2023 Barbara G. Laurie Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Date

    Monday, May 01 2023

  • Time


Are you, or is someone you know, graduating from a DC-area high school and is your permanent residence in the District? The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and the Washington Architectural Foundation have jointly sponsored a scholarship for new architecture students since 1999. Awarded initially in the freshman year, the scholarship will follow you through your four-or-five-year degree as long as you remain in an architecture program anywhere in the United States and maintain a good grade point average.

Our scholarship was renamed in 2013 in memory of Barbara G. Laurie. Laurie, an architect who was devoted to the Washington Architectural Foundation and the community, was a partner of Devrouax + Purnell, a prominent architecture firm in DC. She was a founding member of the Organization of Black Designers and professor of architecture at Howard University.


All applicants must be residents of the District of Columbia and either:

  • completing high school in a public, charter, or private school in the District or the surrounding region and entering a degree program at a school of architecture as a college freshman in Fall 2023;
  • or, a technical school or community college student who has completed high school and will transfer to a program in architecture in Fall 2023.


One multi-year scholarship will be awarded annually. Each scholarship will be $5,000 per year to go toward tuition. If the student maintains a good grade point average and remains in the architecture program, the student will receive $5,000 each subsequent year until graduation or for five years, whichever comes first.


The Washington Architectural Foundation has the sole authority to grant the scholarship. Recipients are selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in architecture, academic performance, extracurricular activities, drawing ability, and financial need. All selections are final. All applications and attachments become the property of AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Apply today! The deadline is May 31st.

Gallery Talk: Jack Hornady

Maryland-based artist Jack Hornady fuses two timeless subjects in his colorful paintings: architecture and automobiles. Drop by the District Architecture Center to meet Jack in person and discover more about his painting interests, process, and ambitions as he guides you through 21 dreamy scenes on view in Jack Hornady: Road Trip.


The galleries will be open 12pm–4pm. Registration suggested; walk-ins welcome.

This free program is presented in association with Jack Hornady: Road Trip, on view at the District Architecture Center through May 10, 2023.

Opening Night Celebration - Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC

You are cordially invited to join us for the Opening Night celebration of the annual Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC at the National Building Museum, presented with the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family


5-6pm: Arrival and check-in

valet, open bar, and gourmet snacks provided

6pm: Movie Screening, Alice Street

A moving documentary about the power of public art and a mural that brought together artists, community leaders and two neighborhoods in the fight to history, culture, and voice in the face of gentrification.

7:30-8pm: Panel Discussion

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director Spencer Wilkinson and community organizer, Lailan Sandra Huen.

8-9:30pm: Celebratory Reception 

Open bar and food stations

About the Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC

The Architecture & Design Film Festival:DC (ADFF:DC) will return to the National Building Museum Thursday, January 26, through Sunday, January 29, 2023. ADFF:DC will showcase a diverse program of sixteen films that investigate design’s impact, environmentally and culturally, on the worlds of fashion, real estate, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing.

ADFF:DC Opening Night kicks off on Thursday, January 26, with Alice Street, a moving documentary about the power of public art and a mural that brought together artists, community leaders and two neighborhoods in the fight to protect history, culture and voice in the face of gentrification. After the film, Spencer Wilkinson, director of Alice Street, will be joined by, Lailan Sandra Huen, housing activist and educator shown in the film, and Elaine Asal, strategy director, Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader at Gensler, for a panel discussion moderated by Ryan Patterson, public art project manager at the Maryland State Arts Council. The evening will also feature an open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to mingle following the screening of the film.

Friday and Saturday evening’s festivities begin with a Happy Hour, featuring vendors, Little Miner TacoDon Ciccio & FigliOther Half Brewing, and Silver Branch Brewing.

Friday evening includes a photography showcase featuring local artists, Ahmed AkariSteven M. Cummings, and James Singewald, and multiple films exploring international design, the origins of redlining, and modern consequences of discriminatory urban design.

