PROVOCATIONS: Towards a New State of DC—An Architectural Case for Statehood - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, June 24 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Location


The United States is unique in world democracies for not giving the citizens of its capital full representation. The debate on how best to achieve that is gaining momentum.

Map of DC

Should DC:

  • Become a State?
  • Retrocede to Maryland?
  • Stay unrepresented in Congress?
  • Stay unrepresented but not pay federal taxes?
  • Should the portion of Virginia retroceded before the Civil War be reunited to a new State of DC?

Is this an architectural issue? If so, what would be the consequence on the future development and practice of architecture in a new State of DC?

Join this esteemed panel of architects to address these and other provocative questions.


Douglas Palladino, AIA — Architect and Adjunct Faculty, The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning


Abigail R. Brown, AIA — Associate at Hickok Cole and 2021 AIA National Young Architects Forum Chair

Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA — Studio Designer at Winstanley Architects

Kristopher Takács, AIA — Director at SOM and AIA|DC President

Morina Peterson, AIA, NOMA — Architectural Studio Director at Harrell Design Group

This program is part of PROVOCATIONS, a Debate on Design series organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss why the push for DC statehood is gaining traction.
  • Examine the ways DC statehood will differ from the District of Columbia.
  • Explore motives for and against DC statehood as it pertains to architectural practice and its impact on the community.
  • Identify potential consequences DC statehood might have on future development.