Washington D.C.


Letters from D.C.


Might Makes Height

Since D.C. can't build up, downtown is building in.


If You Build It, They Will Come

D.C. put the rails before the plan for its streetcar system.


Not Quite Ready for Some Football

The unpopularity of the Mayor's pitch for a football facility in the city hints at why...




Unbuilt Washington

The Architect of the Capitol surveys the city of Washington that almost was, in an exhibit at the National Building Museum.



eli meir kaplan/wonderful machine for architectmartin moeller, senior vice presindent and curator of the national building museum, poses for a portrait on wednesday, april 18 a the building museum in washington, dc. moeller curated the exhibit "unbuilt washington."

Q&A With Martin Moeller

The National Building Museum curator talks about the influence of the P/A Awards.


Best Practices

casey jones, director of design excellence for the general services administration's public buildings service and for the state department's overseas buildings operations.

Design for the U.S.A.

Federal design chief Casey Jones explains what you can do for your country—and how you go about doing it.


Studio Visit


Studio Visit: Core

With projects across the city, Washington, D.C.'s ever-present Core has participated in building the District from the ground up.



from left: jennifer workman, aia; adam w. palmer, aia; deepika padam, aia; bradley benjamin, aia

The YAF Turns 20

For two decades, the Young Architects Forum has helped emerging designers network and grow professionally.



THE MAN ON THE HILL Andrew Goldberg joined the AIA more than a decade ago and is one of seven lobbyists employed by the organization. He studied architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. “We are not looking for handouts. We are doing what we can to help get the economy moving, and when policies act as roadblocks for the design industries, we push hard to remove those roadblocks,” he says. “We don’t have the biggest voice in Washington, and we don’t have the biggest PAC. What we have is credibility. When we talk, people listen.”

Lobbying for Architecture

With architects still reeling from the recession, it is critical that they influence policy in their favor. Here’s how the profession is...




Installation: 'SONG 1'

The Hirshhorn in D.C. will get a video makeover by artist Doug Aitken this spring. Through May 13.


GSA Coverage

The Scapegoat at the GSA

The tales of GSA conference excess simply don’t jibe with Robert Peck’s reputation, and they run counter to my own experiences with the...

House Oversight Committee To Hold Hearing Over GSA Spending Scandal

Former GSA officials ousted over excessive spending on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas will testify before the House Committee on Oversight...


Public Buildings Service Chief Bob Peck Out in GSA Shake-up

Amid reports of excessive spending at an employee training conference, GSA administrator Martha Johnson has resigned and Public Buildings...


National Mall Redesign Coverage

washington monument grounds at sylvan theater: olin & weiss/manfredi

National Mall Redesign: The Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds

Weiss/Manfredi Architecture speaks about its winning design for the National Mall.

Finalists To Kick Off National Mall Design Competition

The Trust for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. announced stage one finalists for a Mall redesign.

constitution gardens: olin & weiss/manfredi

Finalist Design Schemes Revealed for National Mall Design Competition

The Trust for the National Mall is exhibiting the final designs by the teams selected as finalists in the National Mall design competition.

Our Manifest Destiny: Designing the National Mall

Amid the controversy over the Eisenhower Memorial design, it is both heartening and a bit frightening to see the designs produced by the...

pedestrian experience showing the bas-reliefs of eisenhower as president (left) and supreme commander of teh allied forces (right), with the life-sized statue of eisenhower as a young man at center.

Miracle on the Potomac

The National Park Service announced the short lists for firms competing to redesign portions of the National Mall.


Eisenhower Memorial Coverage

eisenhower memorial pedestrian experience.model image courtesy of gehry partners, llp, 2012.(the elder statesman photograph from an original print by yousuf karsh, 1966).

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Washington, D.C. / Gehry Partners

Dialogue: Spike Eisenhower

The memorial’s design bring the culture wars are at architecture's doorstep.

The site plan drawing shows that the memorial spans the blocks between 4th and 6th Streets SW near the intersection of Maryland and Independence Avenues SW, just off the National Mall.

House Oversight Takes on Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The debate over the memorial has caught the attention of Congress.

They Like Ike

Despite mounting criticism, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission is sticking with Frank Gehry’s memorial design.


National Civic Art Society Blasts Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The commission dismisses the claim of "lost minutes."

Remebering the American Dream: Eisenhower Memorial

Monuments should be controversial, but the discussion about the proposed Eisenhower Memorial has quickly descended into the kind of...



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