Each year the Washington DC chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosts a number of lectures, tours and other events that are open to the public and gathers them all under the umbrella of AIA|DC Architecture Week. This year’s “week” kicks off on Wednesday, September 19 and runs through Saturday, September 29. While some of the events do have a registration or admission fee, many are free in the hopes of increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation of architects and our built environment.
This year’s slate of events includes a few programs on the perimeter of Capitol Hill. On Thursday, September 20 you can participate in a walking tour of the Capitol Riverfront district, seeing some of the work under construction and hearing plans for what may become the most dense neighborhood in the district. That tour commences at 5:00 p.m. and ends at the Nationals Ballpark, where another event picks up with a tour of the facility (the first LEED-certified ballpark in the country) and includes a ticket for that night’s Nationals versus Dodgers game (and one drink included as well).
On Sunday, September 23 you have the opportunity to attend a panel discussion entitled, “Where We Play.” The speakers will give an overview of sports facility design as well as the importance of giving the DC United its own home for games. The panel includes an stadium design architect, an urban planner, a CFO, and a dedicated United fan. The presentation ends with a brief walking tour of RFK Stadium and then a ticket to attend that evening’s game as DC United takes on Chivas USA.
There are many other great events occurring all over the District as a part of Architecture Week – walking and bicycle tours, movies, lectures, and kids programs. You can find the complete schedule of events here as well as how to register.
Full disclosure: the author of this post is the 2012 President of AIA|DC.