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Architecture Week 2016

Virginia Architecture Week is held every April as part of the AIA's nationwide celebration. During this week AIA chapters all over the country offer events and activities geared towards architects and the public alike.

AIA Northern Virginia is pleased to offer a some events this year in addition to the annual favorite Walking Tour of Old Town Alexandria.

Skyline Yoga
Saturday, April 9, 10:00-11:00a
Enjoy a yoga class with local architects in an architecturally inspiring place with sweeping views of the metro area skyline. Takes place on the 33rd floor of 1812 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209. Registration is available here.

Walking Tour of Historic Old Town Alexandria
Sunday, April 10, 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 free and 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 10, 1:00-4:00p
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]

Working with an Architect
Sunday, April 10, 12:00-5:00p
Thinking about doing some remodeling or building? What is the process and advantage of working with an architect? Working with an Architect offers you an opportunity to talk with an architect about the design and construction process and what to expect when designing a new home, addition or renovation. More information is available here.

Intersection of Art and Architecture - A Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 10, 6:00-8:00p
This panel discussion, facilitated by a curator from the National Building Museum, will feature local artists and architects, including Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, Partner and Office President at Little and Robert M. Gurney FAIA, Owner and Principal at Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect, discussing the potential for and opportunities in intersecting the worlds of art and architecture. 2 AIA LUs. Sponsored by Lauren Bishop, McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Realtor.Additional information and registration is available here.

Architecture at its Best: An Exhibit of Award-Winning Projects by Local Architects
Sunday, April 10 - Saturday, April 16
Visit the Torpedo Factory to view an exhibit of winning projects from AIA Northern Virginia's 2015 Design Awards Program. 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
Sunday, April 10-16
Displays of architecture-themed books for all ages will be featured at participating area public libraries. Free and open to the public. [more]

Children's Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 16, 1:00-3:00p
A fun self-guided activity for children and their families. Participants will receive a map identifying 12 places that are synonymous with Old Town Alexandria. Prizes will be offered. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required here.

Construction Tour: Liberty Crest (Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area)
Saturday, April 16, 10:00-11:30a
A project to redevelop the historic core of the former Lorton Reformatory, originally commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt and built in 1910, is now under construction after 14 years of planning and preparations. Liberty Crest at Laurel Hill, the name of the new neighborhood, will reuse former prison buildings and preserve the historic character of the site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.1.5 AIA HSW LUs. The tour is free, 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.