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Deborah A. Buelow, AIA

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Collin J. Haslup, Assoc. AIA

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Muhamed Ridanovic, AIA

Natasha Vemulkonda, Assoc. AIA

Jinsong W. Wu, AIA

 

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Potomac Valley Architect - March 6, 2019 

Chapter News

The 2018 AIA Potomac Valley "Incredi-Bowls"

AIAPV again Supports Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) Bowling Fundraiser!

On Saturday, March 9, Team AIA Potomac Valley – led by President Jennifer Verbeke, AIA, and her husband Doug Williams, AIA – will lace up their bowling shoes once more for the Neighborhood Design Center's 2019 Bowl-A-Rama! This will be the third year in a row that AIAPV members can dress up and knock down some pins in support of NDC's work to develop healthy, equitable neighborhoods in Baltimore and Prince George’s County through community-engaged design and planning services.

The event, located at Bowlero (9021 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD), is open to all. Join us from 6:00 to 8:30 PM for a fun night that will include good-natured competition amid pizza and a few beers, plus networking with other design and planning professionals.

Would you like to bowl on the team? Please email Renee Catalacos (yes, she just can't stay away!) at reneecatacalos@gmail.com  ASAP so she can add you to the team roster and Doug can let you know this year's costume theme. (We have won Best Costume two years running — let's make it three!) 

Whether or not you plan to attend, we need your help to sponsor our team! You can donate here and please, please share the donation link with others via email or social media. Suggested contributions: $10 - Gutter Ball, $20 - Spare Change, $50 - High Roller, $100 - Lucky Striker! Every dollar counts!

By providing the tools, expertise, and partnerships necessary to realize neighborhood visions, NDC supports broad participation in the evolution of the built environment. As architects, we can rally around that mission! Make a contribution today on our team's fundraising page, and come out on Saturday night to bowl with or cheer for Team AIA Potomac Valley. 


         

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Advocacy

today is Virtual Capitol Hill Day

Today AIAPV leaders will join hundreds of fellow AIA leaders from around the country to meet with members of Congress as part of AIA Capitol Hill Day in Washington DC. We’ll be asking Congress to address two major issues: school safety and sustainability, and we need your help to amplify our message. Using AIA’s Virtual Capitol Hill Day portal, you can review the issues and quickly send a message to your Congressperson and Senator via email or Twitter from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

Doing so will help AIAPV leaders and others to show widespread support for these issues. It will also show Congress that architects are a powerful force in their district and our state.

We encourage you to take action and encourage your friends and colleagues to participate too! Every voice matters, and Virtual Capitol Hill Day is one of the ways that you can make your voice heard! Thank you for your efforts!

Join the conversation on social media by following @AIA_Advocacy and the #citizenarchitect. You can also text “AIA” to 40649 to join Architect Action Alerts and receive timely updates on issues impacting architects.

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For & About Members

THOMAS CLAYTON JESTER ELEVATED TO THE AIA COLLEGE OF FELLOWS

AIA Potomac Valley is proud to announce that the 2019 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated AIAPV member Thomas Clayton Jester to its prestigious College of Fellows. Thomas is one of 115 candidates elevated this year. Out of more than 90,000 AIA members, less than 3% are distinguished with the honor of fellowship.

Tom Jester, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP — a principal with Quinn Evans Architects — is a national leader in historic preservation with particular expertise in the restoration of Modern-era architecture. Jester’s fellowship recognizes his design achievements in the renewal of aging buildings using advanced technology and pioneering methods in preservation science.

Jester is the author of Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation. He is also the co-founder of the Association for Preservation Technology’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage and the founder and president of Docomomo DC, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture in metropolitan Washington, DC.  Read More


USING LEGENDS AND TITLE BLOCKS TO PROTECT YOUR WORK PRODUCT

By Cooper Littlejohn, Esq., an associate at Lee/Shoemaker PLLC

Architects traditionally have utilized registration processes under the Copyright Act of 1976 to protect their designs from infringement and other unauthorized uses. Statutory damages for violating a registered copyright under the 1976 act generally are capped at $150,000.00 for willful infringement. If would-be infringers use an Architect’s copyrighted design materials and remove any legends or title blocks the Architect included on the materials, however, an architect may be entitled to recovery of damages permitted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DCMA”). This article briefly addresses the importance of including legends, title blocks, and other copyright management information on design documents and the potential liability for replicating such design documents without including those markings. Read the full article.

Lee/Shoemaker PLLC is an Allied Member of AIA Potomac Valley.


MADLEN SIMON NAMED MVP BY UNIVERsiTY OF MARYLAND'S WRESTLING TEAM

Mady Simon

Architecture Professor Mady Simon, AIA, was recognized as one of UMD’s Most Valuable Professors (MVP) during a wrestling match on February 19. King Sandoval, a freshman architecture major and wrestler, is enrolled in Simon’s “Design in Practice” course and nominated her for the award. Student-athletes from across the university nominate their favorite professors, who are then invited to an athletics event where they are honored with the award.


