Hello August!


Take a look below for some fun things to do in August. From DACkids Summer Camp to museum exhibits, classes and more, there's something for everyone!

Four Works for Washington and the World

Date & Time: June 17-Sept 17, 2017, See website for museum hours

Location: Hirshhorn Museum

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, DC, the Hirshhorn will present a selection of the artist’s most iconic and emotionally charged installations and performances. Beginning June 17, in addition to having the opportunity to attach handwritten wishes to Wish Tree, visitors will be able to pay tribute to their mothers through My Mommy Is Beautiful and view Sky TV for Washington, DC. The focus will culminate in September with a daylong concert featuring Ono’s music.

DACkids Summer Camp

Date: Monday, August 7 2017 to Friday, August 11 2017

Location: District Architecture Center

Cost: $75 for children of DAC/AIA members; $90 for children of non-members
Ages: 8-12

Program Overview: Do you love buildings – drawing houses, building structures, designing a pillow fort? Architecture is one of the most exciting fields that not only uses all of the STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) but also encourages creative thinking through art and design skills. This 5-day summer camp will use design arts to enhance STEM skills.

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation's DACkids Programs

Summer Networking Bash: Real Estate & Design Young Leaders

  Dock 79 rooftop view. Photo courtesy of Dock 79 & AIA DC.

Dock 79 rooftop view. Photo courtesy of Dock 79 & AIA DC.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 17 2017, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Dock 79 Rooftop

Price: $25 for AIA, Assoc. AIA, & DAC members
$25 for CNU, DCBIA, NAIOP, ULI, and YREP Young Leader Group Members
$45 for non-members
Registration required.

Come check out the amazing Dock 79 rooftop with views across the city and get to know our industry's young professionals from local real estate, development, and design organizations at our 2nd annual Summer Networking Bash!

This ideal summer event combines amazing opportunities for an inside look at one of the best rooftop spaces in the city, enjoy an open bar in the summer sun, and get to know the incredible young leaders across the building industry! Dock 79 developer MRP will be there to share first hand insight into the design and construction process, and their experiences throughout the project.

Drinks, craft beers, & catering included. (Adjacent indoor space available in case of summer showers.)

Sponsored by: HDR, Perkins+Will, and SmithGroupJJR

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee, with support from other young leader groups in the industry

Introduction to Wash Rendering

by Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid-Atlantic Chapter

DATE AND TIME: Sat, August 19, 2017, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM EDT

LOCATION: The Catholic University of America - Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20064

Join the Washington Mid-Atlantic ICAA as the Education Committee presents a workshop focused on watercolor rendering.

This course will provide an introduction to the practice of architectural rendering in wash. The instructors will demonstrate some basic techniques of wash rendering by guiding participants step-by-step through rendering an 8" x 8" plate using watercolors in warm and cool tones. The subject will be a Grecian Doric order, how it differs from the Roman Doric order, and where examples of the Grecian Doric can be found throughout Washington, D.C.

Lunch, as well as rendering materials will be provided.

Road trip it to Baltimore for:

Downtown Baltimore Historic Skyscraper Tour

by Baltimore Architecture Foundation

DATE AND TIME: Thu, August 24, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

LOCATION: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, 110 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


Join the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, and the Peale Center for a tour of Downtown Baltimore historic skyscrapers.

Learn about the history and architectural significance of some of Baltimore’s most iconic buildings from master storytellers and architects. See how Downtown Baltimore is being transformed by taking a look inside the conversion of these buildings from offices to residences.

The tour will begin at the BGE building with a light reception. Stops will include Center Plaza (Charles Center), 10 Light (Baltimore Trust Company Building), and the Lenore (Federal Reserve Bank). The tour will end at the Peale Center, the country’s first purpose built museum, for a light reception.

Architecture Photography

DATE AND TIME: Sat, August 26, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

LOCATION: Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

by Petworth Library - DC Public Library

Learn to photograph the architecture of Petworth. An hour of class time will be followed by a walk around the neighborhood. You can use your own camera, cell phone, or disposable cameras can be provided. 

This workshop will last two hours and will be taught by photography teacher Amanda Archibald.

Have you seen HIVE a the National Building museum yet?


Now through September 4th. See website for hours and more info.

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.

Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns. There are events like Yoga & a Dance Party and Yoga in the Hive and a Hill Country pop-up so you can grab a bite during your visit. Check out the link above for more details!


DATE & TIME: Through Friday, September 8, 2017, Multi-day event.

LOCATION: District Architecture Center

Travelers from around the world flock to the nation’s capital to experience extraordinary sites: stately buildings that house the government; commemorative structures that honor people and events; and grand institutions that celebrate the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, D.C. takes visitors on a visual journey through the capital city as it was illustrated through postcards from the early-to-mid 20th century. Organized by AIA|DC, the exhibition features over 300 vintage postcards reproduced from collections held at the DC Public Library, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and National Building Museum. The exhibition highlights sightseeing, transportation, street scenes, museum and government buildings, commercial establishments, sacred spaces, and parks.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: Traveling to Washington; Commencing the Adventure; Navigating the City; Exploring Iconic Landmarks; Discovering Local Places; and Remembering the Journey.


Date & Time: June 10th through September 4, 2017, see website for hours

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright on the Walls transforms a gallery into an interactive, large-scale “coloring book” inspired by the architect’s work. Opening in conjunction with the Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright Day, the exhibition runs through the Summer Block Party.

Wright on the Walls features original interpretations of built and unbuilt Wright designs created by local artists Scott Clowney and Vlad Zabavskiy. Focusing on five areas of Wright’s work—residential, commercial, houses of worship, automobile culture, and decorative details—the interactive space challenges visitors to add their own creative “color” to large-scale drawings printed on the walls, using shades and hues inspired by those used by Wright and his studio.


Date & Time: June 1 – Sept. 3,   Hours & Admission

Location: ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

The debut of DC’s only digital art space happens on June 1. Experience the immersive XYZT: Abstract Landscapes installation at ARTECHOUSE, situated in the Southwest Waterfront. The hands-on interactive experience allows guests to walk on floors that react to footsteps, manipulate light particles within a giant digital cube or blow into glass boxes and watch virtual letters dance around.