Preserving A Magical Forest and Uniting Forward-Focused Athletics at Potomac School

The Spangler Center for Community and Athletics is conceived as a new place on the Potomac School campus that reinforces the school’s beliefs that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary and essential educational goals to support an equitable community. 

The project unites the school’s athletic programs as the primary location for all indoor athletic fitness and training, while providing a variety of new state-of-the-art spaces for athletic competition, learning and community gatherings. It improves the school’s ability to provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics, and the arts within a diverse, inclusive learning community.

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Perspectives on Resilience: Sam Bowling, AIA

The non-profit Elizabeth River Project (ERP) aims to preserve and protect the health of the Elizabeth River and its tributaries. For architect Sam Bowling, AIA, of Work Program Architects (WPA) in Norfolk, they’re a dream client that aligns with his passion for sustainable and resilient design, which he’s fostered since his architecture school at Kansas State University. In what he calls “the opportunity of his career,” Bowling worked as the lead architect on the design of the Pru and Louis Ryan Resilience Lab for ERP—an $8 million model for urban coastal living amid sea level rise.

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The Poetic of Making: Perspective from a Design Student

By Sara Saghafi Moghaddam, Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech

I am a practicing architect and researcher pursuing my doctoral studies in Architecture and Design Research at Virginia Tech. I explore topics at the intersection of architectural design and extended reality with a focus on well-being. My Ph.D. research is on incorporating virtual reality in the initial phase of the design process. I use 3D scanning of the project site, simulation, and virtual reality to develop a process that helps architects make more informed design decisions. I hold a BArch from the University of Tehran, an MArch from Milan Polytechnic University (Polimi), and an MS in Computational Design from Georgia Tech.

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Bridging Passions for a Better Profession

After nearly a decade of working in education design, Jenine Kotob, AIA, decided to focus on some of the most pressing issues facing the profession by pursuing legislative advocacy.

In my younger years, my family spent a lot of time traveling. My dad’s side of the family is from Egypt, so we would travel there every summer as kids to visit. The first time I saw the pyramids of Giza was a very profound moment, especially as a young child to see this huge structure in front of me. That was the first time my interest in architecture was sparked and it was exciting because it was an opportunity to see architecture in a non-Western context.

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Emil + Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center

By 2025, there will be a 10 million job shortfall in the skilled labor market in the US. The average age of skilled workers is 55 years old. Rising to meet these challenges, the new Emil + Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center will prepare Winchester Public Schools students and community members for the new workforce of tomorrow. The project is a product of multiple funding sources, including private donations, grants, and an unprecedented amount of state funding. A radical transformation of an existing unused elementary school, the mission of the Center is to ensure that every student is prepared and empowered with a marketable skill that leads to full, high-paying employment and that every regional industry is fully supplied with dedicated, skilled workers that will sustain and improve their business model.

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When Passions for Volunteering and Good Design Merge

Kelley Holmes, AIA, NOMA, an associate in Quinn Evans’ Richmond office, discusses in her words how finding her passions early on in her life and career were essential to her success.

For me, the true interest in architecture came from chance. My dad’s job involved him being heavy into technology and burgeoning technology, so I had the privilege from a young age of growing up in a household that had computers, which was a rarity for the late–eighties and early-nineties.

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Returning Home to Kick-start a Career

Scott Campbell, AIA, has spent more than a decade at VIA Design, which he joined after the Great Recession and where he’s now a principal, helping the firm reach new heights.

I graduated in 2009, in the middle of the recession. A significant portion of my graduating class never entered the profession. So, I took a part-time consulting job in Washington, D.C. Over a year later, I started working at VIA Design. We were a small firm when I started in 2010, and I was their third employee coming back from the recession and today we have over 15 people. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about the profession to getting licensed within four years, becoming a project architect, project manager, and then a principal by age 30.

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