Past Exhibitions

Explore past online exhibitions here.

Architecture in Dialogue: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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.

Politics, Protest, and Place

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.

2020 Awards Show

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 metropolitan region.

On Architecture

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 architecture.

ALLEY HOPPIN! Putting People Back in DC’s Alleys

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 interventions.

Next Generation Architects: 7th Annual Thesis Showcase

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 schools.

4x8 Cityscape

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.

2020 Professional Awards of the Potomac Chapter, ASLA

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.

Doorways: Artistic Reflections of Place

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.

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