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In This Issue

• Structures Course Returns

• 360 Mentoring Registration Opens

• Call for Education Session Proposals

• Sept Happy Hour in Mosaic District

• Featured Project: Italianate Bungalow

• Autumn Social

• The Latest ABI Report

• Professional Growth

• Awards & Opportunities

• Upcoming CE Opportunities


This issue of CONNECT is sponsored by

Shannon Mullins & Wright LLP

2022 Issue 5

Chapter News

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From the President: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA

Summer wraps up with two special events today. Over the lunch hour, we are hosting a virtual Membership Town Hall with AIA Virginia Leadership with AIA Virginia President Robert Easter, FAIA, and Interim EVP Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA. We close out today with a celebration of architectural excellence alongside our peers through our annual Design Award Gala. Congratulations to tonight's many winners, and I encourage you to keep an eye out for the link to review the winning projects online.

It was great to see everyone at the last roaming happy hour in Alexandria. I look forward to seeing even more of you on Sept. 21 in the Mosaic District at Caboose Commons, for our next networking happy hour.  

The changing seasons also present another networking opportunity at our Autumn Social, to be held in October. This is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow AIA NoVA members and renew old friendships. While Chapter voting will again be completed virtually this year, we will be presenting our chapter honors at this event as well as announcing the election winners forming the 2023 Board.

Although the weather will get colder, we’ve planned to heat up the programming for you! We are excited to announce two excellent programs arriving this Fall. Prof. David Thaddeus is returning for a weekend Structures refresher seminar in October, and 360 Mentoring is back – this year bigger and better than ever – as a tri-chapter collaboration with AIA|DC and AIA Potomac Valley. We hope you’ll join us to share in the learning and the circular mentorship that always transpires.  

David Thaddeus Returns to the Chapter

AIA Northern Virginia is proud to announce the return of Prof. David Thaddeus to the Chapter to refresh seminar attendees on the critical topic of Structures. Digesting Structures: A Visual Presentation of Structural Themes for Aspiring and Established Architects is a virtual 2-day course taking place on Oct 8-9, 2022, and offering 12 AIA HSW|LUs. 

Since structures is now included within several tests, a fundamental knowledge of the topic and its application is now more important than ever. Whether you’re studying for several divisions of the ARE® exam or are an established architect, this seminar will review the basic concepts of statics and the mechanics of materials, along with a selection of appropriate structural systems for different design criteria. 

Presented as a set of criterion and in-process construction photos, the seminar will include general discussions of axial, perpendicular and eccentric loading. Additionally, focus will be on the lateral stability of building structures, including discussion and presentation of concepts such as Moment Resisting Frames, Braced Frames, Diaphragms and Shear Walls. A survey of foundations and retaining walls, along with an overview of wind and seismic forces will also be addressed. Learn more and register now.

Featured Project

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Italianate Bungalow

Moore Architects, PC

Fall Church, VA

Photographs Courtesy of Moore Architects, PC © Anice Hoachlander

The goal of this project was to create an age-in-place home for a retired empty-nester couple. The program for the house places all of the primary functions for daily living on the main level. The second-floor space contains an additional family room and bedrooms. Additional entertaining, bedroom and support spaces are on the lower level. The interior is arranged around a major cook–eat–live space with peripheral study, support spaces, a primary bedroom wing, and screened porch wing. Each floor is accessed using a major sun-filled stair tower. Ten-foot main floor ceilings are scaled to the space. The strong center axis connects the street front and rear terrace entrances bisecting the major space with a broad front porch and rear terrace.

The architecture of the exterior creates a visual connection to the southern bungalow style with an Italianate influence found in 19th-century New Orleans houses. The white clapboard, standing seam metal roof, and black sashed windows create a crisp, modern interpretation of the American traditional house.

Across the rear grass yard-court created for lawn sports, the Italianate style continues with a small white clapboard barn structure to hold the owners' classic red Ford pickup truck. The barn transitions to the rear with a more agrarian structure paying tribute to the mid-western farm buildings of the owners' youth. This structure connected to the rear of the barn contains a collection of two forms, the first holding a workshop and the second a home-concert music hall.

