The Washington Architecture Foundation (WAF), founded in 1988 by AIA|DC, is committed to using its resources to make a difference in our diverse community. We strive to create public engagement in Architecture that fosters awareness and vitality, impacting the District and its residents for future generations.

The Washington Architectural Foundation makes a difference to children of all ages through in-school sessions and weekend and summer camp programs at the District Architecture Center (DAC)….

  • Architecture in the Schools volunteers work with nearly 1000 elementary school to students each year to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills.
  • At DAC, Tools of the Trade and Archi-Builder teach middle-schoolers skills in drawing, model-making, site design, sustainability, theater set design, and more.
  • Architectural walking tours expose kids to new perspectives about their community.
  • The Design Like a Girl Mentoring Program enhances STEM skills and introduces girls to female role models in architecture, engineering and construction.
  • Design in Action pairs DC Public School 11th graders with leading local architecture firms for a week-long spring break internship.
  • Barbara Laurie Scholarships help DC students who want to pursue an architecture degree. 

And there’s more….  

Each April, Architecture Month ignites a celebration of architecture in the nation’s capital with programs, lectures, and tours at the District Architecture Center and around town. 

Canstruction brings together architecture, engineering and construction firms to build monumental “sculptures” out of tons of canned goods which are then donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Pro Bono Design Services give nonprofit community organizations access to high quality design.

It is your support that makes it possible for WAF to offer these programs to the kids and adults in our community and every little bit helps keep them going strong.


2017 Annual Report