, and community and will address critical issues facing the architecture profession, including COVID-19, racial injustice, and climate change.

Earn up to 5 AIA LU

REGISTER


SPECIFYING THE RIGHT WOOD FLOORING FOR THE JOB

Wednesday, February 17
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

This course will cover the latest trends to hit the American market in flooring, describe how wood differs from other flooring options, and explain the different types of wood flooring available and their performance based on place of installation. The impact of radiant heat systems & other extreme conditions on wood flooring will also be discussed.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 IDCEC credit

AIAPV has partnered with Torti Gallas + Partners to offer a limited number of seats for live webinars of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on one Wednesday each month. 

REGISTER




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CREATING EQUITABLE, ADAPTABLE AND RESILIENT EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

Thursday, February 18
2:00 - 3:00 PM | Free Webinar

Applying the AIA Framework for Design Excellence to learning environments in your community is made simple with this session. Engaging educational environments are vital to help learners reach their full potential. These facilities also play a critical role in serving as anchors for our larger communities. The design of educational facilities can and should foster equitable communities acting as a catalyst for change. Sign up to discuss planning strategies that address current and future educational needs and explore best practices to help make educational facilities a community hub during crisis events.

1 LU

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN: DIVING DEEPER WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Friday, February 19
10:00 - 11:30 AM
| Virtual

The business community plays an integral role in helping Montgomery County achieve its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Join Adriana Hochberg, Montgomery County’s Climate Change Coordinator, and the County’s Climate Leadership Team for a discussion about the County’s Draft Climate Action Plan and implementation strategies to reach zero GHG emissions by 2035. This strategic Climate Action Plan lays out a vision for building a healthy, equitable and resilient community, and the County looks forward to the business community’s collaboration and partnership in achieving that vision.

Montgomery County is accepting comments on its draft plan through February 28, 2021. The focused discussion offers AIAPV members the chance to make their views known as the County considers this major initiative. The session will include roughly 30 minutes of presentations from the following members of the County Climate Planning Team:

  • Adriana Hochberg, Climate Coordinator and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
  • Stan Edwards, Chief, Division of Energy, Climate, & Compliance, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Doug Weisburger, Senior Planning Specialist, Sustainability Programs and Manager, Green Business Certification Program, Department of Environmental Protection


These presentations will be followed by approximately 60 minutes of Q & A and discussion.

REGISTER


CRAN: AS-BUILT SURVEYING: BEST PRACTICES FOR FIELD MEASUREMENTS FROM TRADITIONAL METHODS TO 3D LASER TECHNOLOGY

Wednesday, February 24
12:00 - 1:30 PM | Virtual

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.

1.5 LU/HSW

AIAPV has partnered with Precision Property Measurements (PPM) an AIAPV Annual Partner, to offer this live-webinar.

REGISTER

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.

THANK YOU TO OUR AIA POTOMAC VALLEY CRAN SPONSORS!

          


SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS OF WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS

Thursday, February 25
2:00 - 3:00 PM | Free Webinar
 

Sponsored by Practice Management (PMKC), an AIA knowledge community.     

Workplace norms around independence, collaboration, and oversight have been evolving for several years, but this change has been accelerated during the pandemic. This session from PMKC will cover how to navigate situations when expectations between management and staff differ. Moderated by AIAPV member, Scott Knudson, AIA, Principal, Knu Design, LLC.

1 LU

REGISTER


MAPP CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR

Friday, February 26
1:00 - 5:00 PM | Virtual

The 2021 UMD Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair will be held virtually. The fair is an excellent opportunity to meet UMD undergraduate and graduate students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship positions in architecture, planning historic preservation and real estate development.

The 2021 MAPP Career and Internship Fair's virtual setting provides participating firms flexibility and accessibility to this year's crop of talented students. Meet perspective employees and interns on your own schedule, stage a company town hall or Q and A, set up chats and interviews on your preferred platform and participate from anywhere in the world! Questions? Contact Kristen Tepper.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER


MASS TIMBER AND HYBRID STRUCTURES

Tuesday, March 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar 

This course includes an overview of the advantages of wood, steel and concrete to obtain the most sustainable buildings.

The program will explore how hybrid structures result in savings of over 50 percent in total floor thickness which can significantly reduce the embodied and operational carbon emissions of a building. Course participants will understand how combining mass timbers with hybrid structures help in eliminating columns in a layout by increasing the spans of the grid.

1 LU/HSW

AIAPV has partnered with Grimm + Parker Architects to offer a limited number of slots for live-webinar online-access of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on the first Tuesday of each month.

REGISTER


SOUND CONTROL IN CONSTRUCTION

Wednesday, March 31
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

This course defines the importance of sound control in the building industry. Participants will learn about building codes and guidelines used in accessing acoustical requirements, identify buildings and areas where sound control is necessary, and effectively address sound control issues.

1 LU/HSW

AIAPV has partnered with Torti Gallas + Partners to offer a limited number of seats for live webinars of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on one Wednesday each month. 

REGISTER


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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Submission Deadlines

AIA HEALTHCARE DESIGN AWARDS

Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on March 16

The Healthcare Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns associated with a healthcare setting.

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ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE FOR HEALTH (AAH) FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on April 23

J Armand Burgun Fellowship: 
Fellowship awards range from $10,000–$20,000.

Griffin/McKahan/Zilm (GMZ) Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning & Design: Fellowship award(s) range from $2,000–$7,500.

The George J. Mann, AIA Travel Prize: Sponsored by Ron Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA and Sondra Skaggs | Recipient prize amount is $4,000.

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ARTHUR N. TUTTLE JR. GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN HEALTH FACILITY PLANNING AND DESIGN

Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on April 23

The Tuttle Fellowship supports graduate students and emerging professionals seeking licensure, increasing their awareness of the needs and nature of healthcare facilities, attracting talented young architects and students to the field and advancing the knowledge of planning and design for healthcare environments. Awards are typically from $2,000–$10,000.

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SAY IT LOUD MARYLAND CALL FOR ENTRIES

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on May 30

Baltimore Architecture Foundation, AIA Baltimore, and Bmore NOMA announce SAY IT LOUD Maryland, an exhibition that will spotlight the contributions of diverse design professionals to the built environment. Created by Beyond the Built Environment, SAY IT LOUD will launch a virtual exhibition in Summer 2021 and a physical exhibition at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design in Fall 2021. This will be the first major exhibition at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design. The exhibition will be designed by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, founder of Beyond the Built Environment, and recipient of the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.

LEARN MORE & SUBMIT

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They Made Me Do It! The Perils of Designing An Owner-Directed Code Violation

What do you do when your client asks you for a design that in your professional opinion violates applicable law or creates a potential public safety hazard? Deciding to abide by your client’s wishes could jeopardize your license.

02/23/2021 | [email protected] 

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Benjamin Obdyke, based in Horsham, PA, since 1868, has been on the forefront of Moisture Management. We are experts in the niche area of moisture management and love talking about building science.

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