House of Sweden in Georgetown, which is part embassy and part exhibition space, is open for tours on September 19.

Architecture WEEK

Celebrate international design from September 10 to 20

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010

The 12th annual AIA | DC Architecture Week spotlights the melting pot of architectural styles represented by the foreign embassies and institutions in our nation’s capital. Sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), it includes embassy tours, lecture programs, a student design competition, exhibits, films and more.

Highlights include the CANStruction Build-Out, in which teams of architects, engineers and contractors make giant structures out of canned goods in a six-hour session; SuperGreen, a lecture by German architect Christoph Ingenhoven on the future of green design; and the Swiss Design Award exhibition, which showcases avante-garde Swiss design. Presentations by Italian architect Mario Cucinella, French architect Rudy Riciotti and Japanese architect Yoshihiko Sano all cover contemporary design.

Architecture Week also offers kid-friendly activities, including the Egg Drop at the National Building Museum (in which participants build structures that allow eggs to remain unbroken even when dropped from a second-story balcony) and a tour of Georgetown’s signature buildings.

All events are open to the public. See www.aiadc.com for details and registration.

**Out of the array of interior design magazines, Home and Design magazine stands out as a primary idea source for luxury home designs and coverage of luxury living.  Wonderful visuals of luxury getaways and dining options are combined with inspired decor to provide a fundamental reference point for bringing luxury to life in home interiors and beyond.