Digital Design For Teens Fall 2021

  • Date

    Thursday, October 14 2021-Monday, November 15 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location


Digital Design for Teens teaches valuable design skills to high school students. Though many high-schools teach similar courses, The Washington Architectural Foundation provides introductory education on digital drawing and 3D modeling for architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering purposes. Students will learn simple techniques they can practice outside of the classroom and apply in internship and educational opportunities. Digital Design for Teens is an excellent asset for any college applicant or job-seeker to have on their resume, and provides insight into the work involved in a modern design career.

Do you have a knowledge of SketchUp? Get involved in our next installment of Digital Design for Teens. Dates TBD.

Please note: the recommended age for Digital Design for Teens is 14-18

This year's Digital Design for Teens will begin on October 18th, 2021 through November 15th, 2021.

Session will be held on Mondays from 3PM - 5PM.

Registration is open now and closes on October 14, 2021

To register for this year's Digital Design For Teens, please sign-up here.

Lunchtime Learning: Innovative Design Applications Using Advanced Fire Rated Glazing Technology

  • Date

    Wednesday, October 13 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Architects have always pushed the limits of what building products can do, and fire rated glazing is no exception. This program shows you how fire rated glazing has evolved from small door lites and openings using wired glass and ceramics to floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall, multi-tasking fire resistive glazing systems. Case studies showing these innovative design applications in real-word settings will be used to show participants how architects continue to push the boundaries of what fire rated glass can do.

Tim Nass, Vice President of National Sales

Tim Nass has over 25 years of experience in the architectural glazing industry. As the Vice President of National Sales at SAFTI FIRST, he brings his extensive knowledge and expertise when working closely with architects and contract glaziers. Tim also oversees SAFTI FIRST’s national network of architectural sales representatives and has been delivering our AIA-registered presentation for over 5 years to various architecture firms, AIA local chapters, CSI local chapters, at the CSI National Convention and other glazing industry events throughout US and Canada.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the history of fire rated glass from foreign-made wire glass and ceramics to clear, high performance, USA-made solutions;
  • Understand the difference between fire protective and fire resistive glazing and how the IBC distinguishes between these two applications;
  • Examine how the architectural community's demand for large sizes, increased optical clarity and thermal performance have shaped fire rated glazing product development. Case studies will be highlighted;
  • Discover the importance of multi-functional fire resistive glazing products providing additional performance features such as hurricane, blast, ballistic, forced entry and more. Case studies will be highlighted.
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Lunchtime Learning: Drainage and Drying in the Exterior Wall

  • Date

    Friday, October 08 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


Determining the best system for managing moisture can be challenging. Many factors such as climate, cladding, and cost should be considered when designing a sustainable wall. This course explores those factors, as well as
trends in building codes and best practices.

Presented By:

Karl Feucht 

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Karl Feucht, Market Development Manager for Benjamin Obdyke, has over 13 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction industry. Before joining the Benjamin Obdyke team, Karl worked for a regional distributor of Benjamin Obdyke products and has participated in numerous building science seminars and training events. Karl holds a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University (OH) and is the proud father of four children. He spends his free time volunteering at his kids’ school, coaching youth sports, camping, and training for his next ultramarathon. While presenting over 50 training sessions per year, Karl strives to teach architects, installers, and distributors better building practices to increase the life of their building envelopes and build healthier and more durable structures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the integral role of a gap within the exterior wall.
  • Understand the performance characteristics of drainable housewrap and rainscreen systems.
  • Understand the selection criteria to consider when
    designing for moisture management in wall systems.
  • Determine the appropriate ways to employ draining and drying principles for a variety of cladding systems.
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Architecture @ Home

  • Date

    Saturday, October 16 2021-Saturday, December 11 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location


Do you have a student, age 8-12, interested in learning more about architecture?

Join us for our 2021 Architecture @ Home. 

This year, Architecture @ Home will be virtual.

To enroll in this year's Architecture @ Home, you can sign-up here.

(For each workshop, students will need to have basic craft supplies available. A full list of materials will be sent out closer to the start of camp.)

Class time is from 9-11am.

Dates and topics are:

October 16 - Introduction to Architecture

October 23 - Landscape Architecture

October 30 - Architecture Around the World

November 6 - Interior Design

November 13 - Engineering 

November 20 - Construction

December 4 - Adaptive Reuse

December 11 - Historical Buildings

*No class on November 27th*

Workshops will focus on elements of design and its connection to architecture.  Each workshop will have a project element and students will be required to have pencils, pens, markers, and paper.  If there is a specific material required, you will receive a notification one week prior to the start of the workshop along with zoom meeting details.  Please note all zoom meeting details will be sent to the email address you provide at the time of registration. 

