AIA Northern Virginia
Interschool Design Competition
For over two decades, the three Washington area chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the National Building Museum have collaborated to organize the annual Interschool Design Competition. These competitions have helped open doors for students to the various local architectural curriculums and the architectural profession.

Who Participates?
Participants in this design competition are students at all levels enrolled in the area's university architecture programs, including the following accredited universities:

How the Competition Works
Each school selects 8 students to participate in the program. The students are organized into teams with having one student from each school for a total of 8 teams. At the kick-off event the students will meet their fellow teammates and will be told limited information about the program and be provided the site location. Teams are encouraged to visit the site and start planning strategies for the day of the competition. Teams are not provided the full program until the morning of the competition, when they will have a 9 hours to develop their entry. The entries are then judged by a panel of design professionals, winners are selected and prizes awarded at the Awards Ceremony which is followed by the Spotlight on Design Lecture at the National Building Museum. See more on Facebook.

2018 Schedule:

Kickoff Reception for Students

Interschool Design Competition
September 16, 9:00a-5:00p
At the National Building Museum. Visitors are welcome to view the charrette in progress.

Jury Luncheon and Review
September 17
At the National Building Museum.

Awards Ceremony
September 17, 5:00-6:00p
Including a Spotlight on Design lecture following the award presentation.

We invite you to partner with us in meeting our pledge goals for 2018. Sponsors can expect recognition at the Building Museum, in printed materials and on our website. Sponsors and individuals can make a donation using the form below and pay with a credit card via PayPal (no account is necessary). Learn more about sponsorship opporunities here. For questions, please contact Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA, Chair of the ISDC Planning Committee.