"Guides for Equitable Practice" are Available to public on AIA’s Website

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the University of Minnesota are continuing efforts to shape architecture firm culture by publicly releasing "Guides for Equitable Practice." AIA sponsored the development of the guides to help educate architects and firms on best practices for equity, diversity and inclusion principles and to provide strategies for incorporating the values into architectural practice. The guides were developed using current research on gender, race and culture in the United States and include perspectives from architects on what equity, diversity and inclusion mean. “Guides for Equitable Practice” are one component of the AIA’s broad commitment to work with members to overcome inequities and advance the profession. Learn more about AIA’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives online.

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Education and Events

window and door expo

Thursday, March 7 
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM | Rockville, MD

TW Perry, an Annual Partner of AIA Potomac Valley, presents this free event, which will include training classes with install demos and a tradeshow with product experts. Breakfast and lunch provided. Also enter to win prizes during the day.

5 LU/HSW

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BOWL-A-RAMA FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN CENTER

Saturday, March 9 
6:00 - 8:30 PM | College Park, MD

We're putting on our bowling shoes for Neighborhood Design Center's Bowl-A-Rama! Contribute to Team AIA Potomac Valley — every donation helps. For more information, click here.


 

 

 

 

 



CITY OF ROCKVILLE PERMITTING STAKEHOLDERS' FORUM 

Wednesday, March 13 
8:30 - 11:30 AM | Rockville, MD

City of Rockville Department of Planning & Development Services is hosting its 2019 Permitting Stakeholders' Forum. This free annual event is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into new regulations, policies and procedures that could have a significant impact on your job. Learn valuable information to successfully navigate the permitting process from application submission through issuance of occupancy permits. Breakfast and Meet & Greet begins at 8:30 AM, program begins at 9:00 AM. For more information, contact Robbie Sabbakhan at 240-314-8242 or rsabbakhan@rockvillemd.gov.

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ARCHITECTURE public LECTURE SERIES – ASPIRE, ACCOMPLISH, TAKE ON THE WORLD

Wednesday, March 20
6:30 - 8:00 PM | Washington, DC

This presentation by Michael Marshall, AIA, president of Michael Marshall Design, 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. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH MADNESS – FOOD, DRINKS, CEUS AND BASKETBALL

Thursday, March 21 
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Bladensburg, MD

Drop in at Ernest Maier Inc. as your schedule allows for the spring tradition of watching the opening round of the NCAA March Madness tournament between educational sessions, industry networking, and plenty of food and drink. Earn up to 4 CEUs at sessions throughout the day. Presentations, which include a plant tour, will focus on thin veneer design and installation. Click here for details.

Ernest Maier Inc. is an AIA Potomac Valley Annual Partner.


 

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WEBINAR on SUSPENDED CEILINGS AND ACOUSTICAL SOLUTIONS USING STONE WOOL

Wednesday, March 27 
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar


This presentation will discuss and explain in detail the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. There will be an introduction to acoustics along with acoustical challenges and resolutions in commercial buildings.

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GCBI CE

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. 

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HOW COLOR SELECTIONS IMPACT QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS

Thursday, March 28 
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

This free AIA webinar explores common care environments for the elderly and the practical application regarding high-performing, low-VOC paint. You'll learn how to specify appropriate colors and sheens of paint to positively impact quality of life, orientation, and navigation for residents and occupants.

1 LU

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Small Practice Group – SUCCESSFUL MOISTURE MANAGEMENT IN WET AREA TILE & STONE INSTALLATIONS

Friday, March 29 
8:15 - 9:30 AM | Washington, DC

Moisture-related problems, from both installation issues and natural causes, are the leading source of tile application failures. This course will focus on using Cement Coated XPS to completely manage that moisture, while also offering a high-performing tile substrate. Major areas of emphasis will include shower floors and walls for both residential and commercial applications.

1 LU

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ARCHITECTURE public LECTURE SERIES –SUSTAINABILITY & HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Wednesday, April 3
6:30 - 8:00 PM | Washington, DC

This presentation by Nakita Reed, AIA NOMA, president of Encore Sustainable Design LLC, 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. 


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

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Reappoint Casey Anderson to the Planning Board!

Montgomery County member William Kirwan appeals to Chapter membership to show support for Casey Anderson’s reappointment as Planning Board Chair.

03/11/2019 | pam@aiapv.org 

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Protecting Your Designs: Using Legends and Title Blocks to Protect Your Work Product

This article briefly addresses the importance of including legends, title blocks, and other copyright management information on design documents and the potential liability for replicating such design documents without including those markings.

03/05/2019 | pam@aiapv.org 

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Thomas Clayton Jester Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

AIA Potomac Valley is proud to announce that the 2019 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated AIAPV member Thomas Clayton Jester to its prestigious College of Fellows.

03/05/2019 | pam@aiapv.org 

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