The half-acre property gently slopes downhill to wooded rear parkland allowing the barn structure to recede from the more formal main house site. The final massing of the house creates a less imposing 1½ story structure that fits perfectly into the established neighborhood. Careful site design allows the preservation of significant mature trees. Special attention was made to the engineering of the foundation and the use of a permeable paver driveway to minimize the impact on the trees and the environment. The siting and architecture of the house and outbuilding are meant to convey a sense of history and permanence.

Visit Moore Architects, PC

Professional Growth

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Free Series on Embodied Carbon

Every Tuesday through Oct. 4 from Noon-1:30pm EDT 

Join AIA Virginia’s COTE Committee for this multi-part free series worth 1.5 AIA LU|HSW per session. The series is designed to help designers understand embodied carbon and immediately apply that knowledge to projects to reduce emissions and get to zero carbon. Unlike operational carbon, which can be reduced during a building’s lifetime, embodied carbon is “locked in” as soon as a building is completed. Over the series, you’ll learn how to measure, manage, and implement practical solutions from expert practitioners including architects and sustainable building product manufacturers. Buildings contribute about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, and embodied carbon is a big slice of the pie. Learn more and register. 

360 Mentoring: Towards a New Practice

Registration Opens Aug. 26

“Towards a New Practice” is a year-long mentoring program offered in partnership by AIA Northern Virginia, AIA|DC, and AIA Potomac Valley to address the challenges of architectural practice in a post-pandemic world.  

The program will kick off in September and conclude in May. Three all participant virtual events will anchor the program with content focused on hiring and retention, balance at home and in the office, mental health, and flexible work environments. Participants will also be sorted into smaller groups of up to 5 people, varying in experience levels, to allow for more casual opportunities for networking, advice and connection. These groups will be given the choice of in person or virtual meetings. 

The goal of 360 mentoring is to allow for participants of all ages to discuss the arc of their careers and consider the impacts of mentoring beyond the traditional top-down approach. Participants will be expected to commit to attending all three virtual meetings and a minimum of three of the four small group meetings. Register Now.

2022 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grants

Submissions Due Sept. 1

The Upjohn program funds up to six research grants of $15,000-$30,000 per recipient annually for projects completed in a 6- to 18-month period. Research should be relevant and applicable to practicing architects. Upjohn Research grant funding will be allocated to projects related to the priorities outlined in AIA’s Climate Action Plan and AIA’s Strategic Plan. Submit a proposal.

Are You Using BIM on Your Next Project?

Sept. 12

Learn the legal implications of BIM and how to reflect its use in your contract documents. Expert presenters will explain the new structure of the documents, some new terms included within the documents, and the rationale and intent behind some of the changes. Register Now.

Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS)

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1

For the first time, WLS - the largest event for women architects and designers in the country will be held in Silicon Valley, CA - the global center for technology and innovation. WLS 2022 will bring diverse leaders together, with a focus on firm leadership, advancing business knowledge, proactive career management, and personal empowerment. Learn more and register.

Lead an Educational Session at A'23

Submissions due Sept. 30

Each year, the AIA Conference on Architecture hosts the industry’s best continuing education in architecture and design. Now is your chance to submit a proposal for an education session at A’23. 

Show the groundbreaking ways you’re taking climate action and designing healthier, equitable, more sustainable communities and projects. Share the new best practices that are winning you more work or changing your business. Or demonstrate how technology upgrades that are streamlining your practice. Learn more.

2023 Call for Speakers: Getting to Zero

Submissions due Sept. 30

Share your work and ideas at the 2023 Forum. The Getting to Zero Forum aims to accelerate action by state and local governments and building industry professionals to create a clean energy future for the built environment. Consider joining leading experts to share your knowledge of building efficiency and decarbonization at the Forum and through our virtual programming. The forum is seeking speaker submissions for consideration in the following categories: 

Building-Grid Integration, Codes and Policy, Design Innovation and Building Performance, Electrification, Embodied Carbon, Finance and Development, and

Market Development. Learn more.

2022 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference

Oct. 6-7

Registration is now open for AIA/ACSA’s third annual virtual Intersections Research Conference: Resilient futures. This conference will bring together researchers, architects, designers, policymakers, and more from practice and academia to share their vision of an improved future. There will be four thematic tracks: equitable futures, healthy futures, engaged futures, and expanded futures. Register now.

