AIA|DC Announces Architecture Week 2011

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Architecture Week (September 9 -23, 2011) brings the building profession and the public together to celebrate and explore architecture and design in the nation's capital. Teaming with embassies and cultural centers, AIA|DC presents architecture with a global perspective.

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We are so pleased that we can host this annual event with our embassy partners. It gives a fresh perspective on the architecture of our city, reminding us that we are much more than politics and government.

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Come Learn How Architects See the World with The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC). Architecture Week brings the building profession and the public together to celebrate and explore architecture and design in the nation’s capital, beginning Friday, September 9 – 23. Teaming with embassies and foreign cultural centers, AIA|DC presents architecture with a global perspective. Since 1998, the AIA|DC has curated Architecture Week to make architecture more accessible to the public of all ages through a wide variety of events. Most Architecture Week programs are free, while others have minimal registration fees.
What:    Architecture Week 2011—Come Learn How Architects See The World.
A series of public events that celebrate architecture in the nation's capital. With this 13th celebration, we once again shine a spotlight on Washington's foreign embassies and institutions—each with a unique architectural heritage.
When:     Friday, September 9–Friday, September 23. See for complete agenda and details.
Where:    From AIA|DC’s future home at the District Architecture Center in Penn Quarter to the National Building Museum, Embassies,historic sites and public spaces.
Cost:     Registration is $5. Some events have an additional cost; see individual event listings at for details.
Registration: Registration is required for all events at,and names will be checked at venues, as space is limited in some cases.
Info:    Contact AIA|DC, with any other questions at 202.667.1798.
Architecture Week DC 2011 Sponsors and Partners include: International partners include the Alliance Française; the Goethe-Institut; and the Embassies of Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and Austria. Locally, (e)merge art fair, the American Institute of Architects, the DC Public Library, AIA|DC’s Committee on the Environment, the Washington Architecture Foundation, the Arena Stage, the United States Institute of Peace, Boffi Georgetown and the National Building Museum host events during the two weeks of lectures, tours and shows. Architecture Week is sponsored by Horizon Builders, Inc., Glass Construction, Rock Creek Builder, Marvin Windows& Doors/Lightstyles and Keast & Hood.

Events include -- see for a complete list:
AIA|DC Chapter Design Awards Revealed
After a day-long jury, a panel of nationally renowned architects will reveal the best of Washington architecture. Recognizing the awardees is just the start of this celebration of the District’s best as AIA|DC kicks off Architecture Week 2011.The Design Awards architects in three categories: architecture, interior design and historic resources. Hosted at the Alliance Francaise on Wyoming Avenue (September 9, 6–9pm)

District Architecture Center Construction Watch Tour
Any event for architecture in the District will soon have to include the District Architecture Center, the AIA|DC’s new home in Penn Quarter. Slated for completion in October, the public is welcome to view see an architect’s vision take shape. (September 11, 2–3:30pm)

Young Architects of Spain
The exhibition shows the promising future of Spanish architecture. The works were selected through a public competition open to all young Spanish architects. The exhibition opening is preceded by a lecture by the prestigious modern architecture expert Kenneth Frampton and a panel discussion with Spanish Architects and curators of the exhibit Jesús Donaire and Jesús Aparacio. At the American Institute of Architects (September 15, lecture 5:30. Exhibit opening 7:00 PM) Sponsored by the Embassy of Spain’s Spain Arts & Culture Program.

Kid’s Architecture Tour of Dupont Circle
Architect Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA, who has been teaching kids about architecture for 20 years, will lead a lively walking tour of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Students will learn about styles, shapes, and materials that form the buildings around us. Buildings on the tour include the Schneider Row Houses on Q Street, The Cairo, Embassy of Iraq, Wadsworth House, Washington Club, and the Women's National Democratic Club. At the conclusion of the tour, children will have the opportunity to design and build their own structures.
(September 17 9:30 AM to Noon)

Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) serves the nation's capital, functioning as both the "local" and "state" component of the AIA for the District of Columbia. The Chapter was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development. AIA|DC advances the value of architecture for our members, our profession, and our community. AIA|DC will move to the new District Architecture Center in October 2011 and celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2012.


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