Tour & Talk: Rediscovering Jefferson's Rotunda Capitals in the Twenty-First Century
Co-Sponsored by the Washington Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ICAA
April 15, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tektonics Design Group - 702 East 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
1 AIA LU
When Thomas Jefferson designed the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in the years before its construction in 1822-26, his intention was to represent the "authority of nature and power of reason." This crowning element of the University was inspired by the Roman Pantheon, documented in Jefferson’s edition of Palladio. The University’s curriculum included astronomy among its courses, and Jefferson at one point planned to paint the interior of the dome with images of the night sky that could be moved by a control. In imitating a model from antiquity, Jefferson hoped to make a building which would demonstrate the seriousness of his project and educate the taste of his countrymen. As he said in a note to Madison, referring to the model for his capitol in Richmond, "It has obtained the approbation of fifteen or sixteen centuries, and is, therefore, preferable to any design which might be newly contrived. . . . It will be superior in beauty to anything in America, and not inferior to anything in the world.”
When the University of Virginia began its long-planned renovation and restoration of the Rotunda, their architects knew a key element would involve the recreation of the original Composite Corinthian capitals that ringed the interior of the Dome Room. Richmond industrial design firm Tektonics Design Group was selected to design and fabricate the 40 reproduction capitals for the Rotunda in as close to original detail as possible. This proved challenging, as the devastating 1895 fire that gutted the Rotunda also destroyed a great deal of primary source material and documentation related to its construction, thereby limiting resource materials. Working from select nineteenth-century photographs (and under the guidance of the University of Virginia preservationists) Tektonics went through a year-long modeling, design, & prototyping phase before jumping into full-scale production mode of the capitals in the fall of 2015. By integrating 21st-century advanced design and manufacturing with traditional handcraft and sculptural techniques, the team at Tektonics developed a process to reproduce Jefferson’s 40 capitals—carved from solid mahogany--in just five months.
Join us for a tour through the shop, see the story of the design and fabrication of the recreation capitals, and hear a talk on the significance of Jefferson’s classicism from renowned architectural historian and Jefferson scholar, Carroll William Westfall.
Please RSVP for this event by clicking here.
"Deco at CNB Apartments" at the Central National Bank Building
March 16, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
219 East Broad Street
Meet at corner of Broad & Third Streets
1 IDP credit hour in Construction Administration
1 LU/HSW (pending)
The Central National Bank building is a steel-frame, brick and limestone-clad skyscraper that rises twenty-four stories and dominating the skyline of this portion of Richmond. The most significant interior space is a public banking hall, featuring a richly ornamented coffered ceiling, patterned terrazzo floors, and bronze decorative features. Adjacent to the main building is a smaller, four-story Annex, which originally housed a series of shops known as the Broad-Grace Arcade. The Interior Arcade remains although the shop fronts were removed before present ownership. There are 200 total apartments that are being constructed in the Annex and Tower. A fitness center, clubhouse, business center, and lounge will be constructed on the first floor of the Annex and a roof deck constructed on the roof of the four story Annex.
Join AIA Richmond for our 13th Annual Golf Social.
Date: Monday May 23, 2016
Location: Willow Oaks Country Club
6228 Forest Hill Avenue
For registration information, click here.
10:00 AM - Registration, driving range, and putting greens open
11:30 PM - Shotgun start for play
4:30 to 6:30 PM - Cocktail party and presentation of prizes.
Event Format: Captain’s Choice - each foursome member tees off, then the group proceeds to the spot of the foursome’s best drive, from which each in the foursome hits the next shot.
Foursome Format: The golf committee may arrange foursomes, or you can socialize with your own, as you prefer. Please write a note to let us know on your registration form.
- Closest to the Line
- Best putt at the practice green at the turn
- Raffle (scorecard- and raffle ticket-based; play to have fun; turn in your foursome’s scorecard for the drawing for a prize. There will be no lowest score award, other than bragging rights.)
Registration Fee: $49.95 per Associate AIA Members under 30 years old on 5.23.16 $100 per AIA Architect/Associate AIA Members
$120 per AIA Allied Member
$150 per non-member
Includes: Lunch, golf greens fees, range balls, carts, three tickets for event libations, on-course snacks, cocktail party, and prizes. Remember: space is limited, so register now. Sponsorship opportunities available as well!
: Construction Documents & Services: AIA Documents
Hobie Andrews & Sean Golden of Vandeventer Black, LLP
Hourigan Construction Corporation 411 E. Franklin Street, Suite 400 Richmond, VA 23219
“Coach” Training Room
Monday, March 21, 2016 6:00pm – 9:00pm
About the Course:
The Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to offer the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) Seminar for AIA Documents related to the Construction Documents and Services exam. This course provides an overview of contract principles & AIA documents, as well as provide discussion on key provisions and principles related to key AIA Documents.
The course fee is $15 per person.
Minimum # of participants: 10 Maximum # of participants: 30
March 10, 2016
Virginia Museum of Architecture & Design
11:45 am - Registration & Lunch
12:00 pm - Program
Green Roof Design Considerations
Presented by: Riverbend Nursery, LLC
With a focus on the LiveRoof® fully-grown invisible modular green roof system, this presentation provides an overview of green roofs, including system options and design and specification considerations such as plant selection, irrigation, mitigation of wind pressure and fire risk, sloped applications, and warranty options.
AIA Credits pending approval.
ADA Compliant Signage
February 11, 2016
Acorn Sign Graphics
4109 West Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23230
11:45 am - Registration & Lunch
12:00 pm - Program
1 AIA CES LU/HSW
Presenter: Adam Canady, Acorn Sign Graphics
This course will educate the attendee about all current US & International ADA/Accessibility requirements (including the 2010 Standard (SAD) as it relates to room identification signs, and will provide education about the technical characteristics (geared toward helping specifiers) concerning the most commonly used material (photopolymer) for Accessible/ADA compliant signage.
NCARB seeks volunteers for their FY17 committees. For more information, please see the memorandum below from Kristine A. Harding, NCARB, AIA First Vice President/President-Elect. Memorandum includes information on how to apply and appropriate links.