April is Architecture Month!

We are so excited that April is Architecture Month! We are proud to sponsor and be a presenter this year. Make sure to check out our tour at the Carnegie Institution for Science. You can see all of the events going on here. We have put together a list of events with tickets still available for Architecture Month, as well as other fun things to do all month long below!

DACkids Neighborhood Walking Tour: Capitol Hill

Date & Time: Saturday, April 1 2017 1:00pm-3:30pm

Location: Southeast Public Library Meeting Room

Registration required.  Scholarships available.

Whether your family lives on Capitol Hill or may have visited the US Capitol and Supreme Court buildings, there’s plenty to discover about the history and architecture of this neighborhood where people have lived, worked, and shopped for many years. This kids tour will explore why buildings look the way they do and the stories of the people who shaped the neighborhood. The tour guide will teach new terms and identify the architectural features of libraries, churches, the Marine Barracks, as well as row houses and buildings that have been adapted to new uses.

This event will start and end at the Southeast Public Library, one of the buildings on the tour, where we’ll begin with a hands-on activity that incorporates what will be taught during the tour. Parents are welcome to join the tour and be part of the learning experience.

Ages: 8 – 12 years

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation’s DACkids Programs

Bees in the City

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5 2017 to Saturday, June 3 2017 

Mon - Wed: 10:00am - 7:00pm, Thurs - Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sat - Sun: Closed

Location: District Architecture Center

Birds, bats and butterflies all take part in making our cities green but bees often play the biggest role.  Seventy-five percent of the world’s top 100 food crops rely on pollination from bees and other insects.  Our food supply, our major parks, even the plants in your garden all depend on bees.  How is it our world is so dependent on these tiny creatures and we know so little about them?  Bees in the City covers two types of bees:  honey bees who live in hives, and, native bees, representing about 80% of bee species, many of whom live completely solitary. 

In addition to learning about bees, the exhibition discusses how several world-famous architects have incorporated bee-inspired designs into their major works.  Finally, bees can also help us understand the modern design theory called biophilia, which reminds us that despite our preference to organize ourselves in cities, human beings need a connection to nature.  There is no stronger example of this than our centuries old relationship with bees.

The Pollinator-friendly Garden, an exhibition of botanical artworks by Studio 155 artists on view in the Suman Sorg Gallery through June 3 accompanies this exhibition.

Architecture Month Opening Party

Date & Time: Thursday, April 6 2017, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

Join AIA|DC and SPAIN Arts & Culture for the opening night of the inaugural Architecture Month! Attendees will be treated to Spanish tapas and refreshments, and get an exclusive first look at two new exhibitions: EXPORT, Spanish Architecture Abroad, and ALTERNATIVES: The Thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism

28th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala by The American Architectural Foundation

DATE AND TIME: Thu, April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

LOCATION: Andrew W Mellon Auditorium

The Accent on Architecture Gala is an unparalleled annual national event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in architecture and design. Each year, the Gala brings together more than 500 national and global leaders in design, government, business, and education to honor outstanding colleagues in the field. The Gala is made possible through sponsorships and contributions from AAF’s generous supporters.

Architecture of Dumbarton House Tour

DATE AND TIME: Thu, April 13, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

LOCATION: Dumbarton House

See preservation in action at Dumbarton House during this behind-the-scenes look at the architecture of the historic house for the first installment of our four part series. Tour the interior and exterior of Dumbarton House as we reopen after a major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) renovation and window restoration project. This unique opportunity will highlight the architectural features of this fine federal period house before the furnishings are reinstalled in the museum.

Tour: The Hecht Warehouse

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15 2017, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location:  Hecht Warehouse

The finest work of streamlined, Art Moderne architecture in Washington, and one of the greatest such buildings anywhere in the United States, the Hecht Company Warehouse is now home to a vibrant array of housing, shops, and restaurants.

Originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1948 as the central warehouse for the Hecht Company Department Stores, this six-story building features alternating bands of brick and glass blocks that culminate in a twelve-point star-shaped cupola at the corner that is illuminated at night. Douglas Development purchased the building in 2011 and is currently redeveloping the property into a mixed-use retail and residential complex. A 900+ parking garage has been constructed and MOM’s Organic opened in October 2014. Construction is nearly complete on the warehouse building, which will feature over 300 apartments and 150,000+ square feet of retail.

Presented by: Douglas Development and Bozzuto Management Company

Learning to Travel Sketch: Walk and Draw

DATE AND TIME: Sun, April 23, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM 


Travel Sketching: sketching what you see as you explore a city

THIS time the city just happens to be your own!

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.

Tour: The 11th Street Bridge Park

Date & Time: Sunday, April 23 2017, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: 11th Street Bridge Park

The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, will be Washington, DC’s first elevated public park. Located on the piers of the old 11th Street Bridge spanning the Anacostia River, it will be a new venue for healthy recreation; environmental education and the arts. After a seven-month design competition, the design team of OMA+OLIN was selected in October 2014. With the ongoing capital campaign securing more than $15 million to date, the Bridge Park draws on an extensive community outreach and consultative process, anchored by more than 700 stakeholder meetings for design development and impact. Pre-construction began in 2016 and the park is expected to open by late 2019.

Presented by: The 11th Street Bridge Park

A Centennial Celebration of I. M. Pei at the National Gallery of Art

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 3:30pm

Location: East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

In celebration of the 100th birthday of architect I. M. Pei on April 26, 2017, Susan Wertheim honors Pei’s gift to the nation: his design of the National Gallery of Art East Building. Harmonizing with architect John Russell Pope's neoclassical West Building, the award-winning East Building, which opened in 1978, was designed by Pei in the modern idiom of its time. Magnificently realizing the long-term vision of Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon and his children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, the East Building has taken its place as one of the great public structures in the nation's capital. Designed at a crucial point in Pei’s long and productive career, the East Building won the American Institute of Architect’s Twenty-five Year Award in 2004, and Pei, considered a living legend, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983. Wertheim first discusses Pei’s architectural legacy at the Gallery and then joins with his longtime associate Perry Y. Chin to share experiences working on the recently completed East Building renovation.

Tour: Carnegie Institution for Science

Date & Time: Sunday, April 30 2017, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: Carnegie Institution for Science

Tour the construction work in progress at the Carnegie Institution for Science, including the creation of modern efficient work spaces and classrooms within the limestone Beaux-Arts National Register-listed landmark building. Originally designed by Carrere and Hastings of New York in 1907, the building also had an addition by Delano & Aldrich of New York in 1937. 

Tour highlights will include details on how the team is recapturing the original space and style through selective removal of prior alterations; going behind the scenes in the ornate rotunda and ballroom; and making a teaching tool out of lost original architectural details found during the work.

Presented by: Rippeteau Architects

Note: Hard-soled shoes are required. Hard-hats will be provided at the site.  The tour will include repeated stair climbing.