We welcome these new and transferring members!

Raymond C. Curtis III, Assoc. AIA

Weiqing Feng, AIA

Evan J. Lippincott, AIA

Xuan Liu, Assoc. AIA 

John McLoughlin, AIA

Shiho C. Shibasaki, AIA

Eric C. Yabar, Assoc. AIA

 

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Potomac Valley Architect - January 9, 2019 

Chapter News

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Happy New Year! With a new year and a new calendar, we tend to refresh and think about the future, reflect on the past, assess and re-define our goals and adjust our trajectories with a renewed spirit. 2018 was a great year for AIA Potomac Valley, with a lot of fulfilling events and new awards. We finished out the year topping 600 members for the first time. I am excited to be serving as your Chapter President this year and look forward to a productive 2019! 

Yet, it is with a heavy heart that my very first task as your 2019 President is to inform you that Executive Director Renee Catacalos is leaving her AIA family in February to take a new position with a philanthropy affinity group that corresponds directly with her true passion around sustainability within the food world. We wish Renee the absolute best of luck in her new endeavors, but the energy and guidance she brought to AIA Potomac Valley will be sorely missed.   

So, with the new year comes new beginnings, and AIAPV is hiring! A hiring committee is in place and the Executive Director job listing has been posted on the AIAPV Job Board, as well as other recruiting sites. We are looking for a dynamic leader who can help us continue our momentum in providing top-notch services for our growing membership. Please circulate the job description and help us reach any fantastic candidates out there who you may know about! 

Member Services Manager Pam Rich will continue to capably manage our day-to-day operations in the interim, as she has in the past. We don’t anticipate any major disruption in services while we search for a new Executive Director, but we appreciate your patience while the Board adds this significant task to our work plan for the year. I’ll keep you updated as the search progresses.

Jennifer Verbeke, AIA                                                                                2019 AIA Potomac Valley President

Chapter President Jennifer Verbeke, AIA, (center) watches as Bo Green, AIA, (left) president of the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation, presents Executive Director Renee Catacalos with a lump of coal as a gift in response to news of her February departure!


THANKS TO TWO FIRMS that are EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS FOR ALL our MEMBERS

Since May 2017, Grimm + Parker Architects has partnered with the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter to offer monthly First Tuesday Lunch & Learns via webinar. In September 2017, Torti Gallas + Partners joined in by offering monthly Last Wednesday Lunch & Learns via webinar. This innovative technology collaboration with the Chapter's two largest firms has brought more educational opportunities to all Chapter members. "Members in smaller offices or more remote locations that don't get regular vendor visits have really appreciated the wide range of CEU topics they've been able to learn about from their own desk, without the need to travel," said Pam Rich, AIA Potomac Valley Member Services Manager, who coordinates the program.

The webinar collaborations were prompted by declining attendance at in-person educational seminars, which cost time, money and organizational effort on the part of both the Chapter and the presenters. The online events eliminate the risk of no-shows for the presenter because they "piggyback" on in-office Lunch & Learns already taking place for the benefit of the sponsoring firm's associates. Because these firms have state-of-the-art videoconferencing and recording equipment in place to facilitate participation by their own satellite offices, it's easy for them to allow a dozen or more (depending on the firm’s resources) AIA members from outside their firms to participate and earn credits as well. With presenter consent, most webinars are recorded for later reference and archived in the Educational Video Library on our Chapter's website (please note that the recorded versions are not approved for on-demand credit).

"We're so grateful to Kendall Storm and Larry Curcio at Grimm + Parker (above)and to Danny Ching and Omer Mushahwar at Torti Gallas (right). Each pair has integrated the AIA Potomac Valley webinar component into one of their respective firms' Lunch & Learns each month," Rich said. "It takes some effort on their part: scheduling topics that will have wide appeal for that date, confirming the attendance of the outside participants and working with me to ensure that their CEUs are properly reported. These firms are doing the Chapter a real service and helping us provide a unique and valuable member benefit."

Rich added, "There are two weeks in the month with no regularly scheduled webinars, so we'd welcome other firms that have this capability and would like to support the Chapter to join the program!"


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Education and Events

William Bates

ARCHITECTURE public LECTURE SERIES - THE OWNER ARCHITECT

Wednesday, January 16 
6:30 - 8:00 PM | Washington, DC

This presentation by William Bates, FAIA, the 2019 National President of the American Institute of Architects, is sponsored by the Department of Architecture & Urban Sustainability within the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. For more information, click here.


Small practice group - JANUARY ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

Friday, January 25 
8:15 - 9:30 AM | Kensington, MD

Please join your fellow small practice architects for coffee, pastries and a meaningful discussion about what matters to you and your practice, where you see a need for support from your chapter, and what you’d like to learn about within our scheduled monthly meetings. The Annual January Round Table is the one meeting where we, the attendees, are the speakers!

1 LU/HSW

REGISTER  


VEGETATIVE ROOF ASSEMBLY WEBINAR - ACHIEVING HIGH PERFORMANCE PROTECTION 

Wednesday, January 30 
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

As population densities increase, cities are adopting vegetative roofing assemblies (VRA) as part of their mandated code compliance to manage storm water runoff and decrease seasonal flooding. Learn how to create a visually appealing design, while managing client expectations, to obtain a project specific vegetative roofing assembly and maintain a watertight building envelope.

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 the last Wednesday of each month. 

REGISTER  


ARCHITECTURE public LECTURE SERIES - NET ZERO ENERGY

Wednesday, January 30 
6:30 - 8:00 PM | Washington, DC

This presentation by Yolanda Cole, FAIA, senior principal at Hickock Cole Architects, is sponsored by the Department of Architecture & Urban Sustainability within the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. For more information, click here.


AIAMD Lobby Day

AIA MARYLAND ADVOCACY DAY AND LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON

Thursday, January 31 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Annapolis, MD

AIA Maryland will once again partner with Preservation Maryland to convene a statewide delegation of history, humanities and preservation avocates in Annapolis to let elected officials know that our state’s history is worth protecting. We will be advocating for the policies, programs and funding that make our collective work possible! Details will be posted on the calendar at www.aiamd.org.


ARCHITECTURE public LECTURE SERIES - THE EQUITY IMPERATIVE

Wednesday, February 13 
6:30 - 8:00 PM | Washington, DC

This presentation by Ronald Mason, president of the University of the District of Columbia, is sponsored by the Department of Architecture & Urban Sustainability within the University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. For more information, click here.


ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, PRESERVATION & REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR

Friday, February 15 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | College Park, MD

Cosponsored by the University of Maryland's University Career Center & The President’s Promise and The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (www.arch.umd.edu), this fair is an excellent opportunity for your firm to meet undergraduate and graduate students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship positions in architecture, planning, historic preservation and real estate development.

REGISTER


Check our Calendar for more events. Also view recordings of some of our programs in our Educational Video Library.

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