5 Favorites Friday

1. If the state of the nation makes you want to do something (but you just don’t know what):



Our fourth mentoring workshop is coming up next week! Aimee Custis, deputy director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, will be joining us to discuss real-world examples from her work in advocacy. Aimee will break down the steps you can take to reach the right audience and effectively use your resources to create the change you’d like to see at the local, regional, and national levels. Register today!

2. Hurricane season has you really concerned about Latin America but you don’t know how to give back.

3. Because talking to structural engineers gets you really excited! (Really!)

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Image from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners/Hickok Cole Architects

We are planning our second joint construction tour of the new International Spy Museum with the structural engineering young members group (SEAMW-YMG)! The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th and they always sell out fast! Make sure to register early for this one!

4. If you need a little bit of inspo to get to work on a Friday:

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will, through work, bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea’.”

-Chuck Close, American artist who achieved fame as a photorealist through massive-scale portraits

5. You’re feeling like you should be volunteering more often in general…

Join Teass Warren Architects and the Washington Architectural Foundation at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to celebrate National Public Lands Day! Volunteers will assist with the removal of cut lotus from the park’s ponds as well as a variety of other park improvement projects including transplanting perennials, removing invasive species, and picking up litter.


5 Favorites Friday

1. If you feel like you could use a bit of creative inspiration:


The fourth annual Thesis Showcase will take place on September 12th! Come check out a curated selection of thesis projects and take advantage of the opportunity for practitioners to view a sample of the work emerging from architecture schools. Register here!

2. You know that it’s about time to start to give back and helping to solve world hunger appeals to you.

3. Because you would love the opportunity to take over this blog:

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Our September meeting is scheduled for Wednesday the 6th, which is important to note because it’s a week earlier than usual! Come help us brain storm about what 2018 should look like with the EAC!

4. You didn’t get enough time to socialize at our event because you were so excited about the food…

USGBC National Capital Region’s Emerging Professionals is hosting an end of summer social on September 18th! Come join a host of other professionals interested in sustainability and take advantage of the Wunder Garten’s awesome beer selection!

5. Because we’re feeling a little nostalgic about that rooftop last week…

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Thanks again to everyone who was able to attend our Summer Networking Bash! We’re looking forward to more events like it in the future!

5 Favorites Friday

1. If that last peer review has you thinking about starting your own firm:


Our third mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday July 25th! This month we are featuring a panel of three architects that are heavily involved in the business side of things to help get you thinking about the business know-how the architecture world requires. Register today!

2. If you want to spend some time looking up this weekend.

3. If you’d like to stop hearing people remind you to network and finally DO SOMETHING about it:

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We’re hosting the second annual Summer Networking Bash on the Dock 79 rooftop, just behind Nats stadium, on August 17th! Come chat with other young leaders from the real estate, development, and architecture industries. Plenty of food and beer to break the ice! Registration is now open!

4. You find large installation art intriguing, but BBQ even more intriguing.

5. If you’re looking for some professional advice:


Big take away from our monthly meeting: take the AREs as soon as possible!

5 Favorites Friday

1. If you just can’t seem to figure out how to do a Snap Chat post on Instagram:


Our second mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday June 27th! Deane Madsen, contributor to Architect magazine, will be talking us through the benefits and opportunities of using social media as a branding and marketing tool. Check out the details and register here!

2. If you need some inspiration when it gets difficult to work with consultants.

3. When you just saw Wonder Woman and you’re feeling particularly empowered:

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Apply to #CKLDP17! Applications are live for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. If you missed the info session this past Monday, more details about the program can be found on the website. Applications are due Monday June 26th!

4. You got on a minimalist living kick and need to buy some new furniture.

5. If you’re still looking for a shot at the title:

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Thesis showcase submissions are due next Thursday June 15th! Help bridge the gap between practicing architects and recent grads (and show off those renderings that stole all of your sleep).

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:

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This month begins the mentoring workshop series and our theme for 2017 is Life Hacks for Architects! The goal is to highlight specific skills/topics to help provide attendees with the tools to be an even better professional. The series is shaping up to be really interesting and our first event will be a tour of the WeWork space in Crystal City followed by a round table discussion on work/life balance. Make sure to register here!

2. For all the INTJs that love reading about personality types

3. If you want to become a better leader in the profession:

Applications are live for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program! This is a program founded by a few EAC members in honor of Christopher Kelley, an influential emerging architect from our chapter. Details about the program can be found on the website and on June 5th there will be an info session on the application process!

4. In case you’re negotiating your raise this week and need a power pose

5. Because your LEED credential is about to expire

This website is a great, free resource for CE credits that apply for both AIA HSW and LEED!

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:


The third lecture in the Architecture Uncensored series is coming up on Tuesday April 25th! Hosted by RTKL, start time at 6:30 PM. We’re looking forward to rounding out the series with an energetic discussion on how the public perceives the role of the architect. This should be an interesting one so make sure to register here!

2. If your favorite building material is concrete

3. If you still tell your coworkers about your thesis project:

Registration is live for the 2017 Thesis Showcase! If you have an accredited architecture degree, graduated in 2015 or after, and did a thesis project then you are able to apply. Submissions are due by June 15th, 2015!

