The Heights Building Panel Discussion Recording Now Available

On Friday, March 5, 2021, AIA Virginia and the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) convened a panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School (APS) facility in Northern Virginia. Speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Leo A Daly, APS, Silman, and Gilbane shared insights into the design and construction of this structural masterpiece.

Inspired by the values and educational mission of APS, the Heights Building serves as a model example for innovative solutions to school design. Green terraces at each floor become an extension of the classrooms, creating an indoor-outdoor learning landscape for both students and teachers — an educational oasis rather than a traditional school setting, addressing the academic needs of the school’s program while forming a vertical community within its dense urban context.

About the Panel

Tony-Saba Shiber AIA | Senior Architect, Designer at Bjarke Ingels Group
Daniel Sundlin | Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Aran Coakley, AIA | Project Manager, Bjarke Ingels Group
Andrew Graham, AIA | Senior Associate, Senior Architect, Leo A Daly
Dr. Casey Robinson | Principal, Arlington Public Schools
Jason Myers, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C | Associate, Silman
Tyler Swartzwelder, DBIA, LEED AP | Senior Project Executive, Gilbane
Jenine Kotob, AIA | Chair, AIA Northern Virginia CAE

Watch a recording of that discussion below.

Learn more about this innovative learning facility visit the AIA Northern Virginia Virtual Tour site.

Landscapes of Learning: The Heights Building

A Panel Discussion with Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane

Join the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and AIA Virginia at noon on Friday, March 5, 2021 for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School (APS) facility in Northern Virginia.

The structural masterpiece is inspired by the values and educational mission of APS and serves as a model example for innovative solutions to school design. Green terraces at each floor become an extension of the classrooms, creating an indoor-outdoor learning landscape for both students and teachers — an educational oasis rather than a traditional school setting, addressing the academic needs of the school’s program while forming a vertical community within its dense urban context.

Explore the AIA Northern Virginia Virtual Tour site.

The panel discussion features speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane.

About the Panel

Tony-Saba Shiber AIA | Senior Architect, Designer at Bjarke Ingels Group
Daniel Sundlin | Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Aran Coakley, AIA | Project Manager, Bjarke Ingels Group
Tim Duffy, AIA, LEED AP, CSI | Vice President, Leo A Daly
Andrew Graham, AIA | Associate, Leo A Daly
Dr. Casey Robinson | Principal, Arlington Public Schools
Jason Myers, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C | Associate, Silman
Tyler Swartzwelder, DBIA, LEED AP | Senior Project Executive, Gilbane
Jenine Kotob, AIA | Chair, AIA Northern Virginia CAE

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW. This event is free.

Register online.

To learn more or get involved with CAE NoVa email cae@aianova.org. Follow CAE NoVa on Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest news and activities.

 

Landscapes of Learning: A Panel Discussion about The Heights Building

Join the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and AIA Virginia at noon on Friday, March 5, 2021 for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School (APS) facility in Northern Virginia.

The structural masterpiece is inspired by the values and educational mission of APS and serves as a model example for innovative solutions to school design. Green terraces at each floor become an extension of the classrooms, creating an indoor-outdoor learning landscape for both students and teachers — an educational oasis rather than a traditional school setting, addressing the academic needs of the school’s program while forming a vertical community within its dense urban context.

The panel discussion features speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane.

About the Panel

Tony-Saba Shiber AIA | Senior Architect, Designer at Bjarke Ingels Group
Daniel Sundlin | Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Aran Coakley, AIA | Project Manager, Bjarke Ingels Group
Tim Duffy, AIA, LEED AP, CSI | Vice President, Leo A Daly
Andrew Graham, AIA | Associate, Leo A Daly
Dr. Casey Robinson | Principal, Arlington Public Schools
Jason Myers, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C | Associate, Silman
Tyler Swartzwelder, DBIA, LEED AP | Senior Project Executive, Gilbane
Jenine Kotob, AIA | Chair, AIA Northern Virginia CAE

Explore the AIA Northern Virginia Virtual Tour site.

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW. This event is free.

To learn more or get involved with CAE NoVa email cae@aianova.org. Follow CAE NoVa on Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest news and activities.

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After attending this event, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Discern the programmatic and spatial challenges associated with designing a large secondary school for a tight, urban site.
  2. Illustrate innovative structural solutions to design a complex, yet, sophisticated building that requires close collaboration between engineers and architects. 
  3. Apply concepts of resiliency and sustainability to support healthy schools, especially in an urban context. 
  4. Recall protocols and procedures to curate robust community engagement in the design process for localized and appropriate solutions.

News Makers Speak at Design Forum

This year’s Virginia Design Forum speakers are making news! On March 11, The World Economic Forum named Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects, a Young Global Leader for the year of 2014. Then, on March 28, Fast Company named Gluck+ among the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in architecture. Right on the heels of that announcement, Architect Magazine profiled BIG’s work on the Kimball Art Center.