Don't forget to register. You can find registration details here.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Simonson at  

2021 Thesis Showcase

  • Date

    Tuesday, September 28 2021

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location


Each year, the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee presents its annual Thesis Showcase for emerging professionals to present their architectural thesis to practitioners from around the DC area.

This program aims to bridge the gap between recent graduates and practicing architects by providing an opportunity for practitioners to view a sample of work emerging from architecture schools. Winners will showcase their projects in a virtual exhibition on September 28, 2021.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore potential impacts of the built environment on human health, safety, and welfare at multiple scales, from buildings to cities. (NAAB SC.1 Health, Safety, and Welfare in the Built Environment)
  • Describe established and emerging systems, technologies, and assemblies of building construction, and the methods and criteria architects use to assess those technologies. (NAAB SC.4 Technical Knowledge)
  • Compare how to to make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating synthesis of user requirements, regulatory requirements, site conditions, and accessible design etc. (NAAB SC.5 Design Synthesis)
  • Explore how to make design decisions within architectural projects while demonstrating integration of building envelope systems and assemblies, structural systems, environmental control systems, life safety systems etc. (NAAB SC.6 Building Integration)


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Unbuilt Washington Awards

  • Date

    Thursday, September 09 2021-Monday, October 25 2021

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location




The Washington UNBUILT design Awards program has a unique role to play in supporting a vibrant intellectual discourse within the design community in the DC metro region. This program bridges the academic and professional communities by providing a forum for recognizing the contributions of both younger and established practitioners alike. Accordingly, the objective of the Awards program is to engage and recognize the broadest possible range of research, conceptual exploration and innovation in design thinking represented in the DC Metro region.


The 2021 Unbuilt Washington Awards Program recognizes excellence in unbuilt projects both non-commissioned and commissioned projects. This competition is conducted by AIA|DC independently of other awards programs sponsored by the national American Institute of Architects and other AIA components.

Winners of this year’s competition will be exhibited on AIA|DC website.

The awards program is divided into two categories:

• Unbuilt Non-Commissioned Projects
Work without a client commission; e.g. design competitions, student work, hypothetical projects and research-oriented projects.

• Unbuilt Commissioned Projects
Work commissioned by a client: Planning, public space, urban design, buildings, interiors, transportation infrastructure, monuments, public art, or any other project type. There are no typological or geographical restrictions. Projects must not have begun construction by the submission deadline.

You Can Find Detailed Registration and Submission Information here


Projects must be registered and submitted online no later than 4:00PM on Monday, October 25, 2021. If you experience difficulties or miss the deadline and require assistance the next day, a $95 late fee will be assessed at that time. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO UPLOAD YOUR SUBMISSION(S) EARLY.

The Awards Jury will convene on December 6, 2021.

To begin your submission, please click here (and then link to:


CRAN: Post-COVID Custom Residential Design: An Evolution in Client Demands – A Panel Discussion

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 15 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:30pm

  • Location


Join AIA/PV and Capital Area CRAN for a panel discussion on Post-COVID Custom Residential Design: An Evolution in Client Demands. We, as home dwellers, have experienced a multitude of changes during the COVID pandemic, and from these changes, our views on home design have evolved. Home dwellers have learned from a prolonged period of forced togetherness and/or intense isolation what aspects of the spaces we inhabit work well, what needs to be changed, and what needs to be added, in order to promote the well-being of inhabitants. In this panel discussion, custom residential designers explore an evolution in thinking induced by the pandemic and lessons learned, primarily from the client’s point of view.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the societal impact of pandemic-enforced stay-at-home orders, quarantines, and social isolation and how pandemic impacts in general have affected attitudes about home design. Attendees will explore the ways in which the cumulative anxieties and other stressors of current times have changed client priorities to more directly emphasize design that promotes the well-being, safety, and general welfare of the inhabitants of their homes.
  2. Discuss the evolution of home design resulting from living through the pandemic and the challenges of maintaining work/life balance in a house that has necessarily functioned as both dwelling place and as work and/or school location.
  3. Discuss the particular impact of increased health concerns on multiple design elements, such as multi-purpose gathering spaces, HVAC systems, cleanable surfaces, and a need for spaces that connect with Nature.
  4. Discuss pandemic impacts on and changes to the residential design and construction process, including project delivery methods, construction means and methods, material and appliance choices, and budgets and timelines.


Michael Merschat, AIA
Open Corner Architecture+Design
Chair, AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee
Member, Capital Area CRAN Steering Committee

Michael grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, NC. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, he moved up to Washington, DC, to pursue his career in architecture.​ After two decades of city life, Michael returned home and found renewed connection with the land and rural community of his youth. He believes that we have an opportunity to bring thoughtful design principles into every home, effortlessly blending the natural flow of the land with modern architecture.


