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.