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In This Issue

• Member Town Hall with AIA Virginia

• Honors & Nominations Open

• Design Awards Gala: Tickets on Sale

• August Happy Hour in Alexandria

• Featured Project: Capital One Hall

• WIA Summer Social

• Citizen Architect Positions Open

• Professional Growth

• Awards & Opportunities

• Upcoming CE Opportunities


This issue of CONNECT is sponsored by

Mosaic Express

2022 Issue 3

Chapter News

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From the President: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA

With the Summer already almost half over, I hope you have found some time to relax and enjoy the season. In the spirit of summer vacation, we have two opportunities coming up to get away from the daily grind and socialize with your fellow architects. First, the WIA Committee is holding their Summer Social at The Winery at Bull Run on Aug. 6 from 11am to 3pm. Next, we are planning our third all-chapter roaming happy hour on Aug. 15 at Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria. Registration is not required but is encouraged so we have an idea of how many people for which to plan.

We are excited to host a virtual Membership Town Hall with AIA Virginia's Leadership: President Robert Easter, FAIA, and Interim EVP Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, on Aug. 25. AIA VA wants to hear from you, the members. Provide suggestions for enhancing member service and support and learn more about current programs and resources. Please submit any question(s) or ideas you may have to be addressed live via Zoom. 

Finally, to usher the Summer out with good thoughts, we are touting the Chapter’s various Awards programs. First up are nominations for the Chapter Honor Awards. Is there someone whose work you feel should be acknowledged by the Chapter? Someone who has helped the membership, or advanced a particular committee? If so, read more about various award requirements and consider submitting on your nominee’s behalf. To wrap up this note, I encourage you to support the Chapter and your colleagues by joining us at the 2022 Design Awards Gala. The premier event of the Chapter, our Design Awards will be awarded at our first in-person gala in years at Capital One Hall on Aug. 25. Excellence in design will be on display and we hope to see you there!

Design Award Gala

The Design Awards Gala returns to an in-person event this year. To be held on Aug. 25, 2022, at the Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia, the gala officially begins at 5:30pm. Preview the event's location in the Featured Project section below.


Join us to honor this year’s AIA Northern Virginia’s Design Award Recipients. Hear commentary from our Philadelphia jurors on each winning project and network with colleagues and design leaders that you may not have seen in far too long. Add in a venue designed by a Northern Virginia architecture firm, educational tour, good food and good company, surely a great night is to be had. We hope to see you there.

Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. No tickets will be sold the day of the event or at the door. Early bird and bundle pricing are available through 5pm on Aug. 5. Purchase tickets now! 

Limited spaces are available for gala attendees to participate in a tour of the venue and earn 1 AIA LU|HSW. During the online checkout process for gala tickets you will have the option to add-on building tour tickets. 

Featured Project

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Capital One Hall


Tysons, VA 

Photographs Courtesy of HGA © Alan Karchmer 

The HGA-designed Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia is the heart of Capital One Center, a new 24.5-acre, mixed-use urban redevelopment of Capital One’s corporate headquarters.

The flexible new corporate and performing arts center stands at a hub of multi-modal transportation options and brings together key features of urban life, including street-level retail, state-of-the-art performance and event spaces (The Atrium: 1,300-person flexible space, The Vault: 225-seat black box theater, The Main Theater: 1,600-seat performance hall), and a fully landscaped public rooftop park (The Perch), featuring a biergarten, open-air amphitheater, bocce courts, and sculpture garden.

7,000 slabs of white Italian Carrara marble form The Hall’s exterior façade, punctuated with vertical windows embedded in the folds of the envelope to catch and reflect light into public spaces while minimizing glare and solar heat gain.

Inside, the serrated design of The Atrium’s 57-foot ceiling echoes the building façade and provides deep areas suited to tree planting for the rooftop garden.

The deep granite flooring contrasts with warm walnut paneling and metal accents, framing the windows and shaping The Hall’s major event spaces.

Sandwiched between the Wegmans loading dock and The Perch, The Main Theater design incorporates a “box-in-box” structural approach and meticulous engineering, driven by the need to mitigate the noise and vibration from the surrounding human and vehicular activity. Rubber padding insulates the performance spaces, while the perforated metal of the theater’s interior walls conceal advanced acoustic enhancement systems for optimal sound quality.

Given the building’s vertical space limitations, the design allows the audience to be much closer to the stage than is typical, offering patrons a more intimate experience. The project has achieved LEED 2009 NC Gold Certification.

Visit HGA's

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. 

AIA 360 Mentoring: Towards a New Practice

Beginning this Fall

AIA Northern Virginia, AIA|DC, and AIA Potomac Valley are teaming up to offer a tri-chapter mentoring program. This year’s theme, “Towards a New Practice” will focus on what it takes to be an architect in a post-pandemic world. Content will focus on hiring and retention, balance at home and in the office, mental health, and flexible work environments. AIA 360 Mentoring is a year-long program where participants with a broad range of experiences develop non-hierarchical relationships with other architectural professionals in a safe and nurturing environment. Groups of 5-6 individuals will be paired to meet in between full-group general sessions with programing provided by the Chapters. Look out for more information and registration later this summer. 