George Bott, AIA
Architect, Anthony Wilder Design/Build
Member, AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee and Capital Area CRAN Steering Committee

Experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of helping homeowners in the DMV "Build Their Dreams"! Working in the custom residential architecture & Design Build industry. Skilled in designs for Additions, Renovations, New Homes with both contemporary and traditional detailing. Strong arts and design professional with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) from The Catholic University of America.


Lori Apfel Cardeli, AIA, NCARB
Architect, LACArch

Lori Apfel Cardeli is a NCARB certified, licensed Architect registered to practice in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and New York, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Lori has a diverse portfolio which includes high-end custom homes, multi-family residences, and sustainable learning environments. For the past 10 years, Lori focused on the design, project management, and construction of single-family residential projects. Lori graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP).


Carib Daniel Martin, AIA
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Carib grew up in small-town southern Illinois. From a young age he inexplicably knew he would be an architect. In the fifth grade he started designing homes for all his classmates. By the time he was in high school he had his first real clients. Carib went on to graduate Pratt Institute, in New York, where he achieved the “Circle Award of Excellence." Around the turn of the century he arrived in DC and, within a few years, the Washington Post called his work “eloquent protests against the global status quo." His mother, on the other hand, simply calls it “interesting."

Chapter and Washingtonian Design Awards

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 22 2021

  • Time

    4:30pm - 7:00pm

  • Location

    District Architecture Center

Join us in-person at the District Architecture Center to celebrate the 2021 Chapter and Washingtonian Award winners! We'll have food, drinks, networking, and exhibitors along with an awards ceremony. The ceremony starts at 5:30pm.

We're excited to welcome you back to the DAC!

Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour

  • Date

    Saturday, September 25 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Location

    Hollin Meadows Elementary School

Presented by:  The Civic Association of Hollin Hills

Join us on Sept. 25, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you to the largest mid-century modern home and garden tour on the East Coast. Hollin Hills is an award-winning mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, VA.

This self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping and interior design throughout this unique neighborhood listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places.

Whether your main interest is Architecture, Art, Interiors or Landscape, you will find something to love during the tour. The organizers have made efforts to call your attention to notable features of these four pillars of the unique Hollin Hills neighborhood.

Explore More about the Tour and Hollin Hills Here!

Standard and VIP tickets are available until September 4, 2021.

**This self-guided walking tour will take place rain or shine.**
**The health and safety of our attendees, sponsors, volunteers and homeowners is paramount. We will continue to monitor CDC and local guidelines and will adjust our protocols as needed. Please view our Covid-19 protocol.**

The Four Pillars of Hollin Hills:

Architecture.png   ARCHITECTURE:  Expansive walls of glass allow massive amounts of sunlight to filter in, removing the confines of enclosed space to reveal the natural environment and letting nature take an active role in the home. 

Art+and+Sculpture.png    ART:  The artists in mid-20th century America ruled an aesthetic realm exploding with optimism and confidence and celebrating the self-expression of a liberated world. They made their own rules defining their activities as evidence of truth and beauty.

Interior+Design.png     INTERIORS:  The most important material for the interiors is sunlight. This openness requires furniture to play a new role. Seating, surfaces and storage must go beyond their originally intended function, serving to delineate living space and become part of the architecture.

Landscape.png    LANDSCAPE:  Each house is uniquely oriented on its lot to maximize its privacy and landscape view, with sight lines intentionally chosen to enhance the common space shared by each structure. Native plant materials both define individual spaces and convey a feeling of joint community presence.

Read more about the four pillars of the 2021 Tour

Volunteers are welcome!

If you are interested in being a volunteer docent at one of the mid-century homes during the event, contact Jeff Vandersall, AIA at

Sign-up to be a volunteer by August 30th

Film Night: A Home of Our Own

  • Date

    Friday, September 03 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 9:45pm

  • Location


Widow Frances Lacey (Kathy Bates) is being sexually harassed by her boss while she tries to provide for her brood of six children. Also, her oldest son, Shayne (Edward Furlong), is constantly in trouble. When she's fired from her job, Frances decides to abandon Los Angeles. She and her family end up in Idaho, where she buys a dilapidated piece of land and tries to build a home. As she struggles to make a fresh start, Frances encounters both encouragement and new problems.


Run Time: 1h 44 min

Year: 1993

Film by: Tony Bill

Produced by: Bill Borden, Dale Pollock

Featuring: Cathy Bates, Edward Furlong

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

Organized by the 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!