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In This Issue

• Give Your Opinion on In-Person Events

• June Happy Hour Scheduled

• Upcoming Fellows Events

• Featured Project: Waynewood ES

• Citizen Architect Positions Open

• Professional Growth

• Awards & Opportunities

• Upcoming CE Opportunities


This issue of CONNECT is sponsored by

CADD Microsystems and Pella Windows & Doors,

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2022 Issue 3

Chapter News

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From the President: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA

As Memorial Day announces the beginning of Summer, I’d like to invite you to our Chapter’s next roaming Happy Hour on June 14 from 4:30-7pm at Jackson's in Reston. We are trying to reengage with the Chapter members, network with the Board of Directors and Committee Leadership, and make new professional connections. Bring a colleague and meet some new friends! 

Our largest event of the year, the 2022 Design Awards, are currently open and submittals are due today by 5pm! Submit your entries and celebrate our members’ achievements in design of the built environment and their commitment to design excellence in various practice groups. Take inventory of your recently completed projects and enter them in this year’s award program. Time is running short! 

Are you considering applying for Fellowship? If so, participate in a virtual session on June 16, as Valerie Hassett, FAIA, Chair of the NoVA Fellows Committee, provides a general introduction geared towards those who have not previously attended such a session. Sign up and learn more. 

And finally, we understand that everyone’s comfort level is different and would like to hear from you about which types of in-person events and interactions you would attend in the future. Tell us what types of events you want to see on the calendar by completing this one-minute questionnaire. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Upcoming Fellows Committee Events

Each year, the American Institute of Architects elevates select members to its prestigious AIA College of Fellows. Advancement is granted for major achievements in design, preservation, education, literature, and service. Fellowship honors architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been AIA members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration.

On June 16, our chapter's Fellows Committee will be hosting an informal discussion to demystify how one becomes a Fellow. At this event we will review general questions regarding the nomination and application process, including assessing whether one is prepared, identifying the proper category, and the application timeline. We'll also offer participants an opportunity to ask their own questions. This virtual event requires preregistration, more information is available on the chapter calendar. 

Current AIA Fellows are invited to attend this year's Region of the Virginias Fellows Fete, which will be held in Ballston on June 4. Watch your email for further details.

Featured Project

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Waynewood Elementary School

Maginniss + del Ninno Architects

Fort Hunt, VA 

Photographs © Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer

An increase in enrollment and new curriculum requirements meant that the existing, international style, 1957 Waynewood Elementary School was undersized and did not meet minimum program standards or desired configurations and adjacencies.

To address capacity and programmatic inadequacies, the design team developed a series of additions and significant interior modifications. A new welcoming, limestone-clad, entry provides controlled access to the school and maintains direct physical and visual access to the exterior. A bright, double height lobby replaces the original, dimly lit space and provides access to the offices, cafeteria and new stair. The library was centrally relocated adjacent to the new outdoor learning courtyard, and the roof height was increased to create a visual connection to the classroom wings. A new performing arts wing connects the existing building to the new, 31,000 sf two-story classroom addition. 


Phased, occupied construction was required, and included a complete modernization of the building systems. The new building footprint allowed for existing mature trees on site to be saved and stormwater runoff on site was reduced through pervious parking areas. The school is certified as a CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) Designed school. The building additions and modifications now allow the school to accommodate 750 students in bright and inviting 21st century learning spaces.

Visit Maginniss + del Ninno Architects' website:

Professional Growth

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Academy Journal

Due May 27

You are invited to submit articles, innovative project case studies, completed research projects, and monographs in the field of health care design. All disciplines are encouraged to submit (doctors, nurses, administrators, etc.). Learn More.

Bridging the Spectrum of Design Experiences

June 2 from 1:00-2:15pm EDT

The AIA Committee on Design, in collaboration with the Young Architects forum is proud to present an inspirational discussion with design leaders from across the country. Our panel bridges the worlds of emerging professionals to the most accomplished and renowned architects, highlighting the prism of design experience, education, and innovation. Earn 1.25 LU. Register and learn more.

Design Forum: South is Up 

June 3-4

Tickets are now on sale for the 15th biennial Design Forum. Taking place in Arlington, the program features an incredible line-up of visionary Latin American designers. Participate in-person or online. Learn more and get your ticket now.

WLS AIAU Session: An Architect’s Lifelong Journey Towards Career Satisfaction  

June 7 at 12:00pm EDT

Attend the first WLS virtual session in a two-part series. This panel will look at the various alternate career paths architects and designers can take along their professional journeys. Attendees will learn how to leverage their architecture degree and license to achieve greater career satisfaction by aligning career choices with personal passion. Register and learn more.

WLI Washington’s Fourth Annual Sweatworking Series, this year in collaboration with WIA Northern Virginia!

Events take place June 9, 14, 22 & 29

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Registration Link coming soon! 

We'll get fit together while supporting a great cause. This year’s proceeds from the Sweatworking Series will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. We encourage you to join our Fundraising Team for the Capital Area Food Bank

Strategic Council Applications Open

Due July 8

Are you an exemplary communicator, natural leader and reflective thinker? AIA Virginia is looking for a true representative of our state’s members, that can bring forth the diversity of perspectives within our various communities to the AIA Strategic Council. Learn more and apply.


