We welcome these new, returning and transferring members!

Alan B. Dynerman, FAIA

Gary Case – Signature Elevators & Accessible Design [Allied Member]

Nick Neidig – Quality Window & Door Inc. [Allied Member]

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2020 Partnership 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. 

Annual Partner Levels: 
Gold Partner - $5,000
Silver Partner - $2,500
CRAN Partner - $2,000
Social Event Partner - $2,000
Bronze Partner - $1,500
Architecture Firm Partner - $1,000 (New in 2020)

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).


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ANNUAL PARTNERS

GOLD PARTNER

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SILVER PARTNER


CRAN PARTNER

TW Perry


SOCIAL EVENT PARTNER


BRONZE PARTNER

Finecraft Building Contractors, Inc.


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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

Potomac Valley Architect - March 25, 2020 

Chapter News

AIAPV ANNOUNCES SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON APRIL 8

Wednesday, April 8
3:00 - 3:15 PM | Virtual | Register

AIAPV has operated thus far in 2020 without the services of a President-Elect — but we are very pleased to announce that Deborah Buelow, AIA, has agreed to stand for election to this position. If elected, Deborah would serve out the 2020 term as President-Elect and then would become AIAPV’s President in 2021.

We will hold a Special Membership Meeting on April 8, starting at 3:00 PM, to discuss and vote on Deborah’s nomination. The meeting will be held remotely, via conference call. AIAPV members must register for the meeting in order for your vote to be counted; you will receive calling instructions on April 8, prior to the meeting.

For members who are not yet familiar with Deborah, she is currently a member of the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter’s Board of Directors. We invite you to read the following statement from Deborah, in which she introduces herself and describes her goals for AIAPV and her role within the organization:

I am grateful for the opportunity be a part of the local AIA community as a way to do my part to improve on both the architectural profession and the built environment. I’ve practiced architecture for 20 years, and currently run my own practice with a focus on residential and small-scale commercial design. Previously practicing in New York, Boston and DC, I learned how to design and build buildings both big and small, urban and rural, public and private. I hold a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies with a focus on Urbanism from MIT. In order to better understand construction, I built a tiny house. I learned that I am not a skilled builder, but it did help me begin to ask better questions. Most poignantly, it was a community experience that motivated me to begin to speak my values. Two years ago, I witnessed my local community defeat an energy giant as it attempted to build a compressor station within the forested landscape I call home. The proposed construction would have been visually and economically detrimental to those of us who live there, without mention of the potential health impacts. It was considered obvious that this energy giant would be granted the zoning special exemption to build, in large part because we are a small, rural community — what real voice did we have to speak against it? Still, my community banded together and fought for over a year at the local and state level, even engaging parts of Virginia and the National Park Service in our efforts, and we ended up victorious. The compressor station would not be built, the energy giant threw in the towel, and I learned just how powerful a small-but-committed group of people can be. I took those lessons to heart, and I now aim to focus them further to improve our built environment. As President-Elect of AIA Potomac Valley, I intend to allow those lessons to act as the backbone of my endeavors within the architectural community. I know a small group of people can make a difference. And I know differences need to be made on an environmental, social and economical level. The voice of the architect has the potential to be powerful beyond measure — if we band together to be heard.

REGISTER



      

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Advocacy


MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS
SINE DIE
 

On March 18, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned early due to concern for the spread of COVID-19. Scores of bills died in Committee due to a shortened session and their fate remains uncertain. There was some word that a Special Session may be convened later this year but if, and what that may look like, is unsure. Legislators we spoke with are mixed on the topic and the legal process and precedents are, no doubt, being studied right now.

Click here to review the final status of the bills AIAMD followed this session.


CALL FOR ACTION – ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

As architects, we are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. The COVID-19 outbreak and the current health crisis strikes at the very core of our mission. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, members of Congress are debating additional measures to help those affected by this pandemic and to stimulate the economy.

If you would like to help in this outreach, please take a minute to send a letter to your member of Congress urging them to provide additional resources to those affected by the virus and for our frontline responders. Please ask them to include significant investment for 21st Century infrastructure and to provide temporary relief measures for business owners.

