This exhibition features six award-winning projects from the 2017–2019 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.The Award,
established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence, recognises examples of architectural excellence in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.
2020—one of the most tumultuous years on record—brought
about profound changes in the way we view our society, its institutions, and
our interactions with the environment. This unprecedented mix of life-changing
issues inspired the #iseeDC2020 Instagram Photo Contest theme: Architecture,
Equity, and the Pandemic.
Architects and urban designers are stewards of
public space and it is their professional and civic responsibility to influence
change—as well as elected officials—toward a more equitable built environment
for all. Politics, Protest, and Place, an ideas design competition, called
designers to rethink their built environment to bolster voices of our
communities, foster civic engagement, and promote change through design.
This is the 22nd annual CANstruction held in
DC. Over the years, the competition has donated 450 tons of food to
the Capital Area Food Bank. That’s the same weight as about five-and-a-half
Space Shuttles! CANstruction is an international competition where teams
build sculptures out of canned food. All the food is then donated to the local
food bank. Architecture and design firms comprise the teams that create and
build the structures.
The 2020 Awards Show combines award-winning
projects from two of AIA|DC’s largest competitions: Chapter Design Awards and
Washingtonian Residential Design Awards. Each year, our competitions recognize
practitioners who demonstrate excellence in design. Projects are selected by
distinguished juries of design professionals based outside of the Washington
Explore quoted criticisms, opinions, or ideas
about the built world around us by architects from around the globe who are
connected to the Washington, DC region through projects or practice. But
architects aren’t the only voices speaking about architecture. We include some
amusing, thought-provoking, or otherwise romantic words by figures from other
walks of life—artists, politicians, writers—who offer their own thoughts on
An award-winning, ongoing research and public
space advocacy initiative created by EL Studio, comprised of three
phases: Research—mapping the physical evolution of the alleys and
establishing an agenda for future development; Outreach—public
engagement, creation of awareness and the identification of program; and Advocacy—connecting
with stakeholders and the development of design proposals for new built
An exhibition of juried thesis projects by
graduating students from schools of architecture around the globe. This program,
organized by the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee, aims to spotlight the
next generation of engaged architects emerging from today’s architecture
Architect James Stokoe, AIA documented the overnight
boarding up along Wisconsin Avenue in northwest Washington, DC during the
protests that followed the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Based on
his photographs, he illustrated this rare and temporary architectural
intervention while designing a project for remembrance.
This exhibition highlights award-winning works of
landscape architecture from the 2020 Professional Awards of the Potomac Chapter
of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The range of projects
encompasses residential, private and public practice, and a variety of project
types that includes parks, campuses, plazas, historic landscapes, and more.
From his travels around the world, Donald Beekman Myer, FAIA painted doorways he encountered along his epic journey. This exhibition
features 35 mixed media artworks, mostly watercolor and color pencil,
representing places such as Cuba, Colombia, Croatia, France, and Morocco. With
this exhibition, we celebrate Don’s memory and the artistic talents he shared
with family, friends, and colleagues throughout the community.