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In This Issue

• NoVA Design Awards are OPEN

• Chapter House New Address

• In-Person Events Return to NoVA

• Interview with a Female Firm Leader

• Featured Project: Potomac Shores

• WIA 3-Part Lecture Series

• Awards & Opportunities

• Upcoming CEU Opportunities


This issue of CONNECT is sponsored by

Rockfon, and Loewen Windows of Bethesda.

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2022 Volume XVI, Issue 2

Chapter News

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From the President: Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA

As the cherry blossoms announced the oncoming season of Spring, details are beginning to firm up for several major Chapter events.

Our largest event of the year, the 2022 Design Awards, are currently open and submittals are due May 26, 2022. With a new category, plus a few additional tweaks to the submission process, the program continues to recognize 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.

May kicks off a series of membership happy hours that will be held throughout our region. We are starting to get back together in-person and, weather-permitting, we will plan to host these get-togethers outdoors while we are all reacclimating ourselves to group events. Join us May 10 in Arlington (location to be announced next week) to reengage with the Chapter, network with the Board of Directors and Committee Leadership, and make new professional connections. Bring a colleague if you would like -- we would love to meet them!

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!

1-MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: What in-person events would you participate in?

In case you haven’t heard the news, the AIA NoVA Board of Directors has decided not to renew the Chapter House lease at 1101 Duke Street. Instead, a task force is conducting a strategic analysis and programming exercise to assess our current and future needs to identify what type of space will best fit those needs for the next 5 years. During this time, staff will continue to work virtually and deliver the same level of high-quality services to which everyone is accustomed. We will also be working in collaboration with our members’ firms and local businesses to host in-person events. Our temporary new address will be 215 N. Payne Street, Suite 310, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please email any questions to Executive Director, Jaclyn Toole, Assoc. AIA at

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Growing into Firm Leadership: A Video Interview with Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA

Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, WELL AP, CEO of Little, talks to Anh Tran, Assoc. AIA, about how her career has led her to this point, things she wishes she had known, and how her involvement in the AIA helped her grow as an architect. Watch the interview now.

Featured Project

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Potomac Shores Middle School

Moseley Architects

Dumfries, VA 

Photographs © Judy Davis, Architectural Photographer

When booming enrollment required additional accommodations, Prince William County Public Schools and Moseley Architects collaborated closely to re-imagine the middle school experience. Potomac Shores Middle School signifies a major departure from PWCPS’ previous traditional school prototype to a 21st learning environment designed for world-class education. 

The needs we identified shared a forward-thinking theme that would ultimately shape the new facility. PWCPS’ enhanced career and technical education program warranted purpose-built spaces where it could flourish. Incorporating design concepts common among high schools would allow 9th graders to enter schools that may be new to them, but not unfamiliar. Later to become acutely valued after social distancing, this building needed to bring people together through spaces for student collaboration as well as features for community use.

With capacity for 1,450 students, the three-story configuration dedicates a floor level for each grade, allotting them their own distinctive classrooms, extended learning spaces, maker spaces, and collaboration spaces. All maker spaces have direct access to outdoor learning environments for experiments, testing, and group work.


A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) lab comprises three connected spaces for preparation, production, and material storage. As the building’s central hub, an expansive media center with soaring two-story windows invites an upward gaze into the sky of a world without limits.

Potomac Shores Middle School recently earned the People’s Choice Award for Architectural Exhibit from the Association for Learning Environments’ Southeast and Virginia chapters.

Visit Moseley Architects' website:

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.

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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.


NCARB's Analysis of Practice: 

Take the Survey

One of our component’s key priorities is to help advocate for advances in the profession of architecture. NCARB’s Analysis of Practice is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to help shape what is next for architecture regulation. As an AIA NoVA member, we are reaching out to invite you to participate in NCARB’s Analysis of Practice Study. The practice of architecture is constantly evolving, and this is an opportunity for us to help ensure licensure evolves with it. 

Industry News

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The latest headlines in the industry:


American Institute of Architects:  ABI March 2022: Business conditions at architecture firms strengthen further 


Building Design + Construction: Low-tech skills architects need to keep in a high-tech world 


New Atlas:  AIA Awards celebrate amazing American-made residential architecture


Fast Company: One architect's mission to bring DeafSpace design to the masses


Planetizen:  Reimagining public space in the post-COVID era


Upcoming Events

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The Month Ahead

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

April 29


J.E.D.I. IRL (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in Real Life)


Join us for the next session of 2022 in a series of informal and off the record discussions of how firms are tackling J.E.D.I. initiatives. Register Now.

April 30


Art & Architecture at Huntley Meadows


Join us at Historic Huntley for a celebration of art and architecture. Come watch artists at work and enjoy free tours. Learn more.

April 30


Tour Long Bridge Aquatic Center


Join the architects on a guided tour of this innovative community center in the heart of Arlington. Register Now.

May 2

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.

May 3

Combining Design and Function in Today's ADA Compliant Bathroom

Earn 1 AIA LU | HSW credit by attending this continuing education opportunity presented by

Schluter Systems L.P.

Register now.

May 8

Historic Waterford Walking Tour

Experience the Waterford National Historic Landmark on a guided walking tour. Open to the public. $20 charge for the tour. Learn More.

May 9

AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting

Meetings are currently virtual. All are welcome to attend. Email for the participation link.

May 11

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.

May 14

ARE® Prep: Project Planning and Design (PPD)

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

May 14

Tour of HB-Woodlawn School

Join us the architects on a guided tour of this innovative urban school in the heart of Arlington, VA. $10 charge pp to for the tour. Register now to attend.

May 17

The Champlain Tower Collapse: Analysis & Lessons Learned for Professional Design Teams

Earn 1.5 AIA LU | HSW credit by attending this continuing education opportunity. Register now to attend.

May 18

Women in Architecture Workshop 2: Branding your Company

The second of a 3-part series put together by Women in Architecture and presented by Spark LEA. Register Now to attend 1 or 2 of the remaining programs. Register Now.

May 19

Committee on Architecture in Education (CAE) Meeting


Join the Committee on Architecture for Education for our monthly committee meeting. 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 5

AIA National Photography Competition: The competition was founded to capture and honor architects, design professionals and architectural students whose amazing talents are showcased in their photographic interpretation of the designed environment.

Learn More.


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.


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.


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-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: Fort Hunt National Park (in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria) was used in World War II as an interrogation center for high-value German prisoners and also served as a location where scientists developed methods of escape for captured American soldiers. Referred to in coded communications only as “P.O. Box 1142”, it’s importance to the war effort was only declassified in the 1990s as more information about that time is publicized. Learn more. 

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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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