Saturday’s films highlight the exciting world of sustainable fashion. In addition to screenings, visitors can learn more about sustainable clothing at a panel discussion with industry leaders and pick up a one-of-a-kind piece from local vendors Tribute CollectiveBitter Grace or Illicit Rag Vintage at a pop-up market in the Great Hall.

The festival concludes on Sunday, January 29, with a celebration of D.C. culture and history featuring a Go-Go brunch with popular D.C. band TOB, a pop-up exhibition of photographer Dee Dwyer’s work documenting the people and culture of Southeast D.C., and a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Barry Farm: Community, Land and Justice in Washington D.C. The film tells the story of the fight to protect the legacy of a cherished community that helped define D.C. culture. After the film, Samuel George and Sabiyha Prince, directors of Barry Farm, will be joined by Coleman Hall, community partner, and Dr. Greta Fuller, vice president of the DC Preservation League, for a panel discussion.

PERSPECTIVES: Design a Collaborator - Quasi-Autonomy in Architecture

  • Date

    Sunday, February 05 2023

  • Time

    7:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Location


In this new forum under the Perspective series, AADU presents a conversation with Nero He, a Beijing-born educator, architectural designer, and digital artist. Nero leads his practice HeXagōn (分级研究所), which focuses on creating quasi-autonomous procedures and interfaces to re-see and upcycle architectural information and materiality through the non-human-centric perspective.


He used to work in different architecture firms with a focus on architectural installations and commercial collaborations. Currently, Nero is a visiting professor at Virginia Tech and taught studios and seminars at SCI-Arc.


Please join us for the panel discussion on Nero's design philosophy. The session will cover Nero's experience as a multidisciplinary educator, designer, and artist. Including his creative field of speculative design, where he addresses significant societal issues through the design process that blends the boundary of architecture with that of other disciplines and affects the traditional way of architecture education thinking. The panelist’s work, teaching ideas, and multidisciplinary commercial success will also be featured in this forum.

An art installation, “Bleu”, for the Adidas storefront. Studying material sampling to material behavior, this project discovers the possibility of architecture and commercial project collaboration. Credit to Nero He

An art installation, “Bleu”, for the Adidas storefront. Studying material sampling to material behavior, this project discovers the possibility of architecture and commercial project collaboration. Credit to Nero He


A phygital fabrication to disassemble and reassemble the existing material, which challenges the fabrication workflow and standard—displayed in Yunnan Provincial Museum. Credit to Nero He

A phygital fabrication to disassemble and reassemble the existing material, which challenges the fabrication workflow and standard—displayed in Yunnan Provincial Museum. Credit to Nero He


A game developed from a workshop sponsored by the City of Capri. Participants used digital simulacrum to observe and discover Capri’s Landscape, space, and cultural dynamics. Credit to Nero He

A game developed from a workshop sponsored by the City of Capri. Participants used digital simulacrum to observe and discover Capri’s Landscape, space, and cultural dynamics. Credit to Nero He

Presented by:

Nero He - lecturer

Shibei Huang - moderator

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concepts of speculative design thinking, quasi-automavision, and phygital construction.
  • Compare various roles of speculative design/quasi-automavision/phygital concept in its practice implementations in the field of installation design and digital art through the speaker's project examples. 
  • Examine the demonstrated speculative design strategies and recognize the use of computer software as a design tool in the design process.
  • Explore and discuss the possible applications of the speculative design approach in the architecture field and the cross-disciplinary collaboration opportunities between architecture design and digital art.

The Future of WORK+SPACE: Transforming the Office Market

Co-hosted by the American Institute of Architects DC and the George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

The pandemic continues to disrupt how we work and what we expect from our work environment. These changes have brought uncertainty to the office market, rethinking of workspace design and building use, and challenges to the vitality of business centers and urban environments. Join us for a day of discussion and education on these critical trends for commercial real estate.


Doors will open at 8:30am, with programming beginning at 9:00am.

