Annual DC-Metro Modern Home Tour

  • Date

    Saturday, October 07 2023

  • Time

    10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Location

    Private Homes in DC, Arlington, McLean, and Chevy Chase

For just one day a year, the Modern Architecture + Design Society and listModern host a celebration of residential modern architecture and design...

The DC-Metro Modern Home Tour is returning this year to the traditional first-Saturday-in-October… Saturday, October 7, 2023! We are back to continue with the annual early October tradition of celebrating some of the finest examples of current Modern residential architecture in the DC area – and the people who created them! We have a full slate of homes and a killer “Last Stop” location with champagne presented by our local partners at listModern.



Alair Homes

MPR Architecture

Sagatov Design+Build

Paola One Design

Green Build Group

Host/Organizer: Modern Architecture + Design Society

Partner/"Last Stop" Hosts: listModern

Call for Papers - Biennial Symposium Society of Architectural Historians, Latrobe Chapter

  • Date

    Sunday, September 10 2023-Wednesday, November 15 2023

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

Call for Papers:

The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians welcomes paper proposals for a symposium that examines the broad subject matter of the architecture of food. We invite proposals from anyone with an interest in the built environment and its connection to food landscapes, including students, scholars, practitioners, and culinary enthusiasts. 

Potential themes may focus on: 

  • food-shaped novelty buildings and roadside architecture 
  • markets, halls, and suburban food courts 
  • ethnic neighborhoods as food destinations 
  • food and transportation planning 
  • dining in institutional settings (i.e., government, schools, prisons) 
  • concessions at sports venues and theaters 
  • food banks, food pantries and faith-based organizations 
  • urban farmsteads, community gardens and apiaries 
  • food festivals, tours and media-based culinary experiences 
  • food trucks, pop-ups, streeteries and food apps 
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries 
  • interiors or behind-the-scenes spaces (i.e., dining rooms, kitchens, storage) 

The purpose of the symposium is to feature recent research in a format that encourages comment and discussion. Papers must be analytical rather than descriptive in nature and should place the subject in a comparative context of political, social, economic, technological, or cultural forces, as appropriate. 

All paper sessions will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. 

Submission Details:
Please send a one-page, 350-word abstract of a 20-minute paper and an abbreviated curriculum vitae by November 15, 2023, to the Latrobe Chapter at

All applicants will be notified of the selection by December 15, 2023. The deadline for final text is March 15, 2024. 

For further information, contact the Latrobe Chapter at

Symposium Details:


Fourteenth Biennial Symposium | Washington, DC | April 6, 2024

Boozy brunch, spongy injera dinners, empanada midnight snacks—modern residents of the nation’s capital enjoy a dynamic food center, noted for its variety of culinary experiences and foods authentic to the region, including half smokes, mumbo sauce, and crabcakes. Less explored is how this culinary geography intersects with the built environment, and how those intersections have changed over time. From farms and agricultural homesteads that supplied historic markets to ethnic food enclaves fostered by DC’s role as the capital, the city is an experiment in democracy, architecture and flavor. How has the Washington metropolitan area facilitated the production and dissemination of foodstuffs across the region? How have patterns of work shaped patterns of eating? How does a focus on food generate new types of research methodologies? 

Lunchtime Learning: The Future of Fenestration in Resilient Building Design

  • Date

    Friday, October 06 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Divine House
Cunningham Quill Architects
Anice Hoachlander Photography

Join Loewen Windows and Doors and The Sanders Company for a live webinar "The Future of Fenestration in Resilient Building Design". This course will explore the growing importance of resilient building design due to accelerating climate change and extreme weather events. We will discuss resilient design principles and fenestration's role in resilient design, including the importance of building product durability, energy efficiency, storm and hurricane protection, and how simple, passive and flexible systems are more resilient. The course will also explore the future of fenestration and emerging window technologies that will be able to respond to climate and occupant preferences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the importance of resilient design and how to apply resilient design principles in the built environment.

  • Examine fenestration's role in resilient design and considerations for specifying highly durable and energy efficient products.

  • Identify high performance windows and door products that should be considered when designing for resiliency.

  • Explore the future of fenestration and emerging window technologies that can respond to climate and occupant preferences.

Presented by:

Diane van Horn

Diane van Horn is the Mid-Atlantic Architectural Territory Manager for Loewen Windows and Doors. In her role Diane is responsible for architectural specifications, project reviews, design assistance and delivering Continuing Education courses. Diane has experience in fenestration products for both residential and commercial applications. In addition, Diane is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) where she earned her Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certification and serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Chapter.

Organized by:

Loewen Windows and Doors

'Back to School' Fall Social

Truesdell Elementary School Modernization (DCPS), Image courtesy of VMDO-DC


Join AIA|DC's Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) for networking and rapid-fire style presentations at the committee’s "Back to School" Fall Social.