Thanks for making your voice heard at this critical time.

Timothy Hawk, FAIA
Chair, AIA Government Advocacy Committee

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For & About Members

GOVERNOR HOGAN EXECUTIVE ORDER AND INTERPRETIVE GUIDANCE

Governor Hogan enacted an Executive Order which closed all non-essential businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities in Maryland effective at 5pm, March 23. The Executive Order was amended at 7pm that evening to include architects as essential. Therefore, architects’ offices may remain open for business at this time. Click here to view the revised Interpretive Guidance of the Governor’s Executive Order. See 1(i) for the reference to architectural firms.

Watch the video at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov


AIA IMPLORES CONGRESS TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES

On March 19, AIA CEO/Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, FAIA, and AIA President Jane Frederick, FAIA, sent a letter to Congress imploring its members to provide relief to business owners and employees, and advocating for investment in infrastructure to stimulate economic recovery. It is AIA’s hope that through continued advocacy on behalf of its members, it will successfully ensure that architects are heard on critical policy issues.

Here are links to the letter and the media statement. It is expected that the stimulus bill will pass soon. When that happens, AIA will provide members with an analysis of the legislation and what it means for the profession.


AIA EXTENDS RENEWAL DATE

Members who have not yet renewed their AIA membership will now have until April 28, 2020, to renew before becoming lapsed. We ask members who can renew now to do so. For those who cannot, we hope the additional time and access to member benefits will help you. At this time, the Dues Installment Program (DIP) will operate as usual.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DUES INSTALLMENT PROGRAM

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW


Free AIAU courses for AIA members

We're in the midst of a pandemic and the business environment is rapidly changing. Many of our members are already feeling the impact. To help you navigate these uncertain times, we're making some of AIAU's best business and tech courses available to AIA members for free. Learn valuable skills about virtual practice, successful business strategies, risk management, and more from some of the most innovative architects, firms, and design professionals.

BROWSE COURSES


SBA OFFERS DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO MARYLAND SMALL BUSINESSES ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Maryland small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Larry Hogan on March 18, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Maryland.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21, 2020


THE LATEST IN HOME DESIGN TRENDS – KITCHEN AND BATH

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey for Q1 is now available; this interactive report identifies trends in kitchen and bath design, along with residential business conditions.

CHECK IT OUT

Illustration: Michael Kirkham | Programming: Link Studio

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COVID-19 Resources

RESOURCES FOR ARCHITECTS FROM BSA

On March 17, Boston Society of Architects held a webinar “Architecture Firms and Remote Work” with Diana Nicklaus, AIA, of saam architecture and Cynthia Gibson Murphy, AIA, of Margulies Perruzzi Architects. A second webinar was held on March 20 — “Remote Workflows + Collaboration” — with Dan Gallivan of Payette and Michael Kyes, AIA, of SMMA. You can find more information on these and other programs, including recordings and slides, as well as additional information by visiting Resources for Architects: COVID-19.


ARCHDAILY – TIPS FOR ARCHITECTS WORKING AT HOME DURING COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused an estimated 900 million people around the world to remain at home. Among them are architects and designers who have been asked to work remotely to prevent the virus from spreading through the workplace. For many architects, this is undoubtedly a new territory. 

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NCARB / ARE

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NCARB has adjusted its testing policies through April 30, 2020, and has granted a 90-day extension to individuals who have passed any of the six divisions of the ARE. Read the full message.

With the health and safety of test takers and staff in mind, Prometric has decided to temporarily close all test centers in the United States and Canada for the next 30 days, beginning on March 18, 2020.


THE AIA SMALL FIRM EXCHANGE (SFX)

AIA has countless resources — sometimes we need to be reminded. The mission of the SFx is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. 

LEARN MORE


OSHA – GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission and impacts becomes available. 

READ MORE


CDC INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Updated Sunday, March 22, 2020


RESOURCES FROM AIA TRUST

Avoid contract default when COVID-19 strikes

Look to your contracts and OSHA during the pandemic


FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. 

