The District Architecture Center is closed until further notice
As architects, we are agents of change
Our mission is to empower our members, profession and community to advance the value of architecture and design in Washington DC.
We envision Washington DC will lead the nation in creating a more resilient future.
Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects serves the Nation's Capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today.
The District Architecture Center (DAC), in the heart of DC's bustling Penn Quarter District, is where architecture meets the city. If you enjoy architecture, DAC is the place for you.
We are architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, teachers, and students working to improve access to all the benefits and opportunity that design offers. Through programs in and out of school, scholarships, design services for community non-profits, and design competition that supports the Capital Area Food Bank, WAF uses its resources wisely to offer help and make change where it is needed most.