Call for Proposals - Summer of Architecture

  • Date

    Thursday, April 28 2022-Friday, May 20 2022

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

Summer of Architecture, a celebration of architecture’s role, legacy, and influence across the District of Columbia, is presented by AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation.



To immerse is to plunge into or involve deeply. This year, reemerge from the pandemic and immerse yourself in the building arts. Sense the city around you like never before.

As the isolation of the pandemic subsides, curate new experiences around the city—deep dive into the world of architecture, design, and urbanism. Go beyond sightseeing to engage, through a critical lens, with sites of cultural and historic significance. Interact with design practitioners and discover secrets to curating the built world around us.

The theme immersion aims to reignite the flames of curiosity by encouraging connection between people and the building arts in new and experiential ways.


Summer of Architecture programming is intended for a wide audience including architects, allied professionals, design enthusiasts, students, and the public. Programs should be informative yet engaging.

Dates & Deadlines*

Events occur from June 21 to September 22, 2022

Call for Proposals Announced | April 28, 2022

Early Proposals Due for events between June 21–August 12, 2022 | May 20, 2022

Notification of Approved Early Proposals | May 27, 2022

Late Proposals Due for events between August 13–September 22, 2022 | July 12, 2022

Notification of Approved Late Proposals | July 19, 2022

Registration Open | June 7, 2022


*all dates subject to change

Partner & Participate

Participation is open to organizations, cultural institutions, design firms, local businesses, and universities, as well as individuals who cultivate, promote, and support the building arts.

Why Partner

  • Demonstrate your commitment to the building arts
  • Encourage collaboration and creativity within your team
  • Connect with people and organizations to establish new relationships
  • Expose your brand or message to the design community and the public
  • Showcase your business or work to a diverse audience

Programming Opportunities

AIA|DC/WAF encourages proposals across disciplines: architecture, arts, construction, design, engineering, history, interiors, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Engage the community by organizing or hosting events around the city.

  • Exhibitions
  • Films
  • Kids Programs
  • Lectures
  • Open Houses/Mixers
  • Panel Discussions
  • Tours—Building & Walking
  • Workshops

Terms & Conditions

There is no fee to propose and participate in Summer of Architecture programming.

AIA|DC/WAF will evaluate proposals to determine if they consider the theme critically and creatively and demonstrate feasibility and impact.

Events must be open to the public.

AIA|DC/WAF encourages free or low-cost admission pricing for attendees where possible but understands special pricing may vary depending on the type of event or production costs at the intended site or venue.

The District Architecture Center is not intended to be a primary venue for events—AIA|DC/WAF reserves the right to dictate pricing and retain fees for any event proposed and approved at the District Architecture Center.

Partner Agreement

Partners agree to:

  • Plan, produce, and manage their event.
  • Secure licenses and permitting for their event, if applicable.
  • Pay expenses related to their event, including but not limited to staffing, activities, entertainment, food and beverage, security, etc.
  • Advertise their event through email, newsletters, and/or social media with their members, clients, and consumers.
  • Ensure event space is ADA accessible where possible and provide ASL and language interpretation if requested by an attendee.
  • Provide AIA|DC/WAF with complete and accurate details related to their event, including but not limited to venue, presenter name, description, date, time, etc.
  • Provide AIA|DC/WAF with attendance counts after the event.