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AIA | DC invites you to test your luck and join us for an evening of fun at our fundraising Casino Night! Each ticket includes a $25 donation to the Washington Architectural Foundation, 300,000 "DAC Bucks" for blackjack, poker, and craps tables, hors d’oeuvres, and celebratory libations!

We are celebrating our members and affiliates with this event benefitting the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Emerging Architects Committee Open Discussion Meeting

This is a hybrid event. You may attend in person at the offices of Torti Gallas + Partners or via Zoom - contact Ian Walker for Zoom details.


The AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee (EAC) promotes education, leadership development, and community involvement among emerging architects, Associate AIA members, and architects licensed 10 years or less. We encourage the next generation of architects to start leading our community by heading committees, organizing events, participating in workshops, and attending our events.


The EAC has four major objectives: ADVOCATE for emerging architects, PROVOKE and talk about the future of the profession, MENTOR the next generation of architects, and perform OUTREACH to other AIA members, associated disciplines, and the community.

Sforzina: Designs for a Modern America—Catalogue Preview & Exhibition Closing

Join us for a special preview of the soon-to-be-released, 300-page exhibition catalogue produced as a companion to Sforzina: Designs for a Modern America, 1924–1941. While the exhibition—currently on view at the District Architecture Center—features many of Edgard Sforzina’s Art Deco era designs, it is only a fraction of total output from his brief but prolific career in the United States.

Jim Linz and Denise Allen will give an illustrated talk highlighting additional works from the nearly 700 of Sforzina’s designs for furniture, decorative and functional objects, buildings, and interiors. Attendees will be able to pre-order the book, which will be available a few weeks after this program.

The galleries will be open 12pm–4pm for exhibition viewing.

Presented by:

Jim Linz—President Emeritus, Art Deco Society of Washington

Denise Allen—Grand-daughter of Edgard Sforzina

Organized by:

Art Deco Society of Washington in partnership with Washington Architectural Foundation

The Art Deco Society of Washington is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization incorporated to foster awareness, preservation, and appreciation of the Art Deco period in the Washington, DC area.

This free program is presented in association with Sforzina: Designs for a Modern America, 1924–1941, on view at the District Architecture Center through January 25, 2023.

Lunchtime Learning: Exterior Glass Doors - Improve Function, Performance and Well-Being in Residential Design

  • Date

    Wednesday, January 18 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


The use of exterior glass doors change the experience of the homeowner by contributing to healthier, more appealing spaces and strengthening the connection between indoors and out. This course looks at the variety of exterior glass doors available, their design characteristics, performance considerations, and how they can impact well-being for residential customers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how composite materials provide predictable, sustainable, and superior performance characteristics over other materials.
  • Explain the production of fiberglass composites and the advantages of the pultrusion process.
  • Identify the performance characteristics of windows and doors made from pultruded fiberglass and how it compares to other materials used in residential and commercial buildings.
  • Discuss finishes for pultruded fiberglass windows, how they meet AAMA quality standards, and how they impact the building design and energy efficiency.
  • Explore case studies of pultruded fiberglass windows and doors in various projects for performance, resiliency, and sustainability.

Presented by:

Brooke McGrath

Architectural Project Manager, Metro DC - Marvin

Organized by:

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NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification

A representative from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, foreign-educated and/or licensed professionals, supervisors, and architects. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture.

Topics will include:

  • Background of NCARB
  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to establish an NCARB Record
  • How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • Value of the NCARB Certificate

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the requirements for completing the AXP and the ARE.
  • Utilize resources available to identify the proper person or organization to contact for answers to specific questions.
  • Recognize the importance of career planning, and options for reciprocity.
  • Outline the process of becoming licensed.

Presented by:

Patricia Ramallo, AIA, NCARB, CAE, LEED AP BD+C & HOMES

Assistant Vice President, Innovation, NCARB

Patricia Ramallo started working at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in 2015 as part of the Experience + Education team. In her current role as Assistant Vice President of Innovation, she leads the design and implementation of innovative strategies throughout the Council, supports transformational initiatives, and advances international relations efforts.