READ MORE


LIVING DOCUMENT – ARCHITECTURE FIRM BEST PRACTICES, RESOURCES & TEMPLATES

Communications and Temp Policies in Response to COVID-19

As architects scrambled to adopt policies in a rapidly changing environment due to COVID-19, the team at the Practice of Architecture saw a need to create a living resource to illustrate how firms are responding to keep their practices open, and what we can learn — quickly — from one another as a community.

We are in the process of gathering examples from firms of different sizes to demonstrate various responses in live time to changing operations of architecture firms all over the country. We are particularly focused on case studies that demonstrate communication and policy changes with staff and clients. We will continue to update this document as we receive new information, and will do our best to organize all best practices and templates by firm size.

This living document was started on Monday, March 16, by Practice in Architecture in response to a simple tweet asking firms to share policies that they have already shared with their staff and clients. Dig in!

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Education & Events

Please note that most previously scheduled programs have been either cancelled or postponed due to the ripple-effect of COVID-19 restrictions. AIAPV is working on scheduling virtual programs for our members to earn continuing education credits. In the meantime, you can visit AIAU, an online education center for architects and designers, which offers online courses by 300+ instructors. Sign into your AIA account to get access to more than 150 courses, many of them free, offering valuable HSW Learning Units.

AN EYE ON THE DETAILS – FROM THE DESIGN PERSPECTIVE

THIS WEBINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Wednesday, April 29
12:00
- 1:00 PM | Webinar


AIAPV SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT-ELECT

Wednesday, April 8
3:00 - 3:15 PM | Virtual

AIAPV has operated thus far in 2020 without the services of a President-Elect – but we are very pleased to announce that Deborah Buelow, AIA has agreed to stand for election to this position. If elected, Deborah would serve out the 2020 term as President-Elect and then would become AIAPV’s President in 2021.

Please register now for the Special Membership Meeting to discuss and vote on Deborah’s nomination. The brief meeting will be held remotely, via conference call. AIAPV members must register for the meeting in order for your vote to be counted; you will receive calling instructions on April 8, prior to the meeting.

REGISTER


 

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AIAPV/PVAF ANNUAL GOLF OUTING AT UMD GOLF COURSE

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Friday, May 29
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM | College Park, MD


DESIGNDC 2020: MEASURE UP!

Starts Monday, September 21 at 8:00 AM
Ends Wednesday, September 23 at 4:00 PM | Washington, DC

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life. While we know that many future events and conferences have been put on hold, we are still looking forward to presenting DesignDC this September, with registration going live in April.

Join us as we highlight climate action, housing and safety as critically urgent topics for society; as well as the role designers play as drivers for impactful change.

Stay tuned for updates as we'll announce our 2020 keynote speaker and registration dates very soon. #designdc2020


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

2020 AIA/ACSA INTERSECTIONS RESEARCH CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline – 11:50 PM EST on April 1, 2020  

AIA and ACSA are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the intersection of Education, Research, and Practice. The conference is intended to strengthen the intersection between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies. Presentations of research and works in progress, including opportunities to network and connect with others, will be the prime focus of this event designed to address this critical problem of carbon. It’s not too late to submit an abstract for the October 1-3 event focused on climate action and carbon management strategies.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT


2020 AIA National Photography Competition

Deadline – Midnight CST on May 1, 2020

The competition is open to any and all architects actively registered in the United States. The contest is also open to Associate members of the AIA, and student members of AIAS in good standing. Professional Affiliate or Allied members are not eligible. Entries submitted by ineligible individuals will not be processed; images will not be returned and no refund of the entry fee will be made. Winning images will be exhibited on the AIA St. Louis website, in AIArchitect, and possibly at the rescheduled A'20 Conference on Architecture (TBD).

LEARN MORE & SUBMIT

Photo: What Am I Looking At? 2019 First Place Award, by Charles David Smith, FAIA


AIA AWARDS – ARCHITECTURE 2021

Deadline – June 23, 2020

The AIA Architecture Awards program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style or type. This coveted award honors some of the most exciting architecture of the year, and showcases the many ways buildings and spaces improve our lives. Show us your best work! Submissions will be evaluated against the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, among other criteria.

LEARN MORE & SUBMIT

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Negotiating Design Contracts During a Pandemic

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