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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Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture
January – June 2022
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“Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture” is an exploration of the creative energies of the culture movement of Hip-Hop and its intersection with architecture and physical form. It includes work by 23 participants representing seven countries, with projects ranging across a variety of media and forms of expression: from experimental visualization formats and installation strategies to façade studies, building designs, and urban development proposals. This exhibit will be installed the AIA National campus, including The Octagon and AIA headquarters. “Close to the Edge” is sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

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).

50 Years After Whitney Young Jr.
50 years after Whitney Young Jr. challenged architects to create a more equitable profession, this exhibition was hosted at The Octagon in 2018. View the online exhibition, which is updated annually.


The Octivity series

The Octivity series
When the doors of The Octagon open back up, we’ll be welcoming our smallest guests with new Octivity books filled with scavenger hunt clues. At the completion of their museum journey and scavenger hunt, we’ll be waiting with a fresh set of stickers to reward their hard work. Until then, we have a short set of Octivity series pages available for download that you can print and complete at home!

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