The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum on Saturday, April 11 will feature presentations by:

Jeff Kovel, AIA, designer of the Twilight Movies’ Cullen House

[adrotate banner=”54″]Peter Gluck, GLUCK+, whose architect-led design-build Stack Apartments (a seven story infill in upper Manhattan) went up in four weeks

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, the worldwide business manager of BIG and managing principal of the firm’s New York City office

Ma Yansong, whose Absolute Towers built in Toronto represents the first major building competition outside of China won by a Chinese architect, and whose first anthology, MA YANSONG: From (Global) Modernity to (Local) Tradition, has just been published

Did you know:

  • The VSAIA Design Forum is one of the least expensive live events at which to earn health, education, and welfare AIA learning units?
  • The VSAIA Design Forum is the largest gathering of architects and related professionals devoted exclusively to design theory?
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum is in Charlottesville, beginning immediately after the University of Virginia Founder’s Day Observances (which includes a 3:30 talk, free and open to the public by this year’s Thomas Jefferson Medal Recipient Toyo Ito, Hon. FAIA)?
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum also runs concurrently with the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival, a three day series of educational seminars and festive events for the whole family focused on residential design and construction? (Only two years old, last year’s TTFF drew 17,000 people.)
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum will feature opening presentations by national AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, and Terence Riley, AIA, the Philip Johnson Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA from 1991-2006?

Time is running out to reserve your tickets. Register online today>>

Just one caveat, though. Hotel space in Charlottesville that weekend is at a premium. Get on your favorite travel accommodations website now to find a room.

The Design Forum is sponsored by:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

L. F. Jennings, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply

RMF Engineering

The Shockey Companies

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Other

Baskervill

Hayes + Ewing Design Studio

MoMA Curator to Speak at Design Forum

Photo courtesy of Architect Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Architect Magazine.

The Virginia Design Forum has gotten even more compelling with the confirmation of Terence Riley, AIA, as the opening night keynote speaker. He has been at the center of critical thinking in architecture from the very beginning of his career and will offer his insight into Dwelling: The Art of Living in Century XXI. The Forum will be held in Charlottesville on April 11-12, interwoven with the UVA Founder’s Day and the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival events.

Renowned for his museum curatorial work yet, by his own description, primarily an architect, Terence Riley, AIA, co-founded Keenen/Riley in 1984. The K/R architectural studio is widely recognized for its designs for art museums, galleries, artists, and collectors. An acclaimed author and contributor to journals and other publications on design, he lectures frequently and has taught at the Harvard GSD, among many other schools of design.

Riley served from 1991 to 2006 as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where he curated critical exhibitions on both historical figures—Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe—and contemporary architects—Rem Koolhaas, Jacques Herzog and Pierre DeMeuron, and Bernard Tschumi. From 2006 until 2010, he was director and design consultant for the Miami Art Museum (MAM), leading the institution through its transformative process of planning and designing its new waterfront facility.

Riley has advised a number of important cultural institutions in their strategic planning—in addition to his roles at MoMA and MAM—including the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid and the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires. K/R has provided master planning and programming for the Museum of Art, Design, and the Environment (Murcia, Spain), the Hangzhou Urban Cultural Center (Hangzhou, China), and the Oficina Francisco Brennand (Recife, Brazil). He was the Chief Curator of the 2011 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

Riley currently serves on the editorial board for the Architect’s Newspaper and is a past Van Alen Institute trustee.

On Saturday, the program features presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, principal, BIG, with offices in Copenhagen and New York City; Peter Gluck, principal of the New York City design-build firm GLUCK+; Jeff Kovel, founder of Skylab, Portland, Ore.; and Ma Yansong founder of MAD Architects. Each of these firms is known for outstanding residential architecture as well as a focus on community and environmental health and well-being. Register >>

Please help us thank our sponsors for their generous support of the Virginia Design Forum:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

L. F. Jennings, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply

The Shockey Companies

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Save the Date: Virginia Design Forum

Save the Date, April 11-12, for the VSAIA Design Forum

“Dwelling—The Art of Living in Century XXI”

In his keynote presentation at the 2013 ArchEx, architect, educator, and architectural critic Bernard Tschumi, FAIA, expressed his opinion that there is no over-arching architectural style at the moment, save for what he calls Iconism (aka, in some camps, the Guggenheim Effect), but …

Four wildly successful architects will gather in Charlottesville April 11-12, 2014, to put forth their own work as evidence that there is indeed a new set of principles that inspire the most-noticed architects in the world today. These are principles that foster aesthetic originality and client-centric problem-solving approaches; principles that address the challenges and opportunities that face every urban planner, architect, landscape architect, and constructor currently in practice. How do you plan, design, and build today for the lifestyles, technologies, and natural and anthropogenic uncertainties of tomorrow? This current architectural “style of the present for the future” is contextual, sensitive to the needs of all people, and predicated on the co-existing goals of restoring both environmental and economic vitality.

The Friday evening Keynote Presentation by Ma Yansong, founder of mad architecture, will kick off with a topic and speaker introduction by national AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA.

The program all day Saturday, April 12, includes presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, principal, BIG, with offices in Copenhagen and New York City; Peter Gluck, principal of the New York City design-build firm Gluck+; Jeff Kovel, founder of Skylab, Portland, Ore.; and Ma Yansong. Each of these firms is known for outstanding residential architecture as well as a focus on community and environmental health and well-being.

Come to Charlottesville in the spring, immediately following the University of Virginia Founder’s Day observances and just before Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday and Architecture Week to enjoy remembrances of the past and explore the dawning of a new future in Dwelling. Register here>>

The Virginia Design Forum is sponsored by:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply