Castle to Capitol: National Museums Architecture Tour

Hear the stories behind our best loved and little-known museums on the Mall!
Washington’s famous plethora of museums are all laid out along the east side of the National Mall between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Called “America’s Attic,” the Smithsonian Institution is one of the largest museum organizations in the world, with 30 million annual visitors, 19 museums and over 140 million items in the collection. On this tour, explore how the Smithsonian Institution has helped shape the fabric of the National Mall since 1847, with grand buildings, secret gardens, and both beloved and reviled designs.

Please note we’ll be discussing the museums from the exterior, with the exception of the National Gallery of Art, which we will briefly go inside.

What to Bring
Sturdy walking shoes, bottled water and comfortable clothes are recommended!

Where to Meet
Meet your guide outside the Smithsonian Castle
GPS Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

Your tour will end at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Sights and stops include:
Smithsonian Castle & Garden
James V. Forrestal Building (Dept of Energy)
Arts and Industries Building
Hirshhorn Museum
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art (inside and out!)
National Museum of the American Indian
United States Botanic Garden
United States Capitol Building

In partnership with DC Design Tours

2024 Annual Fellows Celebration Dinner

The Annual Fellows Celebration Dinner honors local Chapter Fellows, new and old, from the DMV including AIA|DC, AIA NOVA and AIA Potomac Valley. Along with the celebration of their achievements, this event is also a major fundraiser for the Fellows’ Endowment of the Washington Architectural Foundation’s Barbara G. Laurie Scholarship Program.  Awarded initially in the freshman year, the scholarship follows the student through a four-or-five-year degree as long as they remain in an architecture program 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.

In 2023, WAF supported four scholars:


Raina Lee, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Miriam Shron, University of Virgina

Jasmine Gallion, Ithaca College

Theza Argueta Quintanilla, The Catholic University of America


Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner Sponsorship - $2,000

  • Preferred seating for 4 Guests
  • Company or Individual Name of Event Materials
  • Hyperlink on Scholarship Webpage

Bar Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Preferred seating for 2 Guests
  • Company or Individual Name of Event Materials
  • Hyperlink on Scholarship Webpage

Individual Tickets $295.00


LA.IDEA Committee Meeting

LA.IDEA Committee Meeting

  • Date

    Tuesday, March 12 2024

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location


All current members and interested newcomers are encouraged to attend LA.IDEA committee meetings, these meetings are free and open to all. 

Family Workshop: Islamic Architecture – Create a Masjid

A masjid, or mosque, is a place of worship for Muslims all over the world. We will learn about different mosques and their purposes. Some are small and simple, others are huge and ornate!  This workshop will focus on interior design, for those who love to decorate! Create a masjid to suit your own tastes!

Great for ages 5-14!

Family Workshop: Castle Architect – Lego Build

Great for ages 3-14!

In this multi-age family workshop, kids of all ages can build the castle of their imaginations!  We will look at how castles were designed centuries ago, using David MacAulay's book, Castle. Build castles out of foam and card board and construction paper. Our Lego room will be open with life-size brick Legos and table Legos!

Prizes for those who share their castle stories!

2024 Chapter Design Awards Call for Entries

  • Date

    Tuesday, February 13 2024-Monday, March 11 2024

  • Time

    Multi-day event.


The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in the categories of architecture, interior architecture, historic resources, and urban design/master planning. The program not only demonstrates the value of good design, but also illustrates the wide variety of services performed by architects. It is conducted independent of other awards programs sponsored by the Institute and other AIA components.


The program is open to all registered architects. The architect submitting a project must be a member though not necessarily the head of the design team responsible for it. Project eligibility depends on the status of the submitting architect as follows:

  • Any registered architect who is a member (assigned or unassigned) of AIA|DC may submit any architecture, interior architecture, or historic resource project completed or urban design/master planning project initiated after January 1, 2019
  • Any registered architect who is a member of another AIA chapter or who is not a member of the Institute may submit any architecture, interior architecture or historic resource project completed or urban design/master planning project initiated after January 1, 2019, located within Washington, DC.

For architecture, interior architecture, and historic resources, “completed” shall mean “substantially completed” as defined in standard AIA documents governing construction.

For urban design/master planning, “initiated” shall mean a completed or incomplete project, where a significant portion has been completed, implemented, or adopted by a local jurisdiction, authority, institution, or private client. Unimplemented urban design/master planning projects must have an actual, identifiable client and must not be academic projects or competitions.

If a project was given an Award or Jury Citation in the Architecture, Interior Architecture or Historic Resources categories in previous years, it is no longer eligible for a Chapter Design Award. If an Urban Design/Master Planning project was given an award in previous years, that project is no longer eligible to be considered in this or future awards programs. However, individual buildings in an urban design/master plan may be submitted under the architecture or historic resources category if not previously awarded as noted above.

If you have any questions about the eligibility requirements, please contact the AIA DC. AIA|DC shall have the sole authority to verify that eligibility requirements have been met.


A panel consisting of five jurors will review all submission categories. No juror shall be from the Washington area, and each shall be a qualified judge in their own right. Although most jurors will be practicing architects, some may be primarily employed as historians, educators, critics, urban designers, planners or preservationists. Jurors will be selected and/or approved by the AIA|DC Executive Committee. Each jury’s composition is at the Chapter’s discretion and shall not be subject to review.

The Jury will consider awards in all four categories and entries will be considered individually. The Jury may grant awards to as many projects it considers justified by the quality of the design. While the jury has the sole discretion to grant an award, the Chapter will instruct jurists to take into consideration the following:

  1. Design quality
  2. The context of working in a specific region. The DC context for example, creates unique opportunities and challenges.
  3. The Framework for Design Excellence topics described above.
  4. Project size, scale, or budget – modest projects may be significant, including single family residences or projects which display finely executed detail.

Click here for full submission details and requirements.

The Classical Roots of Modern Architecture presented by Mark McInturff

Join the ICAA in welcoming Mark McInturff. In this talk, architect Mark McInturff FAIA will discuss the common roots of Classical and Modern Architecture.

Beginning with the training and early work of the iconic Modernists including Mies, Le Corbusier, Wright and Kahn, the talk will illustrate common denominators of both directions, including structural expression, plan hierarchies, and material expression.

McInturff will illustrate these parallels with historic work and his own.

The successes and failures of modernism as compared to Classicism will be discussed openly.

Tour of Catholic University’s Garvey Hall and Conway School of Nursing

Please join us for a tour of two recently completed buildings on Catholic University's campus: Garvey Hall, which houses a new dining hall and the Center for Academic and Career Success, and the Conway School of Nursing building. Representatives of the architecture team and the building enclosure consulting and commissioning teams will lead attendees through these two buildings. The tours will review the different strategies that each building undertook to construct a stone, collegiate gothic-themed facade, the history of the buildings and the site, the unique urban design that ties these buildings in with the rest of the campus, and the sustainable design features. The evening will be concluded with networking and light refreshments with Catholic University architecture students at the School of Architecture in the Crough Center.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the importance of the enclosure and building enclosure commissioning into the LEED and WELL ratings of academic and dining buildings.
  • To discuss design strategies, including the pros and cons, of gothic architecture in a modern design.
  • To discuss the implications of gothic architecture on the material selection, detailing, and performance of the building enclosure.
  • To understand the development of the building enclosure and architecture with respects to urban planning of a college campus.

Presented by:


Bradford S. Carpenter, P.E.

Senior Principal (SGH/Washington, DC)

Brad Carpenter is a Senior Principal in Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.’s (SGH’s) Building Technology group in our Washington, DC office. He is experienced in investigating, rehabilitating, and designing building enclosure systems on historic and contemporary structures. Brad specializes in the design and integration of complex building enclosure systems, including waterproofing, air and water barriers, rain screen cladding, and fenestration systems, with a focus on design efficiency, constructability, and performance. He closely collaborates with designers, owners and contractors and regularly leverages cross disciplinary capabilities at SGH to develop creative and thoughtful solutions to rehabilitation and new design challenges. Prior to joining SGH in 2001, he was an engineer at the Architect of the Capitol. Brad has authored or co-authored a number of industry papers and presentations on the topic of building enclosure design and construction and is a frequent lecturer on the topic. He has served in a number of professional association roles over the years including co-chair of BEC|DC, as part of BETEC (NIBS) including in the development of NIBS Guideline 3, lecture chair for the local chapter of APTI, and currently as co-chair or contributing member on a number of committees and task groups within the Fenestration Glazing Industry Association (Formerly AAMA/IGMA).


Christian Calleri, AIA

Associate Principal (Perkins Eastman/Washington, DC)

Christian Calleri is an Associate Principal at Perkins Eastman, and was the lead designer of Garvey Hall at the Catholic University of America. Both an urban designer and architect, his career has spanned all project sizes over 22 years, and the past 14 at Perkins Eastman. He has built work around the country, though the bulk of his work is in and around Washington, DC. In addition to practice, he taught at the University of Maryland School of Architecture and Planning for 15 years, and is currently serving on the board of the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the CNU. He is dedicated to making great urban places and great urban architecture.


