May 2017 Events

They say April showers bring May flowers...Feels like Summer is here! Check out some fun things to do around town in May!

Exhibition: Prague Functionalism

Date & Time: Thu, May 4, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Location: The American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

The American Institute of Architects, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Jaroslav Frágner Gallery Prague, present the opening of the exhibition Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes on May 4, 2017, at 6 pm. 

The exhibition presents Prague’s functionalist buildings, projects, and drawings. Functionalist projects from the 1920s and 1930s, and contemporary projects influenced by Czech Functionalist tradition will be displayed.

Flower Market At the National Cathedral

Date & Time: May 5 & 6th, 2017, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Location: Washington National Catherdral Grounds

An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal and boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, once again fills the nave and grounds of the Cathedral at this year’s Flower Mart. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun celebrates All Hallows’ Guild’s centennial of service to the 59 acres of gardens and grounds around Washington National Cathedral.

Obscura Day 2017: Rethinking Brutalism

Date & Time: Sat, May 6, 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, 600 Maryland Ave, Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Whether you love or loathe Brutalism, it’s an architectural style that is hard to miss in Washington, DC.

This Obscura Day, join Brutalist DC founder Deane Madsen for a walking tour of some of the region’s most notable examples of Brutalist architecture.

Brutalist architecture started appearing in DC during the late 1970s due to the government mandate that new agency buildings be unidentifiable. It also proved to be an efficient way to house millions of square feet in office space. Famed architects Nathaniel Owings and I.M. Pei played large roles in spreading brutalist architecture across the capital city, while Harry Weese’s vaulted brutalist Metro station designs began popping up in DC starting in 1976.

Using Brutalist DC’s recently released Brutalist Washington Map, we will spend a delightful afternoon visiting and learning about these brooding behemoths that dot our city.

Mother’s Day Cards: a Workshop with Illustrator Juana Medina

Date & Time: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Mother's Day is just around the corner. This year, surprise your mom — or another important person in your life — with a beautiful card of your own creation! 

Juana Medina's imaginative drawings bring out smiles in everyone, and she has graciously agreed to share some of her joy-inspiring secrets with us. If you don't feel confident with drawing, don't worry — you can try your hand in making a collage, or use your best handwriting on a variety of fabulous Mohawk papers. 

The Thing in the Spring

Date & Time: Thursday, May 11 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: One Franklin Square

Connect at the Thing in the Spring. A Rooftop Networking Event Celebrating DC's Design Community. Mix, mingle, drink, network, and enjoy fabulous roof top views with others in real estate, design, development, and architecture.

Highlights include:

  • Gorgeous rooftop view from the Franklin Square Rooftop;
  • Network with DC's architecture, design, development, and construction community;
  • Full open bar with ticket purchase;
  • Bring colleagues to discount your ticket

All for a good cause as we give out this year's Barbara G. Laurie Scholarship, the Tritschler Prize, and support the GREAT WORK of the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Designed by STUDIOS Architecture and built by Rand* Construction this Chapter Design Award-winning space is the perfect venue to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends, and celebrate our winners. Register with a friend and your ticket price drops!  This event is produced by the AIA|DC and all proceeds go to the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Ticket Price:  
Single Ticket: $80
Two or more: $60 each (bring your friends!)

Bee an Architect (Ages: 8 - 12)

Date & Time:  Saturday, May 13 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: District Architecture Center

Bees and other pollinators are more important to our parks and our food supply than you might imagine. They are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take according to a White House study. Come learn about different kinds of bees and how you can help them survive better in the city. You’ll learn about honey bees and the bee hive the District Architecture Center’s roof from DAC’s Beekeeper, Heritage Honey. You’ll also learn some amazing facts about native bees from Executive Director Mary Fitch, that she learned while working on the Bees and the City exhibition which opens in the gallery on April 10. The session will conclude with a hands-on activity to build your own bee house for native bees to take home.

$15 for Children of DAC/AIA Members, $20 for Children of non-members

Registration required. Scholarships available.

Organized by Washington Architectural Foundation's DACkids Programs

Learning to Travel Sketch: Walk and Draw

DATE AND TIME: Sun, May 14, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Location: Lemon Collective DC, 3015 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have something to write with and write on, you can always document your experience through the timeless skill of sketching. Not only does sketching slow you down and make you more aware of your environment in the moment, it can provide a wonderful, personal snapshot of your experience that you can look back upon in the future.

This class 2.5 hour class will meet for 30 minutes at the Lemon Bowl for an introduction to sketching; then we will hit the streets! The class will walk to nearby landmarks and practice sketching architectural features in en plein air -- okay, that is just a fancy way to say 'in the outside open-ness of real fresh air!' At each landmark, the class will do a guided sketch exercise and then have time for individual sketching.

This class is taught by Lindsey May. Lindsey is an architect in DC and teaches architecture at the University of Maryland. Her travel sketching experience stems from her professional and academic travels to: China, India, Nepal, Colombia, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and England. Single tickets, $45, Mother's Day "Duo" tickets $80 +fees.


Opening Celebration - DATE AND TIME: SAT, MAY 20, 2017, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Happy hour & Mural Tour - DATE AND TIME: SAT, MAY 26, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

POW! WOW!, an international art movement that celebrates culture, music, and art in cities around the world is coming to NoMa! POW! WOW! brings talented local and international artists together in partnerships with community members that enrich, beautify and enliven neighborhoods. The POW! WOW! the festival will include exciting experiences and create beautiful murals that will become part of NoMa. Almost 20 extraordinarily talented muralists from DC and around the world will be creating original masterpieces as part of this year’s POW! WOW! 

Matt Corrado, Jacob Eveland, Persue, Insa, Vero, Drew Merritt, The YOK, Sheryo, HOXXOH, Caratoes, Cory Oberndorfer, No Kings Collective, HKS181, Kelly Towles, Wooden Wave, Naturel, Jeff Gress, and Decoy. 

Mural locations:
100 Florida Ave NE (Elevation Apartments)
16 M Street NE (formerly Crucible)
41 New York Avenue NE
40 Patterson NE (Unity Health Care)
1222 First Street NE (formerly Ibiza)
1215 3rd Street NE
MBT Wall between R Street NE & New York Avenue NE

View the map of mural locations here.

POW! WOW! is being sponsored by the NoMa BID and neighborhood real estate developers Skanska, Kettler and MRP Realty. For more information on POW! WOW!, click here.