Architecture is the art that surrounds us—in more ways than one—creating scenes, setting moods, and telling stories. We find buildings and spaces in surprising places: in books, on canvas, in film, and on paper—even in games! How have you discovered architecture lately?

Architecture Everywhere is a monthly series exploring how architecture comes to life in unexpected ways through other arts and humanities disciplines. Join us each month as we focus on a new theme or topic. Guest speakers present a visual talk, followed by creative exchange with the audience.

Architecture Everywhere is organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation for 2021.

Talking with Architecture
February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm
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Architecture is already exhibition. To put architecture on display, then, is to make it talk. Architecture exhibitions translate the built environment into other forms of communication. They make legible architecture’s influences and motivations and reveal its ambitions and speculations. They are an extension of the work of architecture into other territories.

In Talking with Architecture, Andrea Dietz will give a brief history and overview of the paradoxical practice of exhibiting architecture and will present the display of architecture as a platform for advancing and challenging the discipline.

Architecture and Edith Wharton's Novels
March 25, 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm
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Edith Wharton, one of America’s most distinguished writers, explained: "The impression produced by a landscape, a street or a house should always to the novelist, be an event in the history of a soul."  People, as she explains, are products of their environment and the buildings they inhabit—whether small and humble or luxurious mansions with grand interiors—play an important part in an individual’s life. For Wharton, buildings are not just backdrop, but actors. This presentation will look at her novels House of Mirth and Summer, as well as her other writings, including The Decoration of Houses and Italian Villas and Their Gardens

Participants are encouraged—not required—to read, in part or in whole, any of these works to grasp the writer’s style prior to the event.

Architecture in Dutch Art
April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm
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In this illustrated presentation, historian and Dutch native Henriette Rahusen will explore the historical context of the noteworthy presence of architecture in Dutch art. Drawing on her 13-year experience as researcher in the curatorial department of Dutch and Flemish old master paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Rahusen will use paintings, drawings, prints, cartography and old city descriptions to show how the built world influenced artistic expression. While acknowledging the role of architecture in the art of later centuries, Rahusen will primarily focus on the ways in which Dutch artists of the 17th century incorporated architecture in their work, and how it led to the visual concept of “Dutch Realism.”