VANOMA Summer Camp Scheduled & Looking for Volunteers

July 18-22

VANOMA’s 2022 Project Pipeline Summer Camp is scheduled for July 18th - 22nd. Planning has begun and we need your help! If you are interested in volunteering to help plan, or even work the week of the camp, please sign-up on our website via the volunteer tab. View the full list of volunteer opportunities and descriptions and consider how you would like to be involved upon sign-up.

Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS)

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.

Citizen Architects Wanted: Herndon Looking to Fill Upcoming Board Vacancies

Interested in getting involved in the local community? The Town of Herndon is looking for an architect and/or an architectural historian to fill several upcoming vacancies on their Architectural Review Board or their Historic District Review Board. Those interested are not required to live within Herndon. Please email Executive Director, Jaclyn Toole at for more information.

Industry News

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The latest headlines in the industry:

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American Institute of Architects:  ABI April 2022: Architecture firm billings continue to expand at a steady pace

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ArchinectWhat a building scientist does, and how architects can become one

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Building Enclosure: New report, The Architect's Journey to Specification, explores architect, contractor relationship

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Building Design + Construction: AIA releases Justice in the Built Environment guide, offers advice on addressing inequity in the built environment and in society

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Architect's Newspaper: Hearst Castle reopens with new tour focused on its architect, Julia Morgan


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.

May 30


Memorial Day

The Chapter will be closed in observance of the holiday and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31.

June 6


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.

June 9


WIA Sweatworking: Belly Dancing

Offered in collaboration with AIA|DC’s WLI. Come and join us for these fun In-Person events! This year’s proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. Learn more.

June 11

ARE® Prep: Project Development & Documentation (PDD)

Learn from a professional and use that knowledge to prepare for the ARE®. This session offers 6 AIA LU | HSW credits. Register now.

June 13

AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting

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

for the participation link.

June 14

Roaming Happy Hour Stops in Reston at Jackson's

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

June 14

WIA Sweatworking:


Offered in collaboration with AIA|DC’s WLI. Come and join us for these fun In-Person events! This year’s proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. Learn more.

June 15

Women in Architecture Workshop 3: Storytelling for your Brands

The final installment of the branding series put together by Women in Architecture and presented by Spark LEA. Register Now to attend the final session. Register Now.

June 16

Introduction to Fellowship

Considering applying for Fellowship? This free, virtual session provides an overview of the program and requirements. Earn 1 AIA LU | Elective credit for attending. Register Now.

June 16

Committee on Architecture in Education (CAE) Meeting


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

June 22

WIA Sweatworking:


Offered in collaboration with AIA|DC’s WLI. Come and join us for these fun In-Person events! This year’s proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. Learn more.

June 28

ADUs in Fairfax & Arlington Counties

Review and discuss the zoning and planning requirements in NoVA to increase affordable housing options and density while maximizing occupant comfort. Register Now.

June 29

WIA Sweatworking:

HITT at MADabolic

Offered in collaboration with AIA|DC’s WLI. Come and join us for these fun In-Person events! This year’s proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. Learn more.

June 29

WIA Sweatworking:

Happy Hour

Offered in collaboration with AIA|DC’s WLI. Celebrate the end of this year's series. Proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Foodbank. 

Learn more.

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Job Postings

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New Opportunity for Firms to Feature Open Positions

To expand the visibility of our Job Board, for a nominal cost, we will begin offering firms the opportunity to highlight an open position in an issue of the new CONNECT e-blast. Get more information.

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Feature Your Job Posting Here

Brief 1-2 sentence of position description.

Link to Firm Website to Apply.


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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May 26

AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards: Recognize and celebrate our members’ achievements in design of the built environment and their commitment to design excellence in various practice groups. Learn more.


May 27

SLS Next Gen Scholarship: The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) will sponsor up to two young professionals seeking licensure to attend the 2022 Summer Leadership Summit (SLS). Learn more.


May 31

AF/McAsian Fellowship Open: Students can apply for a summer travel grant to engage with John McAslan + Partners and the Manifattura Tabacchi restoration project in Florence, Italy, which features a series of important works by the master architect/engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. Learn more.


June 28

AIA Virginia Awards: AIA Virginia’s Awards for Excellence in Architecture: Recognizes outstanding design, built and unbuilt, from the past seven years, in multiple categories. Learn more. 


June 30

AIA Architecture Awards: The 2023 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. Learn more.


July 28

AIA Gold Medal: AIA’s highest annual honor recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. It is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world. Learn more. 


July 28

AIA Architecture Firm Award: Recognizes one firm that has produced notable architecture for at least a decade. AIA’s highest honor awarded to a firm whose passion and practice have earned them a permanent place on the Wall of Honor at AIA HQ. 

Learn more. 


Aug. 4

Interior Architecture Awards: Celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces, with projects ranging from a distillery visitor center to an ice rink to an 1,100 foot table, and that’s just the beginning. Learn more.  


Aug. 4

Regional & Urban Design Awards: Recognizes the best in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. Learn more.


Aug. 4

Twenty-five Year Award: Showcases buildings that set a precedent. The award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25-35 years and continues to set standards of excellence for its architectural design and significance. Learn more.  




Little Known Northern Virginia Fact: The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world and has TWICE the office space of the Empire State Building.

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The views expressed in the articles and advertisements in AIA Northern Virginia's CONNECT are those of the authors and may not reflect the official policy of the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter. No endorsement of those views or advertisements should be inferred unless specifically identified as the official policy of the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 


Jaclyn S. Toole, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director

Lorin Boswell, Membership Director

Matt Shuba, AIA, Communications Director

Jody Cranford, Partnership Director

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