Reimagining the Post-Pandemic Economic Future

  • Ben Safran - Partner, McKinsey & Company

The Changing Nature of Work

  • Sarah Benzcik - Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Sarah Smith - Senior Manager, Future of Work, Deloitte Consulting LLP


Design and the Future of Work

  • Kimberly Sullivan - Principal and Co-Studio Director, Gensler

What Does Hybrid Work Mean For Retail

Moderated by: 

  • Gautham Vadakkepatt - Director, Center for Retail Transformation,George Mason University School of Business


  • Gary Rappaport - Chief Executive Office, Rappaport Companies
  • Victor Albisu - Chef and Restauranteur, Taco Bamba
  • Andrew Graham, AIA, NCARB - Senior Technical Director, LEO A DALY

Adaptive Residential Redevelopment of Obsolete Office Buildings

  • Jeff Goins - Partner, PNG Architects

Reinvigorating Downtown

Moderated by:

  • Eric Maribojoc - Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, George Mason University School of Business


  • Liz Price - Vice President, Real Estate and Parking, WMATA
  • Sarosh Olpadwala - Director of Real Estate, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
  • Ella Faulkner - Vice President of Planning + Economic Development, Downtown BID

Closing Remarks

logo for George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship

Building New Value from an Existing Asset: The Story of Dupont’s 1771 N Street

  • Date

    Thursday, February 09 2023

  • Time

    4:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Location

    1771 N Street

Through the incorporation of sustainable design elements, rejuvenated outdoor spaces, and interior improvements, the 1771 N Street design team transformed the 1960s legacy building into an amenity-rich, trophy class, LEED v4 BD+C Gold office building. Designed to support occupant health and well-being, the building features enhanced indoor air quality strategies, highly efficient HVAC systems, and an abundance of natural light, courtesy of the curved glass curtain wall on the southwest façade. For 1771 N Street, the utilization of sustainable strategies reduced costs and created revenue-generating opportunities, while benefiting the local community and environment.

Located in Dupont Circle, the building’s proximity to public transportation, as well as local DC businesses and landmarks, plays an active role in supporting the economy and creating a diverse and accessible space for all. Through the collaboration of the design team, the project was designed to meet the growing needs of residents, commuters, and visitors of Downtown DC. Since the project’s completion in 2021, 1771 N Street has served as a symbol of equitable design in the local community and a model for future developments in the DC Metro area. 


4:00 - 4:20 - Presentation + Panel Discussion

4:20 - 5:20 - Project Tour

5:20 - 6:00 - Happy Hour in Penthouse Space 



Charlie Smiroldo

Managing Director, Stream Realty Partners

Charlie is responsible for managing all construction and development projects for Stream’s Washington, DC office. Charlie leads the team on capital, tenant improvement and development projects across various product types including office, industrial and retail. Charlie’s experience working as both a general contractor and senior manager of project management and development for a local REIT provides him with a solid foundation to manage a diverse range of complex projects. Charlie’s experience on multiple job sites and types, coupled with his effective project management techniques, enable him to routinely meet or exceed quality standards for clients or institutional real estate entities.


Chloe Hiyu, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Sr. Principal, Sr. Project Manager, HOK

Chloe Hiyu is a registered architect and sr. project manager with 18 years of experience in design and architecture. She works closely with institutional and developer clients and brings extensive experience working with the various jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metro area, from the land use zoning process through the occupancy of the building. Chloe strongly believes that collaborative teams can deliver great projects and leads multi-disciplinary design teams to understand clients’ needs, devise innovative solutions and create sustainable, healthy spaces in our built environment.


James Hansen, PE, LEED AP

Senior Principal, GHT Limited

Equipped with more than 20 years of experience, Senior Principal James Hansen delivers engineering design, energy modeling, and project management support for a wide range of projects at GHT Limited. James' portfolio includes extensive experience with the renovation and repositioning of commercial office buildings. In his long-standing career at GHT, James has developed best practices for sustainability and provided a wealth of sustainable design resources. James' mastery of energy modeling, energy codes, and green codes in DC has positioned him as a valuable resource to clients and teaming partners.



