AIA Northern Virginia
2017 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.

AIA Northern Virginia offered the following events and exhibits in 2017:

Architecture at its Best: An Exhibit of Award-Winning Projects by Local Architects
April 9-15, 2017
Visit the Torpedo Factory to view an exhibit of winning projects from AIA Northern Virginia's 2016 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, 2017
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 9, 2017, 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. 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.

Open House at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1:00-3:00p
Visit the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center for a self-guided tour of the studio space and view student work on display in the lobby. The open house is free and open to the public. WAAC is located at 601 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. [more]

Sculpting Space: Connecting Art to Architecture
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 6:00-8:00p
This presentation features architect-trained sculptor Matt McConnell who will explain his interest in and designs for large scale, building-integrated, and spatially engaging sculpture. Co-sponsored by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and sponsored by Lauren Bishop, McEnearney Associates, Inc. -Realtor. 1.5 AIA LUs. A light reception is offered. Admission to both the Torpedo Factory and presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and are available here.

VR for Architecture
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30p
Organized by the Young Architects Forum and the DC Virtual Reality Meetup Group, this event will focus on Virtual Reality technologies for architecture and feature demonstrations by various developers within the community. [more].

The NEW Old Dominion Boat Club Construction Tour
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:30-6:30p
Led by Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners and Forrester Construction, tour the future home of the Old Dominion Boat Club while it is being built – the first of the new Waterfront Development in Old Town Alexandria.

Participants are required to wear hardhats and closed toe shoes. Forrester Construction will have extra hardhats available.

1 HSW LU (pending). Free, but there are limited spaces and pre-registration is required here.

"Native Places" - A Presentation and Discussion on Travel Sketches
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:00-8:30p
This lecture features architect Frank Harmon, FAIA who will present a collection of thoughts and hand-drawn sketches that illustrate the value of looking closely at buildings and places. Co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street in Alexandria, and supported by Sothebys Real Estate. 1.5 AIA LUs. A light reception is offered. Admission to both the Athenaeum and lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and are available here.

Family Activities at the Torpedo Factory
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:00-9:00p
As part of Second Thursday events at the Torpedo Factory, our Schools Connections Committee will celebrate Virginia Architecture Week with architecture-focused family activities. Reservations are not required. Families are encouraged to stop and participate. Learn more here.

Skyline Yoga
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00-11:00a
Enjoy a free yoga class, with local architects, in an architecturally inspiring place. Organized by the AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum as part of Virginia Architecture Week, this event is free and open to the public. Please bring your own mat. Registration is available here.

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Tour
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 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 $17 and preregistration is required here.

Modular House Construction Tour
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00a-1:00p
Architect/owner Eric Teran will lead a tour of a modular house he is building in less than 90 days. He will explain all the systems used to build the prefabricated house, along with the contractor and vendors who will be there to discuss the project. Organized by the Young Architects Forum. [more].

Children's Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1:00-3:00p
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.

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