Before joining NCARB, Patricia dedicated 14 years to the architecture field, fulfilling various design, management, and construction administration functions. She worked in Michigan, Kentucky, and New York on projects nationwide ranging from residential and multifamily to religious, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. Patricia also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor at the Boston Architectural College, where she teaches two graduate courses in professional practice.

Patricia holds a Master of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University and is licensed to practice architecture in Argentina, Kentucky, and New Jersey. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, holds LEED AP® Homes & BD+C credentials, and the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. In 2019 she obtained a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and in 2021 she earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.


Nicholas R. Respecki, AIA, NCARB

Senior Manager, Examination, NCARB

Nicholas Respecki is a Senior Manager of Examination at NCARB. In this position, he works primarily on development of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

Prior to joining NCARB, Respecki worked as an architect and designer for multiple firms in Washington, DC. He has experience in all phases of design and construction, with work primarily focused on large scale university, sports, healthcare, and cultural projects.

Respecki holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is licensed to practice architecture in the District of Columbia, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.


Bryan Vallejo, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, CSM, CSPO, MIS
Manager, Experience + Education, NCARB

Before joining NCARB as the Manager for Experience + Education, Bryan worked as the Executive Director of a DC-based real estate development firm. Prior to moving to the DC metro area, Bryan worked for the Florida House of Representatives, where he oversaw government and community relations for various public officials. At NCARB, Bryan manages several education alternative programs including the Foreign Architect Path to Certification and the NCARB Certificate Portfolio. In addition to this, he is responsible for helping expand NCARB’s International Relations initiatives.

Born in Armenia, Colombia, Bryan is fluent in Spanish. He received his Master of International Service from American University with a concentration in United States Foreign Policy and was a Social Innovation Fellow. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University, with a double major in Political Science and Religion. With a keen interest in the architectural profession and architectural design, he is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, allied professional member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, a Certified Scrum Master, and a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Organized by:

AIA|DC LA.IDEA Committee

Lunchtime Learning: Don't Silo When You Can dRofus!

  • Date

    Wednesday, January 11 2023

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


dRofus is a unique planning, data management and BIM collaboration software that enhances workflows for all project stakeholders throughout the building lifecycle. We are purpose built for the creation and management of building information and through our Revit, Archicad and IFC integration. We allow teams to validate design requirements against model development in real time. dRofus supports the evolution of projects by allowing teams to share their knowledge in a collaborative platform where owner requirements are used to validate designed solutions with building data evolving through each project stage into facilities management and operations.

dRofus keeps project teams big and small connected and on the same page with the assurance that the information they are viewing is precise, up to date, and reliable. Whether your project is simple or complex, dRofus can be your single source of truth providing a real ROI from your first project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify guidelines required for ensuring project data remains easily accessible to all parties.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining a source of truth that can accommodate several file formats.
  • Implement workflows that allow for the bidirectional transition of data between commonly used industry tools.
  • Use roles and permissions to control access to project data (allow stakeholders to view or edit information).

Presented by:

Joel Martineau

Transforming pen strokes on paper to buildings has always been Joel’s passion. After completing his Bachelor of Architecture degree, he worked for several years in multiple sectors on projects ranging from student centers to the development of new campuses. Joel advocates for the use of design technology to foster creativity and innovation, as well as improve the design, delivery, and handover of facilities to clients. He has previously presented at ENR Buildtech, BiLT Asia and BiLT Europe, as well as authored articles that have been published in several US and UK magazines, including the RIBA Journal online.

Organized by:

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Happy Hour Party featuring WAAC Band

Our current exhibition, Happy Hour Architecture, is ending soon. Join us in celebration with drinks, food, and live music from WAAC Band. Explore the exhibition, mingle with friends and colleagues, listen to sweet sounds, and even dance if you’d like. We look forward to welcoming you.

About the Exhibition

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries appeal to the senses by attracting patrons through storytelling and placemaking. In Happy Hour Architecture, we feature distinctive and award-winning projects—in and around our nation’s capital—whose design ingredients entice drink enthusiasts to raise a glass in style. For a complete list of the wineries, breweries, and distilleries featured in the exhibition, visit here.