Susan Dawson, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Marketing, GHT Limited

As the Director of Marketing for GHT Limited, Susan develops and implements marketing policies and sets marketing strategies firm-wide, including internal and external communications, public relations, branding, and thought leadership. Since joining the firm in 2016, she has helped cement GHT’s position as one of the largest locally owned engineering firms in the region and demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to their core values of Integrity, Innovation, Client Focus and Excellence. Susan works with the Board of Directors to organize, plan, and manage the firm’s sales efforts in new and existing markets; influence policies in Production, Administration and Human Resources; and champions the GHT culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the sustainable design elements of the 1771 N Street project that support occupant health, well-being, and accessibility.
  • Understand how modernization projects such as 1771 N Street contribute to an equitable future for DC residents, commuters, and visitors.
  • Identify the role and responsibility that each team member has in the creation of an equitable, sustainable, and innovative project.
  • Understand how to implement universal design principles to meet the changing needs of the built environment.

Facades+ DC, presented by The Architect's Newspaper

Facades+ Returns to Washington DC on February 14th
Attend a full day of stimulating presentations and panels that examine the fast-paced evolution of facade technology, address new perspectives on building skins, and explore innovative, sustainable design practices. Case studies by GWWOm, Hickcock Cole, Arup, Fentress, Perkins&Will, Kruek Sexton, Snow Kreilich, HGA, and more. 

Visit the Methods + Materials Expo to meet with industry-leading manufacturers of every possible product from cladding, glazing, framing + facade systems to advanced materials and services. Experts from each company are on hand to field your questions and demo products for all of your project needs.

Sessions include:

  • Over, Under, & Thru: Adaptive Reuse + Building Envelope Innovations
  • Fabrication Futures: Advances in Materials for Building Envelope Excellence
  • Craft, Vigor, and Openness: Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • Renewing Altmeyer: From Mid-Century to A Post-Carbon Future
  • Extreme Design: Contextual Facades in Focus
  • Sustainability Frontiers: Energy, Materiality, and Research

Organized by:

The Architect's Newspaper

Hugh Newell Jacobsen and the Reluctant Path Forward

Join Simon Jacobsen, founding partner of Jacobsen Architecture, LLC, for a look at the last years and legacy of his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA (1929–2021), their collaboration over the past 20 years, and his eventual succession as Principal and owner of the firm.

Jacobsen’s new 224-page book, American Modern Home, will be on hand for purchasing before the talk and signing afterward. The book, an expression of eloquent design featuring interiors, exteriors, and gardens, examines twelve of the firm’s recent houses around the United States.

Evening Agenda

6pm: Doors Open—check-in and book purchasing

6:30pm: Talk

7:30pm: Book Signing

8pm: End

Presented by:

Simon Jacobsen Self Portrait

Simon Jacobsen—Principal, Jacobsen Architecture, LLC

Simon Jacobsen is a founding partner of the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Jacobsen Architecture, LLC with his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA (1929-2021).

Jacobsen’s work, focusing on custom residential, commercial, and institutional design, as well as interiors, furniture, and lighting design, spans the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

His work has been widely published in print and on television: The Wall Street Journal, Casa VOGUE, HGTV's Extreme Homes, Architectural Digest, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, HGTV and hundreds of internet publications and design blogs. Residential Architect Magazine listed Jacobsen Architecture in the top 50 design firms in the U.S. and Architectural Digest lists Hugh and Simon Jacobsen in the top 100 of architects and designers internationally. Jacobsen is also an inductee of Architectural Digest’s AD100.

AIA|DC Annual Meeting

  • Date

    Wednesday, February 08 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Join us to hear Chapter officers report on 2022. Plus, learn about committee initiatives for the new year and how to get involved. We've had a busy 2022 and look forward to 2023!

Exhibition Opening—Jack Hornady: Road Trip

Remember when minimalist roadside buildings still dotted the landscape and cruiser cars ruled the open roadways? Artist Jack Hornady does, and he’ll lead you down memory lane with his dreamy, colorful paintings in Jack Hornady: Road Trip.

On February 8, you’re invited to kick off the exhibition—join us for a celebratory evening with artist Jack Hornady. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Jack Hornady: Road Trip will be on view at the District Architecture Center from February 7 to May 10, 2023.