Virtual Exhibitions

  • Date

    Monday, December 14 2020-Friday, December 31 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

CANstruction

  • Date

    Sunday, November 21 2021-Monday, November 29 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    National Building Museum

Visit the National Building Museum to see this year's CANstruction sculptures! The theme is Children's Books and each structure will highlight a different book. 

The display is in the main hall of the website. See the NBM website for visiting hours. 

Canstruction is a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about hunger. In DC, Canstruction is organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation as a creative design-build competition that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank through donations of canned goods. Teams from architecture and design firms from Washington, DC use their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food. The nutritious shelf-stable food is donated to the CAFB for distribution to those in need after the event.

Questions? Contact Sinclaire Erdwien at serdwien@aiadc.com.


This program is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Excellence in Structural Engineering – Awards Exhibition

  • Date

    Thursday, June 24 2021-Friday, June 25 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    District Architecture Center

For the past 14 years, the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW) has hosted a premier gala-style dinner event to celebrate the structural engineering profession, through recognizing outstanding achievements by local firms and individuals.  This year, we are making our awards event open to the public through our professionally curated Awards Exhibition.  The Exhibition will showcase some of the best work performed by Washington DC-area structural engineers in recent years.  

To qualify for the Exhibition, firms throughout the region have submitted projects to our panel of nine judges, who are independent, out-of-market professionals in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.  Our judges have selected up two project finalists in each category, and these projects are exhibited throughout the week on professionally and thoughtfully designed displays.  At the end of the Exhibition, each of the project finalists will be awarded either the Outstanding Achievement Award (1st place) or the Merit Award (2nd place).

We hope you will join us to celebrate and admire the great work performed by our local structural engineering community!


Visit the exhibition in person at the District Architecture Center June 19-25. No reservations necessary. Masks required.

Exhibition Hours:

  • June 19: 12pm-4pm
  • June 20: 12pm-4pm
  • June 21: 4pm-7pm
  • June 22: 4pm-7pm
  • June 23: 4pm-7pm
  • June 24: 4pm-7pm
  • June 25: 4pm-7pm

About SEA-MW

The Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW) is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the structural engineering profession.  Founded in 1988, the original members focused on improving the local community to enhance the business of structural engineering.  SEA-MW is currently comprised of over 70 member firms across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

 Over the past 33 years, SEA-MW’s mission has grown to include: developing continuing education seminars for structural engineers, identifying volunteer opportunities in the local community, training second responders for natural disasters, organizing events for recent graduates, and creating forums for students to connect with potential employers.  For the past 14 years, SEA-MW’s premier event has been celebrating the structural engineering profession through recognizing outstanding achievements by structural engineering firms and individuals in the local region.

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CANstruction 2021

  • Date

    Monday, January 25 2021-Monday, February 01 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

What is CANstruction?

CANstruction is an international competition where teams build sculptures out of canned food. All the food is then donated to the local food bank. Architecture and design firms comprise the teams that create and build the structures. 

This is the 22nd annual competition held in DC. Over the years, the competition has donated
450 tons of food to the Capital Area Food Bank. That’s the same weight as about five-and-a-half Space Shuttles!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t build the structures in person as we have in previous years, but that hasn’t stopped our teams from working hard to design and fundraise for their creations! This year’s theme was Children’s Books. Explore the virtual exhibition by clicking on a title to the right!


How you can join the effort

Vote for your favorite design by donating to the Capital Area Food Bank here! One dollar equals one vote. We’ll announce the voters’ favorite on February 1. 


Stats

This year, the teams have raised funds for 18,610 cans. That’s 22,000 meals! 

2020 Awards Show

  • Date

    Tuesday, November 24 2020-Sunday, February 28 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

The 2020 Awards Show combines award-winning projects from two of AIA|DC’s largest competitions:

Each year, our competitions recognize practitioners who demonstrate excellence in design. Projects are selected by distinguished juries of design professionals based outside of the Washington metropolitan region.

Congratulations to all the 2020 winners!

On Architecture

  • Date

    Thursday, October 01 2020-Monday, December 14 2020

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

Next Generation Architects: 7th Annual Thesis Showcase

  • Date

    Tuesday, September 01 2020-Monday, December 14 2020

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

4x8 Cityscape

  • Date

    Friday, August 14 2020-Monday, December 14 2020

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

The works on view in 4x8 Cityscape were created by architect James Stokoe, AIA. They are based on his photographic documentation of the overnight boarding up along Wisconsin Avenue in northwest Washington, DC during the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

They documented a rare and temporary architectural intervention, but to him his images needed to raise awareness of lives lost, recurring injustices, and the history of systemic racism throughout our country. “The plywood covered and muted storefronts offered an opportunity to place this tragic legacy, front and center in the cityscape.” The outcome is a project designed for remembrance and a call to action. 
 

Visit the DAC Galleries

  • Date

    Friday, August 21 2020-Monday, November 02 2020

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    District Architecture Center

The galleries at DAC are open by appointment on Fridays. Available times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Please finish the form under the Attend button and a staff member will be in touch shortly. 

Current Exhibitions:

ALLEY HOPPIN! Putting People Back in DC’s Alleys

Doorways: Artist Reflections of Place by Donald Beekman Myer, FAIA


Only two guests at a time are allowed for a 45-minute on-the-hour appointment. Guests with a temperature higher than 99° will not be admitted. Guests are required to sanitize (hand sanitizer provided) or wash hands upon arrival. Guests MUST wear masks during their entire visit—no exceptions. By visiting the District Architecture Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, acknowledge that such matters are beyond the control of AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation, and agree to abide by our safety guidelines for this tour.

ALLEY HOPPIN! Putting People Back in DC’s Alleys

  • Date

    Monday, February 24 2020-Friday, October 16 2020

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    District Architecture Center

Courtesy of EL Studio, PLLC

Did you know that Washington, DC has 3,217 alleys which, when unraveled, total 246 linear miles?  There are 82,397 single-family residential properties with alley frontage in the District.  If each of those properties added alley housing / accessory apartments with an average of 2.28 persons per household, that could be space for 187,900 new residents!

Born of urban pressures in the 19th century, the city’s alleys were later neglected, yet they can be reinvigorated for the 21st century. Through research, analysis, public engagements and physical interventions, the Washington Alley Project examines the city’s informal alley network as a viable site for new modes of urban living, creating opportunities to adapt to the social and technological pressures of the present and future without sacrificing architectural heritage.

Created by EL Studio, this award-winning, ongoing research and public space advocacy initiative has comprised of three phases: Research - mapping the physical evolution of the alleys and establishing an agenda for future development; Outreach - public engagement, creation of awareness and the identification of program; and Advocacy – connecting with stakeholders and the development of design proposals for new built interventions.

This exhibition will share the studio’s process through displays and interactive activities that prompt visitors to engage with the topics, insuring that as Washington, D.C. continues to develop, the unique alley network of public space will not go underutilized.


Organized by EL Studio, PLLC in cooperation with AIA|DC for the SIGAL Gallery.

    

Project Partners:
American University Game Lab
Bell Visuals
BluEdge
Congress Heights Community Training and Development Corporation

DC Department of Transportation
DC Preservation League
DC Office of Planning
Ferris Custom Cabinetry
Mount Vernon Triangle CID

Today at Apple
urbanSEED

Patron:
Tarpon Construction

Benefactors:
Alliance Builders

Mount Vernon Triangle CID

Supporters:
Added Dimensions
Comfort Engineering
CS Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Ditto Residential
JLC Engineering LLC
Lighting Environments
Linton Engineering
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald N. Slimp II
POWERHOUSE
Think Make Build, LLC