About WAAC Band

WAAC Band is a band of faculty, alumni, and students of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. We play Rock & Roll. The WAAC Band agrees with Vitruvius: “The architect should be equipped with knowledge of many branches of study and varied kinds of learning. Music also the architect ought to understand so that he may have the knowledge of the canonical and mathematical theory, and besides be able to tune ballistae, catapultae, and scorpiones to the proper key.”


Organized by

Washington Architecture Foundation

Supported by

Generously supported, in part, by Right Proper Brewing Company

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Distillery Stories: Meet the Designers

Drop by the District Architecture Center to explore our current exhibition, Happy Hour Architecture, and meet the designers who shaped Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company and George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon. Join us at *1:30pm* with David C. Bagnoli, AIA LEED BD+C from StudioMB and *2pm* with Kathryn Slattery, AIA LEED AP from Quinn Evans.

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

This free program is presented in association with Happy Hour Architecture, on view at the District Architecture Center through January 25, 2023.

Photo Snippets (left to right): Photo © Amber Frederiksen; Photo © Ron Blunt; Photo © Rey Lopez; Photo © Matthew Borkoski

Lunchtime Learning: The Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Space

  • Date

    Wednesday, December 07 2022

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location


In this course we explore the impact of interior environments on human performance and wellness. We explore the role natural daylight and perceived open space play in modulating cognitive function, and how we can engage our memories of natural environments to enhance occupant health and productivity in enclosed interiors. The course introduces a cognitive approach to design that underscores the value of perceived open space as a restorative attribute that engages our biophilic memory. Two spatial reference frames present in nature, the perceived zenith, the highest point above the observer, and the perceived horizon line, the farthest point before the observer, can be recreated in an enclosed interior space by staging an appropriate illusion to alter our perception of space. Recreating these fundamental spatial maps through an effective illusion enables a range of wellness benefits normally associated with interiors applying more traditional biophilic design principles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why reducing daylight to its elemental components, brightness (irradiance) and color temperature, in enclosed interiors can alter our perception of daylight’s inherent spatial nature.
  • Discuss the role circadian photoreceptors and retinal cones play in regulating circadian entrainment and how the environmental context in which our physiology detects daylight is as important is the light itself.
  • Describe the neural pathways that link our sensorimotor system (how we move through space) with executive function (how we think), thereby generating our sense of place.
  • Summarize the malleable nature of human perception and how bi-sensory illusions in enclosed interiors can evoke spatial memories to alter our perception of those spaces.

Presented by: 

Geof Northridge

Mr. Northridge has extensive experience in both commercial real estate and the commercial construction industry. For the past ten years he has been developing and presenting continuing education courses on topics including the effect of biophilic design elements on human physiology, how biophilic illusions can be created to provide many of the same physiological benefits as actual biophilic design elements, and how knowledge of the mechanics of human perception can be paired with carefully crafted illusions of nature to alter how humans experience interior spaces. He has presented Sky Factory’s various AIA-approved continuing education courses more than 500 times to architectural and design firms as well as to AIA chapter meetings and other events.

Organized by:

Sky Factory

Speed Mentoring, Round 2!

Back by popular demand, a night of speed mentoring will take place again, this time in person at the District Architecture Center.

What is Speed Mentoring? Speed Mentoring is like speed dating, but replace the regret and awkward silences with wisdom, opportunity, and a fresh perspective on your career and our industry. The evening is an efficient way to exchange strategies of success in the design profession.

This event provides networking opportunities for all architects, facilitating interaction across multiple professional levels. Attendees will meet in small groups with professional mentors of all levels in four 15-minute sessions for informal discussions.

When registering please provide preference for a role, either a mentor, a mentee, colleague, or either.

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet architects at different stages in life and gain perspective on career choices and approaches.
  • Improve interpersonal communication skills.
  • Learn what it takes to be an effective mentor.
  • Discover how to articulate your goals as a mentee.

Sponsored by:

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