This event will showcase current work related to the design of learning environments by firms in the DC metropolitan region. Presentations will highlight emerging trends through designs still on the boards, completed within the last year, or under construction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore and understand how diverse spaces can support lifelong learning
  • Describe new trends in school designs around the nation
  • Explain and analyze existing school facilities for their inherent challenges
  • Discuss and define 21st Century Learning Environments

Presented by:

AIA|DC Committee on Architecture for Education

The Washington DC Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA|DC CAE) is a forum to gather a broad range of stakeholders (designers, builders, learners, educators, administrators, and the public) interested in the design of great educational environments.

Sponsored by:

CGS Architects logo

Quinn Evans logo

Lunchtime Learning: Rainscreen Design and Ultracompact Surfacing with Cosentino City DC

Cosentino City DC is a space designed to connect and learn about the different Cosentino material applications such as countertops, flooring, and cladding. It also allows you to network with professionals, enjoy cooking demos, guest speakers, and more.

At this event, we will host members of the AIA|DC chapter for a catered "Lunch & Learn" featuring our CEU on Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing.

Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants. This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade, and
rainscreen applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define ultracompact surfacing and discuss the innovative production process that creates stone-like properties which contribute to project longevity and lower maintenance.
  • Learn about innovative manufacturing strategies to reduce carbon footprint and how ultracompact surface sets itself apart from other surfacing material.
  • Identify the traits and advantages of ultracompact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, UV resistance, absorption rates, abrasion resistance, and ASTM testing.
  • Discuss proper rainscreen design and installation using ultracompact surfacing material.

Presented by:

Alexandor Mantoni

Organized by:

Cosentino City DC

Summer Tour Series - Lubber Run Community Center

Join AIA|DC’s Urban Design Committee for a tour of the newly constructed Lubber Run Community Center, led by key members from the design team. Featuring net-zero energy design and a landscape-focused approach to the surrounding park, Lubber Run Community Center offers a holistic response to an urban challenge – ultimately creating public space that is greater and greener for residents. This guided tour will offer insights on research methodology, design process, sustainable strategies, challenges and the lessons learned relating to this award winning project.

Photographs by Alan Karchmer

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key building systems and program elements relating to successful design of a community center
  • Describe how public buildings are approaching complex issues relating to resilience & sustainable design today.
  • Identify strategies for incorporating technology and best practices of design into design projects; and
  • Describe how civic architecture can play a vital role in preserving and strengthening local communities, culture, and heritage.

Presented by:

Joe Celentano, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, VMDO Architects

Joe is a principal at VMDO Architects, where he is the Director of the Athletics + Community Studio. His almost 40-year background includes a long resume of work with college athletics facilities, including at the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, and Roanoke College, among others. Joe has brought this athletics background to municipal work, including state-of-the-art community centers and park spaces. He most recently led the design team for Arlington County’s Lubber Run Community Center, a net-zero-ready facility that was the recent recipient of an AIA National Design Award.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Urban Design Committee

Sponsored by:

VMDO logo

RUDC 2023 Symposium — Cities in Transition: Designing for a World in Flux

Join us for a two-day symposium in Washington, DC, where we'll navigate emerging trends and technologies reshaping urban design. Day one features rapid-fire presentations and panels. Day two offers immersive on-site tours and workshops across the DC region.

Day 1 Lectures and Panels:

CLIMATE RESPONSE: How Can Cities Increase Their Resilience to Climate Change? 

ADAPTING FOR TOMORROW: How Can Public Spaces Prepare for Future Challenges? 


TECH IMPACT: How are Emerging Technologies Transforming Our Cities and Work?

THE URBAN SHIFT: How are Downtowns, Neighborhoods and Suburbs Changing?

SPOTLIGHT ON DC: Fostering Inclusive Growth in a Rapidly Changing Environment 


Day 2 Tours:

From Parking Lots to Places: The New Suburbanism at Pike and Rose, Montgomery County, MD

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) New HQ Tour & TOD

Union Market District

District Wharf

Pennsylvania Avenue with the National Capital Planning Commission

Anacostia + 11th Street Bridge Park

National Landing at Crystal City

National Landing at Potomac Yard + Virginia Tech Innovation Campus


View full program details.

Family Workshop: DC Native American Stories - The Piscataways

Did you know that DC occupies land originally belonging to the Piscataways? Discover the history and culture of the Piscataways, and other native American tribes from this region. Learn how they lived in community, and build a wigwam out of natural materials.

Family Workshop: Spooky Halloween - Haunted House

Get ready for Halloween and create your very own haunted house! We provide the inspiration and materials; you bring your families and imaginations to make it as spooky and fun as you like! 

We will look at movies associated with haunted houses, like the Victorian house in Psycho and the modern re-model in BeetlejuiceWe will also examine the maze-like Winchester Mystery House, a real haunted house. 

Feel free to come in costume!

Family Workshop: Design Your Dream House - Barbie Dream House Evolution

If your child is interested in architecture, this is a great entry to it through toy houses! We are going to present on different aspects of “dream houses” as seen through the lens of Barbie houses. It is interesting to see how Barbie houses have evolved from the 60's, 70’s, 90’s, and up to the present day. We will teach kids how to sketch a blueprint of their dream house using simple bubble diagrams. Then, your child will receive a box of materials to construct a room to build three-dimensionally! Families can have fun building together!