5 Favorites Friday

Favorites this week are all about upcoming events — and there are a lot in 2018! Check it out:

1. If your New Years Resolution is to get licensed:

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The first of three “The Future is Emerging” series — dynamic Mentoring Workshops that explore the path ahead: for your career, for practice, and for the architectural profession itself.

Eager to get licensed but unsure where to begin? Trying to finish your last exams before ARE 4.0 disappears forever? Itching to learn how to be a better supervisor to your firm’s emerging professionals? Join us for our first Mentoring Workshop of 2018, NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification, presented by NCARB’s Director of Examination, Jared Zurn, AIA, NCARB, and Assistant Director of Experience + Education, Martin Smith, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc. Come get the latest info on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, supervisors, architects, and anyone in the architecture profession. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve architectural licensure and other programs to get the most out of your architectural career, including:

• The entities involved in the licensure process
• How to progress successfully through the Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
• What to expect from the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
• Recent changes to NCARB programs
• The value of the NCARB Certificate

Following the presentation, Jared and Martin will stick around to answer your burning questions. Register for FREE today!

2. If you’re getting ready to go after your dream job:

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Get a draft of your resume and portfolio together and bring it to the District Architecture Center on Saturday, February 10th! Learn what firms are looking for in potential employees and get personal feedback on your work. Bring your resume and portfolio in any state of completion for review by local architects.

Registration is open now!

Students: $5
Assoc. AIA: $10
AIA & DAC Members: $15
Non-members: $20

3. If you’re struggling to find motivation in studying for the ARE:

STAY TUNED for our first-ever ARE trivia night on Tuesday, March 6th at a local D.C. bar! Make studying fun again and bring your co-workers, friends, bosses, employees, and anyone familiar with architecture to test your knowledge in a creative study method – TRIVIA! All experience levels are encouraged too attend and prizes will be awarded, so make sure to bring a couple experts as well as beginners.  Venue, registration, and posters coming soon.

4. If you’re looking for weekend plans:

Saturday, January 20th 11am: Womens March 2018 “The Women’s March on Washington is back this weekend, one year after its historic demonstration on the National Mall drew an estimated half a million people the day after President Trump was inaugurated. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.”

Saturday, January 20th 1pm: Ice Yards at Yards Park “The wintry festival for adults in Yards Park features appropriately frozen games, including shuffleboard and Plinko; ax-throwing; ice carvers; a communal “shotski” shot attempt; bars serving local beers and wintry cocktails; and music by DJs and cover band Down Wilson. 1 to 5 p.m. $10, includes one drink.” 

Sunday, January 21st 7:30pm: Story District’s Top Shelf at the Lincoln Theater  “The amateur storytellers of Story District can make an audience howl with laughter, bring a packed room to hushed silence and leave a crowd hanging on their every word. The organization puts on dozens of shows each year, but if you only make it to one, make it Top Shelf. The eight performers telling their true tales onstage were selected by a panel of judges as the very best of more than 150 stories performed in 2017. (Saturday’s show is sold out, so organizers have added a second edition, on Sunday.) 7:30 p.m. $25-$35.”

5. Lastly, some Friday inspiration:

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2017 5 Favorites!

1. Huge shout out to all of our sponsors that helped to make 2017 a major success!

Check out this short video celebrating all the success of the committee this year. None of this would have been possible without the contributions from our sponsors:



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Event Sponsors:
Fox Architects
SEA-Meatropolitan DC

2. “What the *bleep* is an Architect?!” discussed the role of the architect in the eyes of peers, consultants, and the public. It got a little heated!

3. The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program began it’s fifth year!


4. Our mentoring series saw record highs in attendance this year in our #ArchitectUp sessions!


5. Leah Ijjas, our committee chair, was honored with the Emerging Architect of the Year award from the chapter!

Thanks to everyone who planned and participated in our events this year! We’re looking forward to a great 2018!

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 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:


The first lecture in the Architecture Uncensored series is coming up on Tuesday the 28th! RTKL will be hosting again this year, start time at 6:30 PM. We blogged about it last Friday, check that out for more info on the theme. Just in case you didn’t jump on registration yet, do that here.

2. To get those AXP observation hours:

The National Building Museum hosts construction tours and they are discounted if you are a member! They have two tours coming up the next two Saturdays. Details here and here.

3. Photo we are admiring:


Awesome images of the National Cathedral in Architect magazine.

4. Feel good inspo of week:

Old metro cars being used as tiny houses for the homeless! Sounds good in theory.

5. House we’d like to buy:

Where is that article on how to make more money…

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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