The District Architecture Center is proud to present its first in-person exhibition since early 2020. Join us in celebration of reopening to the public.
Since our nation’s first chief executive, the birthplaces, childhood homes, and private residences of U.S. presidents have fascinated American society. These dwellings—modest cottages and farmhouses to fashionable townhomes and mansions—illustrate over 230 years of American architecture. From George Washington to Joseph R. Biden Jr., this exhibition highlights some of the familiar and surprising landmark houses they called home.
Presidential Houses is organized by AIA|DC for the SIGAL Gallery.
District Architecture Center Team:
Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, Executive Director
Sinclaire Erdwien, Deputy Director
Scott Clowney, Assoc. AIA, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs
Design made possible by ArchiCAD19, courtesy of Graphisoft
Printing provided by BluEdge
Exhibitions supported, in part, by our Sustaining Firm Affiliate Members
Health and Safety Guidelines*
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is important to us. Please note the following COVID-19 safety measures:
Schedule visits in advance to reduce visitor capacity
Proof of vaccination is required to enter the Center; bring your vaccination card with you to show at the door
Masks must be worn for the entirety of the visit; gaiter-style masks and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted
Practice social distancing while visiting
Stay home and reschedule visits if feeling unwell, have tested positive to COVID-19, or suspect exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
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 health and safety guidelines.
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 museum. 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.
Excellence in Structural Engineering – Awards Exhibition
Thursday, June 24 2021-Friday, June 25 2021
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.
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
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.
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.
This year, the teams have raised funds for 18,610 cans. That’s 22,000 meals!
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.
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.
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.