CANstruction Registration Deadline

  • Date

    Friday, August 27 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 12:00pm

  • Location

The build will take place at the National Building Museum November 21 - 29. The theme of the build will be Children's Books. Sign up by August 27th!


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.

Summer Film Night: Tomorrowland

  • Date

    Friday, August 27 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 10:15pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets. 

 

Run Time: 2 hr 10 min 

Year: 2015 

Film by: Brad Bird 

Featuring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie 


Available on Dailymotion, YouTube, and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film. 


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation, this program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Summer Film Night: Prisons of Invention by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

  • Date

    Friday, August 13 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 8:15pm

  • Location

    Virtual

This 12-minute animation of Piranesi’s Carceri d’Invenzione (Prisons of Invention) series, etched by Piranesi in the mid-1700s, was created and produced by artist Grégoire Dupond to reveal the inner workings of the artist’s imagination. They depict ancient Roman or Baroque ruins converted into fantastic, visionary dungeons filled with mysterious scaffolding and instruments of torture. Piranesi was an Italian draftsman, printmaker, architect, and art theorist. 

 

Run Time: 12 min 

Year: 2010 

Film by: Grégoire Dupond 


Available on Vimeo. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Summer Film Night: Men at Lunch: The Untold Story of a City’s Legend

  • Date

    Friday, August 20 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:15pm

  • Location

    Virtual

New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers risk life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets of Manhattan. 

In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder—boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk, Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them. 

For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men—and the photographer that Immortalized them—remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets. Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the sublime tale of an American icon, an unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York. 

 

Run Time: 1h 7 min 

Year: 2012 

Film by: Seán Ó Cualáin 

Produced by: Éamonn Ó Cualáin 


Available on Google Play and Kanopy. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Summer Film Night: Expo: Magic of the White City

  • Date

    Friday, August 06 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Gene Wilder narrates the fascinating feat and must-see global event that Chicago hosted with their White City expo for Chicago’s World Fair of 1893. 

 

Run Time: 1 hr 55 min 

Year: 2010 

Film by: Mark Bussler 

Narrated by: Gene Wilder 


Available on Tubi, YouTube, and Amazon. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film. 


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

Lunchtime Learning: Benefits of Natural Daylighting (by Acurlite) - Webinar

  • Date

    Friday, September 17 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Acurlite Structural Skylights is proud to present on overhead glazing and the benefits of natural daylighting. This course covers proper skylight design and function. It will also discuss the benefits that overhead glazing and natural daylighting can bring to a space and its occupants. Finally, we will review the benefits of design assist and offer case studies that show real world examples of the information being shared. We look forward to this engaging and educational experience.


 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of natural daylighting to a building and the occupants of the space.
  • Discuss the principals of skylight design and how to properly incorporate natural daylighting.
  • Design for proper skylight function and a healthy building.
  • Explore Factory Preassembly for site logistics and workers welfare.
  • Describe skylight testing and mockups to ensure a proper building interface.
  • Discuss the benefits of design assistance to building and the owner/end user.
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Architecture Everywhere: Architecture on the Stage - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, August 26 2021

  • Time

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

The art of scenic design thrives on imagination, creativity, and collaboration. In theatre, stories come to life when their sets are designed in effective and memorable ways. In this presentation, New York City-based scenic designer Beowulf Boritt will share the ins-and-outs of designing sets for theatrical plays and musicals, and reveal how architecture translates scripts into performative environments that impact the audience experience.

Presented by: 

Boritt

Beowulf Boritt — Scenic Designer

Beowulf Boritt is an award-winning scenic designer based in New York City. His expertise spans Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, circus, dance, opera, and television. Recent projects include the Tony Award® winning set for James Lapine's Act One, the Tony Award® nominated design for Susan Stroman's production of Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys, Palminteri's A Bronx Tale, co-directed by Robert DeNiro and Mr. Zaks, and the long running Broadway and international hit Come From Away. Boritt’s work has been seen across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Austrailia.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Architecture Everywhere, 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.


Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the art of scenic design through creative tools, design approaches, and collaborative teams.
  • Identify effective and memorable ways to design sets that tell a story.
  • Describe how architecture translates scripts into performative environments.
  • Compare and contrast the artistic and technical requirements for scenic design.

Lunchtime Learning: Elevator Design, Applications & Emerging Trends & Technologies (by Mitsubishi Electric Elevators & Escalators) - Webinar

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 15 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

This course is intended to provide a broad overview of elevator types, appropriate applications, and emerging trends and technologies for elevator systems today. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the various types of elevators.
  • Understand when to specify each type of elevator.
  • Understand the similarities and differences between Machine Room-Less elevators.
  • Understand new and emerging elevator technologies and trends.
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Three Voices: Small Firm Perspectives on Post-Pandemic Practice - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, July 01 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

How did the Great Pandemic affect your small firm? Join us for a panel discussion to hear from three voices, representing an experienced sole practitioner, a mid-career small firm owner and one-half of a recently formed partnership, as they share their experiences and discuss the small architectural office of the future. Discussion will include lessons learned, the feasibility of remote work, and the silver linings for small firms. This is the inaugural event of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFX) committee and is sponsored by The Sanders Company.


Presenters:

Elena Romero, AIA

Elena is a founding partner and CEO of Axis Architects, a minority-owned architecture boutique practice in the DC metro area. Axis architects specializes in residential architecture, interior design, and urban planning. Our projects range from residential remodeling and custom homes to multi-family buildings in DC, MD, and VA. Elena was born in Bogota, Colombia. She has a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in urban design.

Will Teass, AIA

Will is a co-founder and managing principal of Teass Warren Architects, a Washington, DC-based architectural and interiors practice with a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential projects. Since starting out in 2010, the firm has completed numerous low-rise infill residential buildings, a number of new retail and restaurant environments and several office rejuvenations. He is both the current Secretary of the DC Chapter of the AIA and a ULI NEXT Flight Leader.

Peter VanderPoel, AIA

Peter is an architect and educator based in Arlington, Virginia. His work history spans from large commercial firms to his current residential practice. Licensed in DC, MD and VA, he also teaches studio as an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria, Virginia and taught for 9 years as Assistant Professor at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech. His spare time is often focused on oil painting, watercolor and printmaking.

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Specifying Clips for Rainscreen Systems - Webinar

  • Date

    Thursday, August 05 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Join AIA|DC and the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) for an exploration of the challenges in selecting and evaluating an appropriate cladding attachment strategy for their project and the implications these decisions have on effective thermal performance, installation efficiency, air & moisture penetration risk, and system costs. Attendees will receive guidance on choosing and comparing the thermal efficiency of different clip & rail systems to meet the thermal performance requirements. Common clip & rail systems are reviewed and compared, and our presenter will explain strategies for installing clip & rails to prevent air and moisture penetration in wall systems as well as factors that impact installation performance and its cost implications.


Presenter: William Green

William Green is a Market Team member at Technoform responsible for product management and market development.  He graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has over 13 years in automotive components, plumbing products, commercial fasteners and building envelope industries


Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the common types of clip & rail systems.
  • Explain the different strategies for air & moisture prevention when installing clip & rails systems.
  • Explain how the loading forces impact the clip structural performance and how to use load tables to estimate the quantity of clips for a project.
  • Explain how to evaluate clip & rail solutions for installation performance and cost impact.