AIA Film Challenge 2022 is now open

Register by Aug. 22

This year's challenge calls for stories of architects working with civic leaders to design sustainable, equitable communities. Got a story worth sharing? Register by August 22 to submit your 1.5- to 3-minute documentary-style film produced on any kind of device. You could win up to $7,000. For more information,


Integrating Sustainable Systems with Custom Residential Design: A Construction Tour

Aug. 17 from 4-6pm EDT; Networking and refreshments from 4-4:30pm EDT

Join AIA/PV and the Capital Area CRAN for a construction tour of a custom home in West Friendship, Maryland, which was designed with a focus on sustainability. The tour will be led by the project architect and by the designer/installer of the geothermal HVAC system, which is also integrated with a solar array as part of the project. Learn about the fundamentals of the geothermal system in particular, and how it was designed to integrate seamlessly with this high-quality home. Understand the many benefits of choosing a geothermal system, including incentives and rebates that could help your clients choose green. 1.5 AIA LU|HSW, limited to 30 Attendees. Learn more and register.  

National Associates Committee Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in advocacy, mentorship, and other aspects affecting emerging professionals? The National Associates Committee needs volunteers to help improve the industry. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard at the national level. Apply Now.

Chapter Honors & Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted thru Aug. 12

AIA Northern Virginia has officially opened the nomination process for its annual Honor Awards. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations are subject to the review, discussion and acceptance of the Honors and Nominations committee. Decisions are final, but nominations may be held over for additional future consideration. Learn more about the requirements of each category, and their past recipients. Submit a nomination. 


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.

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.

Citizen Architects Wanted: Virginia Department of Education is looking for Architects

Interested in advising on a green building instructional unit for the Commonwealth of Virginia? If you are a licensed architect and have a LEED certification you can participate. Please email Executive Director Jaclyn Toole at for more information.

Industry News

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The latest headlines in the industry:

American Institute of Architects:  ABI June 2022: Architecture firm billings continue to report modest billings growth

ArchinectAmerica's largest cities have seen a spike in commercial and multifamily starts during first half of 2022

Architectural Record: Tenant Rights and Sustainability Retrofits: A Tough

Balancing Act

Building Design + Construction: All-electric buildings – great! But where's all that energy going to be stored?

Architect's Newspaper: AIA champions approved recommendations to modernize Congressional facilities and practices

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.

July 29 Deadline


2022 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards


Fairfax County is now accepting submissions. The awards program aims to celebrate and raise awareness of outstanding planning and design projects among design professionals and the public. Learn more.



Board of Directors Meeting Announcement


There will not be a Board of Directors meeting in the month of August. Enjoy your summer vacation! The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 12 from 4:30-6:00pm. Learn more.

August 6


Women in Architecture

Summer Social


Join WIA at Bull Run Winery. Picnic tables are reserved for wine tasting and snacks will be provided. Carpooling opportunities are available. 


August 10


Women in Architecture

Book Chat


This is a shame-free book club: You do not need to have completed the book, merely show an interest in it. 

Sign up now.

August 11


Understanding Window & Door Performance Terms


Learn to select and specify products based on building performance requirements.  

This session offers

1 AIA LU|HSW. Presented by Pella Mid-Atlantic.

Sign-up now.

August 15


Roaming Happy Hour Stops in Alexandria at Blackwall Hitch


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

August 18

Committee on Architecture in Education (CAE) Meeting


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

August 25


Membership Town Hall with AIA Virginia Leadership


AIA VA wants to hear from you, the members. Provide suggestions for enhancing member service and support and learn more about current programs and resources. Submit your questions now.

August 25


Design Awards Gala


It's been 2 years, but we are back in-person this year (and online). Mark your calendars! Event and ticket information is available now. Early bird pricing ends. Aug. 5.

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.

Sign-up now.

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Job Postings

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Open Position in the Alexandria Office of International Firm


Have an open position to highlight in an issue of the CONNECT e-blast? Get more information.

Project Manager II - Architecture


Michael Baker International is seeking an enthusiastic, articulate, motivated Project Manager II to join our dynamic and growing Architectural team at our Alexandria, VA office. 


The successful candidate will be an architect that demonstrates significant experience with Federal clients delivering their large, complex Architectural/Engineering (A/E) projects, including Design/Build delivery, that includes geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary, collaborative project design teams composed of architects, civil engineers, building systems engineers and interior designers. 


Learn more. Apply Now.


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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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.  


Aug. 12

AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Honors: The nomination process for its annual Honor Awards has officially opened. Self-nominations are accepted. Learn more about the requirements of each category, and their past recipients. Submit a nomination.


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. 




Little Known Northern Virginia Fact: Before Virginia was divided into counties, it was segmented into what are known as shires. Was that enough to inspire Tolkien? We will never know...

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