Programs and exhibits

The Architects Foundation hosts programs and exhibits to support and inspire the next-generation design community. Learn more about our latest programs in architecture, art, design, and history—hosted virtually and at The Octagon in Washington, DC.

The E. Fay Jones Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum
Now – December 2021

An exhibition of four unrealized buildings, intended to accompany the renowned Pinecote Pavilion, as proposed by E. Fay Jones, FAIA for the Crosby Arboretum. This exhibit features never-before-exhibited original drawings and videos, as well as physical and virtual reality models of the unbuilt structures freshly created by architecture students and faculty at Mississippi State University. Photo credit: Tim Hursley

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2022 Exhibit Schedule

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SAY IT LOUD Washington DC
June – December 2022

SAY IT LOUD is an exhibit featuring projects by women and diverse design professionals, as well as interviews about their experiences in the architecture and design professions. This exhibit shares, protects and celebrates the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD is curated by Pascale Sablan, FAIA, the 2021 AIA Whitney Young Award recipient. SAY IT LOUD is sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

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Ongoing Exhibits

I Was Here
Installed in December 2021, I Was Here is an art installation commemorating the lives of the enslaved people who built and worked at The Octagon. This is a part of The Octagon’s initiative to reveal the role enslaved craftspeople played in creating the architectural canon nationally.

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.
50 years after Whitney Young Jr. challenges architects to create a more equitable profession and highlights the contributions of AIA Whitney Young Award winners. This exhibition was hosted at The Octagon in 2018; the online exhibition is updated annually.