Architecture Exchange East

Nov. 2-4

Join your colleagues in Richmond (or online) at Architecture Exchange East (ArchEx) as AIA Virginia begins our return to normalcy. ArchEx provides an opportunity for collaboration and explores how the profession can make the profession an ever-increasing service; develop design responses and ideas to support our communities; and, contribute to healthier communities and the overall well-being of their inhabitants. Registration is expected to launch in early Sept.

Industry News

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The latest headlines in the industry:

American Institute of Architects:  ABI July 2022: Architecture Billings Index slows but remains healthy

Architect's Newspaper: Advances in technology, along with societal concerns about sustainability, shape contemporary glazing applications  

dezeen: Mass-timber office in Portland is world's largest commercial Living Building

Building Design + Construction: Denver builds the nation’s first carbon-positive hotel

Archinect: Researchers develop colorful solar panels to allow for more attractive design options

Upcoming Chapter Events

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The Month Ahead

Get the latest list of continuing education opportunities, committee meetings and activities, plus chapter events.

August 26

360 Mentoring: Reg. Opens


“Towards a New Practice” is a year-long mentoring program offered in partnership by AIA Northern VirginiaAIA|DC, and AIA Potomac Valley to address the challenges of architectural practice in a post-pandemic world. Learn more.

August 29

Women in Architecture Committee Meeting


Please join us on the first Monday of each month to plan upcoming events for Women in Architecture. Learn more.

August 31

The Uncoupling Principle

Examine the evolution of tile setting techniques, and learn the benefits and limitations of each stage of development.  

This session offers

1 AIA LU|HSW. Presented by Schluter Systems L.P.

September 5


Labor Day 


The Chapter will be closed in observance of the holiday and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

September 8


Moisture Management in Tiled Showers


Compare traditional waterproofing systems with modern technology to discover how tiled showers have evolved. This session offers

1 AIA LU|HSW. Presented by Schluter Systems L.P.

Sign-up now.

September 12


AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting

Meetings are currently virtual. All are welcome to attend. Email 

for the participation link.

September 13


Technology + Cities: Reshaping the Urban Landscape


From smart infrastructure to energy and transportation, architectural design must adapt to support and advance new and developing technologies. This session offers

1.5 AIA LU|HSW. Register now.

September 15

Committee on Architecture in Education (CAE) Meeting


Join the Committee on Architecture for Education for our monthly committee meeting. Learn more.

September 21


Roaming Happy Hour Stops in Reston at Caboose Commons

Join us to reengage with the Chapter, network with the Board of Directors and Committee Leadership, and make new professional connections. RSVP.

September 22

Porcelain Pavers – Quality To The Core


Identify porcelain paver advantages while increasing your knowledge of uses and limitations in a variety of applications. This session offers 1 AIA LU|HSW. Presented by Hanover Architectural Products.

Sign-up now.

September 29

Fiberglass Fenestration in Commercial Buildings

Examine the benefits of specifying fiberglass composite windows and doors in any climate and building type. This session offer 1 AIA LU|HSW. Presented by Pella Mid-Atlantic. Sign-up now.

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Job Postings

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An Opportunity to get Your Job Openings in Front of Additional People

Highlight your Open Positions in an upcoming issue of the CONNECT e-blast.  Get more information.

Feature Your Job Posting Here


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Looking for New Career Opportunities: Send AIA NoVA your Resumes

The Chapter maintains a resume bank for those seeking new opportunities. If you wish to include your resume in the resume bank, please send it as a PDF to

If you are hiring and wish to see resumes from the resume bank, email your request to and indicate what experience level you require, i.e. student, 0-4 years, 5-10 or 11+, and we will email you appropriate resumes.

An additional source for both employers and job-seekers is the National AIA Career Center.

Awards & Opportunities

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Sept. 15

AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture: This award, known as the Thomas Jefferson Award, was established in 1992 to recognize the importance of public officials or individuals who by their role and advocacy have furthered the public’s awareness and appreciation of design excellence in public architecture. Learn more. 


Sept. 15

Whitney M. Young Jr. Award: This award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness, or universal access. Learn more. 


Oct. 20

Housing Awards: It’s a life necessity, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and many people’s first and most personal encounter with architecture: the house. By recognizing the best in home design, AIA Housing Awards show the world how beauty, safety, sustainability, and comfort can come together. Learn more.




Little Known Northern Virginia Fact:

Eight (8) U.S. Presidents have been born in Virginia! Can you list all 8? 

The list consists of: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson.

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