4. For all the dog lovers out there

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5. Because recently politics has you a little concerned about the economy:

The National Design Services Act Survey was created to help gather data on the amount of outstanding student debt in the profession in an effort to boost support in Congress. It’s quick and you can feel good about your advocacy resolutions!

5 Things to Know About the EAC to Kick Off 2017!

1. Our members are as diverse as the profession.

So… Who exactly is the EAC?

The AIA|DC Emerging Architect Committee is a group of young professionals who seek to learn from one another and grow within the Architectural Industry. There are no membership fees, and you do not have to be an AIA member to be active in the committee. The only requirement is that you have not been licensed for 10 years or more.

To be actively involved in the committee you can be part of our amazing core team or simply join our incredible events throughout the year! Core team members strategically plan and organize our programs, while forming lasting relationship across the profession.

2. We have 4 main areas of focus:

We believe that incredible opportunities come from within our own industry, and that sharing knowledge and collaborating with one-another is the best way to succeed as a profession. Our four main areas of focus are:

  • ADVOCATE for emerging architects
  • PROVOKE and talk about the future of the profession
  • MENTOR the next generation of architects
  • OUTREACH to the community, other AIA members, and the public

3. We all join for similar reasons, but we come with different perspectives…

The majority of our members will say the same thing when you ask: “Why did you join the EAC?” They will tell you that they were new to DC. Or that they were interested in growing their professional network. Or that they believe in a larger message to shape the profession.

The perspectives and backgrounds of our members and our program participants however, are far and farther between. Our members are architects, engineers, product reps, and consultants.  Our education and backgrounds span from coast to coast. Some are licensed and others never plan to be. And we each practice in very different ways.

Come share your story at the next committee meeting!

4. We meet to plan, and we plan to meet!

Our monthly committee meetings occur on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Gensler (2020 K Street NW). Our various events however, happen throughout the year, typically on weekdays from 630-8pm, and range in locations all across the city.

Upcoming events are posted to the AIA|DC calendar one month in advance. If you are interested in learning more about events for the year, feel free to reach out to one of our executive committee members listed on the EAC webpage.

5. Events for everyone…

Our 20+ events over the course of the year are designed to connect people across all levels of experience in the profession, because lets be honest –  in architecture – there is always more to learn! From our Portfolio and Resume Building Workshops, to our Architecture Uncensored Series, to our joint Construction Tours with the Structural Engineers Association – the EAC program list is filled with exciting and educational events for all levels of experience.

We hope to see you at our next one!

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Last EAC Meeting of the year at @HickokCole tomorrow, Dec. 14

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, Dec. 14) will be the last monthly meeting of the Emerging Architects Committee for 2016.  The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at the offices of Hickok Cole Architects. We’ll wrap up the year and talk about what’s to come (new officers, new members, and new plans) for 2017.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6.30-8.00pm
WHERE: Hickok Cole Architects, 1023 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


EAC Monthly Meeting at @HickokCole tonight, Oct. 12

This month’s Emerging Architects Committee monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 6.30 pm at the offices of Hickok Cole Architects. We’ll hear updates on the status of this year’s edition of the RE-Form Design Competition, and will discuss planning for the remainder of the year as well as what’s in store for 2017.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6.30-8.00pm
WHERE: Hickok Cole Architects, 1023 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Washington Humane Society’s Design for Felines, Jan. 25


The Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League will host its Designs for Felines: Giving Community Cats Shelter event on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at The National Press Club from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

This is a one-of-a-kind event where WHS-WARL works with everyone from local architecture firms, design teams, college groups, and even architectural networks and ask that they design, build, and donate small animal shelters (to hold 1-2 cats) that are creative, yet functional.

The shelters will be on display during the event and the top three designs will be recognized on stage during the presentation. After the event, WHS-WARL will distribute the shelters throughout DC to provide a home for its community cats, helping them to survive the harsh winter months.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
WHERE: The National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

PARTICIPATION: Designs for Felines is a wonderful opportunity for participating architecture firms and design teams to build your portfolio and give back to the local community by becoming a participant. Participating teams will design and build outdoor shelters for DC’s community cats that will provide refuge from the season’s inclement weather. These outdoor shelters will be showcased at the one-night fundraising event at The National Press Club and then be disseminated throughout DC to WHS-WARL volunteers who provide care to local cat colonies. Any shelters that are not able to be utilized outdoors (based on the materials they are made from) will be auctioned off to guests at the end of the night to raise additional funds. Team participation fee is $150.

Team Benefits Include
  • (1) 6′ table for shelter display at the event
  • (2) event tickets for staff
  • Team name/logo on event website
  • Team name/logo included in on-site marketing materials

As a thank you for participating in Designs for Felines, we are offering participating teams a discounted ticket to encourage your entire team to attend and show their support at the event. Once your team has completed and submitted the Agreement Form, members will be able to purchase tickets for $30 per person. Promo code will be provided for ticket purchase once Agreement is received and Team Registration payment is processed.

EVENT PRICE: $40 for General Admission – includes lite bites and drinks; $70 for VIP tickets – includes entrance to the VIP Lounge with seating, lite bites and drinks, and one gift bag per ticket holder.Tickets are available through Washington Humane Society.

Additional information is available on the Designs for Felines website.