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2018 AIA Northern Virginia Architecture Week
Architecture Week is held every April as part of the American Institute of Architect's nationwide celebration of our built environment. AIA chapters all over the country offer a variety of lectures, tours and activities geared towards architects and the public alike during this week.

For 2018, Architecture Week fell between April 8 though 14. Check back here in early spring 2019 for the 2019 schedule! THe events for 2018 included:

Architecture at its Best: An Exhibit of Award-Winning Projects by Local Architects
April 6-15, 2018
Visit the Torpedo Factory to view an exhibit of winning projects from AIA Northern Virginia's 2017 Design Awards Program, on display in the ground floor lobby. Admission to both the Torpedo Factory and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For additional information and a list of exhibited firms, click here.

Architecture Week Book Displays
April 9-15, 2018
Displays of architecture-themed books for all ages will be featured at participating area public libraries. Free and open to the public. [more]

Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00-3:00p
Led by members of our Historic Resources Committee, the tour covers the history of Alexandria as reflected through its architecture and urban design, highlighting examples from Georgian to Art Deco. The group will also discuss the city-approved Waterfront Plan and its long term impact on the city. 2 AIA HSW LUs offered for architects. The tour is open to the public, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. This tour fills every year, so register early to guarantee a place. Registration is available here

WIA Lecture Series: Architecture, Design and Cultural Space
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Cultural and public spaces are where social values can be expressed in real time. The panelists will share their experiences with the role of performance, why ephemeral spaces are important and how to make room for cultural spaces in likely and unlikely places. Learn more here

On the Boards - Cleveland Park Library
Monday, April 9, 2018, 6:30-8:00p
At Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. Students, architects and the public are invited to join staff from Perkins Eastman as they discuss their design for the new Cleveland Park Library in Washington, DC. Learn more here.

Virtual Reality Demonstrations
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:30-8:00p
Join local architects for a night of virtual reality demonstrations, featuring design walkthroughs, historic virtual tours, 360° Photography, and more... Free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Architecture’s Relevance Revolution - a Presentation by AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:00-8:00p
360 Mentoring is an annual program that provides opportunities to connect, teach and learn for Architects at all levels of their careers. This year's program concludes with a reception and lecture from AIA National President Carl Elefante, FAIA, open for the first time to the public. [more].

30 Years of Shaping the City, Cartoons by Roger K. Lewis, FAIA
Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30-8:00p
AIA Northern Virginia and the Athenaeum present an evening with Washington Post columnist and cartoonist Roger K. Lewis, FAIA. [more].

"Scrap City" - Torpedo Factory 'Late Shift' Event
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00-9:00p
A family event at the Torpedo Factory, Scrap City invites architects from AIA Northern Virginia to be on hand to help participants design and build a 'Scrap City.' Reservations are not required. [more].

The NEW Old Dominion Boat Club Construction Tour
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00-10:00a
Led by Michael Winstanley, AIA, with Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners, the architects for the project, this tour will explore the new three-story Old Dominion Boat Club completed in late 2017. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required here.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Tour
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00a-noon
Join Judith Richards, AIA, for an educational and insightful tour, developed specifically for architects, about the design and history of this significant property. 2 HSW LUs. Tickets are $20 and preregistration is required here.

Skyline Yoga
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00-11:00a
Enjoy a free yoga class, with local architects, in an architecturally inspiring place with sweeping views of the metro area. [more].

Children's Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11:00a-1:00p
A fun self-guided activity for children and their families, organized by our Architecture Lab Committee. Participants will receive a map identifying twelve places that are synonymous with Old Town Alexandria. Start by checking in at the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House located at 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria. After completion of the activity, bring the map to the Torpedo Factory to receive a small prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required here.

WeLive Crystal City
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:00-3:00p
WeLive Crystal City is a new way of living, offering furnished living spaces with common areas to provide shared community, work and social spaces. [more].

Firm Tour - Winstanley Architects & Planners
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3:00-4:00p
Tour an architecture firm located in a renovated warehouse and learn about their award winning Potomac Transportation Framework Plan. [more].

Please contact the Chapter House if you have ideas for future events or are interested in joining the Architecture Week committee.