Andrea DelGiudice

Building Enclosure Consultant (WJE/Washington, DC)

Andrea DelGiudice is a building enclosure consultant with more than 15 years of experience. She is also an Associate Principal and Unit Manager in the Washington, DC office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. She is experienced in evaluation and design of myriad enclosure assemblies which she applies to new construction consulting/commissioning (BECx), evaluation of air/water leakage and condensation, and repair development for a variety of vintages, programs, and construction types. Ms. DelGiudice is active in ASTM Committee E06.55, serving as Co-chair of Task Group 09 - Exterior Enclosure Commissioning and Technical Contact for ASTM E2813 "Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning".


Carolyn Frederick

Senior Associate (Ayers Saint Gross/Washington, DC)

Carolyn Frederick is a Senior Associate at Ayers Saint Gross with 20 years of experience in architecture and construction administration for a wide range of projects, from residential buildings to academic and cultural facilities. As a Project Architect, Carolyn is involved in the planning and design phases of projects and leads technical teams as design is translated into documentation. She brings a strong technical understanding of architectural principles, building codes, regulations, and construction methods. A skilled problem solver, Carolyn is adept at finding creative solutions that balances vision, budget, and technical requirements.

Carolyn is a member of the firm’s Integrated Practice Technical Excellence committee which provides technical training and mentoring in the architecture practice to ensure tight building envelope detailing. An experienced Revit model manager, Carolyn works with the IPC team to create and standardize BIM libraries and templates to enhance document quality control.


Jules Gianakos

Associate (RAMSA/New York, NY)

Jules Gianakos, Associate, has been with Robert A.M. Stern Architects since 2014. Mr. Gianakos has worked on many institutional projects while at RAMSA including the McIntire School of Commerce and Darden Graduate Family Residences, both at the University of Virginia; a theater renovation at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut; the Conway School of Nursing at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a student housing project at the University of Michigan; and several projects on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining RAMSA, Mr. Gianakos was a designer at Carlton Architecture in New York City. Mr. Gianakos received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Houston in 2011.

Organized by:

Building Enclosure Council and Emerging Architects Committee

New Horizons - Shaping Tomorrow's Design with Intelligent Ingenuity

  • Date

    Friday, March 01 2024

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


As artificial intelligence increases its prevalence across various domains, it also becomes a handy tool for designers. Artificial intelligence proves beneficial by enhancing time efficiency, exploring alternatives, and refining design deliverables. Moreover, a noticeable trend is emerging as competitions specifically seek projects developed exclusively through artificial intelligence.
Join the AADU for an insightful session that delves into the latest developments in visualizing architectural concepts with the aid of artificial intelligence. Focusing on the design evolution assisted by artificial intelligence, this presentation is geared towards optimizing architectural post-production workflow with better outcomes. Chuanqi and Jingyi, both had some artificial intelligence and programming experience when studying at the University of Pennsylvania, are now working on professional practices. The dynamic duo with a track record of winning multiple awards in the past year, are eager to share their firsthand experience collaborating with artificial intelligence assistants in this webinar.
The session will commence by introducing some common artificial intelligence platforms for drawing design inspirations and managing post-production tasks. It will then introduce the generation of ideas and the benefits derived from testing and adjusting the feedback received from artificial intelligence.
Additionally, the session will explore future artificial intelligence trends, the underlying logic of artificial intelligence generation, and how these principles find practical project applications in various other design fields.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain fundamental artificial intelligence generation logic.
  • Explore the impact of artificial intelligence generation on-time efficiency in post-production and design inspiration.
  • Analyze post-production workflows through the assistance of artificial intelligence tools.
  • Summarize anticipated trends in artificial intelligence tools for architectural design.

Presented by:

Jingyi Zhou & Chuanqi Gao

Jingyi Zhou is an associated AIA and an Architectural Designer working at STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE in DC.

Chuanqi Gao is a registered Architect, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, and EDAC Certified Professional who currently working at a healthcare-specialized architecture firm.

Both Jingyi and Chuanqi had some artificial intelligence and programming experience when studying at the University of Pennsylvania, are now working on professional practices for three years. The dynamic duo with a track record of winning multiple awards in the past year, are eager to share their firsthand experience collaborating with artificial intelligence assistants in this webinar.

Organized by:

Asian American Designers Union

Concepts for Future Lavatory Design 

(Recipient of Non-Architecture: AI Competition: Future Toilet Award)